BellatJean-Michel BELLAT


BornOct 24, 1943
Bagnoles-de-l'Orne, FRANCE
Age80 years old
Size1.65 m
TA RennesTA Rennes1961
TA RennesTA Rennes
Jean-Michel Bellat was a striker who was born in the Orne region in Normandy. He was developed by TA Rennes, before arriving at Stade Rennais University Club in 1960. With the Red and Blacks, he would mainly see action with the amateur side, and only made one fleeting appearance with the professionals. On 7th October 1967, he came on for Louis Cardiet in the 84th minute of a league fixture against Strasbourg. At the time, he would thus hold the record of having the shortest career as a professional footballer (a record which was eventually beaten some years later.) In 1969, he joined Stade Lavallois for a few months before returning to Rennes in January 1970. He then had a spell with Saint Gilles on the outskirts of Rennes, before going back for a third spell with Stade Rennais' amateur side in the 1973/1974 season. This Lawyer/Footballer would subsequently taken on a management role at the club in the 1980s under the reign of Gérard Dimier. In 1976, he created a works team for Barreau de Rennes which played under the name Judisport. A footballing fanatic and a skilled player of the Beautiful Game, he never stopped to hang up his boots, becoming the oldest player to hold a player's licence in France. Jean-Michel Bellat also obtained 10 caps for the French University team, and was even the President of the Brittany Football League (Ligue de Bretagne) between 2004 and 2008.