Herve Renard is coaching Morocco at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
He is the only coach to win the Africa Cup of Nations with two different
countries – and he’s hoping to make that a hat-trick at this year’s tournament.
This will be his second attempt to bring the trophy back to Morocco after a
quarter-final exit from the 2017 tournament in Gabon.
Renard: The basics as history beckons
France-born Renard led outsiders Zambia to the title in 2012 and triumphed
again three years later with previously underachieving Ivory Coast.
Ghanaian Charles Gyamfi and Egyptian Hassan Shehata have won three Cup of Nations titles each as coaches, but with the same countries. You find a full list of Afcon winning coaches here.
Taking Zambia to the 2012 title in Gabon was a coaching coup for the
charismatic Frenchman with the Chipolopolo (Copper Bullets) not considered
contenders when the tournament began.
Although the Ivory Coast boasted star-studded line-ups for many years, the
African crown eluded them until the charismatic Frenchman took charge and
transformed them into 2015 champions.
His first attempt with Morocco ended at the last-eight stage two years ago,
and expectations are high in the kingdom that Renard will take them further
Renard fact file: Age, wife, children and the rest
Born on 30 September 1968 in Aix-les-Bains, France, the 50-year old played as a defender for AS Cannes, Stade de Vallauris and SC Draguignan from 1983 to 1998. He never represented his country of birth at international level.
Renard’s partner Viviane Dièye. She was previously married to Bruno Metsu,
the former coach of Senegal. Metsu passed away in 2013.
In 2018, the couple appeared on the front cover of HOLA! Maroc – Morocco’s answer to Hello! or People Magazine.
The Frenchman has a deep love for the African continent. With hist trademark white shirt, in stark contrast to his tanned skin, the picture was splashed with the quote:
“In Africa I feel free. This continent has brought me exceptional recognition, I don’t think I can live anywhere else.”
It is not known if the couple have any children together.
Herve Renard’s Instagram account
Renard is notoriously private but bucked that trend in 2018, ahead of the World Cup, when he started engaging more on social media.
He keeps things largely professional on social media though, sharing mostly football related posts and well wishes.