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|Full name||Lucien Laurent|
|Date of birth||10 December 1907|
|Place of birth||Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, France|
|Date of death||11 April 2005(aged 97)|
|Place of death||Besançon, France|
|Height||1.60 m (5 ft 3 in)|
|Playing position||Inside right|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Between 1921 and 1930, he played for the semi-professional team Cercle Athlétique de Paris, before being taken on by Sochaux, then a works team for the car manufacturer Peugeot, where he worked. As an amateur player, he only received basic expenses from the French Football Federation while at the 1930 World Cup in Uruguay.
At the Estadio Pocitos in Montevideo, Laurent made history by scoring the first ever World Cup goal: a volley in the 19th minute of a game against Mexico on 13 July 1930. France won the game 4–1, but lost their remaining group matches to Argentina and Chile, and were thus eliminated. Laurent was ruled out of the third game due to injury.
Injury then also denied Laurent a place in the squad for the 1934 World Cup and he moved to Rennes, playing for them until 1937, then for RC Strasbourg until 1939. In all, Laurent played 10 times for France, but scored only one other goal.
When World War II came, Laurent was called up to join the armed forces and was taken prisoner by the Germans. He spent three years as a prisoner of war, was released in 1943 and played the remaining two years of wartime football for Besançon. In 1946, Laurent retired from playing and went on to become a trainer and youth coach. He was the only surviving member of the 1930 French team to see France lift the 1998 World Cup on home soil, and died seven years later at the age of 97 in Besançon.
France's goal tally first
|1.||13 July 1930||Estadio Pocitos, Montevideo, Uruguay||Mexico||1–0||4–1||1930 FIFA World Cup|
|2.||14 May 1931||Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Colombes, France||England||1–1||5–2||Friendly|