Clément Grenier

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Clément Grenier
Clément Grenier.jpg
Grenier playing for Lyon in 2010
Personal information
Full name Clément Grenier
Date of birth (1991-01-07) 7 January 1991 (age 23)
Place of birth Annonay, France
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Attacking Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Lyon
Number 7
Youth career
1997–2002 FC Annonay
2002–2009 Lyon
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009– Lyon 87 (11)
National team
2007 France U16 6 (1)
2007–2008 France U17 16 (8)
2008–2009 France U18 7 (0)
2009–2010 France U19 13 (1)
2010–2011 France U20 11 (2)
2012– France U21 5 (0)
2013– France 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 07 June 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 27 May 2014

Clément Grenier (French pronunciation: ​[klemɑ̃ ɡʁənje]; born 7 January 1991) is a French international footballer who currently plays for French club Lyon. He is a France youth international having played with at all levels for which he has been eligible. He is known for his technical ability, dribbling, and free-kick taking. Grenier can play on the right side of midfield, as well as in the attacking midfield position just behind the striker.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Grenier began his career with his hometown club FC Annonay starring with the club's under-9 Benjamins team. With the team, he helped the club reach the departmental final of the National Cup for under-9 players.[1] Grenier later drew interest from professional club Olympique Lyonnais whose scouts informed the youngster to continue his great play in order to join the club at a later date. Eventually, in July 2002, he secured a move to Lyon joining the club's youth academy.[2]

Lyon[edit]

Grenier continued his development while at Lyon quickly becoming one of the club's best prospects. He caught noticeable attention during the 2007–08 season performing well enough domestically and internationally to garner interest from Spanish club Real Madrid, English clubs Arsenal and Chelsea, and Italian club Internazionale, whose scouts likened the player to Brazilian international Kaká.[3][4][5][6] Despite the interest, on 15 May 2008, Grenier, alongside fellow youth player Yannis Tafer, signed his first professional contract agreeing to a three-year deal until 2011.[7]

Though Grenier was on the senior team and featured in several of the club's pre-season matches ahead of the 2008–09 season, he spent the majority of the campaign playing with the club's reserve team in the Championnat de France amateur, the fourth division of French football. Grenier played in 16 league matches and scored his only one goal with the team against Adge.[8] He also played in the 2008–09 edition of the Coupe Gambardella appearing in seven matches and scoring three goals as the squad reach the semi-finals. Due to being marred by tendinitis in his patella, he did not play in any matches with the senior team.[9] Similar to the previous season, Grenier began the 2009–10 season, with the club's reserve team. He scored on his debut against Gap.[10] On 24 September 2009, Grenier was named to the senior squad to play in a league match against Toulouse on 26 September. He made his debut in that match appearing as a substitute for Bafétimbi Gomis. Lyon won the match 2–1.

Due to impressing throughout the 2013/14 season with 4 goals and 4 assists in 19 appearances[11] On 29 January 2014 it was widely reported that English Premier League club Newcastle United had made a 'substantial' bid for Grenier. The bid was believed to be around €13m-€15m.[citation needed] On March 2014, due to the heavy schedule for his team, he suffered from his adductors. A medical exam revealed it's an Athletic pubalgia. He decided to use infiltrations to recover fastly but get a Staphylococcus during an infiltration, which delayed his recovery. At the end of his convalescence, he revealed that he was not far from losing the use of his legs on an interview to Canal+. On 30 March 2014, after the loss in the Derby du Rhône against Saint-Étienne he was attending in the stands, he had been suspended 2 matches because of insulting words addressed to the referees.

Grenier came back against Marseille on week 36 but could not prevent the defeat of his team (4-2). He offered to his club a 18th qualification in a row in European Cup the last week against Nice (1-0) where his free kick set Bakary Koné up for the winning goal. He came back just on time to be selected by Didier Deschamps for the World Cup.

International career[edit]

Grenier has featured for all of France's national youth teams beginning with the under-16 team making his debut in the team's 0–0 draw with Poland on 13 March 2007.[12] In the return match in Saint-Aubin-lès-Elbeuf, Grenier assisted on two goals in the team's 5–0 victory.[13] He scored his first and only goal for the team on 3 April in the team's opening group stage match against Cameroon in the Montaigu Tournament. France won the match 2–0.[14] With the under-17 team, Grenier was a regular and scored on his debut in a 4–0 victory over Switzerland.[15] In qualification for the 2008 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship, Grenier scored a hat trick in the team's 6–0 thrashing of Albania in the first qualifying round.[16][17] At the Algarve Cup in Portugal, he helped the team to a 2nd place finish by scoring a brace in the team's 4–2 win against Denmark.[18] In the Elite Round portion of qualification, Grenier scored his only goal against Israel in the team's second group stage match.[19][20] France finished the round unbeaten, which led to qualification to the UEFA-sanctioned tournament. At the 2008 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship, Grenier scored in the team's 3–3 draw with Spain converting on a curling free-kick in the 43rd minute. France later reached the final where they were defeated 4–0 by Spain.[21][22]

