Franz Pleyer

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Franz Pleyer
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Personal information
Full name Franz Pleyer
Date of birth 23 February 1911
Place of birth Vienna, Austria
Date of death 3 September 1999(1999-09-03) (aged 88)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
–1933 Brigittenauer AC (–)
1933–1939 Rennes 171 (2)
1946–1951 Rennes 40 (0)
Total 211 (2)
Teams managed
1945–1952 Rennes
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Franz "François" Pleyer (23 February 1911 – 3 September 1999) was a naturalized French professional football player.


Pleyer was born in Vienna, the capital city of Austria. He played for Brigittenauer AC in his home country before moving to France in 1933 to play for Stade Rennais UC. Pleyer spent the rest of his career playing for Rennes appearing in over 200 matches for the club.[1] In 1935, he played on the team that reached the final of the Coupe de France. In the final, Rennes were defeated 3–0 by Marseille.[2] In December 1936, Player acquired French citizenship and adopted the name François, the French anglicisation of Franz.

In 1939, Pleyer's football career was put on hold due to World War II. He served for France during the war and, following its conclusion, returned to Rennes. Pleyer spent his latter years with the club serving in a player-coach role. His final appearance with Rennes was in May 1951 at the age of 40.


  1. ^ Loire, Claude (1998). Le Stade rennais, fleuron du football breton. Apogée. p. 88. ISBN 2-84398-000-3. 
  2. ^ "Finale le 05/05/1935, Colombes (Yves du Manoir)" (in French). French Football Federation. Retrieved 22 January 2011.