|Date of birth||8 July 1908|
|Place of birth||Honfleur (Calvados),|
|Date of death||18 March 1968(aged 59)|
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in), 75 kg|
|Playing position||Striker, Centre-half|
|after 1919||CS Honfleur|
|Paris Université Club|
|1925–1935||Red Star Olympique|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Pinel started at the club in his home town, CS Honfleur, 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.
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. 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. 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.
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.