Marinette Pichon

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Marinette Pichon
Personal information
Date of birth (1975-11-26) 26 November 1975 (age 43)
Place of birth Bar-sur-Aube, France
Height 1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1992 A.S. Brienne
1992–2002 Saint-Memmie Olympique
2002–2003 Philadelphia Charge 36 (28)
2003–2004 Saint-Memmie Olympique 11 (5)
2004 New Jersey Wildcats 10 (21)
2004–2007 FCF Juvisy 58 (89)
National team
1994–2006 France 112 (81)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Marinette Pichon (born 26 November 1975) is a French former football player.

She started her career at Saint-Memmie Olympique, then signed on to the Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA), the American professional league. She played for the Philadelphia Charge during their 2002 and 2003 seasons, in 2002 ranking second in the league in goals scored and winning the Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the Year awards. In 2003, she tied for the lead in goals scored and led the league in goals per game.[1]

After the WUSA disbanded in 2003, she returned to France, where she played for Juvisy FCF. She was the leading domestic scorer in the 2000/01, 2001/02, 2004/05, and 2005/06 seasons. She also played for the New Jersey Wildcats in the American W-League during their 2004 season, leading the league that year in both goals scored and total points despite playing in only ten matches.[2]

She played for the French national team from 1994 until 2006, announcing her retirement at the age of 31 following France's elimination from World Cup qualifying. During her career, she scored 82 goals in 112 international matches. She played for France at the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup.[3]

Personal life[edit]

In November 2012 Pichon became only the second woman in France to be granted "paternity" leave due to a change in legislation. Her wife gave birth to their son following in vitro fertilisation (IVF).[4]


  1. ^ "Players to watch: FRA: Pichon Marinette". FIFA. 2003-11-20.
  2. ^ "W-League 2004 MVP announced". United Soccer Leagues. 6 August 2004. Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 24 October 2013.
  3. ^ Marinette PichonFIFA competition record
  4. ^ Trouillard, Stéphanie (16 November 2012). "Le "congé paternité" de l'ex-star du foot Marinette Pichon". France 24. Retrieved 24 October 2013.

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