With the under-18 team, Grenier made his debut in the team's opening match against the Ukraine.[23] For the first time in a youth international campaign, Grenier went scoreless making seven total appearances with the team. For under-19 duty, Grenier was again called upon by coach Francis Smerecki making his first appearance with the team at the 2009 edition of the Sendaï Cup. He scored his only goal for the team in the Tournio de Limoges against Greece in a 3–3 draw. On 7 June 2010, Grenier was named to coach Smerecki's 18-man squad to participate in the 2010 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship. In the tournament, he missed a penalty in the team's opening 4–1 victory over the Dutch.[24] Despite missing the team's final two matches, Grenier became a European champion following the team's 2–1 comeback victory against Spain in the final match. The title is the country's second UEFA Under-19 championship.[25]

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 Grenier. He made his debut with the team on 7 October 2010 in a friendly match against Portugal, which ended 3–3. In the match, Grenier scored his first goal for the team netting the equalizing third goal.[26] On 9 February 2011, he scored the opening goal for France in its 2–1 win over England. After appearing in two more matches with the team during the 2010–11 campaign, on 10 June 2011, Grenier 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 appearing as a substitute.[27]

In the end of May 2013, he is called for the first time by Didier Deschamps, French national team manager, following the injury of Samir Nasri. On 5 June 2013, he honours his first cap against Uruguay and his second against Brazil few days later.

On 13 May 2014, he is selected in the 23 players chosen to represent France during the World cup in Brazil. Finally injured at adductors, he withdrew 6 days before the beginning of this World Cup. He was replaced by Morgan Schneiderlin.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Football Club Annonay". Football Club Annonay (in French). 27 September 2009. Retrieved 27 September 2009. 
  2. ^ "Football Club Annonay". Le Dauphine (in French). 2 May 2009. Retrieved 27 September 2009. [dead link]
  3. ^ "El Madrid sigue los pasos de Clement Grenier". Marca (in Spanish). 10 April 2008. Retrieved 27 September 2009. 
  4. ^ "Arsenal, Chelsea eyeing Lyon kid Grenier". Tribal Football. 11 April 2008. Retrieved 27 September 2009. 
  5. ^ "Quartet track Lyon youngster". Sky Sports. 15 April 2008. Retrieved 27 September 2009. 
  6. ^ "Arsenal reported to be looking at French prodigy". Guardian Series. 3 April 2008. Retrieved 27 September 2009. 
  7. ^ "Yanis Tafer – Clément Grenier, les nouvelles pépites de l’OL!". Foot Mercato (in French). 17 May 2008. Retrieved 27 September 2009. 
  8. ^ "Lyon v. Agde Match Report" (in French). 8 February 2009. Retrieved 27 September 2009. 
  9. ^ "Football: après la pluie, le beau temps?". Hebdo-Ardeche (in French). 3 May 2009. Retrieved 27 September 2009. 
  10. ^ "Lyon v. Gap Match Report". Foot-National (in French). 8 August 2009. Retrieved 27 September 2009. 
  11. ^ "Lyon Statistics 2013/14". KickOff.co.uk. 
  12. ^ "Match nul pour débuter (0–0)". French Football Federation (in French). 13 March 2007. Retrieved 24 July 2010. 
  13. ^ "Belle victoire tricolore (5–0)". French Football Federation (in French). 15 March 2007. Retrieved 24 July 2010. 
  14. ^ "Débuts réussis pour la France (2–0)". French Football Federation (in French). 3 April 2007. Retrieved 24 July 2010. 
  15. ^ "Reprise réussie pour les Tricolores (4–0)" (in French). French Football Federation. 2 October 2007. Retrieved 24 July 2010. 
  16. ^ "France v. Albania Match Report". Union of European Football Associations. 25 October 2007. Retrieved 27 September 2009. 
  17. ^ "Large victoire et qualification (6–0)" (in French). French Football Federation. 25 October 2007. Retrieved 24 July 2010. 
  18. ^ "Une victoire (4–2) pour finir" (in French). French Football Federation. 5 February 2008. Retrieved 24 July 2010. 
  19. ^ "France v. Israel Match Report". Union of European Football Associations. 27 March 2008. Retrieved 27 September 2009. 
  20. ^ "Une victoire (4–2) pour finir" (in French). French Football Federation. 5 February 2008. Retrieved 24 July 2010. 
  21. ^ "Stupendous Spain win U17 crown". Union of European Football Associations. 16 May 2008. Retrieved 24 July 2010. 
  22. ^ "L'Espagne réalise le doublé". French Football Federation. 16 May 2008. Retrieved 24 July 2010. 
  23. ^ "Défaite pour les Tricolores (1–3)" (in French). French Football Federation. 30 September 2008. Retrieved 24 July 2010. 
  24. ^ "France flurry too much for Dutch". Union of European Football Associations. 18 July 2010. Retrieved 24 July 2010. 
  25. ^ "France fight back to claim U19 crown". Union of European Football Associations. 30 July 2010. Retrieved 5 August 2010. 
  26. ^ "France 3–3 Portugal". French Football Federation. 7 October 2010. Retrieved 5 November 2010. 
  27. ^ "Colombia 4–1 France". Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 30 July 2011. Retrieved 2 August 2011. 

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