17 Facts About Raymond Domenech


Raymond Domenech managed the France national team from 2004 to 2010, reaching the 2006 FIFA World Cup Final.


Raymond Domenech was dismissed after their elimination from the 2010 FIFA World Cup, for serious misconduct.


Raymond Domenech was again unsuccessful in qualifying for the 2000 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.


Raymond Domenech briefly coached the France national under-20 football team at the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship.


On 12 July 2004, Raymond Domenech was a surprise choice to succeed Jacques Santini after the country's disappointing exit from UEFA Euro 2004 by losing in the quarter-final match to the eventual tournament-upset winners Greece.


Raymond Domenech beat the two other shortlisted candidates, Jean Tigana and Laurent Blanc.


Raymond Domenech persuaded Claude Makelele, Lilian Thuram and Zidane, members of France's "golden generation", out of international retirement to aid the national team.


Raymond Domenech fell out with Vikash Dhorasoo after he made a behind the scenes film Substitute.


Raymond Domenech excluded Roma centre-back Philippe Mexes from his 2006 and 2008 squads, taking along the likes of Jean-Alain Boumsong in his place.


On 27 August 2007, Claude Makelele's club manager, Jose Mourinho, stated that Raymond Domenech was treating Makelele "like a slave," since Raymond Domenech had called him up for Euro 2008 qualifiers even though Makelele had announced his retirement after the 2006 World Cup.


Raymond Domenech proposed on live television to his girlfriend Estelle Denis after France's elimination.


Raymond Domenech bowed out by refusing to shake the hand of South Africa's coach in the final game, Carlos Alberto Parreira.


Raymond Domenech was dismissed for serious misconduct following the World Cup.


In November 2010, Raymond Domenech began coaching the under-11 team at AC Boulogne-Billancourt.


On 26 December 2020,10 years after last managing a team, Raymond Domenech signed with Ligue 1 side FC Nantes.


On 10 February 2021, Raymond Domenech was released of his duties as head-coach after not winning a single game in his 8 matches in charge.


Raymond Domenech is fascinated by astrology, and believes that people's personalities are shaped by star signs.