|Full name||Lionel Jules Carole|
|Date of birth||12 April 1991|
|Place of birth||Montreuil, France|
|Height||1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Playing position||Left back|
|2011–2012||→ Sedan (loan)||14||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 September 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Lionel Jules Carole (born 12 April 1991) is a French professional footballer who plays for Troyes in the Ligue 2. He plays as a left back and is a French youth international having earned caps at under-17, under-20, and under-21 level.
Carole begin his football career playing for hometown club UJA Alfortville. In 2000, while playing in the club's youth academy, he suffered a debilitating injury to his right eye after a ball struck him in the face. The injury almost ended the player's career, however, his doctor gave him aerodynamic protective goggles to wear while playing, similar to former Dutch international Edgar Davids.
Carole joined Nantes in 2006 and was, surprisingly, promoted to the senior team by manager Baptiste Gentili for the 2010–11 season, despite not having a professional contract. He made his professional debut on 17 August 2010 in a league match against Évian appearing as a substitute in a 1–0 defeat. In the team's following match against Laval, Carole started and played the entire match in a 0–0 draw.
On 14 January 2011, it was reported by the French and Portuguese media that Carole would be joining Portuguese club Benfica as a possible replacement for Fábio Coentrão with the transfer set to occur in June 2011. The following day, Nantes chairman Waldemar Kita and manager Baptiste Gentili stated that they were informed by Carole that he would be signing a professional contract with the club. However, according to Gentili, the player informed him the next day that he would forgo signing a contract with Nantes and had already signed a pre-contract with Benfica. On 25 January, Nantes confirmed that Carole had left the club to sign a five-and-a-half-year deal with Benfica. Nantes was compensated a "training fee" of €750,000 and will acquire 10% of any future fee Benfica receive for the player.
Carole was assigned the number 24 shirt and made his club debut 13 March 2011 in a league match against Portimonense. He started the match, but was substituted out after halftime in the match, which ended 1–1. In the team's ensuing league match away to Paços de Ferreira, Carole started again and scored an own goal for the hosts. Benfica, however, won the match 5–1. The defender featured in four more league matches in the season, all starts, as Benfica finished the campaign runner-up to champions Porto.
In the 2011-12 season he was loaned to Sedan FC, acting mainly as a back-up. In the 2012-2013 season he played for the Benfica B team, being an undisputed starter and playing in 39 official games in the Segunda Liga, acting as centre-back on occasions.
Carole has represented France internationally at under-17 and under-20 level. With the under-17 team, he made his youth international debut on 27 February 2008 in a friendly match against Belgium appearing as a substitute in a 0–0 draw. That was his only appearance with the team. Carole, subsequently, was not called up to play international football at under-18 or under-19 level. In 2010, after performing will domestically with Nantes, he was called up represent the under-20 team in preparation for the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup. Carole made his debut with the team on 16 November 2010 in a 1–0 victory over Montenegro.
Despite still being eligible to represent France at under-20 level, on 3 February 2011, Carole was named to the under-21 team to play in a friendly match against Slovakia on 8 February. He earned his first under-21 cap and start in the match against Slovakia playing the entire match in a 3–1 win. Carole returned to the under-20 team in May 2011 appearing in two friendly matches against the United States. In the following month, Carole appeared in two friendly matches with the under-21 team before being summoned back to the under-20 team to participate in the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup. He made his debut in the competition appearing as a substitute in the team's 3–1 group stage win over South Korea.
- As of 9 July 2013
|Club||Season||League||Cup[nb 1]||Europe[nb 2]||Total|
- Includes Coupe de France, Coupe de la Ligue, Trophée des Champions, Taça de Portugal, Taça da Liga, Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira
- Includes UEFA Supercup
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- Lionel Carole French league stats at LFP.fr (French)
- Lionel Carole at L'Équipe Football (French)
- Lionel Carole stats at zerozerofootball