Georges Lech

Georges Lech [ Lɛʃ ] ( born June 2, 1945 in Montigny -en- Gohelle, Pas -de- Calais ) is a former French footballer.

Club career

The striker, who began playing football at Carabiniers Billy Montigny, was very early a great talent; some saw in him even the successor of Raymond Kopa, with whom he had in common the more delicate physique and the ability to enforce its technical skills, particularly his dribbling. As Kopa was Georges Lech son of a Polish-born miner from the northern French coalfield. At 17, he signed a contract at Racing Lens, and in October 1962 he played there on the right wing position his first game in Division 1 Only a year later he was also the first time called into the national team. In the following six years at the Sang et Or ( " Blood Red and Gold" is the common French name for the club from Lens) Georges Lech was neither a championship - as best ranking jumped in 1964, a third rank out - granted another cup win but he was a good passer ( until 1965 for the storm tank Ahmed Oudjani ) and also scored numerous hits himself. In the season 1966/67, he was even the second best league contactors with 25 Torerfolgen.

In 1968 he moved to FC Sochaux, with whom he remained four years; but even with this club was a third place in the League Final Table 1971/72, the greatest success in Lech career. At the end of this season it undertook Stade Reims, where he also still four years - including to his brother Bernard the side - played; there Georges Lech was mostly in the midfield, as a template generator for the top scorer Carlos Bianchi and Delio Onnis used. In 1974 he reached the Red and Whites from the Champagne region, the Cup semi-finals in 1976 as a best finish in Division 1 Rank 5 - however, resulted in this final season a serious knee injury means that he had to end his playing career with not quite 31 years. His last game as a professional, he played with Reims against RC Lens, those club with which he had completed his first game in the top French league.


  • Carabiniers Billy Montigny (1959-1962)
  • Racing Club Lens (1962-1968, 187 Spiele/71 goals in D1)
  • FC Sochaux (1968-1972, 118 /39)
  • Stade Reims (1972-1976, 74 /7)

A total of 379 games and 117 goals in France's first league.

National players

Georges Lech was appointed between October 1963 and March 1973 a total of 35 A- international matches in the national team for which he also scored 7 hits. In his first international match against Bulgaria ( 3-1 in the European Championship qualifier ) he benefited from the transfer of the -budgetary Right Wing Maryan Wisnieski to Italy and by the early departure Raymond Kopas; Lech had been all time in the blue national team at 18 years and 4 months, one of the youngest debutant, and had successively denied as a freshman 11 internationals. As of June 1965, he had however to contend with power fluctuations, especially since he also did not fit coach Henri Guérin into the tactical plan, so that Lech to the World Cup in England missed, though he had been for or significantly involved in the qualification.

It was the interim coach Snella, Arribas and Fontaine brought him back into the circle of the 1966 Bleus back - before their successors Louis Dugauguez from September 1967 renounced his participation again. At the time of the end of 1969 replaced by Georges Boulogne, Lech learned but then again the recognition of his achievements and was regularly in the following three and a half years in the national team. Overall, he has played 16 international matches during his time at Lens, 17 at Sochaux and two at Reims; However, his career coincided with a period in which the Equipe tricolore (besides 1966) could qualify neither for Europe nor for a World Cup finals.

After time as a player

Then Georges Lech worked well for two decades as a representative for Adidas before he fell in the late 1990s a related job cuts change the corporate strategy to the victim. He is currently (2007 ) is still chairman of the Association "the former " Stade Reims.