|Full name||Jean-Jacques Marcel|
|Date of birth||13 June 1931|
|Place of birth||Brignoles, Var, France|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|1954–1959||Olympique de Marseille||158||(23)|
|1959–1960||Sporting Toulon Var||31||(4)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
The south Frenchman was signed in 1949 by the FC Sochaux and in their youth team but fast played to the first. Jean Jacques Marcel was a physically strong right runner with qualities both in the defensive and in the play forward, had a hard shot and a good head ball play – 76 goals in over 420 league plays were unusual in that time for a midfielder. Still playing for France U-21, he was for the first time called in France first team1953 due to his constant achievements.
In 1954 he moved to its homeland region with Olympique Marseille and remained there for five years, playing alongside 17 years older Larbi Ben Barek. He played then one year in Toulon before ending his professional career in 1965 with RCF Paris.
Between May 1953 and October 1961 Jean-Jacques Marcel appeared in 44 international matches for the France national football team (10 in its time with Sochaux, 24 with Marseille, 3 with Toulon and 7 with Paris). He scored three goals and was in four meetings also captain. Its place in the national team was undisputed in all the years; thus he played naturally in the FIFA World Cup 1954 and 1958. The third place with France in Sweden was at the same time the largest success of its career. He also played at the first European championship (1960 in France). Until 1959 it formed a talentuous middle row together with Armand Penverne, in which Marcel – differently than in its clubs – played usually on the left side.
Out of the pitch
In 1965 Marcel returned to its birth city and played still some years as an amateur with the club, from which he had come out. It vocationally supported first its father, at that time mayor of Brignoles, in its trade in wine; subsequently, he worked as a representative of the sports article manufacturer Le Coq Sportif. Today Jean Jacques Marcel lives withdrawn, but still in the small town between Fréjus and Aix-en-Provence.
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