Corine Franco

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Corine Franco
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Personal information
Full name Corine Cécile Franco (née Petit)[1]
Date of birth (1983-10-05) 5 October 1983 (age 30)
Place of birth La Rochelle, France
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Right back
Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Lyon
Number 17
Youth career
1992–1998 Avenir Maritime Laleu
1998–2001 ES Rochellaise
2001–2002 Soyaux
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2008 Soyaux 125 (51)
2008– Lyon 57 (6)
National team
2006 France U21 4 (0)
2003– France 85 (11)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 February 2012 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11:40, 23 July 2013 (UTC)

Corine Cécile Franco (née Petit) (born 5 October 1983 in La Rochelle) is a French football player who currently plays for French club Olympique Lyonnais of the Division 1 Féminine. Franco serves as vice-captain of her club and plays as a physical, yet creative defensive midfielder, often acting as a deep-lying playmaker. She is often utilized as a right back at international level. Franco is also a member of the France women's national football team making her first major tournament appearance with her nation at UEFA Women's Euro 2009.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Franco was born on the west coast of France and began her career playing for Avenir Maritime Laleu in her hometown. She later moved to ES Rochellaise before securing a move to D1 Féminine club ASJ Soyaux at the start of the millennium. Franco spent two years in the youth system before making her league debut during the 2002–03 season. In her debut season, she scored four goals. The 2003–04 season saw Franco's opportunities in the team increase as she was given a permanent role in the starting eleven. Over the next four seasons, she appeared in all 22 matches scoring double-digit goals on two occasions. In her final season with Soyaux, she appeared in 19 matches scoring seven goals. Her successful seven-year career gained the attention of defending champions Olympique Lyonnais and Franco eventually secured a move to the club.

Lyon[edit]

In Franco's first season with Lyon, she appeared in 19 matches, starting 17, and scored two goals en route to Lyon winning their second straight D1 Féminine title and Franco's first of her career. The 2008–09 season also gave Franco the opportunity to display her talents on the European stage as Lyon were participating in the 2008–09 UEFA Women's Cup.[2] Lyon cruised through the group stage portion of the tournament and in the knockout rounds, they faced Italian club A.S.D. CF Bardolino. Lyon won the tie 9–1 on aggregate as Franco scoring a goal in both legs. Lyon eventually suffered elimination in the semi-finals to German club FCR 2001 Duisburg.

On 15 October 2010, it was confirmed by Lyon officials that Franco suffered a rupture of her anterior cruciate ligament, as well as her medial meniscus and lateral meniscus in her right knee. She suffered the injury while playing in a UEFA Women's Champions League match against AZ Alkmaar.[3] Franco missed six months.[4]

International career[edit]

Franco made her international debut on 22 February 2003 in a 2–1 loss to China. She scored her first international goal three days later in a 2–1 victory over the Netherlands. During qualification for the UEFA Women's Euro 2009, she scored one goal against Greece. In the tournament, she appeared in all 4 matches France contested. France reached as far as the quarterfinals losing to the Netherlands 4–5 on penalties with Franco missing her penalty shot. On 23 September 2009, she scored a brace against Serbia in a 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification match. France won the match 7–0. A month later, she scored a goal in another qualification match, this time against Estonia in a 12–0 victory.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Statistics accurate as of match played 15 February 2012[5]

Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Soyaux 2002–03 18 4 0 0 0 0 18 4
2003–04 22 13 0 0 0 0 22 13
2004–05 22 8 0 0 0 0 22 8
2005–06 22 12 0 0 0 0 22 12
2006–07 22 7 0 0 0 0 22 7
2007–08 19 7 4 2 0 0 23 9
Total 125 51 4 2 0 0 129 53
Lyon 2008–09 19 2 3 1 6 2 28 5
2009–10 21 3 4 0 9 1 34 4
2010–11 5 0 0 0 2 0 7 0
2011–12 12 1 1 0 3 1 16 2
2012–13 17 4 6 1 5 0 28 5
Total 74 10 14 2 25 4 113 16
Career total 199 61 18 4 25 4 242 69

International[edit]

(Correct as of 24 October 2012)[6]
National team Season Apps Goals
France 2002–03 3 1
2003–04 1 0
2004–05 0 0
2005–06 0 0
2006–07 7 0
2007–08 6 1
2008–09 10 2
2009–10 14 4
2010–11 8 0
2011–12 22 2
2012–13 4 0
Total 74 10

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 25 February 2003 Stade Municipal de Albi, Albi, France  Netherlands
1–0
2–1
Friendly
2 23 April 2008 Yiannis Pathiakakis Stadium, Ano Liossia, Greece  Greece
0–4
0–5
UEFA Women's Euro 2009 qualifying
3 7 March 2009 Tasos Markou Stadium, Paralimni, Cyprus  England
0–1
2–2
2009 Cyprus Cup
4 10 March 2009 Makario Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus  South Africa
3–1
3–2
2009 Cyprus Cup
5 23 September 2009 Stadion NK Inter Zaprešić, Zaprešić, Croatia  Croatia
0–2
0–7
2011 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification
6 23 September 2009 Stadion NK Inter Zaprešić, Zaprešić, Croatia  Croatia
0–4
0–7
2011 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification
7 28 October 2009 Stade Jules Deschaseaux, Le Havre, France  Estonia
5–0
12–0
2011 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification
8 27 March 2010 Stade de la Libération, Boulogne-sur-Mer, France  Northern Ireland
1–0
6–0
2011 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification
9 14 September 2011 Ness Ziona Stadium, Ness Ziona, Israel  Israel
2–0
5–0
UEFA Women's Euro 2013 qualifying
10 4 July 2012 Stade de la Source, Orléans, France  Romania
5–0
6–0
Friendly

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Lyon

International[edit]

France

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Goalscorers". UEFA.com. Retrieved 18 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "Corine Franco: "Lyon, c'est vraiment un autre monde"" (in French). Angoulême Maville. Retrieved 15 October 2010. 
  3. ^ "Corine Franco absente 6 mois..." (in French). Olympique Lyonnais. 15 October 2010. Retrieved 15 October 2010. 
  4. ^ "Franco out six mois" (in French). France Football. 15 October 2010. Retrieved 15 October 2010. 
  5. ^ "La Carriere de Corine Petit-Franco". StatsFootoFeminin. Retrieved 8 June 2011. 
  6. ^ FRANCO Corine, French Football Federation, accessed 8 June 2011

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