RouxelGuy ROUXEL


BornJan 24, 1926
Saint-Brieuc, FRANCE
DeadApr 18, 2016 (90 years old)
Size1.78 m
Guy Rouxel was developed at Etoile Sportive in his hometown in Brittany, Saint-Brieuc, from the age of 15. He was picked up by Stade Rennais in 1946. At the time, he was studying law in Rennes, and was the goalkeeper of the University football team. He signed for Rennes in 1947, but would only turn professional in real terms in 1948, having already made a First Team appearance in the 1947/1948 season. After the departure of first-choice keeper of the day, Georges Hatz, he was given an extended run in the starting line-up in the 1948/1949 season. He was put in direct competition with Mattioni during two season; but the two of them had a great relationship despite being rivals for the same spot in the team, so much so that he would even be a witness at Mattioni's wedding. From the 1950/1951 season onwards, his understudy was Louis Pinat, who would gradually take over the role of first-choice in the Rennes goal. With his gametime diminishing, Rouxel decided it was time to move on, leaving Rennes to sign for Toulouse in 1952, where he would go on to win the Second Division title in 1953. He spent three seasons there before bringing his professional career to a close at Grenoble between 1955-1957, playing in the Second Division. Eventually, he returned home to live in Saint-Brieuc. He went on to become player-manager for his first club with whom he succeeded in achieving promotion to CFA in 1959. He ended his managerial career in 1962 to take up a new profession as an insurance salesman, running the agency which his mother had managed before him. Rouxel passed away, aged 90, in the his hometown, Saint-Brieuc. Note that Guy Rouxel was awarded two caps with the France B team, playing in two matches in the London Olympic Games in 1948.