Bruno Bellone

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Bruno Bellone
Personal information
Date of birth (1962-03-14) 14 March 1962 (age 52)
Place of birth Toulon, France
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Left winger
Youth career
Cannet-Rocheville
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1987 AS Monaco FC 205 (55)
1987–1988 AS Cannes 26 (9)
1988–1989 Montpellier HSC 13 (2)
1989–1990 AS Cannes 31 (5)
Total 275 (71)
National team
1981–1988 France 34 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Bruno Bellone (born 14 March 1962 in Toulon) is a former French international footballer who played as a winger, and who earned 34 caps and scored two goals for France from 1981 to 1988. One of the goals was in the final of the 1984 European Championships, where France defeated Spain 2–0 to win the title. He was also in France's 1982 and 1986 World Cup squads.[1]

It was the quarter-final match against Brazil in 1986 for which he will most be remembered,[by whom?] for two incidents. Firstly, as the end of extra-time approached, he had a clear opportunity to score the winning goal, as he rounded Brazil goalkeeper Carlos on the edge of the penalty area. As he went past, Carlos blocked him, knocking him off balance and unable to reach the ball in time to score. The referee did not give a foul.[2] In the penalty shoot-out, Bellone took France's third kick. The hit the post and rebounded onto Carlos and then back into the goal. Despite Brazilian protests, the goal was allowed to stand. France manager Henri Michel, confronted after the game with the possibility that Bellone's penalty should not have stood, pointed to the Carlos incident in open play and said "There was a certain justice in that".[citation needed] The laws of football were later clarified in favour of the referee's decision.[3]

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