1st Semester Project- FINI! FINI! FINI!



Football
In Europe, soccer is known as fútbol or football. The rules of the game are still the same. The field is the same size, and the game is still the same amount of time. They take this sport a lot more seriously over there than they do in America. Soccer there is as famous as football or baseball is here. In the picture below, is one of France's finest team. Let's learn a bit about them.
© Panoramic
© Panoramic

In the French Football League 1, the top team is Olympique Lyonnais. This team has many coaches to keep in shape. Their main coach is Claude Puel. He is from France and has played soccer on two well known teams Castres (1970-1977) and AS Monaco (1977-1996.) Claude Puel has had a lot of experience in soccer but he also coaches with some help from a few more people. The goalkeeping coach is Joël Bats, the assistant manager is Patrick Collot, and the fitness coach is Robert Duverne. All these men help the players get better, individually and as a team. Now let's meet the squad.

This team consists of 29 players that are all fit to play the game. Almost every player has had a history with other teams. Look closely at the names. Let's begin with introducing the goalkeepers.




Johan Hartock - Gardien
Johan Hartock - Gardien
Johan Hartock is one of the 3 goalkeepers. He has not played a game yet but he will get out there sometime! Hartock is Français. He was born on 2/17/1987. Hartock has been playing with this club since 2004/2005.
Hugo Lloris - Gardien
Hugo Lloris - Gardien
Hugo Lloris is also a goalkeeper. So far he has played in 9 games for 810 minutes. Lloris is Français. He was born on 12/26/1986. This is Lloris's first year with this league. He has played with OGC Nice since 2002.

Rémi Vercoutre - Gardien
Rémi Vercoutre - Gardien
The third goalkeeper is Rémy Vercourtre. He has played in a total of 2 games for 180 minutes. Vercourte was born on 6/26/1980. He is Français. This is not Vercourte's first year with the team. He began with Dunkerque in 1995. Then in 1996 (halfway through the season) he switched to Montpellier HSC. He played with this team up until 2003. That is when he joined Lyon. In 2004 he switched teams for one year but came back to Lyon.

Jean-Alain Boumsong - Défenseur
Jean-Alain Boumsong - Défenseur
Now we have the defenders, starting with Jean-Alain Boumsong. He is Français and was born on 12/14/1979. Boumsong has played in 7 games for 389 minutes. His career started in 1996 when he played for Havre AC. Then in 2000 he moved to AJ Auxerre up until 2004. When he changed teams again he joined the Rangers. Halfway through the year Boumsong moved to Newcastle. In 2006 he moved, yet again, to another team called Juventus Turin. Finally, in 2007 he landed upon Lyon.
François Clerc - Défenseur
François Clerc - Défenseur
Another defender is François Clerc. He was born on 4/18/1983. Clerc has played in one game for a total of 39 minutes. He played with this team from 2003-2005 then switched teams. The team he joined was Toulouse FC. After one year with that team, he switched back to Lyons. Clerc has a record of yellow cards, to be exact, 6 yellow cards. Wow, that is a lot.

