What becomes of Jérémy Mathieu?

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He was one of the architects of FC Barcelona’s superb 2014-2015 season, with the Championship-Cup-Champions League treble: French central defender Jérémy Mathieu was able to find a place for himself in the Catalan team as soon as he arrived in coming from Valencia CF, where he had become an indisputable starter and even a captain in the last year. After paying 20 million euros to secure his services, Barça and Luis Enrique quickly trusted him and took advantage of his versatility to align him in the middle and to the left of the rearguard (41 matches played all competitions combined in 2014-2015). And to open his goals counter in the Blaugrana jersey, what could be better than a perfect header, on a free kick from Lionel Messi, to deceive Iker Casillas and launch Barça against their eternal rival, Real Madrid (2-1 victory ). Rebelote a week later, this time on a kick from Neymar, to offer a narrow but important success for the title race in Vigo (1-0).

Taulier at Sporting, after an aborted transfer to OM

If the next two seasons were not as accomplished for the native of Luxeuil-les-Bains (50 TCC meetings between summer 2015 and spring 2017), the Frenchman, punished by injuries, was not renewed and left Catalonia free. of any contract for Sporting CP. However, in the summer of 2017, Jérémy Mathieu had the opportunity to return to France with… Olympique de Marseille. However, his arrival in Marseille was blocked by the sports director at the time: “Everyone knew I wanted to leave. Rudi Garcia wanted me, I wanted to come too, I would have come with my eyes closed. But I was told that it was Zubizarreta (Andoni, editor’s note) who didn’t want to. He was the one who recruited me to Barcelona and he knew I had a little problem with my Achilles tendon, but I was better! We saw it with my subsequent seasons at Sporting.”he declared in March 2022 in the columns of Provence.

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Because yes, in the Lisbon formation, the tricolor international (5 selections) quickly becomes a taulier in the central hinge alongside Sebastián Coates, now captain of the Lions. Despite his 36 years, the former Toulousain takes “a lot of fun to play and be there”, as he had declared in our columns in January 2019. However, his age then made itself felt from his second season, with some absences due to muscle injuries, before being hit in the Achilles tendon for his third year, because extended by the Lusitanian management. The record of his time in Lisbon is more than correct (106 TCC matches for 2 League Cups and 1 Portuguese Cup). Four years after his international retirement, the accumulation of physical glitches forced him to end his professional career in June 2020.

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A renaissance in the amateur world

A lover of this sport, whose career ended with a serious knee injury in training: “I wanted to finish on the pitch so badly, but fate decided otherwise. Anyway, I spent 19 years living my passion intensely, with ups and downs, joy and tears, victories and defeats and incredible trophies. I had a lot of fun doing what I love and will always love”, he explained when he announced his retirement. Although he no longer played professionally, the central defender still retains his attachment to football, since last September, Jérémy Mathieu decided to resume competition in the jersey of the amateur club Luynes Sports, a Regional 2 club. (seventh rung). The club based in Aix-en-Provence is even undefeated in the league since its arrival with 4 wins and 1 draw.

Among these successes, the player today at the age of 39 even offered himself a very nice free kick against the AS Cannes reserve team (4-1). Enough to allow him to find sensations while preparing his retraining, since he also takes on the role of educator with youth teams within the club. A choice that further confirms Jérémy Mathieu’s desire to stay in football for at least a few years, not necessarily as a coach. “For the moment, I don’t think about it too much. I always want to play. I think I have time to reflect. I’m not alone either, I have my family and I like to have their opinion and know what they want to do too. We will see the project that we will have in common or not. As far as coaching goes, I don’t think I would be interested in that.”, he explained in the interview he gave us 3 years ago. To be continued…

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