René Bihel

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René Bihel
Personal information
Full name René Bihel
Date of birth 2 September 1916
Place of birth Montivilliers, France
Date of death 8 September 1997 (aged 81)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1929–1936 US Tréfileries du Havre
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1936–1938 US Quevilly
1938–1939 Valenciennes
1939–1942 Le Havre
1942–1943 SC Fives
1943–1944 EF Lille-Flandres
1944–1946 Lille
1946–1947 Le Havre
1947–1949 Marseille
1949–1950 SC Toulon
1950–1951 Strasbourg
1951–1953 AAJ Blois
1953–1954 Le Havre
National team
1945–1947 France 6 (1)
Teams managed
1953–1954 Le Havre
1954–1956 AAJ Blois
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

René Bihel (2 September 1916, Montivilliers – 8 September 1997) was a French professional football player who became a trainer.


His first appearance was in 1929 with the US Trèfileries youth team in Le Havre. He played professionally as a centre forward at US Valenciennes-Anzin from 1938. In 1944, he moved to Lille OSC. He also played for Olympique de Marseille, SC Toulon and RC Strasbourg.

Nicknamed le taureau normand (the Norman bull) he was selected six times and scored one goal for the French national team between 1945 and 1947.

After his career as a player, he became a trainer at Havre AC (1953), and later at Blois.


  • Champion of France D1 1946 with Lille and 1948 with Marseille.
  • Winner of the Coupe de France 1946 with Lille and 1951 with Strasbourg.
  • Finalist Coupe de France 1945 with Lille
  • Top goal scorer in the championship of France D1 1945-46 with 28 goals.

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