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Raymond Goethals

Personal information
Date of birth7 October 1921
Place of birthForest, Belgium
Date of death6 December 2004(age 83)
Playing positionGoalkeeper, Manager

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Raymond Goethals (-nlˈrɛi̯.ˌmɔnt ˈʝu.ˌtɑls) (7 October 1921, Forest, Belgium 6 December 2004) was a Belgian football coach who notably led Marseille to victory in the UEFA Champions League final in 1993, becoming the first coach to win a European trophy with a French club.

Sometimes nicknamed "Raymond-la-science" ("Raymond-the-Science", previously the nickname of Belgian anarchist and Bonnot gang member Raymond Callemin), "le sorcier" ("the Wizard") or "le magicien" ("the Magician"), Goethals was known for his blunt way of speaking, his habit of mispronouncing players' names and his distinctive Brussels accent. A chain smoker, he was likened to TV police detective Lieutenant Columbo. He was the father of the well-known UEFA referee Guy Goethals, who officiated the final of Euro 96.


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