MIL OSI Translation. Government of the Republic of France statements from French to English –
Coach of the French team, coach of major international clubs, technical director, advisor and consultant, Gérard Houllier has donned a thousand caps in the world of football, wore a thousand colors. He left us yesterday after sowing his intelligence and his pedagogy on the green lawns of Europe and America, drawing several generations of players to the best.
This native of Thérouanne in Pas-de-Calais spent his childhood in crampons, playing at Hucqueliers, at Liverpool Alsop, at Le Touquet. However, it was not the virtuosity of his kick that would mark the history of football, but the finesse of his eye and his pedagogical sense. Before joining the stadium benches, he had first chosen the classrooms. A primary school teacher, then an English teacher at a business school in Lille, he loved to teach and help his students, like his players later, to fulfill all their promises.
The clamor of the stadiums and the fervor of the matches soon tore him from his notebooks. He began by coaching the amateur team of Touquet AC for 3 years, a first experience which opened wide the doors to professional football. He then took the reins of US Nœux-les-Mines for six years and raised it to the second national division.
Appreciated for his kindness, admired for his results, Gérard Houllier was then called to head the biggest clubs, RC Lens, Paris-Saint-Germain, Liverpool and Olympique Lyonnais. He left his mark on the history of each of these clubs. During his first season at Lens, he qualified the Sang et Or for the UEFA Cup. He took PSG to their first French league title in 1986: it was the days of Joël Bats, Luis Fernandez, Dominique Rocheteau and Safet Susic, players he had trusted and who made him feel good. He went on to become Liverpool FC legend with a five-star season, with the Reds winning the 2001 UEFA Cup, FA Cup, League Cup, Community Shield and UEFA Super Cup. Finally, OL owe him two French championship trophies.
In the meantime, from 1988 to 1993, he also managed the Blues, first as an assistant to Michel Platini and then as number one. But the success this time was not at the rendezvous. In November 1993, he helplessly watched the nightmare of two surprise home defeats, against Israel and then Bulgaria. Gérard Houllier, however, retained his duties as National Technical Director and guided the French under-18 team to the title of European Champions.
After coming to the club Aston Villa, he continued for the past ten years to play an important role in the world of football, in particular by contributing to the emergence of the Redbull clubs from Leipzig to New York, and by advising Jean-Michel Aulas at the Olympique Lyonnais.
In France, as across the Channel and across the Atlantic, the players he trained today mourn the loss of a man of great generosity, who passionately lavished his time, his energy, his intelligence of the game and men, to accomplish each of them, and above all to make them succeed together.
The President of the French Republic greets a great football coach and coach. He sends his sincere condolences to his family and loved ones, to the clubs he has served and to the players he has trained.
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