Lucien Laurent

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Lucien Laurent
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Personal information
Full name Lucien Laurent
Date of birth (1907-12-10)10 December 1907
Place of birth Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, France
Date of death 11 April 2005(2005-04-11) (aged 97)
Place of death Besançon, France
Height 1.60 m (5 ft 3 in)
Playing position Inside right
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1921–1930 CA Paris
1930–1932 FC Sochaux-Montbéliard
1932–1933 Club Français
1933–1934 CA Paris
1934–1935 FC Mulhouse
1935–1936 FC Sochaux-Montbéliard
1936–1937 Rennes
1937–1939 Strasbourg
1939–1943 Toulouse FC
1943–1946 Besançon RC
National team
1930–1935 France 10 (2)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Lucien Laurent (10 December 1907 – 11 April 2005) was a French association football player. He is famous for having scored the first ever FIFA World Cup goal.


Laurent was born in Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, Val-de-Marne, near Paris.

Between 1921 and 1930, he played for the semi-professional team Cercle Athlétique de Paris, before being taken on by Sochaux, then a works team for the car manufacturer Peugeot, where he worked. As an amateur player, he only received basic expenses from the French Football Federation while at the tournament in Uruguay.

It was in Uruguay that Laurent made history by scoring the first ever World Cup goal: a volley in the 19th minute of a game against Mexico on 13 July 1930. France won the game 4–1, but lost their remaining group matches to Argentina and Chile, and were thus eliminated. Laurent was ruled out of the third game due to injury.

Injury then also denied Laurent a place in the squad for the 1934 World Cup and he moved to Rennes, playing for them until 1937, then for RC Strasbourg until 1939. In all, Laurent played 10 times for France, but scored only one other goal.

When World War II came, Laurent was called up to join the armed forces and was taken prisoner by the Germans. He spent three years as a POW, was released in 1943 and played the remaining two years of wartime football for Besançon. In 1946, Laurent retired from playing and went on to become a trainer and youth coach. He was the only surviving member of the 1930 French team to see France lift the 1998 World Cup on home soil, and died seven years later at the age of 97 in Besançon.

International goals

France's goal tally first

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 13 July 1930 Estadio Pocitos, Montevideo, Uruguay  Mexico 1–0 4–1 1930 FIFA World Cup
2. 14 May 1931 Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Colombes, France  England 1–1 5–2 Friendly

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