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Raymond Goethals

Belgian football coach

Died when: 83 years 60 days (997 months)
Star Sign: Libra


Raymond Goethals

Raymond Goethals (French pronunciation: ?[??m?~ gutals], Dutch pronunciation: ['r?m?~ '?ut?ls]; 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.He was the father of the referee Guy Goethals, who officiated at the 1996 European Championship.

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