Dominique Colonna

Dominique Colonna ( born September 4, 1928 in Corte, Corsica ) is a former French footballer.

The club career

The only 1.72 meters tall goalkeeper left Corsica to complete his professional training on the mainland, and was promptly obliged by the first division club Stade Olympique Montpelliérain. Already there he acquired because of his playing style the nickname " The Flying gatekeepers ", so that the ambitious metropolis club Stade Français Paris lured him to the capital, where he the next six years guarded the gate, even if the club two years of it in the second division had to play.

But Dominique Colonna's climb to No. 1 in France began with his move to OGC Nice ( 1955): he was wearing the same decisive in its first year to the fact that the club 1956 third championship ( after 1951 and 1952 ) to the Cote d Riviera could get. And as Stade de Reims for a successor to his longtime keeper Paul Sinibaldi (also from Central Corsica arise ) was looking for, he moved in 1957 to the Rémois and dissolved the interim no. 1, René -Jean Jacquet, from. In Champagne, the "little Corsican " was in the same year for the national team, won in the six years three more league titles, one each to the National Cup and the Supercup, was in 1959 in the final of the European Champions' Cup and finished in 1963 with a runner-up his career.


  • U.S. Corte
  • Stade Olympique Montpelliérain (1948 /49)
  • Stade Français Paris (1949-1955)
  • OGC Nice (1955-1957)
  • Stade de Reims (1957-1963)

The National Players

Between September 1957 and April 1961 played Dominique Colonna total of 13 times in the Équipe Tricolore, was also of the World Cup in Sweden and was third there - but without a single use: the national coach Albert Batteux, while Colonna's coach in Reims, presented in the first two finals matches François Remetter on; when it came to the question of who should replace him, the Corsican, proposed at one of the official of the association Alex Thépot (even ex- goalkeeper ) 'Decision Training " against Claude Abbes refused to participate, so that the latter was summoned in all subsequent games. Only then Colonna was also here for the goalkeeper, was still nine times the Gallic rooster on the chest, but missed the European Football Championship 1960. After a bitter defeat in Switzerland ( 2:6 in April 1961) ended its time for Les Bleus.

Life after playing career

In the 40 years since the end of his career up to the present Dominique Colonna was connected to football. From 1964/65 he coached the Indomitable Lions ( Cameroon national team ) and discussed until the mid- 1970s, several organizations in Central Africa. To date, at footballers, associations and media across Africa, he is a sought after and well gelittener expert who also represents 75 very clear positions: he criticized for years, the " Europeanization " of African football, which he sees thereby deprived of its independent strengths ( eg, see the web link below).

After the end of the era Bernard Tapie in 1993 he became vice president of Olympique Marseille, worked in an important function for Horst Dassler ( Adidas ) and also acted as chairman of his home club U.S. Corte. In 2000 he came to succeed Claude Simonet as chairman of the French Football Federation FFF this week; but for such a position Colonna was probably too happy opinion and uncomfortable - had the Corsican but in the years before the FFF because of their repeated (as he saw it ) one-sided preference for the professionals attacked at the expense of the broad amateur substructure.

At the same time (s) he performs the hotel " Dominique Colonna " in Restonica Valley near its innerkorsischen birthplace, where each room is named after a major in his view, the French footballer of the 1950s.


  • French champion: 1956 ( with Nice ), 1958, 1960, 1962 ( with Reims )
  • French Cup Winners: 1958 ( with Reims )
  • French Supercup champion: 1958 ( with Reims )
  • European Champion Clubs' Cup: Finalist 1959 ( with Reims )
  • 13 caps for France, (nominal) third in the FIFA World Cup 1958