Antoine Gounet

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Antoine Gounet
Personal information
Full name Antoine Gounet
Date of birth (1988-10-16) October 16, 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth Saint-Doulchard, France
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
2000–2006 Bourges 18
2006–2008 Tours
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2011 Tours 0 (0)
2008–2011 Tours B 45 (0)
2011–2013 Brentford 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Antoine Gounet (born October 16, 1988) is a French football goalkeeper, who is currently without a club. He began his career in his native France with Tours, before moving to England and joining League One side Brentford in 2011.

Club career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Gounet grew up in Saint-Doulchard, Cher, France and began his career at his local side Bourges 18, signing at the age of 12.[1]

Tours[edit]

Gounet moved to Ligue 2 club Tours at the age of 18. Following an injury to first team keeper Peter Jehle, Gounet served as backup to Denis Ribeiro for a number of Ligue 2 and Coupe de France matches during the 2008/09 season.[2] While at Tours he was a team mate of future France internationals Laurent Koscielny and Olivier Giroud. Gounet made 40 appearances for the B team in the Championnat de France amateur 2 during his time at the club, including 28 appearances during the 2010/11 season.[3] His spell at Tours came to an end after he suffered an injury in 2010, which kept him out of football for a year and saw him released by the club in June 2011.[4]

Brentford[edit]

After arriving in London in October 2011, Gounet was awarded a two week trial at League One club Brentford and impressed enough to be awarded a contract running until the end of the 2011/12 season.[5] He failed to feature for the first team during the season and played instead for the Development Squad. In the summer of 2012, Gounet was given a new one year contract and the number 16 shirt for the 2012/13 season.[6] He received his maiden call into the first team squad for a League Cup first round match versus Walsall on 12 August 2012, remaining on the bench for the 1-0 defeat.[7] Gounet made his professional debut in an FA Cup second round replay against Bradford City at Griffin Park on December 18, 2012.[8] He started the match and conceded two goals as Brentford ran out 4-2 victors after extra time. During the latter part of the season Gounet became a regular backup to Simon Moore.[9] Gounet also made eight Professional Development League 2 South appearances for the Development Squad during the 2012/13 season.[10] Gounet was released upon the expiration of his contract, shortly after Brentford's League One Playoff Final defeat to Yeovil Town.[11] He made just one first team appearance for the Bees.[12]

Free agent[edit]

Gounet was offered a contract by Ligue 2 club Stade Laval in the summer of 2013, but he turned it down as he wished to remain in England.[1] In January 2014, Gounet tweeted that he had been training with Premier League side Fulham.[13] Gounet joined Scottish Championship side Hibernian on trial in July 2014, linking up with former Brentford teammate Farid El Alagui.[14] He played in a 2-0 pre-season friendly win over Stirling Albion on 20 July, with manager Alan Stubbs remarking after the game that he would keep Gounet on trial.[15] In September, Gounet tweeted that he was still looking for a new club.[16]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "In Depth Interview: Antoine Gounet | Get French Football News". Getfootballnewsfrance.com. Retrieved 2014-04-10. 
  2. ^ "Espn Fc". Espn Fc. Retrieved 2014-08-04. 
  3. ^ Antoine Gounet (1988-10-16). "Antoine Gounet - Football Career". Fieldoo. Retrieved 2014-08-04. 
  4. ^ "Antoine Gounet reflects on remarkable journey from trial to first team - Sport". London24. 2012-12-20. Retrieved 2014-04-10. 
  5. ^ "Bees bring in keeper | Football News". Sky Sports. Retrieved 2014-04-10. 
  6. ^ "Brentford - Antoine Gounet". Brentford.vitalfootball.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-04-10. 
  7. ^ Walsall 1 Hemmings 8′ (2012-08-11). "BBC Sport - Walsall 1-0 Brentford". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-08-04. 
  8. ^ "BBC Sport - Brentford 4-2 Bradford". Bbc.co.uk. 2012-12-18. Retrieved 2014-04-10. 
  9. ^ "Espn Fc". Espn Fc. Retrieved 2014-08-04. 
  10. ^ "2012/13 DEVELOPMENT SQUAD STATS". Brentfordfc.co.uk. 2013-05-11. Retrieved 2014-04-10. 
  11. ^ "End Of Season Player Update". Brentfordfc.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-04-10. 
  12. ^ http://www.soccerbase.com/players/player.sd?player_id=66001
  13. ^ "Twitter / antoinegounet: Training done. Great feeling". Twitter.com. 2014-01-11. Retrieved 2014-04-10. 
  14. ^ "Hibernian - Hibs Take Gounet On Trial". Hibs.vitalfootball.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-08-04. 
  15. ^ Johnstone, Darren (2014-07-21). "Antoine Gounet to remain on trial at Hibs". The Scotsman. Retrieved 2014-08-04. 
  16. ^ https://twitter.com/antoinegounet/status/508626826483482624

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