Thomas Lemar

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Thomas Lemar
Thomas Lemar.jpg
Lemar with France in 2018
Personal information
Full name Thomas Benoît Lemar[1]
Date of birth (1995-11-12) 12 November 1995 (age 24)
Place of birth Baie-Mahault, Guadeloupe
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)[2]
Playing position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Atlético Madrid
Number 11
Youth career
2003–2010 Solidarité Scolaire
2010–2013 Caen
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2015 Caen II 55 (4)
2013–2015 Caen 32 (1)
2015–2018 Monaco 90 (16)
2018– Atlético Madrid 53 (3)
National team
2011–2012 France U17 13 (2)
2012–2013 France U18 6 (1)
2013 France U19 8 (1)
2014–2015 France U20 9 (1)
2015–2016 France U21 9 (1)
2016– France 22 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:55, 16 July 2020 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:11, 18 November 2019 (UTC)

Thomas Benoît Lemar (born 12 November 1995) is a French professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Spanish club Atlético Madrid and the France national team. He is known for his versatility, being able to play on both wings and through the centre. Features of his game include dribbling and passing ability.

Lemar began his senior career at Caen in 2013. He played 32 times for the club before moving to Monaco for £3.4 million in 2015.[3] In 2018 he signed for Spanish club Atletico Madrid where he won the UEFA Super Cup in his debut season.

He has represented France at every level from U17 to U21 and made his international senior debut in 2016 against the Ivory Coast.[4] He was a member of the team that won the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Club career[edit]

Caen[edit]

Lemar made his Ligue 2 debut in the opening game of the 2013–14 season on 2 August 2013, replacing Jérôme Rothen after 78 minutes in Caen's 3–1 home win over Dijon.[5]

Monaco[edit]

2015–16 season[edit]

On 1 July 2015, Lemar officially joined Monaco for an undisclosed fee.[6] He scored his first goal for the club on 22 August 2015, scoring in a 1–1 draw with Toulouse.[7] On 20 September, he scored in the club's 2–3 home loss to Lorient.[8] Four days later, Lemar scored in Monaco's 3–2 win over Montpellier at the Stade de la Mosson.[9] On 17 January 2016, Lemar scored in Monaco's 2–0 away win over Lorient.[10] On 4 March, Lemar scored the opening goal in Monaco's 2–2 draw with his former club Caen.[11][3]

2016–17 season[edit]

Lemar with Monaco in July 2016
Lemar with Monaco in October 2016

On 14 September 2016, Lemar scored his first goal of the season in Monaco's 2–1 away win over English club Tottenham Hotspur.[12] Three days later, he scored twice in Monaco's 3–0 win over Rennes.[13] On 1 October 2016, he scored the opening goal in Monaco's 7–0 away win over Metz.[14] On 21 October, he scored the fifth of six goals in Monaco's 6–2 win over Montpellier, and on 18 November, he scored in Monaco's 3–0 win over Lorient.[15][16] On 22 November 2016, Lemar scored the winning goal in Monaco's 2–1 win over Tottenham Hotspur, scoring in the 53rd minute with his goal coming one minute after Tottenham had equalized through Harry Kane in the 52nd minute.[17] On 3 December, he scored in Monaco's 5–0 win over Bastia.[18]

On 15 January 2017, Lemar scored in Monaco's 4–1 win over Olympique de Marseille, which moved Monaco to the top of the table.[19] On 1 February 2017, Lemar scored in Monaco's 5–4 win over Championnat National club Chambly.[20] On 1 March 2017, Lemar scored the winning goal in a 4–3 extra-time away win over Marseille in a 2016–17 Coupe de France round of 16 match just two minutes after Rémy Cabella had leveled the score to 3–3 in the 111th minute.[21] On 1 April, Lemar scored in the Coupe de la Ligue Final against Paris Saint-Germain, scoring the equalizer in the 27th minute, but Monaco eventually would lose the final by a scoreline of 4–1.[22] On 29 April, Lemar scored in Monaco's 3–1 win over Toulouse, and a week later, on 6 May, he scored in their 3–0 away win over Nancy.[23][24]

Lemar finished the season with 14 goals in all competitions.[25]

2017–18 season[edit]

In the 2017 summer transfer window, Lemar was heavily linked to Premier League clubs Liverpool and Arsenal, though a successful agreement between Monaco and one of the two clubs was never reached. On 29 June, Monaco reportedly rejected a £31m bid from Arsenal, and in late August, Liverpool reportedly had a bid of £65m rejected, having earlier had a bid of €55m rejected.[26][27] Arsenal made a final offer of €100m which was later rejected by the player.[28]

