Roger Lemerre, born in 1941, has a special place in Confederations Cup history. The Frenchman is one of only two coaches to have managed two different teams at the tournament; the other being Milan Macala, who was in charge of United Arab Emirates in 1997 and then Saudi Arabia in 1999.
However, as opposed to the Czech veteran, Lemerre has actually lifted the trophy: his unbeatable France team came to Japan/Korea Republic in 2001 as reigning world and European champions and, despite the absences of Fabien Barthez and Zinedine Zidane, defeated Japan 1-0 in the final after being inspired by Robert Pires’ sparkling performances.
Four years later, Lemerre was back at the Confederations Cup, this time with Tunisia. Les Aigles de Carthage recorded a victory over Australia in the group stage, but their other two opponents, Argentina and host nation Germany, proved a step too far and Lemerre was unable to repeat his previous success.