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Dominique Colonna, former France goalkeeper, dies aged 95


The Corsican who performed for Stade de Reims was considered one of final surviving members of France’s squad on the 1958 World Cup.

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Dominique Colonna, one of many final surviving members of the France squad that reached the semi-finals of the 1958 World Cup, has died aged 95, his former membership Stade de Reims introduced on Tuesday, September 12.

Colonna gained 13 caps for France, making his debut towards Iceland in 1957 and his ultimate look towards Spain 4 years later. In the course of that span he travelled to Sweden with a France workforce that boasted the legendary Simply Fontaine who scored 13 targets, nonetheless a file for a single World Cup match.

Colonna, nevertheless, who was unusually brief for a goalkeeper at 1.72 metres didn’t play a single recreation on the match as Claude Abbes was first alternative. With Colonna’s demise, Robert Mouynet and Bernard Chiarelli stay the one dwelling members of that squad.

Born in 1928, Colonna grew up in Corte in Corsica earlier than becoming a member of Good on the French mainland and performed six seasons at Reims between 1957-1963, profitable the French prime flight 3 times. He was additionally between the posts for Reims throughout their 2-0 European Cup ultimate defeat to Actual Madrid again in 1959, saving a penalty from Madrid legend Alfredo di Stefano.

“He was as intrepid on the pitch as he was charming and witty off it,” Reims president Jean-Pierre Caillot stated. “He made up for his modest top together with his astonishing reflexes and his nerves of metal, in a means he impressed the next generations,” he stated.

After hanging up his personal boots he turned the primary coach of newly-independent Cameroon in 1963.

Le Monde with AFP

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