Florian Lejeune

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Florian Lejeune
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Personal information
Date of birth (1991-05-20) 20 May 1991 (age 23)
Place of birth Paris, France
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Girona
Number 4
Youth career
1998 CFF Paris
1998–2000 Ternes Paris
2000–2005 Racing Levallois
2005–2006 Béziers Cheminots
2006–2008 Sète
2008–2009 Agde
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009 Agde 3 (2)
2009–2011 Istres 42 (3)
2011–2014 Villarreal B 36 (2)
2011–2014 Villarreal 5 (0)
2013–2014 Brest (loan) 21 (0)
2014– Girona 0 (0)
National team
2010–2011 France U20 7 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 June 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 February 2013

Florian Lejeune (born 20 May 1991 in Paris) is a French footballer who plays for Girona FC as a defender.[1] He is equally adept at playing as either a defender or a midfielder, but plays mostly as a centre back. Lejeune joined Villarreal ahead of the 2011–12 season after spending one season with Agde in the Championnat de France amateur and the past two seasons with Istres in Ligue 2.[2][3]

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Lejeune was born in Paris and began his football career in July 1998 at the Centre de Formation de Paris, a youth sporting club designed to cater only to football players under the age of 19.[4][5] After four months at the academy, he departed for Racing Club des Ternes, a local sporting club based in the 8th arrondissement of Paris.[4] Lejeune spent two years at the club and, in 2000, was signed by Racing Club de France.[4] He spent the majority of his youth career at the club and, after a five-year stay, moved down south to join Béziers Méditerranée Cheminots, a sports club more known for its athletics department. With Béziers, Lejeune played in the Championnat de France 14 ans Fédéraux league.

After one year at Béziers, Lejeune joined the youth academy of Sète. After two years with the club, he signed an amateur contract with Adge, which was playing in the Championnat de France amateur, the fourth level of French football.[6] Lejeune spent the majority of the 2008–09 season playing on the club's reserve team. Towards the end of the campaign, he was called up to the senior team and made his amateur debut on 11 April 2009 appearing as a substitute in a 3–1 defeat to Gazélec Ajaccio.[7] On 23 May, he made his first start in a 3–2 victory over Gap.[8] The following week, Lejeune scored both goals for Agde in a 2–2 draw with Fréjus Saint-Raphaël.[9]

Istres[edit]

In the summer of 2009, Lejeune joined Ligue 2 club Istres on trial. After impressing in two friendly matches, he was signed to a three-year professional contract and inserted onto the club's reserve team.[6] Lejeune arrived at the club playing primarily in the defensive midfielder role, but ultimately switched to the centre back position.[4] His positive play during the fall season with the reserves led to the player being called up to the senior team in January 2010. Lejeune made his professional debut on 19 January in a league match against Guingamp in a 0–0 draw with the player playing the entire match.[10] Lejuene finished the campaign with 14 more appearances in the league playing the entire match in all of them.

Lejeune began the 2010–11 season as a starter and made his season debut in a 4–0 defeat to Ajaccio in the Coupe de la Ligue.[11] In September, he was a surprise inclusion in the France under-20 team.[12] His subsequent uprising into the spotlight and positive play with Istres led to the player being declared one of the best players in Ligue 2, despite only playing in a handful of matches. On 4 January 2011, French newspaper L'Equipe announced that Spanish club Real Madrid was monitoring Lejeune's progress.[13] He was, subsequently, linked to a host of other clubs, notably English clubs Manchester United, Manchester City, and Arsenal and Italian clubs Napoli and Udinese with all the clubs reportedly likening him to former French international Laurent Blanc.[14][15][16] However, despite the speculation, club president Francis Collado declared that he had not had official contact with any club linked to the player.[16]

Villarreal[edit]

Florian Lejeune during a match with Villarreal CF "B" against Deportivo La Coruña in Spanish Second Division.

