Paris FC – Saint-Etienne: Maisonnial, the Parisian goalkeeper with a green heart

He was born in Saint-Priest-en-Jarez, five minutes from the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard and started out with the Greens at soccer school when he was ten years old. Small, Anthony Maisonnial attended many derbies against Lyon in the kops where he was able to support Jérémie Janot, who will later become his trainer. For the Paris FC goalkeeper, the reunion with “HIS” club he left in June 2018, would have been great. Except that Vincent Demarconnay will be the holder…

In the current team of the Greens, Maisonnial evolved with Ruffier, Moulin, Diousse, Hamouma, Abi, Diony, Perrin, Fofana, Camara or Nordin with whom he stayed very close as Pierre-Gabriel (Mainz) and Souci (Servette) Geneva).

“I have my whole family in Saint-Etienne and have kept a lot of friends at the club, we regularly exchange messages,” says Maisonnial, 21, who politely rejected the numerous media requests this week.

International U16 to U20, he was 18 when Christophe Galtier launched him in L 1 in December 2016 in Lorient then against Nancy in Geoffroy-Guichard, following the injuries of Ruffier and Moulin.

“Our idea was to keep him at the club and lend him out so that he could get better. But Anthony wanted to leave “, specifies Fabrice Grange, the trainer of the goalkeepers of Stéphane

“With Ruffier, it was difficult at the start but he became a friend,” Maisonnial told us a few weeks ago. If Saint-Etienne offered him a contract extension, he preferred to leave. “If he did not stay, it is not because of us,” explains Fabrice Grange, coach of the goalkeepers of the Greens. Our idea was to keep it at the club and lend it out for training. But Anthony wanted to leave. He had a proposal which then fell through and he left for Zion. I have a lot of affection for him. I kept in touch with him and I call him regularly. “

Grange thus supported him last season when he became a replacement following a gag goal conceded during the 1st day of Swiss D1 against Lugano (2-1 defeat). “Fabrice called me and several ASSE players also had nice words for me,” explains Maisonnial. I had a lot of support and the death of William (note: his friend William Gomis trained with him at ASSE was assassinated by bullets in September 2018), a terrible ordeal for me, also allowed me to put things in perspective then that I was at the bottom after my mistake with Sion. I realized that a football match was nothing compared to life. “

After having terminated his contract in Switzerland, the father of a little Keilya born last September, rebuilt himself at Paris FC. The staff launched it in place of Vincent Demarconnay during the 9th day in Lens (1-2) and he then continued with remarkable performances. But since the arrival of René Girard, he has become number 2 again, a situation he does not necessarily live well with. “I told him to hang on and keep working,” continues Fabrice Grange. It will pay. If the PFC took it, I think it was to prepare the estate of Demarconnay. Anthony has the level and he has to hang on. He is a goalkeeper who has qualities, especially in his reading of the game. He must remember that he is still young and that his luck will inevitably come back. “

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