France-USA: Bleues coach Corinne Diacre bemoans heavy presence of foreign players on top French clubs

Women's World Cup host France will be at close to full strength for its friendly match against the USA on Jan. 19, but head coach Corinne Diacre bemoaned the lack of opportunities for young French players because the heavy presence of foreign players in the French women's league limits the playing time for emerging players.

France hosted the 2018 Under-20 Women's World Cup and reached the semifinals but only one former U-20 player, Marie-Antoinette Katoto, is in Diacre's squad for the match against the USA in Le Havre because, she says, the others aren't playing or are only playing infrequently.

"Even if I understand the issues clubs face," Diacre said, "there are for my taste too many foreign players."

In their most recent league matches, Lyon, Paris St. Germain and Montpellier, considered the big three of French women's soccer, played an average of eight foreigners.

For the match against the USA, the only regular who is out is Lyon defender Griedge Mbock Bathy.

France Roster:
Goalkeepers: Sarah Bouhaddi (Lyon), Solène Durand (Guingamp), Pauline Peyraud-Magnin (Arsenal/ENG)
Defenders: Julie Debever (Guingamp), Sakina Karchaoui (Montpellier), Charlotte Lorgere (Guingamp), Amel Majri (Lyon), Eve Perisset (Paris SG), Wendie Renard (Lyon), Marion Torrent (Montpellier), Aissatou Tounkara (Atletico Madrid/ESP).
Midfielders: Charlotte Bilbault (Paris FC), Elise Bussaglia (Barcelona/ESP), Grace Geyoro (Paris SG), Amandine Henry (Lyon).
Forwards: Viviane Asseyi (Bordeaux), Delphine Cascarino (Lyon), Kenza Dali (Dijon), Kadidiatou Diani (Paris SG), Valerie Gauvin (Montpellier), Marie-Antoinette Katoto (Paris SG), Eugenie Le Sommer (Lyon), Gaëtane Thiney (Paris FC).
2 comments about "France-USA: Bleues coach Corinne Diacre bemoans heavy presence of foreign players on top French clubs".
  1. R2 Dad, January 9, 2019 at 4:24 p.m.

    Diacre is being a troll, and it's just nonsense. To bring in more French players who are at lower levels only dilutes the player pool and level of training. It's much easier to complain about too many foreigners than it is to get Bordeaux, Fleury and the rest to invest more in their clubs so they can vie for a CL title as well. But at least Lyon has PSG to battle, which is more than can be said for the men's side. PSG's men's team could use a couple more teams to compete with for the Lige 1 title--PSG has won it 5 of the past 6 years with no end of their domination in sight, yet have nothing to show for it in their CL quest.

  2. Robert Robertson, January 10, 2019 at 12:46 p.m.

    My suggestion is that the women in France place greater pressure on their soccer federation to support women’s teams. This of course is a world problem. US soccer does not do enough either. I do think the French confederation has a lot more money to spend. I very much enjoy watching the French women’s national team and hope they win it all soon!

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