On 7 July 2011, French newspaper L'Equipe confirmed that Lejeune had reached an agreement with Spanish club Villarreal to sign a four-year contract.[1] The transfer fee was priced at 1 million and Lejeune took his medical and signed his contract following the conclusion of his participation in the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup.[1][17] He was placed onto the club's second team. After appearing in seven matches with the B team, Lejeune made his senior team debut on 6 November 2011 appearing as a substitute in a 0–0 draw with Espanyol.[18] In January 2013, he was loaned to Ligue 1 side Stade Brestois 29. It was announced in July 2013 that Lejeune would be loaned out to the newly relegated club for another year.[19]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

(Correct as of 7 November 2011)

Club Season League Cup[nb 1] Europe[nb 2] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Adge 2008–09 3 2 0 0 0 0 3 2
Total 3 2 0 0 0 0 3 2
Istres 2009–10 14 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
2010–11 28 3 2 0 0 0 30 3
Total 42 3 2 0 0 0 44 3
Villarreal 2011–12 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Career total 46 5 2 0 0 0 48 5

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Includes Copa del Rey, Coupe de France, Coupe de la Ligue, Supercopa de España, Trophée des Champions
  2. ^ Includes UEFA Supercup, FIFA Club World Cup

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Lejeune (Istres) à Villarreal" (in French). L'Equipe. 7 July 2011. Retrieved 9 July 2011. 
  2. ^ "Football Agde Effectif 2008/2009" (in French). Stat2Foot. Retrieved 4 January 2011. 
  3. ^ "Florian Lejeune: Vraiment de la qualité" (in French). FC Istres. 23 September 2010. Retrieved 28 September 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Nouveau cap pour Florian Lejeune" (in French). French Football Federation. 8 October 2010. Retrieved 7 January 2011. 
  5. ^ "Histoire du CFFP" (in French). Centre de Formation de Paris. Retrieved 7 January 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "Lejeune, prénom Florian" (in French). Sport24. 3 December 2010. Retrieved 7 January 2011. 
  7. ^ "Agde v. Gazélec Ajaccio Match Report". Foot-National (in French). 11 April 2009. Retrieved 7 January 2011. 
  8. ^ "Agde v. Gap Ajaccio Match Report". Foot-National (in French). 23 May 2009. Retrieved 7 January 2011. 
  9. ^ "Fréjus Saint-Raphaël v. Agde Match Report". Foot-National (in French). 23 May 2009. Retrieved 7 January 2011. 
  10. ^ "Guingamp v. Tours Match Report" (in French). Ligue de Football Professionnel. 19 January 2010. Retrieved 7 January 2011. 
  11. ^ "Ajaccio v. Tours Match Report" (in French). Ligue de Football Professionnel. 30 July 2010. Retrieved 7 January 2011. 
  12. ^ "Florian Lejeune en équipe de France U20" (in French). La Provence. 27 September 2010. Retrieved 7 January 2011. 
  13. ^ "Le Real a un oeil sur Lejeune" (in French). L'Equipe. 4 January 2011. Retrieved 7 January 2011. 
  14. ^ "Man Utd, Man City watching FC Istres defender Florian Lejeune". Tribal Football. 5 January 2011. Retrieved 7 January 2011. 
  15. ^ "Calciomercato Napoli e Udinese, interessa il "nuovo Blanc"" (in Italian). Calcio Mercato. 5 January 2011. Retrieved 7 January 2011. 
  16. ^ a b "Arsenal join Real in race for defensive starlet Lejeune". Sport.co.uk. 7 January 2011. Retrieved 7 January 2011. 
  17. ^ "Lejeune (Istres) à Villarreal" (in French). Boursorama. 7 July 2011. Retrieved 9 July 2011. 
  18. ^ "Forlin red costs Espanyol". ESPN. 6 November 2011. Retrieved 7 November.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  19. ^ "Lejeune reste à Brest" (in French). L'Équipe.fr. 5 July 2013. Retrieved 20 August 2013. 

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