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    Lensois got a reaction from A2R in Juan Antonio - A Relatively Late Bloomer.   
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    Born on 5th Jan '88, mate.
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    Lensois got a reaction from KOSov3l in Juan Antonio - A Relatively Late Bloomer.   
    Antonio must be thankfull for where he is today given his deep up's and down's in his fairly short career.


    At 24 years of age, Juan Antonio is a fairly late bloomer. However, saying that, the aura around his rise within Italy would have been a lot more recognized worldwide if it wasn't for his age. From the streets of Trelew, which of course isn't the traditional Hispanic name of city and the name really orgins from the Welsh settlers who settled in the southern parts of Argentina in the 19th century, his ride to the Italian rivera hasn't been heading a straight direction all the time.
    Antonio got a straight kick-off in his career after his move to Comodoro Rivadavia, where was labelled as one of the finest talents Argentina had within the category of late 80's (remember that Agüero and Messi were born around that time as well) and got that magical phone call every footballing teens can only dream about from the then Argentinian U-17 coach, Hugo Tocalli. Paired up with Agüero upfront in the U-17's version of Copa America, Argentina were in a shocking state and didn't even progress from their group.
    Around here, the setbacks started to hit him.
    It all started smoothly, though. His displays at the tournament attracted a certain team to approach his agent - his Italy-journey could have started here already - with Inter. However, for the best sake of his career and for the sake of Argentinian football, he moved to the team with the perhaps biggest history in Argentina: The River club. This was all in 2005. It all started fluently for the young Juan as the coach Daniel Passarella, the man who conviced him to stay in his native Argentina, had faith in him and gave him the minutes he needed. A year later though, things weren't really the same.
    The Argentinian outfit were suffering economically-speaking and were forced to sell talented players such as Gonzalo Higuaín, Mateo Musacchio and Fernando Belluschi. Juan initially wanted to leave too, but was conviced once again by Passarella to stay in Argentina. A few weeks later, Passarella was gone, so was practically the whole board and Juan dragged on a serious injury. An injury that'd see him miss several months of the 2006/07 season. He never really regained the other coaches notice and was faiding away on the River-bench. For the facts nerds: Just see his stats at transfermarket between the years 2006 to 2010.

    Grazie mille, is what I believe Juan has already said to the Brescia president, Corioni.


    Until 2010. Thanks to president Corioni being desperate in new signings prior to their first Serie A campaign in five years, cheaply signings were preferred as per usual for a newcomer and at a cost of 0m €, Juan Antonio simply couldn't be a miss. However, Juan wasn't deemed ready for Serie A football and was soon moving on to the south - with Ascoli, more namely. Things didn't go his way there and alongside fighting for minutes, he struggled with injuries.
    The next season, with Brescia being relegated back to the B, several key-players left the demolished building and as per usual, Corioni didn't spend too much of the money he received from those players. A player such as Juan Antonio had now, around a half decade ever since his latest period of success, a golden chance to prove what he was really made of. Starring in a creative trequarista role in newly arrived coach Scienza's XI, Antonio really stormed Italy with his displays. By January, the Lombardy region had found its new Kaká and Juan became a fan favourit.
    As suspected though, Corioni is all about profit and made the somewhat disasterous decision of selling the Argentinian to a fellow top candidate in Sampdoria for an undisclosed amount, but which has been outspoken to be around 2m €. Thereby, his value has risen with ~200% within the space of a year and a half in a lower-ranked and valued league.
    That has got to say something, no?
    Characteristics

    A trequartista.


    Very similar to traditional trequartista's such as Pastore and more famously, Kaká. Fan favourite, in other words.


    Has a decent eye for creating dangerous counter-attacks and locking up some free space for others with a quick pass.


    Minus note: Can disappear in some games, which is fully understandable though - remember that it's his first full season within the space of half a decade.

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    Lensois got a reaction from -JMH- in Juan Antonio - A Relatively Late Bloomer.   
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    Born on 5th Jan '88, mate.
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    Lensois got a reaction from dancpoli in Juan Antonio - A Relatively Late Bloomer.   
    Antonio must be thankfull for where he is today given his deep up's and down's in his fairly short career.


