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Lacazette at the Lions du Sport award ceremony in 2015
|Full name||Alexandre Lacazette|
|Date of birth||28 May 1991|
|Place of birth||Lyon, France|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:09, 9 January 2016 (UTC).
He has played over 150 matches across all competitions for Lyon since 2010, scoring over 50 goals in Ligue 1. In 2014–15 he was the league's top scorer with 27 goals in 33 games, and also the UNFP Ligue 1 Player of the Year.
Lacazette has also represented France across all youth levels. He won the 2010 UEFA European Under-19 Championship with the France under-19 team, scoring the match-winning goal in the final against Spain. Lacazette made his senior international debut in June 2013, scoring his first goal in March 2015.
Upon his arrival at the club, Lacazette began training at the Centre Tola Vologe, the club's training center. While undergoing training, he was likened to former Lyon striker Sonny Anderson by many coaches, including the player himself. As a youth player, Lacazette played on the club's under-18 team that finished in third place in the Championnat National 18 ans during the 2007–08 season. The following season, he began making appearances with the club's Championnat de France amateur team appearing in 19 matches and netting five goals.
In the 2009–10 season, Lacazette had a stellar campaign in the CFA scoring 12 goals in 22 appearances. During the latter part of the season, he was called up to the senior team by manager Claude Puel and appeared on the bench in the team's 1–0 victory over Montpellier on 2 May 2010. Three days later, Lacazette made his professional debut in a league match against Auxerre. On 3 July 2010, Lacazette signed his first professional contract agreeing to a three-year deal. Due to still having another year left on his aspirant (youth) contract, the contract will start on 1 July 2011.
Lacazette's successful international campaign saw the player draw interest from Italian club Roma. He also drew praise from the media, alongside international teammates Yannis Tafer and Clément Grenier, for his club dedication after playing in a pre-season Emirates Cup match hours after playing in the final of the 2010 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship. Lacazette began the 2010–11 campaign training full-time with the first team, though he did have a stint with the club's CFA team in September 2010. He scored his first professional goal on 31 October in a league match against Sochaux. The goal gave Lyon a 2–1 lead, which was the final scoreline. Three days later, Lacazette made his UEFA Champions League debut against Portuguese club Benfica appearing as a substitute in the second half with Lyon trailing 4–0. Minutes after entering, he provided the assist on Lyon's opening goal scored by Yoann Gourcuff. Lacazette later assisted on the team's second goal in the 85th minute. Lyon, however, were unable to complete the comeback, losing 4–3.
In September 2014, Lacazette signed a two-year extension to his contract, tying him to the club until 2018. He scored his first hat-trick on 5 October, netting all the goals in a 3–0 home win over Lille. On 26 April 2015 Lacazette broke the Lyon record for goals in a season with his 26th in a victory against Reims. He finished the season as the top scorer in Lique 1, netting a total of 27 goals. Lacazette completed an outstanding season by being voted Ligue 1 Player of the Year.
Lacazette has featured for all of France's national youth teams beginning with the under-16 team making his debut in the team's 2–0 victory over Cameroon on 3 April 2007 at the Montaigu Tournament. He finished the campaign with four appearances with all of them coming at the tournament. With the under-17 team, Lacazette was a regular and contributed to the team's qualification for the 2008 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship. In the competition, he scored the game-winning goal in the team's 2–1 win over the Republic of Ireland in the group stage. France later reached the final where the team was defeated 4–0 by Spain.
With the under-18 team, Lacazette made his debut in the team's opening match against the Ukraine. He featured in ten of the eleven matches the team contested scoring one goal, which came against Denmark in the Tournio de Limoges. For under-19 duty, Lacazette was again called upon by coach Francis Smerecki making his first appearance with the team in a 4–2 defeat to the Netherlands on 9 November 2009. He scored his first goal for the team on 4 March 2010 in a 2–1 win against the Ukraine. On 7 June 2010, Lacazette was named to coach Smerecki's 18-man squad to participate in the 2010 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship. In the tournament, he scored two goals in the team's 5–0 victory over Austria. France later reached the final where they faced Spain, which was essentially composed of the same players that defeated France in the 2008 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship final. In the match, France came back from a goal down to win 2–1 with Lacazette netting the game-winning goal in the 85th minute after heading in a cross from Gaël Kakuta. The title is the country's second UEFA Under-19 championship.
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 Lacazette. He made his debut with the team on 7 October 2010 in a friendly match against Portugal. The match ended 3–3 with Lacazette scoring the opening goal of the match. Three days later, Lacazette scored a double in the team's 5–0 thrashing of the Juventus Primavera team. The match was unofficial and was contested as part of the celebration of the Treaty of Turin. On 9 February 2011, Lacazette scored the game-winning goal in a 2–1 victory over England. In March 2011, Lacazette scored goals in back-to-back matches against Peru. On 10 June 2011, he 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. In the team's next group stage match against South Korea, Lacazette appeared as a substitute again and responded by scoring the team's final goal in a 3–1 victory.
On 23 May 2013, Lacazette received his first call-up to the senior squad following the withdrawal of Jérémy Ménez through injury. He made his international debut on 5 June, as a 58th-minute substitute for Olivier Giroud in a 0–1 friendly defeat against Uruguay at the Estadio Centenario in Montevideo. Lacazette scored his first international goal on 29 March 2015, opening a 2–0 friendly win over Denmark at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard in Saint-Étienne. During the match, he was booed by some of the local supporters due to their rivalry with Lyon.
His cousin Romuald Lacazette is also a professional footballer and plays as a central midfielder. Romauld has earned caps for the France under-18 team and is currently signed to 2. Bundesliga side 1860 Munich.
- As of 9 January 2016
|Club||Season||League||National Cup[a]||League Cup[b]||Europe||Other||Total|
- As of 11 October 2015.
|France national team|
- Ligue 1 Team of the Year (2): 2013–14, 2014–15
- Ligue 1 Player of the Year (1): 2014–15
- Ligue 1 Top Goalscorer (1): 2014–15
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