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Alexandre Villaplane

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Alexandre Villaplane (Constantine, Algeria, 12 September 1905 Fort de Montrouge, Arcueil, 26 December 1944) was a French football (soccer) player in the role of midfielder.

In his career he played for FC Sète (1921 1924), Nimes Olympique (1927 1929), Racing Club de France (1929 1932), FC Antibes (1932 1933) and OGC Nice (1933 1934). He was capped 25 times for the France national football team and was the captain of the French side which went to the 1930 FIFA World Cup.

He played for Antibes in the very first French professional championship in 1932 33; Antibes were disqualified that season for corruption. He then joined OGC Nice for the 1933 34 season. Having lost interest in his career and having become a regular horse race-goer, he made one last attempt to resurrect his career with the Bordeaux Second Division club Hispano-Bastidienne, but he ended the season in prison, having been sentenced for his part in a horse race fixing scandal.

He regularly spent periods in jail for numerous criminal activities. During World War II he became one of the leaders of the North African Brigade, a criminal organisation made up of North African immigrants which collaborated with the Nazis through anti-Resistance activities. The fierce character of his recruits earned him the unflattering nickname of "SS Mohammed".

He was sentenced to death on 1 December 1944 for his direct involvement in at least 10 killings. He was executed by firing squad on 26 December 1944 at the Fort de Montrouge.

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