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FIFA World Cup 2014: Cup Legend Just Fontaine

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Name: Just Fontaine
Date of Birth: August 18, 1933
Position: Striker
Team: France
Appearances: 21
Goals: 30

Every World Cup fan knows who Just Fontaine is. After all, his record of 13 goals in a single edition of the World Cup (Sweden, 1958) still stands. He started with a hat-trick in France's 7-3 win over Paraguay and followed it up with a brace in their 2-3 loss to Yugoslavia. He then scored a goal in the 2-1 win over Scotland before netting a brace in the 4-0 demolition of Northern Ireland in the quarterfinals. The semifinals proved a step too far as France succumbed 2-5 to Brazil, but Fontaine still managed to score once. He scored a whopping four goals in the third place playoff in which France thumped 1954 champions West Germany 6-3. It was a stunning achievement, made up of seven goals with his right foot, five with his left and one with his head. He won the Golden Boot, but spared little thought for his tally. The disappointment of losing out to Brazil in the semifinal still remains his biggest regret.

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