The staff : a professional coaching made in France

The Michel Hidalgo International Football Academy has a competent and qualified staff who have a significant experience in transmitting their knowledge and skills, allowing players to understand the world they’re living in. Although high performance football is the main thing at the Academy, nothing has been neglected to give a balanced training including sport and studies.

The members of the Michel Hidalgo Academy

Michel Hidalgo portraitMichel HIDALGO: Founder of the Academy and honour president.
As the world football Embassador, Michel dedicated most of his life to promoting football, its sports and human values, in France and abroad. He founded the Academy in 2006 and set up the basic principles himself. He was the link between the academicians and the professional clubs in order to praise the talents of the players. Since Michel died in March 2020, we are pursuing his work and objectives.


Laurence Pottier PortraitLaurence POTIER : President of the Academy.
Co-founder of the Academy together with Michel Hidalgo and Sébastien Nassif, Laurence was first committed to high level competition as an athlete (France handball champion). For more than 25 years, she worked closely with the French Football Federation to professionalize the camps and matches of foreign teams in France and more recently as manager for FIFA 2019 Women's World Cup. For the Academy, she is the link between the staff and coaches, the players and their families.


Alain Aschbacher PortraitAlain ASCHBACHER : Technical director of the Academy.
Alain’s first mission is to be the trainer of the academicians. He conducts the fitness and gym programmes, as well as recuperation sessions after the games. His passion for physical exercice make people nickname him “Iron Man“. But as a referree, his priority has always been education and ensuring a perfect behaviour of each player in every day life.


Zino Ghenadra PortraitZino GHENADRA : Manager of the Academy.
As a former player and sports educator, Zino determines the Academy agenda. He is the tie between the academicians and the football coaches. His task is to make sure that the timetables and schedules are followed and respected. He takes care of each academician in person, and controls and assesses their skills, progress and behaviour.


Christian Lopez PortraitChristian LOPEZ: General manager at Cannet-Rocheville football club, he is known for having been a very successful player, 4 times French champion with AS Saint Etienne in the late seventies in the position of libero. He boasts 39 selections with the French national team coached by... Michel Hidalgo, between 1975 and 1982, 9 times captain, and semi-finalist of the 1982 World Cup. Every week, he coaches the players of the Academy, assesses their progress and organises the trials in pro clubs.


Bruno Bellone PortraitBruno BELLONE : Player and striker at AS Monaco, then at AS Cannes, he became French champion in 1982 and French Cup winner in 1985. 34 times selected with the French national team, Bruno Bellone won the 1984 European championship and scored the second goal of the victory. The team was then coached by …. Michel Hidalgo.


Football coaches in FFF clubs

CoachsOur academicians are under the instructions of the technical staff of AS Cannes, USCBO or ESCR Cannet-Rocheville. Together with the academy manager, the coaches decide which team our football players will be playing with, according to their age and their level. Graduated with the highest diplomas from the Football Federal Institutions, they are all fully dedicated to transmitting their knowledge and experience.They are very much requiring regarding the behaviour of our players during trainings and matches.

Teachers and assessors

French classes take place every morning from 9 to 12 am, Monday to Friday, on Campus. For French speakers, our teachers give classes of English, and other subjects to those who follow the e-learning programme of the French school curriculum. They adapt to all students levels and native languages.