Armand Penverne

Armand Penverne (* November 26, 1926 in Pont- Scorff, Morbihan, † February 28, 2012 near Marseille) was a French football player and coach.

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Club career

1947-1956: a success chasing the next

Little is known about the origins of the footballing more defensive outer rotor and the circumstances of his change of residence of Brittany in the Champagne; in the 1947/48 season he played his first game in Division 1 for Stade de Reims, and a year later he was for the first time French champion, 1950 Cup Winners' Cup. In 1952 he played his first international match for the Équipe Tricolore, 1953, he won his second league title and the Coupe Latine, 1954, he participated in his first World Cup finals, in 1955 he was again national champion, the first winner of the French Super Cup, was a finalist in the Coupe Latine and recorded first inserts the newly created European champions Cup. However, he was missing in the endgame, which was lost in 1956 against Real Madrid 3:4.

A key player in one of the best teams in Europe

The list of Armand Penvernes appearance at Reims reads like a Who's Who of French football in the 1950s: between goalkeeper (Paul Sinibaldi, later Dominique Colonna ) and high-caliber offensive forces ( Raymond Kopa, Bram Appel, Pierre Sinibaldi, Michel Hidalgo, Léon Glovacki, René Bliard, Jean Vincent, Just Fontaine, Roger Piantoni ) were safe defensive player like Roger Marche, Robert Jonquet, Albert Batteux, Michel Leblond, Simon Zimny ​​- and just over a decade also Penverne whose playing style is described as factual and reliable, but also the "strategic mind " when switching from defense to attack was. Albert Batteux incidentally accompanied and supported Penvernes career in three ways: as a player ( to 1950 ), as a club coach ( 1950-1959 ) and as sélectionneur the national team (from 1955).

1957-1959: "Stop when it is at its best "

That all previous successes Penverne still had not " made ​​sick ", showed the season in 1957/58, which was probably his most successful. This season he won with Reims the French Doublé from Championship ( Penverne lacking only in a single game ) and the cup was again Supercup winner of his country and took part in his second World Cup, which ended with France's hitherto best performance at a World Cup: in Sweden were Les Bleus third parties, and after the 6-3 win against Germany in the 3rd place match got her captain Penverne was the first to coin reassigned.

After Reims ' second European Cup final against Real Madrid (1959 ), in which the now 32 -year-old this time also even stood on the lawn of the Stuttgart Neckar Stadium, despite the 0-2 defeat one last sporting highlight for him represented, Penverne separated from Stade Reims, to end his active stint at Red Star Paris in the second division. But 1960/61, he returned still in the top flight back; at Limoges FC, ​​where his former teammate Pierre Flamion successfully worked as a coach, he did not come true to titles, but still brought it to 32 Erstligaeinsätze and three gates.

The National Players

Between October 1952 and December 1959 a total of 39 times played Armand Penverne (36 Reims, 3 for Red Star ) in the Équipe Tricolore, products obtained by two goals (one of them the same in his second game, 2-1 in Austria ) and was in seven internationals also captain of the Bleus. He was also used in an unofficial international match, the Dutch professional footballer Watersnoodwedstrijd against on 12 March 1953.

He took part in the World Cup finals in 1954 ( an insert ) and 1958 (all six games, the 6-3 against Germany for third place as captain). His international farewell he gave in late 1959 in a 5-2 over Austria.

Life after the time Active

The football played by his final year as a player at Limoges still an important role Penverne took over as coach in the crisis-ridden second division club Olympique Marseille, but the commitment ended after only six months. There followed a period as player-coach at the Étoile Sportive et unterklassigen Naval Club La Ciotat. He then worked for several years as a Southern representative of the business of his former goal Raymond Kopa.

Penverne died, aged 85, on 28 February 2012 in Marseille.

Penvernes career at a glance



  • French Champion: 1949, 1953, 1955, 1958 ( and runner-up in 1954, also three times each Third and Fourth of D1, with only 1956 only 10th place with Reims )
  • French Cup Winners: 1950, 1958
  • Winner of the Coupe Charles Drago: 1954
  • Winner of the French Super Cup ( Trophée des Champions ): 1955, 1958
  • European Cups: finalist in the national champion competition in 1959, winner of the Coupe Latine 1953 ( and finalist 1955)
  • 39 A international matches, this captaincy seven times; two hits
  • 365 missions and 36 goals in the D1 ( 333/33 in Reims, 32 /3 for Limoges )