Eugenie Le Sommer, the essential goalscorer



The French women’s team largely dominated Macedonia in the Euro qualifying match on Tuesday 22 September. By scoring two of the seven goals of the Blue, striker Eugénie Le Sommer became the top scorer in the history of the team, ahead of the historic Marinette Pichon.

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[ARCHIVE] Article published on June 18, 2019. By scoring in the ninth minute in the opening game against the South Koreans with a powerful strike, she broke into the daily lives of millions of viewers sitting in front of their television screens. Because until then, most of those who do not follow women’s football regularly did not know much about this 29-year-old Breton.

And yet, the player who plays in Lyon already has one of the most beautiful individual records in her sport: she is the top scorer of the Bleues in activity with 76 goals (and should very quickly erase Marinette’s record of 81 goals from the shelves. Pichon), and does not accumulate less than 162 selections for the French team.

Before the start of this World Cup, Eugenie Le Sommer was not the star of this team. Defender Wendie Renard, spotted for her impressive size and the head game that goes with it, or Amandine Henry, captain and ambassador of her team in the media, attracted more attention.

Propelled into full light

Unlike the latter, Eugenie le Sommer was not on the list of the fifteen nominees (including seven Lyonnaises) for the first female Ballon d’Or awarded in December to her teammate, the Norwegian Ada Hegerberg.

Her three successful matches since the start of this World Cup have propelled her into full light: on June 7, against Korea first, when her goal freed the Blue from the pressure of an opening match. home ; against Norway then, where it ensured the qualification of a safe penalty; against Nigeria, finally, this Monday, June 17, when in half an hour of play, she alone cleared up the hitherto very dull palette of the Blue.

Her exchanges on the left flank with her teammate, Lyon defender Amel Majri, woke up the Roazhon stadium in Rennes. Which only asked to ignite for the Blue in general and for the regional of the band in particular. Didn’t Eugenie Le Sommer get the first of her two best D1 player titles in 2010, at the age of 21, while she was playing for Saint-Brieuc?

Reasonable point of view on the chances of the Blue

The player is also very appreciated in the world of football, female and male, for her performances but also for her professionalism and her outlook on the game. She belongs to the generation which knew very early on that she could make a living from her sport, while keeping an eye on the outside world, just in case.

At the junction of the former team of France and the newcomers, she has an important influence in the locker room of the Blue. It is also to her that the specialists of the magazine France Football had entrusted the analysis of the real situation of the Blue before the World Cup. ” It’s the date of a lifetime for all of us, she explained, but I don’t put us among the favorites… a bit like the boys last year in Russia. “

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