Marcel Pinel

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Marcel Pinel
Personal information
Date of birth (1908-07-08)8 July 1908
Place of birth Honfleur (Calvados), France
Date of death 18 March 1968(1968-03-18) (aged 59)
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in), 75 kg
Playing position Striker, Centre-half
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
after 1919 CS Honfleur
Paris Université Club
Stade français
1925–1935 Red Star Olympique
National team
1930 France 7 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Marcel Pinel (8 July 1908; Honfleur—18 March 1968) was a French footballer.


Pinel started at the club in his home town, CS Honfleur,[1] and after being transferred to Paris Université Club and Stade français, in 1925, he joined Red Star Olympique where he played centre-forward and centre-half.[2]

At this time, he played for France 7 times (1930) and scored 4 goals.[3] These four goals were scored against Belgium in two games (two doubles).

His first cap came against Brazil, in Rio de Janeiro, which resulted in a defeat (2-3), but this match is not recognised by the French.[4] Therefore, his first official selection came against Czechoslovakia (2-3) in Colombes.

He took part in the first football World Cup, in 1930, in Uruguay, after having asked for exceptional permission to do his military service in Douanes.[5] With his former teammate at Red Star, Augustin Chantrel, the other intellectual in the France team, he was correspondent for the sporting newspaper L'Auto to cover the tournament.[6]

In 1932, French football became officially professional, and he played in the first national championship. Relegated to Division 2, the audoniens won their championship the following season, and returned to the top flight. Marcel Pinel played until 1935 at Red Star.

A stadium is named after him in his home town of Honfleur.[1]



  1. ^ a b Site of CS Honfleur
  2. ^ Page on the site Archived October 17, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Player page on the site of the FFF
  4. ^ on the site of the FFF
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