France mourns centurion Llense

"René Llense personified one of the best periods of French football," said FFF president Noël Le Graët after the goalkeeper passed away at the age of 100.

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France's oldest international René Llense, who turned 100 on 14 July 2013, has died.

The 11-times capped goalkeeper appeared in two FIFA World Cups, in 1934 and 1938. He made his name at FC Sète, winning the double in 1934. In 1938, Llense joined AS Saint-Étienne, but the war put an end to his career.

"René Llense, who personified one of the best periods of French football, should have celebrated his 101st birthday on 14 July," French Football Federation (FFF) president Noël Le Graët said. "The whole of French football joins me in sadness. We express our deepest condolences to his family, relatives and friends."