Remembering Just Fontaine: Celebrating the Legacy of a French World Cup Legend

For­mer French strik­er Just Fontaine, who scored 13 goals in one World Cup game, has died, his club Stade de Reims announced on Wednes­day. he was 89 years old.

Fontaine scored 30 goals in 21 caps for France between 1953 and 1960. In 1958, he helped Swe­den reach the semi-finals of the World Cup.

In the 1958 tour­na­ment, it took him six games to score a record 13 goals for France as a late entry.

Moroc­can-born Fontaine was a lit­tle-known strik­er out­side the French league. But his speed and fin­ish­ing touch­es plagued oppo­nents, and he even played in oth­er peo­ple’s boots. He even broke his own shoes dur­ing prac­tice and had to bor­row his shoes.

A strik­er who scored 259 goals in 283 appear­ances, Fontaine was one of the key play­ers in the great Stade de Reims reach­ing the Euro­pean Cup final in 1959.

Reims, who won three titles under Fontaine, lost 2–0 to Real Madrid in the final, but ‘Just’ was the tour­na­men­t’s top scor­er with 10 goals.

“A star of French foot­ball, an extra­or­di­nary strik­er, a leg­end of Reims. To his family…the Stade de Reims send its deep­est con­do­lences,” Reims said on Twitter.

French cham­pi­ons Paris Saint-Ger­main said on Twit­ter: “Thoughts on Just Fontaine.”

As a man­ag­er, Fontaine helped PSG to pro­mo­tion to the top league in 1974.

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