  Cris - Défenseur
Cris - Défenseur
Marques Cris is another defender. He has played for a total of 810 minutes in the amount of 9 games. Cris was born on 6/3/1977. He is Portugaise. Cris's career started in 1995 with the Corinthians. In 2000, he stayed with the same league, just moved teams. The team he joined was Cruzeiro. In 2002, Cris moved teams again. The team, Bayer Leverkusen, was a team he stuck with for a year only. After that year he quickly moved back to Cruzeiro. Finally, in 2004 Cris moved to Lyon and has been with them for 4 years.
Lamine Gassama - Défenseur
Lamine Gassama - Défenseur
Lamine Gassama also plays defender. He was born on 10/20/1989. He is Francais and has played 90 minutes in 1 game. He first started his career in 2006 and has played for Lyon since then.
Fabio Grosso - Défenseur
Fabio Grosso - Défenseur
Fabio Grosso is Italian and he plays defense. Grosso was born on 11/28/1977. He has played 6 games for a total of 508 minutes. Grosso has even scored one goal and he has had 2 yellow cards this year. He started out on Chieti in 1998. Then he moved to another team, but staying in the same league, the Pèrouse. In 2004 he moved to another team once again in the same league, Palerme. In 2006, Grosso spent his last year in that league with Inter Milan. Then in 2007 Grosso joined the Lyon.
John Mensah - Défenseur
John Mensah - Défenseur
John Mensah is Ghanéenne and defense is where he plays. He was born on 11/29/1982. Mensah has played for 4 games for a total of 350 minutes. He first started his career with State Rennais FC in 2005. This is his first year with Olympique Lyonnais.
Anthony Réveillère - Défenseur
Anthony Réveillère - Défenseur
Anthony Reveillere is Français and plays as a defender. He was born on 11/10/1979. Reveillere has played for a total of 951 minutes in 11 games. In 1995 He started out with Angers SCO. Then in 1996, he joined Stade Rennais FC. He stayed with them until 2002 when he changed teams for one year to join Valence CF. Then, when that year was up he move back to Stade Rennais FC. After the last year with Stade Rennais FC, Reveillere joined Lyon (2003).
Mathieu Bodmer - Milieu
Mathieu Bodmer - Milieu
Now on to the 13 midfielders, beginning with Mathieu Bodmer. He is Française and was born on 11/22/1982. Bodmer has played for 720 minutes for 8 games. His career started with SM Caen in 1999. In 2003 Bodmer moved to LOSC. This is his 2nd year with Lyon. He moved to this team in 2007.
Cesar Delgado - Milieu
Cesar Delgado - Milieu
César Delgado is Argentine and he is a midfielder. He was born on 8/18/1981. Delgado has played for a total of 43 minutes in 2 games. He has scored one goal. His career started in 2002 when he joined Rosario Central. In 2003 Delgado moved to Cruz Azul. Then in 2007 he joined Lyon.
  Ederson - Milieu
Ederson - Milieu
Honorato Ederson is Brésilienne and he also plays midfield. He was born on 1/13/1986. Ederson has played for 10 games with a total of 626 minutes. He has scored one goal. His career started in 2003 with RS Futebol. Halfway through teh season in 2004 he left that team for another team in the same club, Juventude. In 2004 he joined OGC Nice. This is his first year with Lyon, let's hope it lasts.
Clément Grenier - Milieu
Clément Grenier - Milieu
Clément Grenier is Française and he plays midfield. He was born on 1/7/1991. He is 17! His first team was Lyon and he has been with them for 3 years. He has not played on the field yet, but that may be because he is to young. He will get out there soon.
  Juninho - Milieu
Juninho - Milieu
Juninho is Française and he is known as a midfielder, He was born on 1/30/1975. His career started in 1995 with Vasco de Gama. In 2001 he played with this team for half the year then he joined Lyon. Since then, Juninho has stuck by there side. He has played a total of 591 minutes in 8 games. He has had 2 goals, 3 assists and 2 yellow cards.
Kim Källström - Milieu
Kim Källström - Milieu
Kim Källström is Suédoise and is a midfielder. He was born on 8/24/1982. His career started in 1999 with BK Hacken. Then in 2002, he stayed in the same league but moved to Djurgarden IF. In 2003 he joined State Rennais FC. He joined Lyon 3 years ago. He has played for a total of 436 minutes in 7 games. He has 1 assist and 1 yellow card.

