Former France midfielder Jean Petit dies at 74

Jean Petit, who played for France during the 1978 World Cup, has died at the age of 74, his former club Monaco announced on Tuesday.

Petit won 12 caps in total for France and was given the Player of the Year award in 1978.

The Toulouse-born midfielder spent his entire senior career with Monaco playing 426 matches and scoring 78 goals for them between 1969 and 1982.

“AS Monaco was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Jean Petit, a former player and coach who was one of AS Monaco’s legends,” the club wrote on its website.

He was “one of the best players in the club’s history, winning numerous titles: champion in 1978 and 1982, French Cup winner in 1980”, said the club.

He was later assistant manager to Arsene Wenger, Jean Tigana, Claude Puel, Didier Deschamps, Ricardo and Marco Simone, twice stepping in as caretaker.


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