Born in Strasbourg, where he began his professional career, François Remetter kept the goals for the French team 26 times between 1953 and 1959. Émile Veinante, former international and coach in Strasbourg, had nicknamed him the “genial fool”. .
Remetter was one of France's best post-war goalkeepers.
During his second and third selections, he had replaced René Vignal each time, injured.
Remetter also played in the 1954 World Cup in Switzerland, where the Blues were eliminated in the first round.
⚫ It is with deep sadness that Racing learned of the death of François Remetter.
The former French Racing international was considered one of the best goalkeepers of his generation.
The club sends its condolences to his family and loved ones.
— Racing Club de Strasbourg Alsace (@RCSA) October 4, 2022
Four years later, he played the first two matches of the World Cup in Sweden but delivered average performances, conceding six goals against Paraguay (7-3 victory) and Yugoslavia (2-3 defeat).
Also nicknamed the "Voltigeur"
Coach Paul Nicolas finds Remetter, then goalkeeper of the Girondins de Bordeaux, too nervous, and prefers Claude Abbes for the decisive match against Scotland (2-1 victory), where the Saint-Étienne goalkeeper notably stops a penalty from John Hewie and earns his place for the rest of the tournament.
World military champion in 1947, Remetter, also passed by Metz (1950-1954) or Sochaux (1954-1957), stretched his career to 40 years and a last season at Pierrots Vauban Strasbourg.
FC Sochaux Montbéliard announced that a minute of silence would be observed in his memory on the occasion of the reception of Saint-Etienne, Monday, October 10.
⚫️ The FCSM learned with great sadness of the disappearance of François Remetter at the age of 94.
The international goalkeeper had worn the Sochaux jersey for three seasons.
A minute of silence will be respected in his memory before #FCSMASSE.
– FC Sochaux-Montbéliard (@FCSM_officiel) October 4, 2022
Also nicknamed the "Voltigeur", he worked for Adidas after his career.
In this role, he finds the French team, with which he represents the equipment manufacturer.
He finds himself in particular at the heart of the controversy over the bonuses deemed insufficient by the Blues who black polish the three emblematic stripes of the equipment manufacturer during a match of the 1978 World Cup in Argentina.
Of the Blues of this epic, there remains only the striker Just Fontaine (89 years old, 21 caps, and 13 goals in Sweden, record in a World Cup), the third goalkeeper, Dominique Colonna (94 years old, 13 caps.) , Robert Mouynet (92 years old, 0 caps) and Bernard Chiarelli (88 years old, 1 cap).
These last three have not played any matches in Sweden.