Michel Dussuyer

Michel Dussuyer (born 28 May 1959) is a French football coach and former professional player who is currently the manager of Benin.

Michel Dussuyer
Personal information
Date of birth (1959-05-28) 28 May 1959
Place of birth Cannes, France
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Benin (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1978–1981 Cannes
1981–1983 Nice
1983–1984 Alès
1984–1996 Cannes
Teams managed
2002–2004 Guinea
2006–2007 Cannes
2008–2010 Benin
2010–2013 Guinea
2014–2015 Guinea
2015–2017 Ivory Coast
2018– Benin
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Playing career

Dussuyer played club football as a goalkeeper for Cannes, Nice and Alès.[1][2]

Coaching career

He was an assistant coach at Cannes between 1996 and 2002.[2]

He was appointed as manager of the Guinea national team in September 2002.[3] He led them to the 2004 African Cup of Nations, their first appearance in the competition since 1998.[4] The country reached the quarter-finals of the competition - their best result in 30 years - but he resigned in March 2004, citing family reasons.[5][6]

In 2006, he was an assistant coach to Henri Michel for the Ivory Coast national team, for the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations.[2] He returned to Cannes as manager, from 2006 to 2007.[7]

He was appointed as manager of the Benin national team in June 2008.[8] He was sacked in February 2010, along with the rest of the coaching staff.[9] He claimed he was not informed of his sacking by the Benin Football Federation.[10]

In May 2010 he returned as manager of Guinea.[11] After leaving in late 2013, he was re-appointed in February 2014.[12] After taking Guinea to the quarter-finals of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, he became manager of the Ivory Coast national team in July 2015.[13]

Dussuyer resigned from his role as Ivory Coast manager after the team failed to reach the quarter-finals of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.[14]

In December 2017 he was linked with the vacant Benin national team manager's job.[15] He was appointed to the role in August 2018.[16] He was in charge of Benin at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.[17][18]


  1. "Playing profile". Ligue 1. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  2. "Michel Dussuyer : " Une belle expérience en Afrique "" (in French). L'amicale des éducateurs de football. Archived from the original on 7 July 2011. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  3. "Guinea get new coach". BBC Sport. 8 September 2002. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  4. James Copnall (3 October 2003). "Dussuyer: Man on a mission". BBC Sport. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  5. Mohamed Fajah Barrie (24 February 2004). "Dussuyer may stay on". BBC Sport. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  6. "Guinea lose coach". BBC Sport. 30 March 2004. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  7. "France - Trainers of First and Second Division Clubs". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 20 June 2009. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  8. James Copnall (11 June 2008). "Dussuyer signs for Benin". BBC Sport. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  9. "Bénin: Les Ecureuils et Michel DUSSUYER sanctionnés" (in French). Fédération Béninoise de Football. Archived from the original on 11 February 2010. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  10. "Benin coach Michel Dussuyer 'unaware' of sacking". BBC Sport. 9 February 2010. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  11. "Dussuyer reappointed Guinea coach". BBC Sport. 24 May 2010. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  12. "Guinea reappoint Michel Dussuyer as coach". BBC Sport. 19 February 2014. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  13. "Frenchman Michel Dussuyer named as new Ivory Coast coach". BBC Sport. 20 July 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  14. "Ivory Coast boss Michel Dussuyer resigns after African Nations Cup elimination". Eurosport. 29 January 2017. Retrieved 30 January 2017.
  15. "Benin begin search for new national team coach". BBC Sport. 2017-12-17. Retrieved 2018-03-22.
  16. http://www.africatopsports.com, Publié par Franck OROCOTI pour Africa Top Sports Journaliste à Africa Top Sports Premier portail sportif Africain (10 August 2018). "Bénin : Michel Dussuyer officialisé comme sélectionneur des Ecureuils".
  17. "2019 Africa Cup of Nations: Benin turn to uncapped quartet for qualifier". BBC Sport. 13 March 2019.
  18. http://www.africatopsports.com, Publié par Rodolph TOMEGAH pour Africa Top Sports Journaliste à Africa Top Sports Premier portail sportif Africain (17 May 2019). "CAN 2019-Bénin: Les objectifs de Michel Dussuyer".
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