Joseph Bonnel

Joseph Bonnel ( born January 4, 1939 in Florensac, Hérault ) is a French former football player and coach.

Club career

The South of France made ​​his professional debut as a 18 -year-old in August 1957 in the Team of the Zweitdivisionärs SO Montpellier. In his two seasons there, the " ball tug between defense and attack " has developed into a very valuable team player who " his career spent to give a sparkle other", versatile and reliable, with also a goal threat and a technically strong dribbler. Where he played, he was selected for use as an external rotor or inside forward. 1959 brought him the U.S. Valenciennes in northern France, where he remained for eight years; especially after discounts and chances of promotion (1962 ) in the Division 1 he was the driving force behind a team that is always placed in the upper third of the table, and in 1965 and 1966 respectively as a third party even chances on the side of Serge Masnaghetti and Jean -Claude Piumi had the title. In addition, Bonnel came with Valenciennes 1964 and in the Cup semi-finals, in which they followed the contest winner Olympique Lyon 0:2 subject. Two years earlier he had also become a national player ( see below).

Title won Joseph Bonnel, the team was known internally as " Zizou ", until after his move to Olympique Marseille in 1967 were made, the first in 1969 in the French Cup competition ( Coupe de France) by a 2-0 final victory over Bordeaux. This season, he had scored at least one goal in every round except the final, including several crucial and a total of seven. 1971 Olympique was after 23 years again French champion ( with 12-point game gates Bonnels ) and defended this title a year later, not only, but appreciated him by the simultaneous victory in the National Cup - after a playoff -2: 1 against SEC Bastia - still on, because it also winning the doubles was connected. Even if the team had been strengthened continuously staffed especially under coach Mario Zatelli (among other things contributed Carnus, Djorkaeff, Bosquier, Artelesa, Yegba Maya, Skoblar, Novi, Magnusson, Gress, Couécou Loubet and the white jersey of the particularly offensive enormously strong Elf), Bonnels share of this rise was significantly, but he was quickly as the " lungs " of the Marseille game.

He was also in 13 of the 14 European Cup games, the Olympique played six years in Bonnels, on the lawn. Two of these are among the early highlights Olympiques: 2-0 against Dukla Prague in the Cup Winners' Cup competition 1969/70, as his side could still qualify for the knockout stages by Loubet's hits in the renewal, and the discharged in Lyons "home game" against Juventus Turin in the European Cup of Champions 1972/73. Against the Italians overcame Joseph Bonnel is the only goalkeeper Dino Zoff, the 1-0 victory, however, insufficient for getting ahead.

In the summer of 1973, Bonnel decided to end his playing career, although the 34- year-old was still fully fit. From the third round of the 1973/74 season after Mario Zatelli had been released shortly, he held at Olympique Marseille 's head coach the position he, however, after 14 first division and four UEFA Cup matches had to leave again in November. His successor was Chile's ex-national coach Fernando Riera Bauza, which in turn was fired before the end of the season. The reason for dismissal was Bonnels the UEFA Cup debacle against 1 FC Köln, Olympique following a 2-0 home victory in the second leg was subject to a hefty 0:6. He then returned as player-coach for Zweitdivisionär AS Béziers in its region of origin; with this elf he met in February 1974 in the round of 64 teams in the Coupe de France Olympique Marseille. The 1-0 win after extra time was the greatest success Bonnels at the modest club that always reached only a midfield place in the southern group of the two-part division 2 in the following years. 1978 ended Bonnels involvement in the Languedoc, which then settled in Provence.


  • Florensac
  • Stade Olympique Montpelliérain (1957-1959, in D2)
  • Union Sportive Valenciennes - Anzin (1959-1967, of which 1961/62 in D2)
  • Olympique de Marseille (1967-1973; August to November 1973 as head coach )
  • Association Sportive Biterroise ( December 1973 to 1978, as player-coach in D2)
  • Aubagne Football Club (1978-1983, as player-coach in the amateur )

In the National Team

Between October 1962 and March 1969 Joseph Bonnel has played 25 A - internationals for France and it also achieves a hit. He debuted under sélectionneur Verriest and coach Guérin in the 1-1 draw against Sheffield in England and belonged to the summer of 1967 for stem formation. In his fifth appearance for the Bleus opponent was again England, and the 5-2 win in a qualifying match for the European Championship 1964 ( February 1963 ) is still one of the legendary French games. L' Equipe wrote about Bonnels part in it: " Bonnel work done as usual a ton of work and made enormous ".

He was also the French squad at the 1966 World Cup and played in all three matches of the England Équipe Tricolore, including a group match against the hosts, who this time 2-0 to keep the upper hand. His last match after a 20 -month international break, England had again to the enemy; after the 0:5 defeat at Wembley appointed him the new coach Georges Boulogne, who would have preferred a better start of his career, never again, although Bonnel played in the subsequent period in the club 's most successful seasons. Even against teams from German-speaking he played: 1962 against West Germany (2-2 in Stuttgart ), 1965 against Austria (1:2 in Paris) and Luxembourg (4:1). Against Luxembourg he wore in 1966 in a 3-0 win again the blue jersey. He also had a memorable performance against Brazil (2-3 April 1963), when he was able to keep Pelé for long stretches of the game in check and still not prevent this France with three hits nearly defeated alone.

Palmarčs as a player

  • French Champion: 1971, 1972 ( and runner-up 1970)
  • French Cup Winners: 1969, 1972
  • 25 A internationals (1 Matches) for France, of which 24/1 in his time at Valenciennes, 1/0 at Marseilles; World Cup participant in 1966
  • 403 games and 83 goals in Division 1, of which 209/40 for Valenciennes, 194/43 for Marseille
  • 13 games ( a hit ) in the European Cup competitions, all with Marseille

Life after football

1978 Joseph Bonnel returned to the Greater Marseilles, where he worked as Head of Sport Unit in the Municipality of Aubagne. He also coached the local football club for which he held until 1983 - as a 44- year-old - in amateur and even still on the pitch. The full-time position, he was forced to retire for health reasons in 1998. Then he moved - " without a gray hair and a superfluous kilograms " - in his birthplace Florensac, where he enjoys his retirement today. (As of June 2008)