Néstor Combin

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Néstor Combin
Nestor Combin - Juventus FC 1964-65.jpg
Combín with Juventus in the 1964–65 season
Personal information
Date of birth (1939-12-29) 29 December 1939 (age 79)
Place of birth Las Rosas, Argentina
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Colón de San Lorenzo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1959–1964 Lyon 131 (78)
1964–1965 Juventus 24 (7)
1965–1966 Varese 16 (7)
1966–1968 Torino 82 (27)
1968–1970 Milan 50 (11)
1970–1973 Metz 59 (34)
1973–1975 Red Star 64 (39)
Total 426 (204)
National team
1964–1968 France 8 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Néstor Combin (born 29 December 1939 in Las Rosas, Argentina) is a French former football player who spent most of his professional career in France.

He played as a striker throughout his career, mainly with Olympique Lyonnais and the French national team.

He was dubbed "La Foudre" (The Lightning) in France, for his speed, and "Il Selvaggio" (the Savage) in Italy, for his fighting spirit.

In a game between A.C. Milan and Argentine side Estudiantes for the 1969 Intercontinental Cup, Combin was dealt with aggressively by rival players and had his nose broken (the infamous "Bombonera Massacre"). When he was leaving the stadium he was arrested, under a charge of desertion.[1] After international pressure and indignation rising, he was released. In 2015, Raúl Madero blamed Combin as the fighting incitater, by provoking Ramón Aguirre Suárez in the first match, in Italy, saying "negro, don't warm up anymore because in one month I earn the same money that you receive in two years".[2]

Club career[edit]

Combín with A.C. Milan, after being pummelled during the 1969 Intercontinental Cup's second match vs. Estudiantes de La Plata.

Combin scored 117 goals in Ligue 1, 68 with Olympique Lyonnais and 49 with Red Star.

Then he played in Italy, with Juventus, Varese (2nd Division), Torino and Milan.

He Eventually ended his career in France with Red Star.

He was one of the first French internationals who played abroad in Italy's Serie A. He won several titles there, including a Coppa Italia (Italian Cup) with Juventus and another with Torino and an Intercontinental Cup (European/South American Cup) with Milan.

He played 38 games with Juventus (10 goals), and scored 32 goals in three seasons for Torino (99 overall matches).

International career[edit]

Combin was born in Argentina, and was of French descent through his maternal grandmother.[3] He has 8 caps with the France national team, obtained between 1964 and 1968, and scored four goals.

He played at the 1966 FIFA World Cup with France.



Olympique Lyonnais
Juventus F.C.
Torino F.C.
A.C. Milan



  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Raúl Madero, 100x100: "Bilardo es un tipo muy jodido, se mandó muchas cagadas"". Retrieved 2019-01-02.
  3. ^ Cassiau-Haurie, Christophe (21 December 2009). "La migration des footballeurs africains en Europe - Africultures".
  • Archivio Toro - Official Torino F.C. Archives

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