Laura Georges

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Laura Georges
Laura Georges in 2011.JPG
Personal information
Full name Laura Stéphanie Georges[1]
Date of birth (1984-08-20) 20 August 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth Le Chesnay, France
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Paris Saint-Germain
Number 5
Youth career
1996–2002 Paris Saint-Germain
2002–2003 CNFE Clairefontaine
2004–2007 Boston College Eagles
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2004 Paris Saint-Germain 19 (1)
2007–2013 Lyon 104 (4)
2013– Paris Saint-Germain 26 (5)
National team
2001 France U18 4 (0)
2001– France 155 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 November 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 9 November 2014 (UTC)

Laura Stéphanie Georges (born 20 August 1984 in Le Chesnay) is a French football player who plays for French club Paris Saint-Germain of the Division 1 Féminine. She serves as the first-choice captain of her club and plays primarily as a central defender, but can also be utilized as a defensive midfielder. Georges is also a France women's international having made her senior international debut in September 2001. She has represented her nation at four major international tournaments; the 2003 and 2011 editions of the FIFA Women's World Cup and the 2005 and 2009 editions of the UEFA Women's Championship.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Georges began her football career playing for her hometown club Paris Saint-Germain at the age of 12. She spent six years in the club's youth academy before being accepted to CNFE Clairefontaine, the women's section of the Clairefontaine academy. Georges returned to Paris Saint-Germain after a year at Clairefontaine and was promoted to the senior team for the 2003–04 season. She made 19 appearances with the team scoring one goal.

After the league season with Paris Saint-Germain, Georges announced her intentions to moved to the United States to attend Boston College. She majored in marketing and, while at the university, played college soccer for the Boston College Eagles women's soccer team. In her first season, Georges featured in 13 matches making nine starts. In her second season with the team, despite missing matches due to representing France internationally, she was named to the All-ACC first team and also earned third-team All-America honors from the NSCAA. In her final season at the university, Georges was named to the conference's first team for the second consecutive season and was awarded the ACC Defensive Player of the Year award. She was also a semifinalist for the prestigious Hermann Trophy.

Laura Georges with Olympique Lyonnais

Lyon[edit]

Following the conclusion of her amateur career, Georges returned to France to join Olympique Lyonnais. In her first season with the club, she was penciled in as a starter featuring in 18 matches as Lyon finished the season as champions after going undefeated. Georges was also influential in the team's Challenge de France campaign featuring in all four matches, including the final, which Lyon won, defeating her former club Paris Saint-Germain 3–0. In the 2008–09 season, Lyon were again crowned champions. In the season, Georges scored her first career goal for Lyon in the opening league match of the season against Paris Saint-Germain. She also helped the club reach the semi-finals in both the domestic cup and UEFA Women's Cup.

Following the departure of veterans Camille Abily and Sonia Bompastor to the WPS, Georges was handed the captaincy by coach Farid Benstiti for the 2009–10. She played in 16 league matches as Lyon were declared champions for the fourth consecutive season. In Europe, Georges was a part of the Lyon team that reached the 2010 UEFA Women's Champions League Final. The team, however, lost 7–6 on penalties to German club Turbine Potsdam. In the next season, despite the return of Abily and Bompastor, Georges remained captain and displayed her leadership by leading Lyon to victory in the UEFA Women's Champions League Final.

Paris Saint-Germain[edit]

In July 2013, she signed with PSG.[2]

International career[edit]

Georges made her international debut for France on 26 September 2001 in a match against the Netherlands at the age of 17. She was a part of France's 2003 World Cup squad and also participated in the 2005 UEFA Women's Championship. As of today, she has 155 caps and has scored six goals for the national team.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Statistics accurate as of match played 8 November 2014[3]

Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Paris SG 2006–07 19 1 0 0 0 0 19 1
Total 19 1 0 0 0 0 19 1
Lyon 2007–08 18 0 4 0 10 0 32 0
2008–09 20 1 3 1 6 1 29 3
2009–10 16 1 1 0 6 0 23 1
2010–11 18 0 3 0 6 0 27 0
2011–12 14 0 3 0 5 1 22 1
2012–13 18 2 4 0 5 0 27 2
Total 104 4 18 1 38 2 160 7
Paris SG 2013–14 19 5 3 0 2 0 24 5
2014–15 7 0 0 0 3 0 10 0
Total 26 5 3 0 5 0 34 5
Career total 149 10 21 1 43 2 213 13

International[edit]

(Correct as of 9 November 2014)[3][4][5]
National team Season Apps Goals
2001–02 4 0
2002–03 7 0
2003–04 15 0
2004–05 10 1
2005–06 13 1
2006–07 8 0
2007–08 8 0
2008–09 9 0
2009–10 13 0
2010–11 13 0
2011–12 16 1
2012–13 19 2
2013–14 16 1
2014–15 4 0
Total 155 6

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 15 March 2005 Estádio Algarve, Faro, Portugal  Sweden
1–0
3–2
Algarve Cup
2 7 September 2005 Stade Fernand Sastre, Sens, France  Republic of Ireland
1–0
6–0
Friendly
3 5 July 2011 Borussia-Park, Mönchengladbach, Germany  Germany
2–3
2–4
2011 FIFA Women's World Cup
4 28 July 2012 Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland  North Korea
1–0
5–0
2012 Summer Olympics
5 3 August 2012 Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland  Sweden
1–1
1–2
2012 Summer Olympics

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Lyon

International[edit]

France

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2009 UEFA European Women's Championship". UEFA.com. Retrieved 24 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "PSG aim high by signing Delie and Georges". uefa.com (UEFA). 2 July 2013. Retrieved 5 July 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "La Carriere de Laura Georges" (in French). StatsFootoFeminin. Retrieved 8 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "Equipe de France A - Laura Georges" (in French). Retrieved 9 November 2014. 
  5. ^ "Laura Georges FFF Profile" (in French). FFF. Retrieved 9 November 2014. 

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