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French Women Footballers Aim for Gold in London Olympics Posted by on Jul 29, 2012 in Vocabulary

Will French women succeed where Frenchmen did not?

The answer: In the London Olympics, c’est fort possible (It’s very likely)!

After conceding their first game to the US, the French Women Football team set the record straight by winning 5-0 against North Korea.

They will face tomorrow Colombia, in their last game of the group.

Allez les “Bleues”!

The French Feminine Squad is led by coach Bruno Bini, who successfully took the team to the Euro 2009 as well as la Coupe du monde de football féminin (Women’s World Cup) held last year in Germany.

The capitaine d’équipe is Sandrine Soubeyrand. This native of the Rhône-Alpes region is about to turn 40, yet she’s still running the football fields for 90 minutes without a problem. To anyone who would point out her age, the French midfielder would proudly retort that she has been capped more often than French men’s international star Lilian Thuram!

The French ladies, with less budget, do better than their male counterparts!

Maybe that’s the secret?

Other notable lady players of the French national team are:

  • The gardienne de but (goalkeeper) Céline Deville
  •  The Martinique-born center back Wendie Renard, she scored one of the 5 goals in the game against North Korea
  • The other center back Laura Georges, who played on both sides of the Atlantic (The Boston College Eagles, the Paris Saint-Germain, and l’Olympique LyonnaisShe scored one of the 5 goals in the last game against North Korea
  • The defender Corine Franco, who hasn’t always been lucky because of her many blessures (injured)
  • Camille Abily, who like her teammate Laura Georges played both in France and the US, where she won different titles (the now defunct teams Los Angeles Sol and Santa Clara’s FC Gold Pride), and with whom she plays now in l’Olympique Lyonnais
  • The Monpellier striker and top scorer (35 goals) Marie-Laure Delie.
  • The winger and striker Élodie Thomis. She scored one of the 5 goals in the game against North Korea
  • Camille Catala, who recently announced that she would be joining the team of her captain Sandrine Soubeyrand, the FCF Juvisy. She scored one of the 5 goals in the last game against North Korea
  • The midfielder nicknamed “Female ZidaneLouisa Nécib, who just like the Zizou is of Algerian descent, and proved to be one of the best players of l’Olympique de Marseille
  • Gaëtane Thiney, who scored a crucial double in a win against Canada, allowing the French to progress towards the knockout stage of the World Cup.
Nécib “Supergirl”

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