The story of Mikael Landreau, France’s third goalkeeper but holds the Ligue 1 record

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“Landreau’s last game feels very special”

1NEWS – Goalkeeper Mikael Landreau retired 7 years ago as the player with the most appearances in Ligue 1 matches and he has won the league title twice.

Born in Machecoul, Landreau started his professional career with Nantes in 1993 and his brilliant performances with Les Canaries later took him to Paris Saint-Germain, Lille and Bastia. It was with Bastia that he played his last 618 matches in Ligue 1 successfully keeping a clean sheet in a 0-0 draw at Stade Armand Cesari against Nantes, his first professional club, on 25 September 2014. The match was a tribute to Landreau’s 18 years of professional career. who made his Ligue 1 debut in October 1996 at the age of 17 for Nantes.

Established his name in France

Landreau made a brilliant start in Ligue 1, saving a penalty from Lubomir Moravcik and becoming known for his prowess in saving Ronaldinho’s spot-kick in late 2002 in a Coupe de la Ligue match by positioning himself close to the post. Known as a vocal player, Landreau was later appointed captain of Les Canaries and won the Ligue 1 title in 2001 as well as two Coupe de France trophies and two Trophée des Champions.

In 2006 he moved to PSG. Indeed, his time in Paris was not the happiest time, yes if we reflect on the current situation of Les Parisiens, but the 1.84 meter tall goalkeeper successfully added the Coupe de la Ligue winner’s medal to his collection in 2008. In 2009 he joined Lille and helped Rudi Garcia’s side to a double title in 2010/2011, repeating his 2000/2001 campaign with Nantes.

Beating Jean-Luc Ettori’s record

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After four seasons at Lille, Landreau then moved to Bastia and in his final season with I Turchini, he overtook Jean-Luc Ettori’s record of 602 Ligue 1 appearances before enjoying a late career run to the World Cup in Brazil in 2014 as France’s third-choice goalkeeper. , despite failing to add to his 11 caps tally.

As a coach

Two years after hanging up his boots, in August 2016, Landreau was appointed assistant manager for Réginald Ray at National club Championnat Paris FC. In May 2017, Landreau was then given a four-year contract with Lorient, who had just been relegated to Ligue 2. The 42-year-old goalkeeper then quit his job as coach in the middle of the deal in May 2019, after the club was nicknamed ‘Les Merlus’. it just finished sixth and lost the promotion ticket.

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