Michel Leblond

Michel Leblond ( born May 10, 1932 in Reims, † December 17, 2009 ) was a French footballer.

The club career

Michel Leblond was more than a decade to Stade de Reims, the time of his flagship of the French and European football, from his youth, he came from. In 1950 he was awarded the best young players in the country, but his coach Albert Batteux built the inside forward on carefully: his first appearances in the Division 1 he graduated from in the season 1949/50, the undisputed master player, he was only in 1953 / 54th But this time, he had become both been French champion and cup winner. 1954 Leblond was also the first time appointed to the A national team after he had already participated in the 1952 Olympic football tournament.

In addition to his more well-known players such as Kopa, Fontaine, Marche or Piantoni the young Reims became an indispensable pillar in the concept of his coach. Although he was more playmaker than goal scorer, but this a reliable size and always up for a good hit. 1956 and 1959, he reached the Stade European Cup Final, in its first edition also scored a goal in the 3:4 against Real Madrid.

From 1958 coach Batteux put him as a left runners, and Michel Leblond formed, along with Armand Penverne and Robert Jonquet a rotor row of a class. At the end of the 1960/61 season, after 271 first division, 18 European Cup and four international matches, he finished his career in his native city, not without its early titles three more in the championship and a second cup victory added to have, and switched to Racing Strasbourg, for which he still took until 1964 in the top division.


  • Stade de Reims ( even in youth; among professionals from 1949 to 1961 )
  • RC Strasbourg (1961-1964)

The National Players

From May 1954 to October 1957 Leblond played four games for the French national football team, scoring one goal. He was 1954 for the levy of the Équipe Tricolore at the World Cup in Switzerland, but was not there to use.

Life after football

Like several of his teammates Rheims he was employed by Raymond Kopa build the French sales organization of sporting goods manufacturer Adidas; In 1964 he took over from Just Fontaine their representative for eastern France. Michel Leblond lived until his death in 78 years in the area of Reims.


  • French Champion in 1953, 1955, 1958, 1960
  • French Cup winner in 1950, 1958
  • Winner of the Coupe Charles Drago: 1954
  • European Champions Cup finalist in 1956, 1959
  • 370 missions and 33 goals in the D1 ( 271/30 in Reims, 99 /3 for Strasbourg)
  • 4 'A' matches, 1 goal