Thierry Roland

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Thierry Roland
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Thierry Roland on 5 June 2012
Born (1937-08-04)4 August 1937
Boulogne-Billancourt, France
Died 16 June 2012(2012-06-16) (aged 74)
Paris, France
Occupation Sports commentator

Thierry Roland (French pronunciation: ​[tjɛʁi ʁɔˈlɑ̃]; 4 August 1937 - 16 June 2012)[1] was a French sports commentator. He was born in the city of Boulogne-Billancourt, and died in Paris of a cerebrovascular event at age 74.[2]

Roland was France's leading football commentator for fifty-nine years.[3] He began his career as a radio journalist for ORTF when he was just sixteen years old.[3] He then became a television sports journalist at the age of twenty.[3] He commentated on more than 1,000 football matches, including thirteen World Cups (beginning with the 1962 FIFA World Cup in Chile) and nine European Championships.[3]


  • La légende de la coupe du monde, Minerva, 1998
  • La Fabuleuse histoire de la Coupe du monde, Minerva, October 2002
  • Mes 100 plus grands matchs, Larousse, October 2005
  • Mes 100 plus grands joueurs, Larousse, May 2006
  • 100 % Bleus, Solar, 2008
  • Mes 13 coupes du monde, Edition du Rocher, April 2010
  • Mes plus grands moments de football, Larousse, May 2012


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  2. ^ "Thierry Roland, voix du football, est mort". Le Figaro. 2012-06-16. Retrieved 2012-06-16.
  3. ^ a b c d Wiesenfeld, Michael (2012-06-17). "Tribute: Thierry Roland, the Legendary Voice of Football in France". New York Times. Retrieved 2012-06-18.