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Roger Marche

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Full nameRoger Marche
Place of birthVillers-Semeuse, France
Playing positionLibero

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Roger Marche (March 5, 1924 - November 1, 1997) was a French football (soccer) defender. He was part of the French national team during the 1954 and 1958 World Cup tournaments. He was nicknamed Le Sanglier des Ardennes ("the Boaer of the Ardenne") for the region from which he came.

Marche, born in Villers-Semeuse, Ardennes, is one of the players with the most appearances in the French top division, having played 542 matches for the clubs Stade Reims and RC Paris.

He was a member of the French national team from 1947 to 1959, and became the most-capped player ever for France with 63 international matches played, surpassing Étienne Mattler's previous record of 46 caps set in 1940. Marche held the record until 1983, when the also defender Marius Trésor established a new mark with his 64th cap. Several players since have surpassed that cap total.

Marche died in 1997 in Charleville-Mézières.


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