Fontaine in 2016
|Date of birth||18 August 1933|
|Place of birth||Marrakech, French Morocco|
|Height||1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Just Fontaine (pronounced [ʒyst fɔ̃.tɛn]; born 18 August 1933) is a retired French professional footballer. A prolific forward, he is best known for being the record holder for most goals scored in a single edition of the FIFA World Cup, with 13 in six matches in 1958. In 2004, Pelé named him one of the 125 Greatest Living Footballers at a FIFA Awards Ceremony.
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 starting in the 1959-60 season. 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. This tally secured him the Golden Boot for that tournament. And as of 2018, he is still the fourth best scorer in FIFA World Cup History, with the three first - Gerd Müller (14 goals), Ronaldo (15 goals) and Miroslav Klose (16 goals) - having played at least two tournaments.
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.
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.
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 the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, particularly on the lackluster playing by the forwards. France were eliminated after group stage, with a draw against Uruguay and losses to Mexico and South Africa.
|France||League||Coupe de France||Europe||Total|
|1956–57||Stade Reims||Division 1||31||30||1||1||-||-||32||31|
- Source: "Just Fontaine – Goals in International Matches". Rsssf.com. Retrieved 28 April 2011.
|France national team|
- France score listed first, score column indicates score after each Fontaine goal.
|1||27 December 1953||Parc des Princes, Paris, France||1||Luxembourg||1954 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|4||13 March 1958||Parc des Princes, Paris, France||4||Spain||1–1||2–2||Friendly|
|5||8 June 1958||Idrottsparken, Norrköping, Sweden||6||Paraguay||1958 FIFA World Cup|
|8||11 June 1958||Arosvallen, Västerås, Sweden||7||Yugoslavia|
|10||15 June 1958||Eyravallen, Örebro, Sweden||8||Scotland||2–0||2–1|
|11||19 June 1958||Idrottsparken, Norrköping, Sweden||9||Northern Ireland|
|13||24 June 1958||Råsunda Stadium, Solna, Sweden||10||Brazil||1–1||2–5|
|14||28 June 1958||Ullevi, Gothenburg, Sweden||11||West Germany|
|18||1 October 1958||Parc des Princes, Paris, France||12||Greece||UEFA Euro 1960 qualifiers|
|20||5 October 1958||Praterstadion, Vienna, Austria||13||Austria||2–1||2–1||Friendly|
|21||9 November 1958||Stade Olympique de Colombes, Colombes, France||15||Italy||2–2||2–2||Friendly|
|22||11 November 1959||Stade Olympique de Colombes, Colombes, France||17||Portugal||Friendly|
|25||13 December 1959||Stade Olympique de Colombes, Colombes, France||18||Austria||UEFA Euro 1960 qualifiers|
|28||17 December 1959||Parc des Princes, Paris, France||19||Spain||2–1||4–3||Friendly|
|29||16 March 1960||Parc des Princes, Paris, France||20||Chile||Friendly|
- Stade de Reims
- OGC Nice
- French Division 1 Top Goalscorer (2): 1957–58, 1959–60
- FIFA World Cup Golden Boot: 1958
- FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 1958
- Ballon d'Or Third place: 1958
- European Cup Top Goalscorer: 1958–59
- FIFA Order of Merit: 1994
- UEFA Jubilee Awards – France's Golden Player: 2004
- Golden Foot: 2003, as a football legend
- FIFA 100: 2004
- Trophée spécial UNFP: 2008
- Trophée d'honneur UNFP: 2011
- World Soccer: The 100 Greatest Footballers of All Time
References and notes
- Kaufman, Michelle. "Countdown to the World Cup – Total Soccer, Fútbol Total". MiamiHerald.com. Retrieved 28 April 2011.
- "Pele's list of the greatest". BBC Sport. 4 March 2004. Retrieved 18 November 2013.
- "1958 FIFA World Cup star: Just Fontaine". Retrieved 31 December 2016.
- "1958 FIFA World Cup Sweden ™". FIFA.com. Archived from the original on 16 October 2013. Retrieved 28 April 2011.
- "Golden Players take centre stage". Archived from the original on 12 March 2004. Retrieved 2008-06-11.
- "France legend Fontaine blasts forwards". ESPN. 11 July 2010. Archived from the original on 27 April 2011. Retrieved 28 April 2011.
- "Just Fontaine - national football team player". EU-Football.info. 14 July 2016. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
- "Legends". Golden Foot. Archived from the original on 25 September 2015. Retrieved 23 September 2015.