Raymond Goethals

1921 - 2004

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Raymond Goethals (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈrɛmɔ̃ ˈɣutɑls]; 7 October 1921 – 6 December 2004) was a Belgian football coach who led Marseille to victory in the UEFA Champions League final in 1993, becoming the first coach to win a European trophy with a French club. Sometimes nicknamed "Raymond-la-science" ("Raymond-the-Science", previously the nickname of Belgian anarchist and Bonnot gang member Raymond Callemin), "le sorcier" ("the Wizard") or "le magicien" ("the Magician"), Goethals was known for his blunt way of speaking, his habit of mispronouncing players' names and his distinctive Brussels accent. A chain smoker, he was likened to TV police detective Lieutenant Columbo. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Raymond Goethals has received more than 142,680 page views. His biography is available in 27 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 25 in 2019). Raymond Goethals is the 51st most popular coach (up from 52nd in 2019), the 161st most popular biography from Belgium (up from 167th in 2019) and the most popular Belgian Coach.

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Among coaches, Raymond Goethals ranks 51 out of 329Before him are Jean-Pierre Papin, Enzo Bearzot, Sven-Göran Eriksson, Hugo Sánchez, Pierre Littbarski, and Bert van Marwijk. After him are Hans-Dieter Flick, Tito Vilanova, Héctor Cúper, Roger Lemerre, César Rodríguez Álvarez, and Morten Olsen.

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Among people born in 1921, Raymond Goethals ranks 84Before him are Amin al-Hafiz, Jack Steinberger, James Clavell, Herta Bothe, Stein Rokkan, and Dirk Bogarde. After him are Iris Apfel, Mary Douglas, Gene Roddenberry, Yuri Nikulin, Chris Marker, and Jean-Marie Balestre. Among people deceased in 2004, Raymond Goethals ranks 49Before him are Gérard Debreu, John Pople, José López Portillo y Pacheco, Masanori Tokita, Otto Kumm, and Matthäus Hetzenauer. After him are John Vane, Russ Meyer, Julia Child, Theo van Gogh, Brian Clough, and Herbert C. Brown.

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In Belgium

Among people born in Belgium, Raymond Goethals ranks 161 out of 899Before him are Cipriano de Rore (1515), Princess Clémentine of Belgium (1872), Paul Van Himst (1943), John Langenus (1891), Constantin Meunier (1831), and Godfried Danneels (1933). After him are Wilfried Martens (1936), Johannes Tinctoris (1435), Jacob Le Maire (1585), Chantal Mouffe (1943), Paul Otlet (1868), and John I, Duke of Brabant (1252).

Among COACHES In Belgium

Among coaches born in Belgium, Raymond Goethals ranks 1After him are Eric Gerets (1954), Guy Thys (1922), Georges Leekens (1949), Robert Waseige (1939), René Vandereycken (1953), and Hugo Broos (1952).