Rising FC Hires Carteron as New Head Coach

Phoenix Rising Football Club announced its selection of former Mali National Men’s Team manager Patrice Carteron as its new Head Coach. Carteron.


Beginning his head-coaching career for AS Cannes, Carteron has achieved tremendous success during his eleven years as a manager.  Under his leadership:

  • Dijon FCO was promoted to first division of the French Premier League.
  • Mali placed third in the Africa Cup of Nations and rose to a FIFA rank of 21.
  • TP Mazembe won two league titles, three African Super Cup titles and one African Champions League title.
  • Wadi Degla won 20 matches, tied four and lost only six during its 30-match season.
  • And, most recently in 2017, Al Nassr finished third qualifying for the Asian Champion’s League.


“Bringing Patrice Carteron to Phoenix Rising FC is another tremendous achievement for professional soccer in the United States,” said Phoenix Rising FC Governor Berke Bakay.  “His holistic approach to the game combines a unique blend of strategy, wellness, and uncompromising competitiveness.  Patrice will bring the very best performance out of our players and nourish a new soccer culture for youth development in cooperation with our affiliate youth clubs throughout Arizona.”

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