Laurent Manuel

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Laurent Manuel
Personal information
Full name Laurent Manuel
Date of birth (1986-04-27) April 27, 1986 (age 30)
Place of birth New York, United States
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Defender/Midfielder
Youth career
Years Team
2004 Marseille
2004–2008 Brown Bears

Laurent Manuel (born April 27, 1986) is an American/French soccer player.

Career[edit]

Youth and College[edit]

Manuel was a member of the youth academy at famed French club Olympique de Marseille, before playing four years of college soccer at Brown University. Prior to that he played for his Manhattan prep school, The Browning School.

Professional[edit]

In December 2007, Manuel trialed with Israeli club, Hapoel Tel Aviv.[1] The trial was positive and he was asked to return later that year.

Manuel was then selected in the fourth round of the 2008 MLS Supplemental Draft by New York Red Bulls,[2] but did not sign with the club, instead opting to rejoin Hapoel Tel Aviv to try to restart his professional career abroard. He was initially offered a contract by Hapoel Tel Aviv, but he couldn't stay due to paperwork problems. He later returned to the United States where he was called in by D.C. United, and played several reserve games against Chicago Fire, New England Revolution and Columbus Crew,.[3]

Manuel trained with Maccabi Tel Aviv in July 2008, after rejecting an offer from Maccabi Herzliya;[4] Maccabi were eager to find another player who could play at right or left back to due the failed transfer of Sjaak Polak.[5][6] After leaving Maccabi Tel Aviv. Manuel went on trial at Portsmouth in England under Harry Redknapp.

He later returned to train with Portsmouth under Paul Hart. On September 1, 2009, he signed with Belgian side K.V. Oostende[7][8]

Manuel made his league debut with Oostende on September 11, 2009 in a match against K.S.K. Beveren,[9] and went on to play three first team games with the team.

After leaving Oostende, Manuel went on trial with Croatian club RNK Split, and was initially offered a contract, but it fell through when there was complications concerning the president of the club. After further trials in Europe with Swedish club AIK,[10] Manuel returned to the United States in 2010, and re-joined the Long Island Rough Riders for the 2010 PDL campaign.

Manuel has recently just signed for Sevilla FC Puerto Rico to partake in the Supercopa Direct TV 2010. He captained the team and lead them to qualify for the 2011 CFU Club Championship. The SuperCopa is this year’s qualifying tournament for the Puerto Rico spots at the 2011 CFU Club Championship Club championship for Caribbean, which in turn is the qualifying tournament for the 2011-12 CONCACAF Champions League (CCL). In 2008 Sevilla FC Puerto Rico were affiliated with Sevilla FC of La Liga, one of the leading clubs of Spain.

Video of Manuel can be found here Video.

Post-Professional Career[edit]

Since his time in the professional football circuit, Laurent has engaged in several business ventures and has founded two separate companies. The first endeavour: Venture2Paris, which Laurent founded in 2013, offers luxury apartments in Paris for vacationers.[11][12] The second is more closely tied to his football career roots. LSM international, founded by Laurent in 2015, primarily offers representation services for athletes for assistance in contract negotiations and transfer facilitation.[13][14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bouganim, Lior (29 December 2007). ליאור אסולין הושעה מפעילות בהפועל ת"א [Lior Assouline Has Been Banned From Training At Hapoel Tel Aviv]. Ma'ariv (in Hebrew). NRG.co.il. Retrieved 2010-02-18. 
  2. ^ http://redbullsreader.wordpress.com/2008/01/24/four-added-in-mls-supplemental-draft/
  3. ^ http://web.mlsnet.com/news/team_news.jsp?ymd=20080509&content_id=156476&team=t100
  4. ^ Ost, Alon (31 July 2008). לורן מנואל החל להתאמן עם מכבי ת"א [Laurent Manuel Has Begun Training With Maccabi Tel Aviv]. Ma'ariv (in Hebrew). NRG.co.il. Retrieved 2010-02-18. 
  5. ^ Botz, Lee (31 July 2008). היהודי התורן: לורן מנואל נבחן במכבי ת"א [The Token Jew: Laurent Manuel Trialing With Maccabi Tel Aviv]. Yedioth Ahronoth (in Hebrew). Ynet.co.il. Retrieved 2010-02-18. 
  6. ^ Bernovski, Ra'anan (31 July 2008). מכבי ת"א: עוד יהודי צרפתי הגיע להיבחן [Maccabi Tel Aviv: Another French Jew Came To Trial] (in Hebrew). Walla!. Retrieved 2010-02-18. 
  7. ^ "Manuel Signs Deal with Belgium's KV Oostende". LIRoughRiders.com. Retrieved 2010-02-17. 
  8. ^ "Manuel Explains KV Oostende Deal". Yanks-Abroad.com. 18 September 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-17. 
  9. ^ "MANUEL, Laurent" (in Dutch). KVO.be. Retrieved 2010-02-17. 
  10. ^ Van Wagenen, Jon (17 February 2010). "Manuel Trialing with AIK". Yanks-Abroad.com. Retrieved 2010-02-18. 
  11. ^ "Venture2Paris About Us". Venture2Paris. Retrieved 30 May 2016. 
  12. ^ Manuel, Laurent. "laurent Manuel LinkedIn page". LinkedIn. Retrieved 30 May 2016. 
  13. ^ Manuel, Laurent. "laurent Manuel LinkedIn page". LinkedIn. Retrieved 30 May 2016. 
  14. ^ "LSM International Our Team". LSM International. Retrieved 30 May 2016. 

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