Saudi Arabia boss’ partner Viviane Dieye a lucky World Cup charm as ex-husband led Senegal to iconic France win in 2002

SAUDI ARABIA manager Herve Renard’s partner Viviane Dieye is a lucky World Cup charm with her ex-husband being the boss who led Senegal to their iconic 2002 win over France.

Frenchman Renard, 54, guided Saudi to a historic upset at the Qatar World Cup, with his team beating one of the favourites, Argentina, 2-1.

Frenchman Renard is the manager of Saudi Arabia

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Frenchman Renard is the manager of Saudi ArabiaCredit: Getty
Saudi shocked the world by beating Argentina 2-1

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Saudi shocked the world by beating Argentina 2-1Credit: Alamy
Renard is with Senegal beauty Dieye

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Renard is with Senegal beauty DieyeCredit: AFP
Dieye was married to former Senegal boss Metsu, who guided the country to a historic 2002 World Cup win over then world champions France

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Dieye was married to former Senegal boss Metsu, who guided the country to a historic 2002 World Cup win over then world champions FranceCredit: AFP

But partner Viviane was once married to former Senegal manager, Bruno Metsu, who guided the African nation to a first round victory over then world champions France 20 years ago.

Metsu sadly died from cancer in 2013.

Renard and Viviane, who both had three children, fell in love after Metsu’s passing, with the Saudi manager in charge of Morocco at the time.

And the couple are said to be planning to tie the knot soon.

One of Renard’s three children, Candice, has become quite a recognisable figure in France, appearing in a number of reality TV shows.

However, the 25-year-old has had a bad experience in football as she was subject to a vicious assault during her father’s tenure as Morocco manager.

Candice was attacked after a match in the Ivory Coast, where she was caught in a melee involving angry local fans.

She was hit with batons and was later stretchered away, with the incident leaving Renard close to tears.

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He said: “I don’t know how people can behave like that towards my daughter.”

Senegalese beauty Viviane met her first husband in Italy and she had three children with him.

Viviane birthed Enzo, Noah and Maeva, and she is also the stemother to a fourth, Remy, who was from one of Metus previous relationships.

She owns a business in Morocco, running a sports store in a Casablanca shopping centre.

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