From the legend of German football, to the three-time winner of the Dakar, via the world boxing champion or Bernard Tapie, president of OM European champion in 1993, here is the list of the main personalities of the world of sport who died in 2021.
3: Roger HASSENDORFER, 90 years old, French cyclist, wearing the yellow jersey for the Tour de France in 1953.
5: Bob BRETT, 67, Australian coach of Boris Becker during the best years of German tennis player.
10: Hubert AURIOL, 68, triple winner of the Dakar, on two and four wheels, then director of the famous rally-raid
3: Jean-Pierre BASTIAT, 71, former international from Dax, third-line center or second-line, winner of the 1977 Grand Slam with the French rugby team.
5: John PULLIN, 79, ex-pillar and ex-captain of the English rugby league.
7: Jean JOSSELIN, 81, French and European boxing champion in the 1960s.
15: Leopoldo Jacinto LUQUE, 71, Argentinian footballer, author of several decisive goals during the World Cup-1978 won at home by the Albiceleste.
27: Hannu MIKKOLA, 78, former world rally champion, nicknamed the “Flying Finn”.
6: Christophe REVAULT, 49, former goalkeeper for Le Havre, Paris SG, Rennes and Toulouse.
13: Marvin HAGLER, 66, American middleweight legend, undisputed world champion in the category between 1980 and 1987.
19: Lee EVANS, 74, American Olympic champion in the 400m in Mexico-1968, mounted on the podium wearing the Black Panthers beret and his fist raised in protest against discrimination affecting blacks in the United States
23: Max MOSLEY, 81, British President of the International Automobile Federation (FIA) from 1993 to 2009.
29: Mark EATON, 64, former Utah Jazz pivot, NBA best defender in 1985 and 1989, selected once for the All Star Game.
15: Gerd MÜLLER, 75, legendary striker for Germany and Bayern Munich in the 1960s and 1970s, nicknamed « Der Bomber ».
29: Jacques ROGGE, 79, Belgian President of the International Olympic Committee from 2001 to 2013.
6: Jean-Pierre ADAMS, 73, former defender of the French football team, died after nearly 40 years in a coma following an anesthesia error during a routine knee operation.
18: Chris Anker SORENSEN, 37, ex-Danish cyclist turned consultant, he dies hit by a car while he was cycling on the sidelines of the 2021 Worlds.
19: Jimmy GREAVES, 81, striker for Tottenham and the England football world champion in 1966.
3: Bernard TAPIE, 78 years old, ex-businessman, minister, actor, press boss and manager of sports clubs. He was notably president of Olympique de Marseille when the club won in 1993 the only Champions League ever won by a French football club.
13: Agnes TIROP, 25, Kenyan athlete, two-time world medalist in 10,000m and 4th at the Tokyo Olympics over 5,000m, stabbed at her home in Iten. Her husband was charged with murder in mid-November.
29: Mehdi CERBAH, 68, former Algerian international goalkeeper, who was part of the team that defeated West Germany at the 1982 World Cup.
2: François YVINEC, 89, businessman and emblematic former president of Stade Brestois, prosecuted and sentenced after the football club filed for bankruptcy in 1991.
12: Ron FLOWERS, 87, member of England’s 1966 world football champion.
28: François MONCLA, 89 years old, third line of reference for the Blues in the years 1950-1960, winner in particular of three tournaments of the five consecutive nations.
28: Frank WILLIAMS, 79, founder of the Formula 1 team that bears his name.
3: Lamine DIACK, 88, Senegalese president of the International Athletics Federation from 1999 to 2015, whose end of reign was marred by scandals.
3: Horst ECKEL, 89, the last of the German heroes of the “miracle of Bern”, West Germany’s first World Cup victory in 1954.
9: Al UNSER, 82, the American pilot, quadruple winner of the 500 miles of Indianapolis.
11: Manolo SANTANA, 83, tennis legend and first Spaniard to win Wimbledon in 1966.