André LE MENN
|Born||Mar 2, 1934|
|Dead||Feb 13, 2010 (75 years old)|
André Le Menn was a defender. Born in the Finistère region of Brittany, he played for Briec, before signing apprentice professional forms with FC Nantes in 1952. Nantes were playing in the Second Division at the time, and he became a regular in the starting line-up as of the 1954/1955 season. Thanks to his good performances on the pitch, he was called up twice to the French University team in 1954, and then the French U23 side in 1956, the only Second Division player in the starting line-up. In 1958, he signed for Stade Rennais, who were freshly promoted to the First Division. Undisputable first-choice at centre-back, he would wear the captain's armband on numerous occasions during his years at the club. In the 1959/1960 season, his versatility would be put to good use, as he would be used in midfield and across all the positions in the back four. The following season, he was obliged to leave to do his national service, and played in only a few matches. During his military service in Madagascar, he coached Racing Club de Tananarive there, and even won the national league title with them. He would eventually leave Rennes in 1961 to join the amateur team, Cadets de Bretagne. Whilst playing part-time, he also worked as a dentist and plastic surgeon. As a massive football fan (just like his older brother Jean, who also played professionally), he would play for numerous local clubs in the Rennes area until he was 60 years old. He passed away in Saint-Grégoire, where he was an avid supporter of the club, on 13th February 2010.