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Just Fontaine
Personal information
Full name Just Fontaine
Date of birth August 18, 1933 (1933-08-18) (age 76)
Place of birth Marrakech, French Morocco
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8+12 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1950–1953 US Casablanca
1953–1956 OGC Nice 069 0(44)
1956–1962 Stade Reims 131 (122)
National team
1953–1960 France 021 0(30)
Teams managed
1967 France
1968–1969 Luchon
1973–1976 Paris Saint-Germain
1978–1979 Toulouse
1979–1981 Morocco
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Just "Justo" Fontaine (born 18 August 1933 in Marrakech, French Morocco, with Spanish ancestors) is a former French football player. He holds the record for most goals scored in a single FIFA World Cup finals tournament, with thirteen in 1958. He has also scored the third most goals of any player in the World Cup finals overall, beaten only by Gerd Müller, who scored fourteen goals (in two World Cup tournaments), and Ronaldo, who scored fifteen goals (in four World Cup tournaments). Although France did not win the 1958 World Cup, Fontaine became the second player after Alcides Ghiggia to score in every match of a World Cup.

Though born in Marrakech, he moved to Casablanca, where he attended the Lycée Lyautey.

Fontaine began his amateur career at USM Casablanca, where he played from 1950 to 1953. Nice recruited him in 1953, and he went on to score 44 goals in three seasons for the club. In 1956, he moved on to Stade de Reims where he teamed up with Raymond Kopa, Kopa went to Real Madrid in 1958, Fontaine scored 121 goals in six seasons at the Stade de Reims. In total, Fontaine scored 165 goals in 200 matches in the Ligue 1, and twice won the championship; in 1958 and 1960.

Wearing the blue shirt of France, Fontaine's statistics are even more impressive. On his debut with the team on 17 December 1953, Fontaine scored a hat trick as France defeated Luxembourg 8-0. In seven years, he scored 30 goals in 21 matches for the national team. However, Fontaine will best be remembered for his 1958 FIFA World Cup performance, where he scored 13 goals in just six matches—a feat which included putting four past the defending champions West Germany. It was also the highest number of goals ever scored by one player at a single World Cup tournament - a record which still stands today[1]. This tally secured him the Golden Boot for that tournament.

Fontaine played his last match in July 1962, being forced to retire early because of a recurring injury. He briefly managed the French national team in 1967, but was replaced after only two games, both friendlies that ended in defeats. As coach of Morocco, he led the Atlas Lions to 3rd in the 1980 African Cup of Nations, overseeing the emergence of such players as Badou Zaki, Mohammed Timoumi and Aziz Bouderbala. Morocco reached the final stage of 1982 World Cup qualifying but were beaten by Cameroon.

He was named by Pelé as one of the 125 greatest living footballers in March 2004. He was chosen as the best French player of the last 50 years by the French Football Federation in the UEFA Jubilee Awards in November 2003 [1].

With Eugène N'Jo Léa he founded the National Union of Professional Football Players in 1961.

Career statistics

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Morocco League Moroccan Cup League Cup Africa Total
1950-51 Casablanca
France League Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue Europe Total
1953-54 Nice Division 1 24 17
1954-55 28 20
1955-56 17 7
1956-57 Stade Reims Division 1 31 30
1957-58 26 34
1958-59 32 24
1959-60 28 28
1960-61 7 4
1961-62 7 2
Total Morocco
France 200 165
Career Total

References and notes

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Preceded by
Sándor Kocsis
FIFA World Cup Golden Shoe
Succeeded by
Leonel Sánchez,
Garrincha, Vavá,
Valentin Ivanov,
Flórián Albert and
Dražan Jerković

Simple English

Just Fontaine
Personal information
Full name Just Fontaine
Date of birth 18 August 1933 (1933-08-18) (age 77)
Place of birth    Marrakech, French Morocco
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8+12 in)
Playing position Striker (retired)
Senior clubs
Years Club
Stade Reims
National team
1953-1960 France
Teams managed
Paris Saint-Germain

Just Fontaine (born 18 August 1933) is a former French football player. He has played for France national team.

Club career statistics


Club Performance League
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals
1953/54NiceDivision 12417
1956/57Stade ReimsDivision 13130
CountryFrance 200164
Total 200164

International career statistics


France national team


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