Oct 11, 1945
|Dead||Sep 29, 2003 (57 years old)|
Hailing from the North of France, Michel Watteau was a brilliant and technically-gifted play. After beginning his footballing journey in his home town Wattrelos, he started his professional career at Roubaix-Tourcoing at the beginning of the 1960s in the Second Division. In 1963, he signed for RC Paris, where he demonstrated his talent for two seasons in the top flight. In 1965, Rennes were on the lookout for an experienced versatile player to bolster their attack, and so it came to pass that Watteau signed for the Red and Blacks. His stay in Brittany would be brief, however. He would be a Rennes player for just one season, leaving with a respectable record of 14 goals in 33 apperances. Playing both in attack and midfield, he would return to RC Paris, who had merged with Sedan at that time. A player of Division One standing, he would continue his career in several clubs in the top flight, such as Lille, Sochaux, Valenciennes and Troyes, where he would finish his playing days as a professional footballer in 1976. He continued thereafter to play amateur football with Saint Nazaire, before becoming Player-Manager at US Bondues until 1990. It should be noted that, during the course of his career, he would receive a single cap for the French national team, playing in a 3-0 victory over Luxembourg. On 29th September 2003, he would pass away following a heart-attack at the tender age of 57 years old.