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Gérard Houllier

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Full nameGérard Houllier
Date of birth3 September 1947(age 69)
Place of birthThérouanne, France
Playing positionMidfielder

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Gérard Houllier, OBE (-frʒeʁaʁ ulje; born 3 September 1947, in Thérouanne, Pas-de-Calais, France), is a French football manager, who was last manager of Premier League club Aston Villa. He stepped down on 1 June 2011, following hospitalisation over heart problems towards the end of the 2010-2011 season.

His past clubs include Paris Saint-Germain, RC Lens and Liverpool, with whom he won the UEFA Cup in 2001. He then guided Olympique Lyonnais to two French titles, before announcing his resignation on 25 May 2007. He also coached the French national team between 1992 and 1993.

He assisted Aimé Jacquet in the 1998 World Cup, was part of UEFA's and FIFA's Technical Committee in the 2002 and 2006 World Cup finals, and Technical Director for the French Football Federation during the 2010 finals.


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