Raymond Kopa

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Raymond Kopa (birth name Raymond Kopaszewski; 13 October 1931 – 3 March 2017) was a French footballer, integral to the French national team of the 1950s.wikipedia
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Raymond Kopa (birth name Raymond Kopaszewski; 13 October 1931 – 3 March 2017) was a French footballer, integral to the French national team of the 1950s.
In 1958, the team, led by Raymond Kopa and Just Fontaine, finished in third place at the FIFA World Cup.

Real Madrid CF

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At club level he was part of the legendary Real Madrid team of the 1950s, winning three European Cups. He won the 1953 Latin Cup with Reims, where they defeated Milan 3–0 in the final, and helped them reach the 1956 European Cup Final, which the team lost to Alfredo Di Stéfano's Real Madrid, 4–3.
This team, which consisted of players such as Alfredo Di Stéfano, Ferenc Puskás, Francisco Gento, and Raymond Kopa, is considered by some in the sport to be the greatest team of all time.

Stade de Reims

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After finishing second in the French national youth football trials in 1949, Kopa began his professional career at age 17 with Angers in Ligue 2 and was transferred two years later to Reims, with whom he won French championships in 1953 and 1955.
Reims were largely responsible for the first Golden Generation of French football with notable national team members Roger Marche, Raymond Kopa, Just Fontaine, Jean Vincent, Robert Jonquet, Armand Penverne, Dominique Colonna, and Roger Piantoni all playing for Reims during the national team's successful run to the semi-finals at the 1958 FIFA World Cup.

Ballon d'Or

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In 1958, Kopa was awarded the Ballon d'Or.

FIFA 100

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In 1970, he became the first football player to receive the Légion d'honneur, and in 2004, Pelé named him one of the 125 Greatest Living Footballers at a FIFA Awards Ceremony.

Just Fontaine

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He would go on to be European champion again in 1958 and 1959, the last against former side Reims, where Just Fontaine played.
In 1956, he moved to Stade de Reims, where he teamed up with Raymond Kopa from the 1959-60 season.

Kopa Trophy

In 2018, France Football's Kopa Trophy, awarded to the best young football player in the calendar year was named in Raymond's honor.
The award is named after former French footballer Raymond Kopa and the winner is selected by former Ballon d'Or winners.

Paul Sinibaldi

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Kopa was mentored by Paul Sinibaldi.
Sinibaldi was a mentor to Raymond Kopa and was godfather to his son.

La Liga

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Playing with the Spanish giants, Kopa won the Spanish league in 1957 and 1958.
Di Stéfano, Puskás, Raymond Kopa and Francisco Gento formed the nucleus of the Real Madrid team that dominated the second half of the 1950s.

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After finishing second in the French national youth football trials in 1949, Kopa began his professional career at age 17 with Angers in Ligue 2 and was transferred two years later to Reims, with whom he won French championships in 1953 and 1955.

1958 FIFA World Cup

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He played in the 1958 FIFA World Cup in Sweden, where he performed outstandingly and was one of the players of the tournament, scoring three goals as he led France to the semi-finals, where they succumbed to a strong Brazil team.

1956 European Cup Final

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He won the 1953 Latin Cup with Reims, where they defeated Milan 3–0 in the final, and helped them reach the 1956 European Cup Final, which the team lost to Alfredo Di Stéfano's Real Madrid, 4–3.

French Player of the Year

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Golden Foot

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FIFA World Cup awards

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Nœux-les-Mines

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* Footballer Raymond Kopa, star of Real Madrid and the French national team that reached the 1958 World Cup Finals in Sweden.

Association football

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Raymond Kopa (birth name Raymond Kopaszewski; 13 October 1931 – 3 March 2017) was a French footballer, integral to the French national team of the 1950s.

Midfielder

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Often considered one of the leading players of his generation, Kopa was a free-role advanced playmaker who was quick, agile and known for his love of dribbling.

Dribbling

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Often considered one of the leading players of his generation, Kopa was a free-role advanced playmaker who was quick, agile and known for his love of dribbling.

Playmaker

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He was also a renowned playmaker, as well as a prolific scorer.

Pelé

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In 1970, he became the first football player to receive the Légion d'honneur, and in 2004, Pelé named him one of the 125 Greatest Living Footballers at a FIFA Awards Ceremony.