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Raymond Kopa, the ‘Napoleon’ of Soccer, Dies at 85

Raymond Kopa, one of the first major French soccer stars and a former Real Madrid attacking midfielder who, small of stature, was known as the “Napoleon of football,” died on Friday in Angers, France. He was 85.

The French soccer federation confirmed his death. Family members told Le Courrier de l’Ouest, a newspaper in western France, that Kopa had been hospitalized last week. No cause of death was given.

President François Hollande said in a statement that Kopa was “one of

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