Jacques Santini, 52, is currently preparing for Euro 2004. Since his appointment as the national coach in July 2002, France have lost only one of their 23 matches.
They won the Confederations Cup in 2003 defeating Cameroon in the final and qualified for Euro 2004 in impressive style winning all of their group matches and conceding just two goals.
Prior to his appointment as the national manager, Santini led French side Lyon to their first ever Championship in 2002. They also won the French Super Cup in the same season and the French League Cup the previous year.
Santini has also gained a reputation for developing young players during his time as Lyon’s technical director and a two-year spell at the renowned French Football Academy.
A creative midfielder as a player, Santini was part of the famous St Etienne team of the seventies where he won four league titles, two French Cups and a European Cup runners-up medal.