Apr 1, 1952
|Age||70 years old|
Originally from the Alsace region of France, Léon Maier began his playing career with FC Sochaux in 1970. This "pint-sized" winger played mainly on the left side of the Sochaux attack. After a trial season and 10 appearances for the club in his first year at the club, he became an undisputed member of the First Team starting line-up for the rest of his six seasons spent with Sochaux. Those six campaigns were spent playing in the First Division, and his attacking talents opened the door for a call up to the France B Squad, having feathered in the U21s previously. In October 1976, he left Sochaux to sign for Stade Rennais, who were looking for someone to play on the left wing in attack. Again, a regular starter for his new club, he would play 20-odd games with the Red and Blacks, scoring 4 goals, in his lone season at Rennes. With Rennes in dire financial straits, they were forced to release him from his contract at the end of the season, returning to his old stomping ground to re-sign for Sochaux. He went on to spend two years with his former club, the latter of which saw his game time diminish progressively. In 1979, he signed for Toulouse, and gained his first experience in playing in the Second Division. The club from the "Pink City" finally gained promotion to the top flight after finishing Champions of the Second Division in 1982. The following 1982/1983 season would turn out to be his last as a professional footballer, as he dropped down to play for Muret in the amateur game at the end of his spell at Toulouse.