Antoine Griezmann

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Antoine Griezmann
Antoine Griezmann 2012 Levante.jpg
Griezmann playing for Real Sociedad in 2012
Personal information
Full name Antoine Griezmann
Date of birth (1991-03-21) 21 March 1991 (age 23)
Place of birth Mâcon, France
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Atlético Madrid
Number 7
Youth career
1997–1999 EC Mâcon
1999–2005 UF Mâconnais
2005–2009 Real Sociedad
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2014 Real Sociedad 179 (46)
2014– Atlético Madrid 7 (0)
National team
2010 France U19 7 (3)
2011 France U20 8 (1)
2010–2012 France U21 10 (3)
2014– France 12 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 October 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 October 2014

Antoine Griezmann (French pronunciation: ​[ɑ̃.twan ɡʁizman]; born 21 March 1991) is a French footballer who plays for Spanish club Atlético Madrid mainly as a left winger.

He began his career at Real Sociedad, where he spent five seasons before transferring to Atlético for €30 million.

Griezmann has been a French youth international, having represented his country at under-19, under-20 and under-21 level.[1] In 2010, he was part of the team that won the 2010 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship on home soil. He made his debut for the senior national team in 2014 and played at that year's World Cup.

Club career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Griezmann was born in the commune of Mâcon in the département of Saône-et-Loire. His ancestry is Alsatian, hence his Germanic surname.[2] He began his career playing for hometown club UF Mâcon.[3] While there, he embarked on several trials with professional clubs in order to earn a spot in one of their youth academies, but was rejected because clubs questioned his size and lightweight frame.[3]

In 2005, while on trial with Montpellier, Griezmann played in a friendly match against the youth academy of Paris Saint-Germain in Paris, and impressed several clubs, notably Spanish club Real Sociedad, whose scouts were attending the event. Following the match, the club's officials offered Griezmann a one-week trial in San Sebastián, which he accepted. He was later offered a second-week stay at the club. The club then contacted his parents and formally offered the player a youth contract. Griezmann's parents were initially reluctant to have their son move to Spain, but allowed him to make the move after positive reassurances.[3]

Real Sociedad[edit]

When he first arrived at Real Sociedad, Griezmann lodged with the club's French scout while attending school across the border in Bayonne, training in the evenings at the club's headquarters in San Sebastián.[3] It took him time to break into Real Sociedad's first team but after four years in the club's youth system he made his debut, called up by Martín Lasarte for Real Sociedad's 2009–10 pre-season campaign. In the pre-season, he scored five goals in four appearances and an injury to the team's regular left-winger led to Lasarte selecting him for the start of the season.[3]

On 2 September 2009, Griezmann made his competitive debut in the team's Copa del Rey match against Rayo Vallecano appearing as a substitute in the 77th minute of a 2–0 defeat.[4] Four days later, he made his league debut appearing as a substitute in a 0–0 draw with Real Murcia. On 27 September, he made his first professional start and also scored his first professional goal against SD Huesca in a 2–0 win.[5] Two weeks later, Griezmann scored his second goal of the campaign in a 2–0 win over UD Salamanca.[6] In November 2009, he scored goals in back-to-back matches against Hércules CF and Recreativo Huelva.[7] The goal against the latter club was the only goal of the match.[8] Griezmann appeared consistently in the team for the rest of the season scoring two more goals in wins over Cádiz and Numancia as Real Sociedad earned promotion to La Liga for the 2010–11 season as championship winners.[9][10][11]

On 8 April 2010, Griezmann signed his first professional contract agreeing to a five-year deal with the club until 2015 with a release clause of €30 million.[12] Prior to signing the contract, he drew considerable interest from Ligue 1 clubs Lyon, Saint-Étienne, and Auxerre.[13] However, having already received considerable first-team playing time with Real, he signed with the Spanish club. Griezmann also drew interest from Premier League clubs Manchester United and Arsenal before signing his contract.[1]

Griezmann made his debut in the Spanish first division on 29 August 2010, in the season's first match. In a post-game interview, he described the occasion as "fulfilling his childhood dream".[14] In the team's first match after the September international break, Griezmann assisted on the equalizing goal scored by Raúl Tamudo against Real Madrid. Madrid later won the match 2–1 following a goal from Cristiano Ronaldo.[15] On 25 October, Griezmann scored his first goal in the league in a 3–0 victory over Deportivo La Coruña.[16] He celebrated the goal by pretending to drive a truck that was parked near the field.[17] A week later, Griezmann scored the opening goal in a 2–1 win over Málaga CF.[18] In November 2010, Griezmann scored the only goal in the team's 2–1 loss to Hércules.[19] In the team's second match of the new year, he netted the second goal in the team's 4–0 victory over Getafe.[20] After going scoreless in the next nine matches, Griezmann returned to his scoring form in March netting the only goal for Txuri-urdin in the team's 2–1 defeat to Racing Santander.[21] On 17 April, he scored both club goals in a 2–1 win over Sporting Gijón.[22]

Griezmann in action against Levante on 23 September 2012

After sitting out the first league match of the 2011–12 campaign, in Griezmann's first competitive match of the season against the defending champions FC Barcelona two weeks later, he scored the equalizing goal in a 2–2 draw.[23]

In the final league game of the 2012–13 campaign, he scored the only goal of the game against Deportivo La Coruña, securing qualification for the Champions League for the first time since the 2003–04 campaign while also relegating Deportivo.[24]

At the start of the following season, Griezmann scored a volley against Lyon in his home nation of France which helped Real Sociedad qualify for the Champions League group stage (4-0 on aggregate). Another important goal was also a volley, this time against Athletic Bilbao in a Basque derby league match at Anoeta in January 2014 (2-0 victory for Real).

