Messi’s conqueror Renard needs extra ‘unforgettable’ World Cup moments

They face Jamaica on Sunday in Sydney of their Group F opener and Renard informed AFP that cash will not be what drives him.

The 54-year-old gave up a profitable contract as coach of Saudi Arabia’s males – who he led to a well-known win over eventual champions Argentina in Qatar – to take over the ladies’s crew of his native France.

Herve Renard masterminded defeat of Lionel Messi’s Argentina within the Qatar World Cup group stage and now could be hoping to expertise extra “feelings which you can’t purchase” on the Ladies’s World Cup.

“I’m going in search of feelings. World Cups are magical,” he stated within the lead-up to the event in Australia and New Zealand.

“Australia is a soccer nation that likes girls’s sports activities. The stadiums might be full and there might be an incredible environment. These are feelings which you can’t purchase.

“What I skilled a couple of months in the past in opposition to Argentina, I may have been the richest man on this planet and I would not have the ability to purchase the feelings.

“So I might be in search of these feelings once more. That’s my adrenaline and I hope to expertise extra unforgettable moments.”

Renard took over a France crew that was in disarray 4 months in the past after a participant mutiny precipitated the sacking of Corinne Diacre.

That will have been a frightening prospect for much less wily operators, however Renard can name on wealthy expertise.

A double African champion immediately recognisable on the touchline in his trademark white shirt, he has coached quite a few golf equipment together with a spell in England’s decrease leagues at Cambridge United twenty years in the past.

He has turn into a specialist at working with nationwide groups since main Zambia to a exceptional triumph on the Africa Cup of Nations in 2012.

He received the identical competitors with the Ivory Coast in 2015 and coached Morocco earlier than transferring to Saudi Arabia in 2019.

“Since I left Lille (in 2015), I’ve favoured working with nationwide groups and I’d discover it tough now to return,” he stated.

“I like this position and I really feel good in it. The approach to life is totally completely different and I discover there are numerous positives in it.

“I’ve been fortunate in my life to have the ability to deliver entire international locations onto the road and that’s priceless.

“To see an entire metropolis buzzing is nice, however an entire nation is even higher.”


France are maybe the nice underachievers in worldwide girls’s soccer, with their finest efficiency at a World Cup their run to the semifinals in 2011.

They’ve gone out of the final two tournaments within the quarterfinals, whereas they misplaced within the semifinals finally yr’s Euro.

That’s regardless of boasting among the most interesting gamers on this planet, together with centre-back and captain Wendie Renard of a number of Champions League winners Lyon, and the ahead Kadidiatou Diani.

“The very first thing you have to do is imagine, and never simply say it, however do it,” stated Renard, whose crew may even play Brazil and Panama within the group part on the World Cup.

“You must have an distinctive mindset too. I do not know another recipe for successful.

“Numerous gamers in our crew have already received numerous issues with their golf equipment. Why could not they do the identical factor with their nationwide crew?

“They know the way it works, so it’s doable.”

Renard has his work reduce out after being appointed so late within the day, so he isn’t getting too carried away as to France’s prospects.

“France have been within the semifinals earlier than nevertheless it was fairly a very long time in the past now,” he stated.

“If we’re fortunate sufficient to get to the final 4 once more, then we will begin to speak about even greater goals.”

Author: ZeroToHero