    At 24 years of age, Juan Antonio is a fairly late bloomer. However, saying that, the aura around his rise within Italy would have been a lot more recognized worldwide if it wasn't for his age. From the streets of Trelew, which of course isn't the traditional Hispanic name of city and the name really orgins from the Welsh settlers who settled in the southern parts of Argentina in the 19th century, his ride to the Italian rivera hasn't been heading a straight direction all the time.
    Antonio got a straight kick-off in his career after his move to Comodoro Rivadavia, where was labelled as one of the finest talents Argentina had within the category of late 80's (remember that Agüero and Messi were born around that time as well) and got that magical phone call every footballing teens can only dream about from the then Argentinian U-17 coach, Hugo Tocalli. Paired up with Agüero upfront in the U-17's version of Copa America, Argentina were in a shocking state and didn't even progress from their group.
    Around here, the setbacks started to hit him.
    It all started smoothly, though. His displays at the tournament attracted a certain team to approach his agent - his Italy-journey could have started here already - with Inter. However, for the best sake of his career and for the sake of Argentinian football, he moved to the team with the perhaps biggest history in Argentina: The River club. This was all in 2005. It all started fluently for the young Juan as the coach Daniel Passarella, the man who conviced him to stay in his native Argentina, had faith in him and gave him the minutes he needed. A year later though, things weren't really the same.
    The Argentinian outfit were suffering economically-speaking and were forced to sell talented players such as Gonzalo Higuaín, Mateo Musacchio and Fernando Belluschi. Juan initially wanted to leave too, but was conviced once again by Passarella to stay in Argentina. A few weeks later, Passarella was gone, so was practically the whole board and Juan dragged on a serious injury. An injury that'd see him miss several months of the 2006/07 season. He never really regained the other coaches notice and was faiding away on the River-bench. For the facts nerds: Just see his stats at transfermarket between the years 2006 to 2010.

    Grazie mille, is what I believe Juan has already said to the Brescia president, Corioni.


    Until 2010. Thanks to president Corioni being desperate in new signings prior to their first Serie A campaign in five years, cheaply signings were preferred as per usual for a newcomer and at a cost of 0m €, Juan Antonio simply couldn't be a miss. However, Juan wasn't deemed ready for Serie A football and was soon moving on to the south - with Ascoli, more namely. Things didn't go his way there and alongside fighting for minutes, he struggled with injuries.
    The next season, with Brescia being relegated back to the B, several key-players left the demolished building and as per usual, Corioni didn't spend too much of the money he received from those players. A player such as Juan Antonio had now, around a half decade ever since his latest period of success, a golden chance to prove what he was really made of. Starring in a creative trequarista role in newly arrived coach Scienza's XI, Antonio really stormed Italy with his displays. By January, the Lombardy region had found its new Kaká and Juan became a fan favourit.
    As suspected though, Corioni is all about profit and made the somewhat disasterous decision of selling the Argentinian to a fellow top candidate in Sampdoria for an undisclosed amount, but which has been outspoken to be around 2m €. Thereby, his value has risen with ~200% within the space of a year and a half in a lower-ranked and valued league.
    That has got to say something, no?
    Characteristics

    A trequartista.


    Very similar to traditional trequartista's such as Pastore and more famously, Kaká. Fan favourite, in other words.


    Has a decent eye for creating dangerous counter-attacks and locking up some free space for others with a quick pass.


    Minus note: Can disappear in some games, which is fully understandable though - remember that it's his first full season within the space of half a decade.

