Claude Puel

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Claude Puel
Claude Puel.jpg
Claude Puel, 2006
birthday 2nd September 1961
place of birth CastresFrance
size 177 cm
position midfield
Years station
1970-1977 Castres
1977-1979 AS Monaco
Years station Games (goals) 1
1979-1996 AS Monaco 488 (4)
Stations as a trainer
Years station
1999-2001 AS Monaco
2002-2008 Lille OSC
2008-2011 Olympique Lyon
2012-2016 OGC Nice
2016-2017 Southampton FC
2017-2019 Leicester City
2019– AS Saint-Etienne
1 Only league games are given.

Claude Puel (born September 2, 1961 in Castres ) is a former French football player and current coach .


As a player

The Puel used on the right side of defense or in the right midfield played his playing career from 1977 exclusively at AS Monaco , with which he won the championship title in 1982 and 1988 and the national cup in 1991 . Between 1978 and 1996 he completed 488 first division games there , in which he scored four goals. He also wore the ASM's red and white dress in 49 European Cup games. He and his team reached the semi-finals in 1990 and in 1992 the final, which they lost to Werder Bremen , in the cup winners' competition, in which Claude Puel, however, had to sit out due to injury; In 1994 he was again in the semifinals, this time in the Champions League.

As a trainer

Claude Puel began his coaching career with the Monegasque in 1999. He then coached the Lille OSC (2002-2008) and was voted coach of the year in 2005 . From July 2008 to June 2011, Puel was head coach at Olympique Lyon . From 2012 to 2016 he worked in this role at OGC Nice . In mid-February, during the game against FC Nantes, he worked for the 488th time as head coach - that is, as often as a player - in Ligue 1; thus he expanded his leading position in the first division statistics of France, the cumulative number of games as a player and as a coach, ahead of Robert Herbin (383 plus 528) and Antoine Redin (305 plus 552).

At the beginning of the 2016/17 season, Claude Puel took over as coach at Southampton FC in the English Premier League . Although Puel had led the club to eighth place in the Premier League and the final of the EFL Cup , he was released after just one season. In October 2017 he took over the English first division club Leicester City . After just one point from the last six games, the Frenchman was dismissed after the 27th matchday of the 2018/19 season in Leicester. In October 2019 he took over from Ghislain Printant as coach of AS Saint-Étienne .

Web links

Commons : Claude Puel  - Collection of Images, Videos and Audio Files


  1. a b Figures based on "Puel égale Puel" in France Football of February 11, 2014, p. 37
  2. L'Équipe / Gérard Ejnès: 50 ans de Coupes d'Europe. L'Équipe, Issy-les-Moulineaux 2005 ISBN 2-951-96059-X , pp. 275ff. and 282
  3. see the message about his contract signing at
  4. Claude Puel sacked by Southampton with Thomas Tuchel on list of potential replacements (June 14, 2017) , accessed June 15, 2017
  5. Claude Puel leaves Leicester City ,, accessed on February 24, 2019
  6. Saint-Étienne: Ghislain Printant à l'entraînement, Claude Puel dans l'avion (October 4, 2019) , accessed on October 4, 2019