Wednesday , May 29 2024

Tribute for late Just Fontaine at every Ligue 1 & Ligue 2 match!

The Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) was saddened to learn today of the death of Just Fontaine, one of the greatest legends of French football, at the age of 89.

In order to pay tribute to Just Fontaine, a minute’s silence will be observed at all Ligue 1 Uber Eats and Ligue 2 BKT stadia during Round 26 this weekend.

Just Fontaine won his first major title with OGC Nice in 1954 by lifting the Coupe de France. Two years later, he was French champion for the first time with Nice.

It was with Stade de Reims that he reached the peak of his career from 1956 to 1962. There, he won the French Championship three times (1958, 1960 and 1962) and another Coupe de France (1958). In total, Just Fontaine scored 164 goals in 200 games in the French top flight.

With the French national team, Just Fontaine scored 30 goals in 21 appearances and is still the record holder for the number of goals scored at a single World Cup finals (13 goals).

After his playing career, Just Fontaine began a career in coaching. He was selected by Les Bleus in 1967 and coached Paris Saint-Germain from 1973 to 1976, then Toulouse FC from 1978 to 1979.

In 1961, together with several other professional footballers, he founded the Union Nationale des Footballeurs Professionnels (UNFP), of which he was the first president.

Just Fontaine was also made an Officer of the Legion of Honour in 2013.

The Ligue de Football Professionnel sends its deepest condolences to Just Fontaine’s family and friends.

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