Pierre Bini

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Pierre Bini (born August 2, 1923 in Laragne-Montéglin / Hautes-Alpes , † June 21, 1991 ) was a French football player .

The club career

The inside forward Pierre Bini started playing football at Laragne Sports , the club of his birthplace, south of Gap area. In the middle of the Second World War he was also known nationally for the first time: in the 1943/44 season, when regional selections for championship titles and trophies were playing in France instead of the club teams, he was in the Équipe Fédérale Marseille-Provence , which finished 9th out of 16 teams . The following year is missing from Bini's personal and athletic biography.

After the liberation of France and the resumption of professional game operations, he wore the colors of the second division club AS Clermont-Ferrand in 1945/46 and came to Stade de Reims for the 1946/47 season for a transfer fee of 600,000 old francs , the year before in the division for the first time 1 , the highest French division, was represented and immediately caught the eye with a 4th place in the table. That the red and whites from Champagne would dominate French professional football for almost 20 years was not foreseeable at the time - that this would happen was due in no small part to the offensive qualities that Bini also stood for. Until 1950 he was part of the Rémois regular , was largely spared injuries and scored a total of 45 goals in the first three years. In the beginning he was ridiculed as le chèvre because of his long legs and origins , but because of his combative attitude and accuracy he quickly developed into a crowd favorite at the Stade Auguste-Delaune : the "mountain goat" became le râteau ("the rake").

In the 1948/49 season, together with his storm colleagues Pierre Flamion and Pierre Sinibaldi (at that time people spoke literally of "les trois pierres", "the three stones"), he played a key role in making Reims French football champions for the first time : Bini was even the fifth best league scorer with 22 goals. The following year, trainer Henri Roessler pulled him back to the left runner position because Stade de Reims had strengthened further in the storm with the Dutchman Bram Appel and Francis Méano , who came from the same region as Bini. He left the scoring to others, directed it together with Armand Penverne and at the end of the season he won the cup for the first time with his team . However , he was denied an appointment to the French national football team .

1950/51, however, followed an equally abrupt relegation for Bini: he became ill health, got completely out of shape, was replaced by André Petitfils and played his only season point game for Reims in early October 1950. In the end, he separated from Stade, moved to league rivals AS Saint-Étienne , but only stayed there for one season. From 1952 to 1956 he played for the amateur club Arago Sport Orléans , which originated from the Catholic sports movement , with whom he reached the round of 16 in the cup in 1955 and where he then worked as a coach until 1960 - under Jules Vandooren , who during the war was also active at Stade Reims.


  • Laragne Sports (1942/43)
  • Équipe Fédérale Marseille-Provence (1943/44)
  • AS Clermont-Ferrand (1945/46)
  • Stade de Reims (1946–1951)
  • AS Saint-Etienne (1951/52)
  • Arago Sport Orléans (1952–1956; 1956–1960 as assistant coach)

Life after football career

During Bini's time in Orléans , his son Bruno was born, who coached the French women's national team from 2007 to 2013 . At the end of the 1960s, Pierre Bini lived again in his birthplace and, as a staunch Gaullist, held various political functions. a. 1968 jointly responsible for the regional elections to the National Assembly , Vice-President of the General Council of Hautes-Alpes and mayor of Laragne in the mid-1980s . Today the stadium there is called Stade Pierre Bini .



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