Eternal record holder
In the late 1950s, Juste Fontaine was a great pair of strikers with Raymond Kopa. Together they played in the French team and in the club “Reims”. Kopa built more, prepared attacks, and Fontaine scored, and very many. He knew how to be exactly where Kopa gave an unexpected pass for everyone, and knew how to use the slightest opportunity to deliver an accurate strike. However, more than once Fontaine demonstrated the ability to act individually – a huge starting speed allowed him to easily break away from the guardian, and good technique – alone and at high speed to pass several defenders to be alone with the goalkeeper.
This attacker was called the “fountain of heads”, because in French his last name literally means “fountain”. And he started “gushing” with scored balls very early, even in Morocco, where he was born. The youth of Fontaine fell on the last years of French rule in this country, but so far the French have felt well in Morocco. His father was the inspector general of a tobacco factory in Marrakesh, an ancient city where Muslim rulers of North Africa once lived. Mother was Spanish, and therefore the name of the future football star in childhood was more often pronounced in the Spanish manner – Justo. Just Justo started playing football early and quickly found himself in the AS Marrakesh club youth team. In 1950 he became the champion of Morocco in his age rank. Since he scored the most, he was immediately invited to a stronger club from Casablanca. It is curious that in this large port city, seventeen-year-old Just did not have an apartment at first, and he had to live right on the stadium. Soon the fame of a young striker from Casablanca reached the shores of France. At twenty, he signed a contract with the club “Nice”. In his very first season, Fontaine won the French Cup with a new team, and in the spring of 1956 became the champion of the country.
That year was also significant for Fontaine by the fact that for the first time his football career crossed the path of Raymond Cop, however only symbolically: Fontaine was invited to Reims specifically to replace Cop, who left for Real Madrid. But together, fate brought the two strikers only in 1958, when the French team was preparing for the 1958 World Cup.
Fonten5 Fontaine made his debut in the national team two years earlier, just after switching to Reims. In the Parisian match of the French with the Hungarian national team, a twenty-three-three striker left a good impression. However, in 1958, before traveling to Sweden, Fontaine was still not the main player of the national team, although just that year in the French championship he scored the most goals – 34, and Reims, largely because of its rate of fire, won and the title of champion of France, and the Cup of the country. Nevertheless, the coach of the national team Paul Nicolas did not particularly like Fontaine, preferring to him another Reims footballer – Rene Bliard. Now, few people remember that Fontaine, who became one of the sensations of the 1958 World Cup, was included in the main squad of France only because, before his trip to Sweden, Bliard was injured. Who knows, had this not happened, the brilliant duet of the Fontaine Cop attackers, perhaps, would not have been the case. Copa came to the national team, having just won the European Champions Cup together with Real Madrid and in great shape. In the very first training matches, Copa and Fontaine interacted so harmoniously, as if they had played on the same team for many years. In Sweden, they made an unbeatable pair, as if jokingly passing any defense.
In the first match of the group tournament, a hail of goals hit the gate of the Paraguayan national team. The French won with a score of 7: 3, with Just Fontaine making a hat-trick. The second game, however, was lost – the French were defeated by the Yugoslav national team 2: 3, but both goals against the Yugoslavs were scored by Fontaine. Then the French team won 2: 1 against Scotland. One goal was on the account of Fontaine, the other – Cop.
In the quarterfinal match with the Northern Ireland national team, won by the French with the score 4: 0, Fontaine, as in the game with the Yugoslavs, made a double. The French attack from game to game acted more and more harmoniously. Many have already predicted the national team “tricolor” on the world’s highest pedestal.
Before the semifinals with the Brazilian national team from the French expected only victory. But just in that match for the first time the star of seventeen Pele blindingly flashed. Before that, he scored only one goal in the championship, and the French spent three at once. The Brazilians were stronger, beating 5: 2. Fonten2Fontaine nevertheless managed to score one of the return goals, bringing the total number of their goals in the championship to 9. Record then was the achievement of Hungarian Sandor Kocsis, who scored 11 goals in the 1954 championship. Fontaine surpassed him in the match for the 3rd place with the German team, by making poker. The overall score was 6: 3 in favor of the French team. And Just Fontaine with 13 balls became the best scorer of the championship, and along with all the championships. His record still remains unbroken.
The closest to him came in 1970, the German Gerd Muller with 10 balls.