Paul Sauvage (footballer)

Paul Sauvage ( born March 17, 1939 in La Souterraine / Creuse ) is a former French footballer.

The striker began in a club from Gueret with football matches, where he became the A- youth national team, finishing with France at UEFA youth tournament in 1957 to third place. He then joined the Limoges FC, ​​for whom he in 1957/58 in the second and from 1958 to 1960 played in the first division. Then took him Stade Reims, which had just become champion again, in the Champagne region. This change was the club worth 350,000 francs new and therefore the hitherto highest transfer fee in its history; Sauvage said himself later, the expectations were associated for him " too big " was. In his first season in the circle of big names such as Kopa, Fontaine, Piantoni, Vincent, Glovacki, Rodzik, Colonna, Leblond, Muller, Wendling and Siatka he came only in the second half to stakes, but was yet already in March 1961, for the first time in the National team appointed. 1961/62, particularly because of Fontaines serious injury, he had finally won a regular place and won at the end of the season his first championship title. A year later he was with the Rémois runner-up; this season he was also in the four games of the European Champion Clubs' Cup on the pitch, where he first leg -2: at Austria Wien scored both Reims Hits 3. But in the Équipe Tricolore he found only sporadic consideration.

At the end of the season 1963/64, followed Reims ' crash in the second division. Paul Sauvage, the executor of his qualities at the club only hinted had been able to bring to bear - get into it four years in the league matches only 22 hits -, then moved up to U.S. Valenciennes. With the Northern French, in which he often met the opponent's goal, he was 1965 Cup third party - then finished a complicated knee injury the professional career of the only 26 -year-old attacker abruptly.

From 1967 on, he at least could play again in the amateur range (up to 1970 in Castets -en- Dorthes near Langon, then another two years at his old club in Limoges ). In parallel, he found his new livelihood as agent for pharmaceuticals.


  • French Champion: 1962 ( and runner-up 1963)
  • A total of 191 Erstligaeinsätze (52 goals) 1958-1965, of which 63/15 for Limoges, 99/22 for Reims and 29/15 for Valenciennes
  • 4 games (2 goals ) in the European Champions Cup (1962 /63 with Reims )
  • 6 'A' matches ( no hit) for France between March 1961 and April 1965, five of them in his time at Reims, one for U.S. Valenciennes