Jules Devaquez, the indispensable winger
In 1924, Olympique de Marseille won its first Coupe de France. Risen to this new status, Marseille leaders started dreaming even bigger and wanted to continue this rise in power. They recruited Jules Devaquez. The right winger grows into the club for six years, from 1924 to 1930.
Born on March 12, 1899 in Paris, Jules Aimé Devaquez began his career as a junior in the US Saint-Denis from 1914 to 1916. He then joined the Olympique de Pantin, a club in which he played from 1916 to 1924. He wins his first Coupe de France in 1918, then called "Coupe Charles-Simon" at that time, with the Parisian club.
"JULO", THE COMPLETE WINGER.
Nicknamed "Julot" and renowned as a complete winger with a very high speed and an excellent mentality, Devaquez also made his debut with France in 1920. During his career, the attacker wears the tricolor jersey 45 times -- a record held until 1938. Devaquez seems so indispensable on a football field that he participates in the Olympic Games in Antwerp in 1920, those in Paris in 1924 and Amsterdam in 1928. He was also quarter-finalist in 1924 and scored 12 goals with France from 1920 to 1929.
In 1924, Devaquez left the Paris region and joined OM. Professionalism has not yet appeared in French football, so he enjoyed a job of convenience. His powerful shots and dribbling skills will quickly delight the Marseille fans. With his two Parisian teammates Jean Boyer and Edouard Crut, "Julot" won the Coupe de France with Olympique de Marseille in 1926 and in 1927. The native of the ninth arrondissement of the capital is decisive in both finals. He scored twice in the match against AS Valentigney on May 9, 1926 (4-1) and scored a goal in the final of the 1927 edition against Quevilly (3-0). Honored in the final against the French Club (3-2), he saw his teammates Boyer and Bonello, both scorers, kiss the cup for OM.
His first and great adventure with Marseille ended in 1930 when he joined the OGC Nice. As soon as the professional status appeared in France in 1932, Devaquez became a coach. He is coach-player of AS Bezier in division 2 during the 1933-1934 season. "Julot" then coached SO Montpellier, FC Grenoble, AS Aix, Lyon OU and ... Olympique de Marseille.
OM was his only team outside in Division 1. He leds 41 matches in all competitions for 18 successes, 12 draws and 11 defeats in the year 1946-1947. Raymond Devaquez, Jules's son, also plays a few matches with Marseille when his father is the coach of the club. But the president in office, Louis-Bernard Dancausse is disappointed by the poor results of Devaquez, which he also considers too authoritarian, and decides to replace it in the summer of 1947 by an Italian Giuseppe Zilizzi.
After a last experience as a coach at the Lyon Olympic University in the 1948-1949 season, Devaquez retired from the middle of the football in the 1950s and became a Renault dealer in the city of Rhone.
Renowned as a player with a bad character, Devaquez will certainly remain as one of the best wingers that Olympique Marseille has known in its long history. A player who has inflamed the Huveaune stadium many times.