With his 13 goals, he was the all-time top scorer in the World Cupsuntil Gerd Müller he surpassed it in 1974 with 14. Then, ronaldo in 2006, with 15, and finally Close in 2014, with 16.
Paradoxically, dirty 1958 was the only one world who played (at 24 years old), since in 1962 he suffered a double fracture and had to retire. What’s more, his participation in said Cup was by chance: he entered at the last moment due to the injury of a teammate.
In Sweden, Fontaine improved the record that was then in force, that of the Hungarian attacker sandor kocsis (11 goals in the World Cup 1954). Six decades and sixteen World Cups later, no one could reach the French striker’s goal record.
Look at Fontaine’s 13 goals:
The goalscorer assured that he would have changed that record to be able to play longer, since soccer was his passion, but after his second fracture “we could say that he was almost disabled”.
And, about his goalscoring ability, he described his game like this: “He was fast but he wasn’t the fastest. He was good with his head but he wasn’t the best. He had a good shot with both feet but he wasn’t the best. It was the mix of qualities.”
with the death of Fontaineonly three French players from that 1958 epic remain alive (Dominique Colonna, Robert Mouynet and Bernard Chiarelli).
“The disappearance of Just Fontaine saddens me, as it will inevitably sadden all people who love football and our national team. ‘Justo’ is and will remain a legend of the French team”said the current selector of France, Didier Deschampson the website of your national Federation.
In addition to the record of 13 goals and that historic World Cup semifinal for France, Just Fontaine achieved a great record in club football with four champion titles of France (one with the Nicethree with the reims), two French Cups (Nice in 1954 and reims in 1958) and a final of the European Cup -the current Champions League), lost in 1959 2-0 against the great real Madrid of Di Stefano, Puskas and Kopa.
The trajectory as a player Fontaine she was brutally cut down at the end of 1962 at just 28 years old after a double broken leg.
Withdrawn from the playing fields Just Fontaine He became a coach, but his career on the bench was much more discreet.
With the selection of France He had a much less glorious job as a coach than as a player: he only held out for two games at the helm of the national team in 1967, before being fired after two defeats in friendly matches.
His experience as a coach Paris Saint-Germain (1973-1976) was more successful, with promotion to the First Division in 1974.
“A memory of Just Fontaine. He has left us a monument of French football and it is a sad day for lovers of Paris Saint-Germain, a club he led to the first division fifty years ago”affirmed the psg it’s a statement.
He closed his career as a coach in his native land, in Moroccogiving the national team third place in the 1980 African Cup.
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