Alex Thépot

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Alex Thépot
Personal information
Full name Alexis Thépot
Date of birth 30 July 1906
Place of birth Brest, France
Date of death 21 February 1989 (age 82)
Place of death Dunkerque, France
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1922-1927 Armoricaine Brest
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1927-1928 FEC Levallois
1928-1935 Red Star FC
1935-1936 USL Dunkerque
National team
1927 - 1935 France 31 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Alexis 'Alex' Thépot (30 July 1906 – 21 February 1989) was a French football player. He was the goalkeeper of the French national team in the first two World Cups, 1930 and 1934.

Born in Brest, Finistère, Thépot played for the clubs Armoricaine de Brest (1922-1927), FEC Levallois (1927-28), Red Star FC (1928-1935), and USL Dunkerque (1935-1936). After a good year with Levallois, he was selected to play his first international match against England in 1927.[1]

From 1927 to 1935, Thépot played in 31 international matches, conceding 77 goals, and was captain of the French team 13 times.[2] He played France's only match at the 1928 Olympic Games, a 3-4 loss to Italy.

Thépot appeared in France's first ever World Cup match against Mexico in 1930, although he had to abandon the match during the first half due to an injury, being replaced in goal by half Augustin Chantrel. Thépot would come back and play in the next two matches, but his team was unable to go past the group stage, losing to Argentina 1-0 on a late goal, and 1-0 to Chile, despite having saved a penalty kick while the match was still 0-0.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Source: (French) AllezRedStar.com. "Alex Thépot". AllezRedStar.com. Archived from the original on 7 December 2006. Retrieved 2007-01-03. 
  2. ^ (French) www.fff.fr. "Player profile and cap summary". French Football Federation. Retrieved 2007-01-03. 
  3. ^ Naskrent, Gwidon S. et al. "World Cup 1930". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 1 January 2007. Retrieved 2007-01-03. 

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