Louis Favre (footballer)

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Louis Favre
Personal information
Date of birth (1923-10-23)23 October 1923
Place of birth Montpellier, France
Date of death 15 January 2008(2008-01-15) (aged 84)
Place of death Montpellier, France
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1941–1945 SO Montpellier
1945–1946 AS Béziers
1946–1950 Red Star
1950–1953 Stade français
1953–1954 Olympique alésien
1954–1957 FC Sète
1957–1961 SO Montpellier
Teams managed
1963–1968 SO Montpellier
1976 SO Montpellier
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Louis Favre (23 October 1923, in Montpellier – 15 January 2008, in Montpellier) is a former French footballer and later football manager. Youye played as a striker, then as a winger, then as a central midfielder.

Biography[edit]

Player[edit]

Louis Favre made his professional debut in 1941 with the club that trained him: SO Montpellier. He left for Béziers in 1945 and played an unofficial international game (against an army and air force selection) for France under 23s in January 1946 during which he came to the attention of scouts from Red Star. He joined Saint-Ouen in summer 1946.

France B international, he was selected to play in two international games against Scotland and the Netherlands in April 1949, with the A team. One week before the game, Favre was injured during the derby against Racing club de Paris: a fractured fibula and double sprain. He was never picked again for France A. The following season, he fractured his fibula again.

After seven seasons in the capital, he returned to the Languedoc of his birth and signed for Olympique alésien before joining Sète where he played as a midfielder. He finished his career at the club where he started it: SOM.

Coach[edit]

Once his playing career finished, he became manager of SO Montpellier from 1963 to 1968 during which the club transfored into Montpellier La Paillade where he was joint manager from 1974 to 1978.

Sources[edit]

  • Louis Favre est décédé, in L'Équipe, Sunday 19 January 2008, n°19 557, page 6.
  • Coll., Red Star. Histoire d'un siècle, Paris, Red Star, 1999, p. 275 (including a passage on Alès from 53–54, taken from the guide Football 54)
  • Gilles Gauthey, Le football professionnel français, "Index alphabétique des joueurs des clubs professionnels de 1932 à 1961", Paris, 1961, p. 36 (including passage on Alès from 53–54, taken from the guide Football 54)
  • Roger Rabier, Allez SOM, Montpellier, 1985, p. 251–253 (quote from Favre says that he joined Montpellier straight after Red Star, but all other sources state that he joined Béziers before his transfer)
  • Coll., Football 55, Paris, L'Equipe, p. 137 (biography)
  • Coll., Football 54, Paris, L'Equipe, p. 143 (composition of the Alès team in 53–54)