Néstor Combin

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Néstor Combin
Nestor Combin - Juventus FC 1964-65.jpg
Combín with Juventus in the 1964–65 season
Personal information
Date of birth (1939-12-29) 29 December 1939 (age 81)
Place of birth Las Rosas, Argentina
Position(s) Forward
Youth career
Colón de San Lorenzo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1959–1964 Lyon 131 (78)
1964–1965 Juventus 24 (7)
1965–1966 Varese 16 (2)
1966–1969 Torino 82 (27)
1969–1971 Milan 50 (11)
1971–1973 Metz 59 (34)
1973–1975 Red Star 64 (39)
Total 426 (204)
National team
1964–1968 France 8 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Néstor Combin (born 29 December 1939) is a former professional footballer who played as a striker. Born in Argentina, he spent most of his professional career in France, most notably with Lyon, and represented the France national team at international level. He was dubbed "La Foudre" (The Lightning) in France, for his speed, and "Il Selvaggio" (the Savage) in Italy, for his fighting spirit.

Club career[]

Combín with Milan, after being pummelled during the 1969 Intercontinental Cup's second match vs. Estudiantes.

Combin was born in Las Rosas, Argentina. During his time as a player in France, he scored 117 goals in the Division 1; 68 with Lyon and 49 with Red Star. In the 1973–74 season at Red Star, he formed a remarkable partnership in attack with Paraguayan forward Hugo González.[1] In France, he also played for Metz, and in Italy for Juventus, Varese, Torino, and Milan. Combin scored 10 goals in 38 games for Juventus and 32 goals in 99 games for Torino.

Combin was one of the first French internationals who played abroad in Italy's Serie A. He won several titles there, including a Coppa Italia with both Juventus and Torino, and an Intercontinental Cup with Milan.

International career[]

Combin was born in Argentina, and was of French descent through his maternal grandmother.[2] He has 8 caps with the France national team, obtained between 1964 and 1968, and scored four goals. He played at the 1966 FIFA World Cup with France.


In a game between Milan and Argentine side Estudiantes for the 1969 Intercontinental Cup, Combin was dealt with aggressively by rival players and had his nose broken (the infamous "Bombonera Massacre"). When he was leaving the stadium, he was arrested, under a charge of desertion.[3] After international pressure and indignation rising, he was released. In 2015, Raúl Madero blamed Combin as the fighting inciter, by provoking Ramón Aguirre Suárez in the first match, in Italy, saying "negro, don't warm up anymore because in one month I earn the same money that you receive in two years".[4]








  1. ^ Valentin, François-Xavier. "Red Star International : Paraguay". Red Star F.C. (in French). Retrieved 15 June 2021.
  2. ^ Cassiau-Haurie, Christophe (21 December 2009). "La migration des footballeurs africains en Europe - Africultures".
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 19 July 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Raúl Madero, 100x100: "Bilardo es un tipo muy jodido, se mandó muchas cagadas"". Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  • Archivio Toro - Official Torino F.C. Archives

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