Atlético Madrid[edit]

On 28 July 2014, Atlético Madrid reached an agreement with Real Sociedad for the transfer of Griezmann, for a fee believed to be close to his £24million (€30 million) buy-out clause.[25][26][27] He passed the medical examination the same day and signed a six-year contract on 29 July 2014.[26][28]

Griezmann made his competitive debut in the first leg of the 2014 Supercopa de España on 19 August, a 1–1 draw away to Real Madrid, replacing Saúl after 57 minutes.[29] On 17th September, he scored his first goal for the club, in a UEFA Champions League match against Olympiacos, in a game which Atletico eventually lost.

International career[edit]

Griezmann playing for the France under-21 team against Kazakhstan in Clermont-Ferrand on 7 October 2011

Due to playing in Spain, Griezmann went unnoticed by several France youth international coaches. After his success with Real Sociedad, on 23 February 2010, he was named to the France under-19 team to play in two friendly matches against Ukraine. On 2 March, Griezmann made his youth international debut appearing in the team's 0–0 draw with Ukraine.[30] In the return leg two days later, he scored the game-winning goal in the 88th minute to give France a 2–1 victory.[31]

On 7 June 2010, Griezmann was named to coach Francis Smerecki's 18-man squad to participate in the 2010 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship.[32] In the tournament, he scored two goals and provided an assist in the team's second group stage match against Austria, a 5–0 win, as the national team eventually won the competition on home soil.[33][34][35]

Due to France's victory at the UEFA Under-19 championship, the nation qualified for the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup, which merited under-20 team appearances for Griezmann. On 28 September 2010, he was called up to the team to participate in friendly matches against Portugal and the reserve team of Italian club Juventus. However, Griezmann did not appear in either match due to being sent home early after suffering a thigh injury during a training session.[36] The following month, despite still being eligible to appear at under-20 level, he was called up to the under-21 team by coach Erick Mombaerts as a replacement for the injured Gabriel Obertan to play in a friendly match against Russia.[37] Griezmann made his under-21 debut in the match appearing as a second-half substitute in a 1–0 defeat.[38]

After appearing in two matches with the under-21 team, Griezmann returned to under-20 level and made his debut with the team on 9 February 2011 in a 2–1 victory over England.[39] On 10 June 2011, he was named to the 21-man squad to participate in the U-20 World Cup. He made his debut in the competition on 30 July 2011 in the team's 4–1 defeat to the hosts Colombia.[40] On 10 August, in France's Round of 16 match against Ecuador, Griezmann scored the game-winning goal in a 1–0 victory.[41]

In November 2012, Griezmann was suspended, along with 4 other youth players, from France's national teams until 31 December 2013 for disciplinary reasons regarding a late night out before training.[42]

On 27 February 2014, Griezmann received a call-up to France's senior squad by coach Didier Deschamps to play in a friendly against the Netherlands at the Stade de France.[43] He earned his first cap on 5 March, appearing as a starter in the 2–0 home win and playing the first 68 minutes.[44]

On 13 May, he was named in Deschamps' squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[45] On 1 June, playing against Paraguay in Nice, he scored his first international goal for France, opening a 1–1 draw. He added two more as a late substitute for Olivier Giroud in France's final warm-up match, against Jamaica on 8 June, the final two in an 8–0 win.[46]

On 15 June, he was selected to start in France's first match of the 2014 World Cup, replacing the injured Franck Ribéry on the left side of Les Bleus' attack as they defeated Honduras 3–0 in Porto Alegre.[47] France reached the quarter-finals before being eliminated by Germany.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list France's goal tally first.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 9 October 2014[48]
Club Season League Cup[nb 1] Europe[nb 2] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Real Sociedad 2009–10 39 6 1 0 40 6
2010–11 37 7 2 0 39 7
2011–12 35 7 3 1 38 8
2012–13 34 10 1 1 35 11
2013–14 34 16 7 3 8 1 49 20
Total 179 46 14 5 8 1 201 52
Atlético Madrid 2014–15 7 0 2 0 2 1 11 1
Total 7 0 2 0 2 1 11 1
Career Total 186 46 16 5 10 2 212 53

International[edit]

As of 14 October 2014.
National team Season Apps Goals
France 2014 12 4
Total 12 4

Honours[edit]

Atlético Madrid

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Includes Copa del Rey, Supercopa de España
  2. ^ Includes UEFA Supercup

References[edit]

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