Dominique Colonna, one of many final surviving members of the France squad that reached the semifinals of the 1958 World Cup, has died aged 95, his former membership Reims introduced on Tuesday.
Colonna gained 13 caps for France, making his debut in opposition to Iceland in 1957 and his ultimate look in opposition to Spain 4 years later.
In the center of that span, he travelled to Sweden with a France staff that boasted the legendary Just Fontaine, who scored 13 targets, nonetheless a document for a single World Cup match.
Colonna, nonetheless, who was unusually quick for a goalkeeper at 1.72 metres (5 foot, six inches) didn’t play a single sport on the match as Claude Abbes was first selection.
With Colonna’s loss of life, Robert Mouynet and Bernard Chiarelli stay the one residing members of that squad.
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Born in 1928, Colonna grew up in Corte in Corsica earlier than becoming a member of Nice on the French mainland and performed six seasons at Reims between 1957 to 1963, profitable the French prime flight 3 times.
He was additionally between the posts for Reims throughout their 2-0 European Cup ultimate defeat to Real Madrid again in 1959, saving a penalty from Real legend Alfredo di Stefano.
“He was as intrepid on the pitch as he was charming and witty off it,” Reims president Jean-Pierre Caillot mentioned.
“He made up for his modest height with his astonishing reflexes and his nerves of steel, in a way he inspired the following generations,” he mentioned.
After hanging up his personal boots he turned the primary coach of newly-independent Cameroon in 1963.