Gabriel Hanot

Gabriel Hanot (6 November 1889 – 10 August 1968) was a French footballer and journalist (the editor of L'Équipe). The European Cup – which became the UEFA Champions League – was the brainchild of Hanot, as was the Ballon d'Or, an award that honours the male player deemed to have performed the best over the previous year.[1]

Gabriel Hanot
Gabriel Hanot 1910.JPEG
Hanot in 1910
Personal information
Date of birth (1889-11-06)6 November 1889
Place of birth Arras, France
Date of death 10 August 1968(1968-08-10) (aged 78)
Place of death Wangenbourg-Engenthal, France
Position(s) Full back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1907?–1910? US Tourcoing FC ?
1910?–1912? BFC Preussen ?
1912?–1915? Tourcoing ?
1916?–1919? AS Francilienne ?
National team
1908–1919 France 12 (3)
Teams managed
1945–1949 France (coach under a committee)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


He made 12 appearances for the France national football team, with his debut coming on 8 March 1908 against Switzerland. He made another 10 appearances for them up to World War I. After the war he played one more time for France, as captain against Belgium on 9 March 1919.[2]

Following an aviation accident he gave up football and became a journalist.[3] He is credited with introducing the professional championship in France, in 1932.[3]

Hanot and his colleague at L'Équipe Jacques Ferran were the prime movers behind getting the European Cup established.[4]


  1. ^ Straeten, Karine van der; Laslier, Jean-François; Daoust, Jean-François; Blais, André; Arrondel, Luc; Anderson, Christopher J. (2019). "Messi, Ronaldo, and the Politics of Celebrity Elections: Voting for the Best Soccer Player in the World". Perspectives on Politics: 1–20. doi:10.1017/S1537592719002391. ISSN 1537-5927.
  2. ^ "HANOT Gabriel". Equipe de France A: Tous les jouers (in French). FFF. Archived from the original on 29 July 2012. Retrieved 10 November 2011.
  3. ^ a b Boudreault, Patrick (6 August 2007). "Saga Ligue des Champions (1/4). Gabriel Hanot,visionnaire de génie" (in French). La Depeche. Retrieved 11 November 2011.
  4. ^ "Football's premier club competition". 14 June 2010. Retrieved 7 August 2010.

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