On 28 October 2017, Lemar scored his first goal of the season in Monaco's 2–0 win over Bordeaux.[29] On 15 December, Lemar scored the second goal in Monaco's 4–0 win over AS Saint-Étienne.[30] On 9 January 2018, Lemar scored in Monaco's 2–1 away win over Nice in the 2017–18 Coupe de la Ligue quarter-finals.[31]

Atlético Madrid[edit]

2018-19 season[edit]

On 18 June 2018, La Liga club Atlético Madrid confirmed that a preliminary agreement had been reached with Monaco for the transfer of Lemar.[32] On 27 July 2018, Lemar successfully passed his medical, officially joining Atlético Madrid for a reported fee of €70 million.[33]

On 22 September 2018, Lemar scored his first league goal for Atletico Madrid against Getafe CF in a 2–0 away win, where he also hit the shot that resulted in an own goal for Getafe keeper David Soria.[34] He ended the season with just 3 goals in all competitions.

International career[edit]

Lemar was called up to the senior France squad to face Sweden and Ivory Coast in November 2016 after Kingsley Coman withdrew through injury.[35] He made his debut on 15 November against the latter, replacing Adrien Rabiot for the final 12 minutes of a home friendly match that ended in 0–0 draw.[36] His first international goals for the senior team came in a 2018 World Cup qualifying match against the Netherlands, scoring twice as France won 4–0.[37]

On 17 May 2018, he was called up by manager Didier Deschamps to the 23-man French squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.[38] He made his only appearance of the tournament in France's final group match against Denmark on 26 June, which ended in a 0–0 draw.[39] On 15 July, France won the World Cup for the second time in their history after defeating Croatia 4–2 in the final of the tournament.[40]

Style of play[edit]

Lemar is a versatile midfielder able to play on both wings as well as through the centre and in a free role.[41][42] He is predominantly left footed, but is also competent with his right foot.[42] He is noted for his excellent dribbling skills, strong passing ability and free kicks.[42] He has said he prefers to link-up with teammates, rather than taking on defenders: "I am trying to avoid duels and concentrate on passing as much as possible."[42] He will often attempt to score from long range and scored 14 goals in 55 appearances in the 2016–17 season and had 17 assists.[41][unreliable source?][42]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 16 July 2020[43]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup[a] League Cup[b] Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Caen II 2011–12 CFA 11 0 11 0
2012–13 CFA 22 0 22 0
2013–14 CFA 2 15 3 15 3
2014–15 CFA 2 7 1 7 1
Total 55 4 55 4
Caen 2013–14 Ligue 2 7 0 1 0 2 0 10 0
2014–15 Ligue 1 25 1 0 0 1 0 26 1
Total 32 1 1 0 3 0 36 1
Monaco 2015–16 Ligue 1 26 5 2 0 1 0 5[c] 0 34 5
2016–17 Ligue 1 34 9 2 2 3 1 16[d] 2 55 14
2017–18 Ligue 1 30 2 1 0 3 1 3[d] 0 1[e] 0 38 3
Total 90 16 5 2 7 2 24 2 1 0 127 22
Atlético Madrid 2018–19 La Liga 31 3 4 1 7[d] 0 1[f] 0 43 4
2019–20 La Liga 22 0 0 0 7[d] 0 0 0 29 0
Total 53 3 4 1 14 0 1 0 72 4
Career total 230 24 10 3 10 2 38 2 2 0 290 31
  1. ^ Includes Coupe de France, Copa del Rey
  2. ^ Includes Coupe de la Ligue
  3. ^ One appearance in UEFA Champions League, four in UEFA Europa League
  4. ^ a b c d Appearance(s) in UEFA Champions League
  5. ^ Appearance in Trophée des Champions
  6. ^ Appearance in UEFA Super Cup

International[edit]

As of match played 14 October 2019[44]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
France 2016 1 0
2017 7 2
2018 6 1
2019 7 1
Total 21 4

International goals[edit]

As of match played 2 June 2019. France score listed first, score column indicates score after each Lemar goal.[44]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition Ref.
1 31 August 2017 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France 6  Netherlands 2–0 4–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification [45]
2 3–0
3 23 March 2018 9  Colombia 2–0 2–3 Friendly [46]
4 2 June 2019 Stade de la Beaujoire, Nantes, France 17  Bolivia 1–0 2–0 [47]

Honours[edit]

Monaco

Atlético Madrid

France

Individual

Orders

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