Gabriel Hanot

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Gabriel Hanot
Gabriel Hanot 1910.JPEG
Hanot in 1910
Personal information
Date of birth (1889-11-06)6 November 1889
Place of birth Arras, France
Date of death 10 August 1968(1968-08-10) (aged 78)
Playing position Full back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1907?–1910? US Tourcoing FC ?
1910?–1912? BFC Preussen ?
1912?–1915? Tourcoing ?
1916?–1919? AS Francilienne ?
National team
1908–1919 France 12 (3)
Teams managed
1945–1949 France (coach under a committee)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Gabriel Hanot (6 November 1889 – 10 August 1968) was a French footballer and journalist (the editor of L'Équipe). The European Cup – which became the UEFA Champions League – was the brainchild of Hanot.


He made 12 appearances for the France national football team, with his debut coming on 8 March 1908 against Switzerland. He made another 10 appearances for them up to World War I. After the war he played one more time for France, as captain against Belgium on 9 March 1919.[1]

Following an aviation accident he gave up football and became a journalist.[2] He is credited with introducing the professional championship in France, in 1932.[2]

Hanot and his colleague at L'Équipe Jacques Ferran were the prime movers behind getting the European Cup established.[3]


  1. ^ "HANOT Gabriel". Equipe de France A: Tous les jouers (in French). FFF. Archived from the original on 29 July 2012. Retrieved 10 November 2011.
  2. ^ a b Boudreault, Patrick (6 August 2007 (modified 4 July 2010)). "Saga Ligue des Champions (1/4). Gabriel Hanot,visionnaire de génie" (in French). La Depeche. Retrieved 11 November 2011. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. ^ "Football's premier club competition". 14 June 2010. Retrieved 7 August 2010.

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