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    Lensois got a reaction from Kylan N17 in Official Serie A Thread   
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    Wow. I really stand against this. Trust me, I'm a really big fan of Merkel, but recalling him now in the middle of the season - and yes, I took those midfield injuries into consideration - but that's just a plain wrong move made there by Galliani and co. Infact, it really is from all different kind of aspects (Firenze's, Milan's, Monto's and not to forget, Berlusconi's).
    From Firenze's side of view, it can clearly be seen that they need to get rid of Monto. In reality, they should have had their summer sales this past summer and at the same time sacked Mihajlovic - that was really neccessary considering their poor seasons after the 09/10 season - now they've just managed to hold up that big summer sale for another season. I mean, we all know it will happen sooner or later. So what's the summer sale I'm on about? Well, it's clearly been seen that the tumulted management has affected the economy as previously, they signed the likes of Vargas and Gila for ~25m € in total and brang in some already world noticed talents in JoJo and Ljajic for ~15m € in total. Now, these past two summers, the total transfer sum of their recruitment these two years aren't even on the ecnomical level as these four players: They've gone red by a mere ~15m €. Of course the unavailability for any European cup has made its mark, but the again, it only is further higlighting the fact a massive sale is needed at Firenze.
    Not beacuse of the ecnomical reasons, but also for the fact that some of them haven't really been setting the world on fire for quite some time now and as they're only ageing, buyers should and must be found quickly. With Fiorentina's recent scouting luck in Balkan and with the fact that departures of the Vargas' and Monto's will give a massive ecnomical boost, nurturing low-costly talents might be Fiorentina's melody. The likes of Nastasic, Jojo and Ljajic are three very good examples of that. In the end, when half of footballing Europe aren't chasing them (likewise the case of Jojo), Stadio Artemio Franchi will be a memory and a new arena a la Juve could possibly be bought which only extends the income to the club and benefit the Italian football in general (new stadiums are a must at practically every club). In total, it would just benefit Fiorentina in every aspect in my opinion.
    With Milan beeing down short in the midfield with injuries on Gattuso, K-P Boateng, Flamini and Aquilani and most of them beeing on a speedy recovery and recovering BEFORE the CL kicks off again, loaning in Merkel is just plain wrong. He developed a lot over there within a time of just 6 months and the reason he was sold on a co-ownership to the Rossoblu's was beacuse of the fact that Allegri couldn't guarantee him some playing-time at Rossoneri's place. At Milan, he'll probably get a game or two before he'll lose his place again due to the others recovering and with Milan recalling him, that means he'll stay on the bench 'till May. Just look at what happened to El Shraaway - just as talented as the German (if not more) and still he's been spending his first time at Milan mostly on the bench. I'm a really big fan of Merkel though and I hope and pray that I'm wrong though.
    Anyway, with Milan reportedly chasing on the trophy in the CL, loaning in Merkel to cover up for some key-players isn't exactly the step in the right direction in my opinion. A purschase of Montolivo would definitely have been it though. He would also have a double motivation to help us acheive Berlusconi's goal, as he wants a place in the Italian NT for the Euro's (which no one can be guaranteed under Prandelli's guidancy and not like during Lippi's days where every player of 32+ of age would be guranteed a place) and beacuse of the fact that he wants to prove everyone that he's done the right choice of beeing a Milanista rather than a player who'll be remembered as ''the guy who could have been a real Fiorentina bandiera but threw it all away''. I mean, he was the captain of his side before this past summer and was loved by everyone in Tuscany (well, perhaps not by the Siena supporters). Not to mention that his quality as a player would be deemed enough to rub the big roles in the XI of Boateng, Gattuso and Aquilani and thus, that'll make them work extra hard to make it to the XI. That would only benefit Milan as a team and would bring in some more depth and some more quality, which is definitely the diffrence between reaching a quarterfinal in Europe and reaching a semifinal or even a final.
    As a finish, as I've been saying to both Kylan and Daragh, Berlusconi will be on the choping block; Berlusconi isn't the Italian primeminister anymore and can thus focus more on Milan than he's ever done. Just the fact that he, personally, stopped that Pato-move from happening proves, that he is considering taking back Milan into his hands. With him having a goal of ''winning the CL ASAP'', he should be able of handing some well established world beaters. Even more so, as you know many countries in Europe has suffered ecnomically - and Italy was no exception - so when he was the primiminster of the country, spending fortunates on players would deem unacceptable would threat his political career. Some fans has been able of reading between the lines (in response to why he hasn't been spending his standard fortune on Milan for quite some time) and this is the most general consequence among them, which has made them stopping criticsizing Berlusconi. However the bigger audience just thinks that with Berlusconi ageing he just couldn't care more. Now, he doesn't have to worry about his political career and with this in mind, it's eagerly of highest importancy that he doesn't lose his status among those understandable fans' or otherwise the situation will be ending in disaster. A disaster I for one am not sure Berlusconi can handle, as this won't go through the Italian media (which he controls to ~90%). Losing Milan, which he's built his name around on, would definitely be a bigger lose for him than losing out in the primeminister as he did a few months ago.
