||18 Aug 1933
1958 - 13
for one WC)
Fontaine's record 13 World Cup goals in 1958 included four in the third
place play-off against West Germany, as France achieved their best-ever
finish in the tournament. Fontaine who was born at Marrakesh in Morocco
in 1933, began his career with Nice and won League and Cup winmner's medals
before making his international debut against Hungary in October 1956.
He was in and out of the national team and won a place in Sweden only after
an injury to Renè Biliard. But he combined with Raymond Kopa to
provide one of the tournament's most lethal strike forces and he scored
in every game. Fontaine who scored 30 goals in 21 internationals, moved
to Rheims shortly after his World Cup exploits and appeared for them in
the 1959 European Cup final, when they lost to Raymond Kopa's Real Madrid.
His career was cut short at the age of 27, when he broke a leg for a second
time. He became president of the French Footballers' Union and had a brief
spell in charge of the national team and Paris St. Germain. Fontaine's
13 goals remained an overall record until surpassed by Gerd Müller
in 1974, although no man has bettered his tally in one tournament.
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