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Thimothée Kolodzieczak is Française and he plays midfield. He was born on 10/1/1991. He is also only 17! He has not played a game before. This is his first year with Lyon. He played with RC Lens from 2006 to half of 2008.
Jean II Makoun - Milieu
Jean II Makoun - Milieu
Jean Makoun is a midfielder. His birth date is 5/29/1983. Makoun is Camerounaise. He has played for a total of 908 minutes in 11 games. He has scored 2 goals and has had 1 yellow card. He began playing with LOSC in 2000. This is his first year with Lyon.
Saïd Mehamha - Milieu
Saïd Mehamha - Milieu
Saïd Mehamha is a midfielder. He is 18 years old and was born on 9/4/1990. He has not played yet but he has been with the team since 2005. Mehamha is Française.
Miralem Pjanic - Milieu
Miralem Pjanic - Milieu
Miralem Pjanic is Luxembourgeoise and he plays midfield. He is 18 years old and his birthday is 4/2/1990. Pjanic has played for a total of 283 minutes in 7 games. He has had 1 yellow card. His career started in 2006 when he played with FC Metz. This is his first year with Lyon.
  Fabio Santos - Milieu
Fabio Santos - Milieu
Fabio Santos is Brésilienne and also plays midfield. He was born on 10/9/1980. Santos has not played yet this year. His career started in 2004 when he played with Nacional. Then in 2005 he was with Cruzerio. He has been with Lyon for 3 years now.
Jérémy Toulalan - Milieu
Jérémy Toulalan - Milieu
Jérémy Toulalan is Française and he plays midfield. He was born on 9/10/1983. Toulalan has played for a total of 715 minutes in 9 games. He has had 2 yellow cards. His career first started in 1999 with FC Nantes. He has been with Lyon for 3 years.
Pierrick Valdivia - Milieu
Pierrick Valdivia - Milieu
Pierrick Valdivia is Française and he also plays midfield. He has played with Lyon for 4 years, since 2005. He has played yet. Valdivia was born on 4/18/1988.
Karim Benzema - Attaquant
Karim Benzema - Attaquant
Last but certainly not least, we have the forwards. One of them being Karim Benzema. He was born on 12/19/1987. He is Française. Benzema has played for a total of 757 minutes in 11 games. He has scored 7 goals, 1 being a penalty kick. He has 1 yellow card. The only team he has played on since 2004 has been Lyon.
  Fred - Attaquant
Fred - Attaquant
Another forward is Fred. He is Brésilienne. Fred's birthday is on 10/3/1983. He has played for a total of 335 minutes in 6 games. He has had one goal. Fred started his career in 2004 with Cruzeiro. He has been with Lyon for 4 years beginning 2005.
Sidney Govou - Attaquant
Sidney Govou - Attaquant
Sidney Govou is also a forward. His birthday is on 7/27/1979. Govou is Française. He has played for a total of 338 minutes in 5 games. He has 1 assist, 3 yellow cards, and 1 red card. He has played with Lyon since 1997.
Abdulkader Keita - Attaquant
Abdulkader Keita - Attaquant
Abdul Kader Keita is a forward. He is Ivoirienne. Keita was born on 8/6/1981. His career started in 2004 when he joined Al Saad. Then in 2005 he joined LOSC. In 2007 Keita joined Lyon. He has played 4 games in 302 minutes.
Anthony Mounier - Attaquant
Anthony Mounier - Attaquant
Anthony Mounier is Française and he is a forward. Mounier was born on 9/27/1987. He has had 355 minutes in 7 games. In that amount of time, he helped out with 1 assist. Mounier has played with Lyon since 2003.
Frédéric Piquionne - Attaquant
Frédéric Piquionne - Attaquant
Frédéric Piquionne is also a forward and he is Française. His birthday is on 12/8/1978. Piquionne has played for many teams, beginning with Nîmes Olympique in 2000. In 2001 he joined Stade Rennais FC. He stayed with that team until 2004 when he joined AS Saint-Etienne. Halfway through the season in 2006 Piquionne joined AS Monaco FC. This is his first year with Lyon. He has played a total of 329 minutes in 9 games with only 1 yellow card.
Yannis Tafer - Attaquant
Yannis Tafer - Attaquant
Yannis Tafer is also a forward. He is 17 years old. His birthday is on 2/11/1991. He has been with Lyon for 3 years. He has not played yet.
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All of these players have worked very hard to earn their spots on this team. Right now they are working on defending their spot as first place. Hopefully they can do it. :]





This team inspires me because my Coach is also French. His name is Karim. He speaks in French to us and he really helps us do better. This team reminds me of him.











P.S. madame if you look at the page, and go to the squad, when you click on one of the players, it says they are Française. That makes them girls :]
I noticed that. :-) It did the same for the Portuguese and Brazilian players too! Good catch!

Bibliography:

http://www.frenchleague.com/joueur/index.asp?no_joueur=113048


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