Foot: Yzeure, this small cosmopolitan club that challenges the PSG Coupe de France

Posted: 2022-06-05 – 10:32 May 15 In the final in the Dijon women’s football Yzeure Allier Auvergne (FFYAA), the second division of the club (D2), we challenge the Saint-Germain of Paris (PSG). French Cup. FFYA, a lower-budget D2, got there because of a close club and cosmopolitan group. Notice. Our special correspondent Yzeure said: “If I go out to win, I would stay at home. When I leave, I want to win. Seynabou Mbengue, a Senegalese, star of women’s football Yzeure Allier Auvergne (FFYAA) announced the color just weeks before the Coupe de France finals in 2022. May 15 The one who made it to FFYAA, thanks to a double in the semi-finals against FC Nantes (2-1), will have no complexes against the prestigious Saint-Germain of Paris (PSG), its superstars and millions of euros. Her teammate from Togo Mafille Woedikou is on the same wavelength. “PSG is a big structure. True, we do not have their financial means. But we won’t let that happen, “says the 27-year-old striker. elite since 2014 “We remain confident, but the Moroccan Imène El Ghazouani, number 10 of the club, assures. If we hadn’t been, I don’t think we would be here. We are not going to go back. We have nothing to lose. We have the smallest budget in D2. ” Relive the Coupe de France 2022 semi-final, which Yzeure won against Nantes. A small budget and teammates McDoWelcome to Yzeure is a town in the heart of France with a population of 12,000 and a very ambitious women’s football club, despite a small budget (€ 270,000). The obvious paradox to which coach Ophélie Meileroux, a former symbolic defender of FFYAA and the French national team, is accustomed. “We are an amateur club. No one expected us in the finals. We are treated differently and that is very good. Because it highlights all the daily work of the club and the players, she emphasizes. We know we work hard every day. Girls have their work days. Then they come to train in the evening, from one and a half to two hours, whether it is -5 degrees or -10, it is snowing or the wind is blowing. “We would like to be professional, but the club does not have opportunities. I better not sleep at home. So, I work nearby, McDonald’s, – emphasizes Leo. Captain Christine Manie is a school assistant and Yzeure football school coordinator, but no player seems to complain about this situation while listening to the club’s management. Even many foreigners who sometimes come from very far away to taste the highest levels in France, such as Haiti’s Chelsea Surpris, born in Texas. “It’s something I’ve always wanted: to meet the best clubs in France, to see the real faces of Marie-Antoinette Katoto and Sakina Karchaoui. It’s an incredible experience and it means a lot to my career to have that opportunity, ”says the 25-year-old about his future rivals in Paris. The same is true of Canadian Taylor Beitz, who is eager to challenge his compatriots Ashley Lawrence and Jordyn Huitema. “I look forward to playing this match, as the Parisians will have many opportunities to score,” said the goalkeeper. The cosmopolitan team of Cameroon, Canada, Haiti, Israel, Morocco, Portugal, Senegal, Togo … . Ophélie Meilleroux’s choice: “French players are getting more and more expensive. Increasingly, they have agents. They require quite high financial conditions. For us, however, our financial means are quite limited. “By the same logic, several African international representatives have joined Yzeure, such as Dolores Tsadjia from Cameroon. “When I arrived, I thought there was only one other African there: my compatriot Christine Manie. And when I landed, I realized the whole team was African! The defender laughs. It helped me a lot in integrating. I quickly felt good. “However, according to Ophélie Meilleroux, it is not always easy to bring together so many nationalities. “It’s not necessarily obvious every day because our mentality is completely different,” she says. However, I think the group has managed to create this asset. Players rely on their differences to bring out the best in the field. Foreign women know exactly what threatens the region. “You see match posters everywhere,” Taylor Beitz smiles. As we walk around the city, people greet and recognize our faces. It is very suitable for women’s football and the small Yzeure club. Report by France 3 Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes on the Yzeure interview by Hugo Moissonnier and David Kalfa

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