On the English lawn of Rotherham, in the quarter-finals of the Women’s Football Euro, the Dutch could think on Saturday July 23 that Delphine Cascarino occupied several positions under the blue jersey of the France team. The ponytailed winger was everywhere. In attack, in defense, in front, behind, on the right, on the left. Her speed, her activity and her fighting spirit made her opponents dizzy, defending champions and beaten by the smallest of margins (1-0).
Tireless, the attacker multiplied the overflows, dribbles and accelerations, but also the defensive withdrawals, on the two wings of the field, including during the extension which saw the Blue finally score, on penalty. During a match where the French shot on goal 33 times, she could have opened the scoring in the 27th minute of the game. But his shot hit the post defended by Daphne van Domselaar, the Netherlands goalkeeper.
A player trained at Olympique Lyonnais
The 25-year-old player was trained at Olympique Lyonnais, like her twin sister Estelle, also international, but who was not selected for this competition. Daughter of a father of Italian origin and a mother from Guadeloupe, she still defends the colors of OL after taking her first steps as a footballer in Saint-Priest (Rhône), her hometown in the suburbs of Lyon. With this club, she won everything: six titles in the Champions League, seven in the French championship and four in the Coupe de France.
Delphine Cascarino has also stacked up successes with the French youth teams: victories at the Under-17 World Cup in 2012 and the Under-19 Euro in 2016, final of the Under-19 World Cup 20 years old in 2016. She joined the “A” the same year, showing off starting stripes in 2018 under the orders of Corinne Deacon, the current coach. She then landed in a group that remained on a series of four successive eliminations in the quarter-finals in major tournaments, in 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017.
In 2019, the attacker experienced the same disappointment during the World Cup organized in France. After five failures, the curse was lifted against the Dutch. Wednesday, July 27, in the semi-final of this Women’s Euro, this time it is the Germans who will see Delphine Cascarino split on the lawn of Milton Keynes.