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was a French association football
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player and journalist (the editor of L'Équipe
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He made 12 appearances for the France national football team
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, with his debut coming on 8 March 1908 against Switzerland. He made another 10 appearances for them up to World War I
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. After the war he played one more time for France, as captain against Belgium on 9 March 1919.
Following an aviation accident he gave up football and became a journalist.
He is credited with introducing the professional championship
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in France, in 1932.
Hanot and his colleague at L'Equipe
Jacques Ferran were the prime movers behind getting the UEFA European Cup established.