Just Fontaine, France

Just Fontaine, France

Background
Just Fontaine was born in Marrakech, Morocco, on August 18, 1933, and holds the title for the highest goal scorer in a World Cup since the World Cup began. Fontaine is also the only Frenchman in the running tally of top goal scoring World Cup players.

Football career
Just Fontaine kicked-off his footballing career in 1950 for US Casablanca, where he remained until 1953 before moving on to Nice. He scored 44 goals in three seasons for Nice before moving again to Stade de Reims in 1956, where he scored almost three times his Nice tally; 121 goals in six seasons.

Fontaine won the Ligue 1 championship twice (1958 and 1960) and scored a total of 165 goals in 200 matches.

World Cup history
Just Fontaine was included in the France squad in 1953 and scored a hat trick in his first game against Luxembourg, which France won 8-0. His most memorable record, however, was his massive 13 goals in six matches during the 1958 World Cup; four goals of which came against the West Germans. Unfortunately, Just Fontaine decided to retire in 1962 through a recurring injury.

Post playing career
Fontaine’s brief coaching record for the French national team after he retired as a player ended in two defeats, both of which were friendlies.

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