    End of rant.
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    Lensois got a reaction from dancpoli in The Fluffy Ligue 1 Ratings Thread   
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    http://forum.soccermanager.com/showpost.php?p=1880839&postcount=4225. I know.
    Definitely keep Reale, Kolo, Fofana, Grenier, Umtiti and Koné. Especially Umtiti is a talent that's gone unnoticed IMO.
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    Lensois got a reaction from Reverie in I am leaving the forum because....   
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    The closest, haha.
    I'll try to put a photo of myself whenever I find a decent one.
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    Lensois reacted to Halstinho in Official Manchester United Thread   
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    Gun and knife crime.
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    Lensois got a reaction from Elohim in I am leaving the forum because....   
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    Haha, do it for the Kopimism!
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    Lensois reacted to Kroitzz in R.I.P Marco Simoncelli   
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    Show some respect you pig.
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    Lensois got a reaction from Radebe20 in Official Arsenal Thread   
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    To be fair, Gila is useless at the moment. Even more so, he's Italian. They aren't exactly known for acclimatizing in the Premier League. Not Arsenal standard on his day really, in my opinion.
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    Lensois got a reaction from DerbyPower in FWC '11 Qualifying Group 1   
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    Voted for DP. With Porto losing out on the CL, it would be too devastating to lose out in here as well.
    In all fairness though; the guy's an ace.
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    Lensois reacted to Didi in Fantasy Ligue 1 2011/2012   
    So, this comes bit late, but I accidentally stumbled into a good enough Ligue 1 Fantasy football, so it is time to play.
    The only currently on going Ligue 1 fantasy that I know is hidden in the lfp website. You find it here:
    http://www.fantasylfp.fr/
    The system is much like the one we played last year. In following manners it is almost precisely the same:
    1. Transfers are unlimited.
    2. Player values don't change during the season.
    3. You must always choose 1 more player to each part of field than what you need to your formation. So, if you play 4-4-2, you need 5 defs, 5 mids and 3 fwds. If you don't have at least 1 sub to each part of field, your team isn't valid for the round and points will be zero. The squad size is limited to 15, which is presented very clearly.
    4. The player's position affects the points he gets, there are different point charts to all positions.
    5. Players get points from nearly everything, minus points too, except for played minutes. This may be intelligent: they never mind if player walks around the pitch for 90 minutes if he doesn't do anything, what they count are the events. Things such as fouls, suffered fouls, shots and tackles give you points. Players get quite easily to minus side too, so choose your captain carefully.
    6. Points are given after whole round has been played. Substitutions are automatical.
    This is where the difference comes:
    7. There are no private leagues. This is the big minus. The game goes on in a round by round basis, prizes exist for each round (haven't checked, but I suppose you must live in France or at maximum in Belgium or Luxembourg in order to win anything). The best we can do is to post our team here for each round. I know, this will reduce the number of participants, but I suggest we do so: before each round, we post here our team, after each round we post here the points for every player + the total points of his team for that round.
    Finally, how to play:
    1. On the page to which I gave the link: click "INSCRIPTION" in the top right corner.
    2. In the inscription all you need to do is to: tell is email-address ("Email"), your willed pseudonym ("Pseudo"), click whether you are Monsieur, Madame or Madamoiselle, and tell your family name ("nom") and your first name ("prénom") plus choose a password ("mot de passe") and confirm it ("confirmation").
    3. They will send an email to the address you gave. In the email they ask you to affirm the registration: "Pour finaliser votre enregistrement ACTIVEZ VOTRE COMPTE JOUEUR". You should click the "ACTIVEZ VOTRE COMPTE JOUEUR" part of it. Now, at least in my email this was hidden, you have to paint it in order to see it. It is written right under the "Pour finaliser votre enregistrement" part, you will notice that the mouse cursor changes into a hand (or whatever it does in your computer).
