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didier six15 June ~ Didier Six first came to international prominence playing in the Lens side that reached the UEFA Cup third round in 1977-78, a run that included a 6-0 thrashing of Lazio in which he scored a hat-trick. Then in the opening seconds of France's first match at the 1978 World Cup he was involved in what was then the fastest goal scored in the tournament.

Six left Lens for Marseille that summer but two years later a side packed with internationals was surprisingly relegated and he began to wander, never spending more than two seasons with any of his subsequent 14 clubs. One of these was Aston Villa, whom he joined after being part of France's victorious Euro 84 squad.

Six played 16 games for Villa scoring two goals and as was his wont, moved on after a year. Graham Turner was manager at the time although it wasn't clear whose idea it had been to sign Six – as with the arrival of David Ginola in 2000 some thought that chairman Doug Ellis was the instigator of the deal.

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