Roger Marche

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Roger Marche
Roger Marche (1949).png
Roger Marche, April 1949
Personal information
Full name Roger Marche
Date of birth (1924-03-05)5 March 1924
Place of birth Villers-Semeuse, France
Date of death 1 November 1997(1997-11-01) (aged 73)
Place of death Charleville-Mézières, France
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Left Back
Youth career
ASC Mohon
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1944–1954 Reims 300 (1)
1954–1962 RC Paris 242 (0)
Total 542 (1)
National team
1947–1959 France 63 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Roger Marche (5 March 1924 – 1 November 1997) was a French football (soccer) defender. He was part of the French national team during the 1954 and 1958 World Cup tournaments. He was nicknamed Le Sanglier des Ardennes ("the Boaer of the Ardenne") for the region from which he came.

Marche, born in Villers-Semeuse, Ardennes, is one of the players with the most appearances in the French top division, having played 542 matches for the clubs Stade Reims and RC Paris.

He was a member of the French national team from 1947 to 1959, and became the most-capped player ever for France with 63 international matches played, surpassing Étienne Mattler's previous record of 46 caps set in 1940. Marche held the record until 1983, when the also defender Marius Trésor established a new mark with his 64th cap. Several players since have surpassed that cap total.

Marche died in 1997 in Charleville-Mézières.


He scored his only international goal on December 17, 1959 against Spain in his very last match (the sixty-third) for France.


All with Stade Reims

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