    4. After clicking that you get back to the inscription page. There choose "CONNEXION" in the top right corner. Write in your email and your password. Fantastic: you're in the game!
    In the game the user interface is quite poor. The transfer market opens when you click the position that you want to fill. In the player list, you can always choose a club to watch from the box where it says "Tous les clubs". Just click it and it gives you a list of clubs, then choose the one you wish to choose from.
    Finally, to help you, the point charts (warning, the real points do not follow these charts!):
    Forward
    Goal +10
    Yellow card -5
    Red Card -10
    Ball played +0.5
    Cross +2.5
    Shot on target +6 and off target +4
    Ball gained +1.5
    Ball lost -0.5
    Foul committed -2.5
    Foul suffered +3
    Offside -3
    Pass +1.5
    Tackle won +8
    Corner won +3
    Own goal -10
    Goal from a penalty kick +8
    Stop (save) 0
    Ball boxed (save) 0
    Midfield
    Goal +12
    Yellow card -5
    Red Card -10
    Ball played +0.5
    Cross +1.5
    Shot on target +5 and off target +4
    Ball gained +1
    Ball lost -1
    Foul committed -1.5
    Foul suffered +1.5
    Offside -1.5
    Pass +1
    Tackle won +2
    Corner won +2
    Own goal -10
    Goal from a penalty kick +10
    Stop (save) 0
    Ball boxed (save) 0
    Defender
    Goal +15
    Yellow card -5
    Red Card -10
    Ball played +0.5
    Cross +4
    Shot on target +5 and off target +3
    Ball gained +3
    Ball lost -2
    Foul committed -3.5
    Foul suffered +1.5
    Offside -1
    Pass +1
    Tackle won +6
    Corner won +2
    Own goal -10
    Goal from a penalty kick +11
    Stop (save) 0
    Ball boxed (save) 0
    GK
    Goal +18
    Yellow card -6
    Red Card -15
    Ball played +0.5
    Cross +3
    Shot on target +10 and off target +3
    Ball gained +1.5
    Ball lost -1.5
    Foul committed -4
    Foul suffered +5
    Offside -2
    Pass +1.5
    Tackle won +10
    Corner won +3
    Own goal -10
    Goal from a penalty kick +14
    Stop (save) 30
    Ball boxed (save) 20
    These may or may not be correct, but they are the officially announced ones.
    You can pick a captain and 3 jokers. Captain's points are tripled and the points of each joker are doubled.
    So, post your participation, your teams and your points here. Note: you can have two teams, but for the sake of simplicity let's only count the no. 1 team which means the team that team that you will announce in here. Only one team for each round.
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    Lensois got a reaction from Didi in Official French Ligue 1 & 2 Thread   
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    Fair played. Even though Kolo is very unexperienced' date=' Grenier might been even more unexperienced. Having said that, Grenier, like I pointed out in my previous post, has been occupying a much more instrumental role in today's Lyon and has really excelled. Kolo, in the mean time, has been nowhere near the starting XI under Garde's XI - and that despite Grenier occupying a much more vital role (the No.10 role - aka Gourcuff's role/the role of freedom/you-must-be-extraordinary-skilled-to-play-there) and has been nowhere near the first XI in the past whilst Kolo's been. Given that both Källström and Gonalons aren't so lazy and can happily take the hard work at the back and that Bastos is used to run like a Honda upside down the left flank, Kolo wouldn't be [i']that[/i] much exposed if he'd, which would be a very likely scenario, make the odd mistake. In comparison to Grenier, who is the key-holder to the attack from his free-role position, Kolo wouldn't have so much pressure on his shoulders as well, in my opinion. I must add though: Grenier isn't bad, is a relatively big talent and has been fairing well this season, but as he's been introduced to the first team by Garde, he was an excellent example of drawing a comparison between.
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    Lensois got a reaction from TheDuffman in French Ligue 1 & 2 (Risers Edition)   
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    Keep. Talent. Though staying for now.
    Small rise' date=' just over 80 (82/83 if he keeps on getting the odd minutes).
    Sako's played well for a high-flying rollecoaster team like ASSE. He's been one of the very few players in Saint-Étienne you can count on. 88 is on the cards, for sure. Bodmer's been phenomenal and Chantôme's been hitting the bench lately due to that, so no rise for him (although, given his wonderful last season, he should have been a 90-rated player by now). Theophille-Catherine is a good player, sound on the defensive area and the attacking area as well. Could go far in his career, but I doubt he'll ever be French NT material. Somewhere around 90 would be his peak, I'd say.
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    Lensois got a reaction from timesle in The race to reach 90 - Who will win it?   
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    Alright man, sorry. Saw Wollschied and thought any young player could be putten on here!
    Anyway, I'll throw in Raphael Holzhauser.
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    Lensois got a reaction from A2R in Mathieu Peybernes - Upcoming Occitan Talent   
    Mathieu Peybernes

