Oct 17, 1956
|Age||65 years old|
Originally from the Côtes d'Armor region of Brittany, Guy Stéphan naturally began his career in his local area with En Avant Guingamp in 1976. Attacking midfielder by trade, regularly deployed in attack, he would spend four seasons with the club, three of which were in the Second Division. He would make nigh on a hundred appearances, and was relatively efficient, scoring over thirty goals for Guingamp during his spell at the club. In 1980, he signed for Stade Rennais, where he would have a mixed season, starting in just twenty-odd matches. The following season, he would pack his bags and head to Normandy where he would join Le Havre, who were playing in the Second Division at the time; much like his previous clubs. He spent two seasons on the banks of the Seine at Le Havre, before leaving for Orléans in 1983, where he would become undisputed first-choice in the starting line-up. Caen called upon his services in 1985 to bolster their attacking options, but he would be forced to retire and bring his playing days to a premature end following a car crash which he struggled to recover from. It was at that point in time that he decided to go into football management. He started his managerial career with Caen's Reserve Team, then moved on to coach several other clubs; such as Montceau, Annecy, Lyon and Bordeaux. In 1998, he took on the role of Assistant Manager with the French national team for four years. He then became Head Coach of the Senegalese national side from 2003-2005, before becoming Assistant Manager at Besiktas in Turkey for two seasons. From 2009 onwards, he began a long-standing collaboration with Didier Deschamps as Assistant Manager - initially at Marseille (2009-2012) and subsequently with the French national team from 2012 onwards.