Bruno Bellone (born 14 March 1962 in Toulon) is a former French international footballer who played as a winger, and who earned 34 caps and scored two goals for France from 1981 to 1988. One of the goals was in the final of the 1984 European Championships, where France defeated Spain 2–0 to win the title. He was also in France's 1982 and 1986 World Cup squads.
|Date of birth||14 March 1962|
|Place of birth||Toulon, France|
|Playing position||Left winger|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
It was the quarter-final match against Brazil in 1986 for which he will most be remembered,[by whom?] for two incidents. Firstly, as the end of extra-time approached, he had a clear opportunity to score the winning goal, as he rounded Brazil goalkeeper Carlos on the edge of the penalty area. He was blocked by Carlos as he went past him, thus knocking him off balance and preventing him to reach the ball in time to score. The referee did not give a foul. In the penalty shoot-out, Bellone took France's third kick. The ball hit the post and rebounded onto Carlos and then back into the goal. Despite Brazilian protests, the goal was allowed to stand. France manager Henri Michel, confronted after the game with the possibility that Bellone's penalty should not have stood, pointed to the Carlos incident in open play and said "There was a certain justice in that". The laws of football were later clarified in favour of the referee's decision.
Bellone had to retire from football at the age of 28, following an ankle injury. He then suffered a series of personal setbacks, losing his savings in ill-fated investments. In 1998, Radio France wrongly reported that he had died. Bellone was able to pay off his debts in 1999, after a gala match was organised in his honour in Cannes. Since 2007, he has been working as a sports technical advisor for the commune of Le Cannet. He is a father of four.
- AS Monaco
- (in French) French Football Federation Profile
- "Greatest World Cup matches: Brazil-France (1986)". 25 February 2010. Retrieved 23 February 2014.
- Dupré, Rémi (24 February 2016). "On a retrouvé... Bruno Bellone". Le Monde (in French).