Just Fontaine

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Just Fontaine
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Personal information
Full name Just Fontaine
Date of birth (1933-08-18) 18 August 1933 (age 80)
Place of birth Marrakech, Morocco
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1950–1953 Casablanca 48 (62)
1953–1956 Nice 69 (43)
1956–1962 Stade Reims 131 (122)
National team
1953–1960 France 21 (30)
Teams managed
1967 France
1968–1969 Luchon
1973–1976 Paris Saint-Germain
1978–1979 Toulouse
1979–1981 Morocco
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Just "Justo" Fontaine (pronounced: [ʒyst fɔ̃.tɛn]; born 18 August 1933) is a former French football player best known for being the record holder for most goals scored in a single edition of the FIFA World Cup, with 13 in 1958.[1] In 2004, Pelé named him one of the 125 Greatest Living Footballers at a FIFA Awards Ceremony.[2]

Football career[edit]

He holds the record for most goals scored in a single FIFA World Cup finals tournament, with 13 in 1958. He has also scored the fourth most goals for any player in the World Cup finals overall, after Ronaldo (15 goals in four World Cup tournaments), Gerd Müller (14 goals in two tournaments) and Miroslav Klose (14 goals in three tournaments).

Though born in Marrakech, he moved to Casablanca, where he attended the Lycée Lyautey.

Fontaine began his amateur career at USM Casablanca, where he played from 1950 to 1953. Nice recruited him in 1953, and he went on to score 44 goals in three seasons for the club. In 1956, he moved on to Stade de Reims where he teamed up with Raymond Kopa, Kopa went to Real Madrid in 1958, Fontaine scored 121 goals in six seasons at the Stade de Reims. In total, Fontaine scored 165 goals in 200 matches in the Ligue 1, and twice won the championship; in 1958 and 1960. He also took part in the team that got to the 1958–59 European Cup final against Real Madrid, being that season's top scorer with 10 goals.

Wearing the blue shirt of France, Fontaine's statistics are even more impressive. On his debut with the team on 17 December 1953, Fontaine scored a hat trick as France defeated Luxembourg 8–0. In seven years, he scored 30 goals in 21 matches for the national team. However, he will best be remembered for his 1958 FIFA World Cup performance, where he scored 13 goals in just six matches—a feat which included putting four past the defending champions West Germany. It was also the highest number of goals ever scored by one player at a single World Cup tournament – a record which still stands today.[3] This tally secured him the Golden Boot for that tournament.[4]

Fontaine played his last match in July 1962, being forced to retire early (28 years and 11 months old) because of a recurring injury. He briefly managed the French national team in 1967, but was replaced after only two games, both friendlies that ended in defeats. As coach of Morocco, he led the Atlas Lions to 3rd in the 1980 African Cup of Nations, overseeing the emergence of such players as Badou Zaki, Mohammed Timoumi and Aziz Bouderbala. Morocco reached the final stage of 1982 World Cup qualifying but were beaten by Cameroon.

After retirement[edit]

He was named by Pelé as one of the 125 greatest living footballers in March 2004. He was chosen as the best French player of the last 50 years by the French Football Federation in the UEFA Jubilee Awards in November 2003.[5]

With Eugène N'Jo Léa he founded the National Union of Professional Football Players in 1961. He criticized the performance of the French team in 2010 World Cup in South Africa, particularly on the lackluster playing by the forwards.[6] France were eliminated after group stage, with a draw against Uruguay and losses to Mexico and South Africa.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Individual[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Morocco League Moroccan Cup Africa Total
1950–51 Casablanca 16 23
1951–52 10 17
1952–53 22 22
France League Coupe de France Europe Total
1953–54 Nice Division 1 24 18 7 3 - - 31 21
1954–55 28 20 4 2 - - 32 22
1955–56 17 5 3 4 - - 20 9
1956–57 Stade Reims Division 1 31 30 1 1 - - 32 31
1957–58 26 34 6 5 - - 32 39
1958–59 32 24 3 2 7 10 42 36
1959–60 28 28 2 2 - - 30 30
1960–61 7 4 - - 1 0 8 4
1961–62 7 2 1 3 - - 8 5
Total Casablanca 48 62 48 62
Nice 69 43 14 9 - - 83 52
Reims 131 122 13 13 8 10 152 145
Career total 248 227 27 22 8 10 283 259

[7]

France national team
Year Apps Goals
1953 1 3
1954 - -
1955 - -
1956 1 0
1957 1 0
1958 12 18
1959 4 7
1960 2 2
Total 21 30

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list France's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Result Competition Scored
1,2,3 December 27, 1953 Parc des Princes, Paris  Luxembourg 8–0 1954 World Cup qualifier 3
4 March 13, 1958 Parc des Princes, Paris  Spain 2–2 Friendly 1
5,6,7 June 8, 1958 Idrottsparken, Norrköping  Paraguay 7–3 1958 World Cup 3
8,9 June 11, 1958 Arosvallen, Västerås  Yugoslavia 2–3 1958 World Cup 2
10 June 15, 1958 Eyravallen, Örebro  Scotland 2–1 1958 World Cup 1
11,12 June 19, 1958 Idrottsparken, Norrköping  Northern Ireland 4–0 1958 World Cup Quarter-final 2
13 June 24, 1958 Råsunda Stadium, Solna  Brazil 2–5 1958 World Cup Semi-finals 1
14,15,16,17 June 28, 1958 Ullevi, Gothenburg  West Germany 6–3 1958 World Cup Third Place Match 4
18, 19 October 1, 1958 Parc des Princes, Paris  Greece 7–1 UEFA EURO 1960 qualifier 2
20 October 5, 1958 Praterstadion, Vienna  Austria 2–1 Friendly 1
21 November 9, 1958 Stade Olympique de Colombes, Colombes  Italy 2–2 Friendly 1
22, 23, 24 November 11, 1959 Stade Olympique de Colombes, Colombes  Portugal 5–3 Friendly 3
25, 26, 27 December 13, 1959 Stade Olympique de Colombes, Colombes  Austria 5–2 UEFA EURO 1960 qualifier 3
28 December 17, 1959 Parc des Princes, Paris  Spain 4–3 Friendly 1
29,30 March 16, 1960 Parc des Princes, Paris  Chile 6–0 Friendly 2

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ Kaufman, Michelle. "Countdown to the World Cup – Total Soccer , Fútbol Total". MiamiHerald.com. Retrieved 28 April 2011. 
  2. ^ "Pele's list of the greatest". BBC Sport. 4 March 2004. Retrieved 18 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "1958 FIFA World Cup Sweden ™". FIFA.com. Retrieved 28 April 2011. 
  4. ^ http://thefootballhistoryboys.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/1958-world-cup-wales-finest-hour.html
  5. ^ [1][dead link]
  6. ^ "France legend Fontaine blasts forwards". ESPN. 11 July 2010. Retrieved 28 April 2011. 
  7. ^ "Just Fontaine – Goals in International Matches". Rsssf.com. Retrieved 28 April 2011. 

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