They called him “Little Zidane” and he was the highest paid in France; today he has been without a club for 3 years and plays amateur tennis

They called him “Little Zidane” and he was the highest paid in France; today he has been without a club for 3 years and plays amateur tennis

Yoann Gourcuff was one of the great talents in European football, but he is currently without a team and devotes himself to tennis

France received at Austria in matchday 5 of UEFA Nations League Group 1 and the France team won to escape relegation in European competition.

Despite an irregular situation in the tournament, the “Blues” have managed in recent years to build spectacular teams full of stars. Proof that French football is going through one of the finest stages in its history, generating a large number of good players, the title of World Cup 2018.

However, one of the great “wasted talents” of the last decade of French football is midfielder Yoann Gourcuff, who has captivated thousands of fans with his performances in reindeer and this led to it being bought out in 2006 by the AC Milanwho was the great power in European football at the time.

The midfielder won big titles with the Italian team, but did not consolidate and returned to France play on loan with him Bordeaux in the 2008/09 season, where Yoann He managed to recover his best version.

Gourcuff he quickly became an idol Bordeaux leading the team to win the French Champion and French League Cup titles in the 2008/09 campaign, as well as winning two more French Super Cups (2008 and 2009).

At that time, he also became a regular in the selections of the France team when he took part in the playoffs of the 2010 World Cup and the Euro 2012and was part of the team that participated in the South Africa World Cup.

Thanks to his extremely technical style, Gourcuff was nicknamed the “Little Zidane”. In 2009, the midfielder was definitively acquired by the Bordeaux and went on to be a key part of what was perhaps the best team in the club’s history, and which included several Brazilians, such as defender Henrique Souzamidfielders Fernando there Wendel and the attacker water primrose.

In interview with ESPN, water primrosewho was part of the Cruzeiro super team between 2001 and 2004, compared Gourcuff with the “brain” of this celestial team.

Gourcuff it was ours alexander in the cruise in 2003. The Bordeaux in 2008/09 he played with him and it worked out really well,” recalls the former striker, who ended his career at Bordeaux.

“Unfortunately, later, he could not continue a career that had everything to be brilliant,” he lamented.

The fall of “Little Zidane”

The decline of the career Gourcuff It all started in August 2010 when, in a bold move on the French market, Lyon bought the midfielder for 22 million euros and made him the highest paid player in France. France.

When changing clubs, the “Little Zidane” was never the same as in the Bordeaux.

In five seasons in the Lyons, Gourcuff he suffered a series of injuries which caused him to miss almost 90 games. In total, he entered the pitch 128 times and scored only 19 goals, winning only two titles: a Coupe de France and a Super Coupe de France.

At the international level, Gourcuff ceased to be taken into consideration and was not summoned for the Euro 2012 although he was part of the entire playoff campaign.

The failure in Lyons was so big that he left the club as a free agent in July 2015. He then attempted to resume his career at reindeerbut he didn’t succeed either.

For the former midfielder Dudu Cearawho witnessed the “birth” of Gourcuff in the reindeer between 2004 and 2005, comparisons with Zizou harm the career of Gourcuff.

Gourcouff played a lot. He shot very well with both legs, had a gigantic view of the game and was an excellent athlete. We always coincided when we played together: I did everything to pass the ball to him and he solved the game,” he said between two laughs. Black a ESPN.

“Unfortunately, there was this thing about him compared to Zidane and it is something that does not exist. It was a huge and unreasonable expectation placed on him by that comparison. ¡Zidane is an and Gourcouff It’s someone else!” he said.

“But in reality, he was a guy who played a lot, with enormous potential when we worked together at Rennes. He made a lot of difference on the pitch,” he added.

In the 2018/19 campaign, it was the turn of the little Dijon bet on football Gourcuff. However, the midfielder only made eight appearances for the club before suffering a serious thigh injury which ended his season early. With that, he chose to end his contract in January 2019.

After seeing his son without a club for over a year and a half, the father of Gourcuff, Christian, assured that the midfielder had hung up his crampons. However, the Frenchman never officially announced his retirement.

We do not know if the “Little Zidane” he will find a new team to try to live out his last days as a professional footballer. However, he continues to devote himself to sport, specifically tennis, which was his great passion along with football during his childhood.

At the beginning of this year, Gourcuff he even participated in an official tournament: Larmor-Plage de Régionale 1, one of the French regional tennis competitions.

The athlete played two of his team’s four matches, distinguishing himself in particular by the victory over Arthur Thuet, who was the big favorite.

Gourcuff as a child he was undecided whether to pursue a career as a tennis player or a footballer. He devoted himself fully to the sport of the green (or yellow) ball until the age of 12 and even met no less than Raphael Nadal at the Auray under-12 tournament in 1998.

However, the footballer ended up opting for football, he entered the youth categories of the Lorient then went to reindeer. The rest is history…

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