    Career So Far


    Chop of the hair of that tiny sight of hair Peybernes has and you'd have that guy in Green Street Hooligans - you know that guy who supported Millwall, but obviously, the difference between these two individuals age is 29. Born in 1990, the soon-to-be defender Mathieu saw his first sight of the world in the fourth largest city of France - namely Toulouse. However, Peybernes never went on to represent l'téfécé, as he instead went on to represent Colombiers, a team in the suburbs of Toulouse.
    You all know about the INF Clairefontane academy, right? That academy that's seen players such as Henry, Anelka and Evra graduate? Well, there are eleven other academies like that one across France. One of them lies in Castelmaurou - very closely to Toulouse. At the age of 12, Peybernes was snapped up by this academy named INF Castelmaurou. There, he worked intensely and thus, earned himself call-ups to represent the French U-18 and U-19. He was notably a part of the French U-19 team that made it to the semi-finals. Whilst he didn't manage to hold down a starting spot fully, he managed to play the full 90 minutes in 50% of the games France's games during the tournament.
    After his time in Castelmaurou, Peybernes was signed by the East French outfit Sochaux. After slowly coming through the youth ranks of the Montbéliard outfit, Peybernes sat there one day on the bench of a Ligue 1 game. The date was the 2nd May 2010 and as it was an unimportant game for Sochaux (who had already secured themselves another season in Ligue 1), Peybernes did actually get some minutes - albeit in the 81st minute. Gillot continued to have some faith in Mathieu and the following season, Mathieu made the sporadic 90 minutes, but was mostly getting the odd sub-in. It was this season - under the guidance of Mehmed Baždarević - that Peybernes finally made the real break-in. After the depature of Faty, Sochaux didn't brought in anyone of notice and the fight for Faty's earlier CB spot had begun. Carlão and Peybernes were tested, Peybernes proved to me more liable than the usual DM Brazilian and suddenly, the place was his.
    Charasterictic

    From the games I've followed his progress, I do believe Mathieu seems to be great leader on the pitch. I'd also like to add the vision for the game and his really good physics as his other strengths. He kinds of remind of the modern English centre-back in other words - he would fit in perfectly in the Premier League if he keeps on this track. Of course he does make the odd easy mistake, but he is young and do not have routine as the likes of Bréchet or Perquis.
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    Mathieu Peybernes

    Career So Far


    Chop of the hair of that tiny sight of hair Peybernes has and you'd have that guy in Green Street Hooligans - you know that guy who supported Millwall, but obviously, the difference between these two individuals age is 29. Born in 1990, the soon-to-be defender Mathieu saw his first sight of the world in the fourth largest city of France - namely Toulouse. However, Peybernes never went on to represent l'téfécé, as he instead went on to represent Colombiers, a team in the suburbs of Toulouse.
    You all know about the INF Clairefontane academy, right? That academy that's seen players such as Henry, Anelka and Evra graduate? Well, there are eleven other academies like that one across France. One of them lies in Castelmaurou - very closely to Toulouse. At the age of 12, Peybernes was snapped up by this academy named INF Castelmaurou. There, he worked intensely and thus, earned himself call-ups to represent the French U-18 and U-19. He was notably a part of the French U-19 team that made it to the semi-finals. Whilst he didn't manage to hold down a starting spot fully, he managed to play the full 90 minutes in 50% of the games France's games during the tournament.
    After his time in Castelmaurou, Peybernes was signed by the East French outfit Sochaux. After slowly coming through the youth ranks of the Montbéliard outfit, Peybernes sat there one day on the bench of a Ligue 1 game. The date was the 2nd May 2010 and as it was an unimportant game for Sochaux (who had already secured themselves another season in Ligue 1), Peybernes did actually get some minutes - albeit in the 81st minute. Gillot continued to have some faith in Mathieu and the following season, Mathieu made the sporadic 90 minutes, but was mostly getting the odd sub-in. It was this season - under the guidance of Mehmed Baždarević - that Peybernes finally made the real break-in. After the depature of Faty, Sochaux didn't brought in anyone of notice and the fight for Faty's earlier CB spot had begun. Carlão and Peybernes were tested, Peybernes proved to me more liable than the usual DM Brazilian and suddenly, the place was his.
    Charasterictic

    From the games I've followed his progress, I do believe Mathieu seems to be great leader on the pitch. I'd also like to add the vision for the game and his really good physics as his other strengths. He kinds of remind of the modern English centre-back in other words - he would fit in perfectly in the Premier League if he keeps on this track. Of course he does make the odd easy mistake, but he is young and do not have routine as the likes of Bréchet or Perquis.
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