Women’s D1: with Paris FC, Matéo and Viens panic the counters

It is the outstanding duo of Paris FC (5th) which welcomes Lyon (2nd) this Friday (6.30 pm, Canal + Sport) during the 13th day of women’s D1. Of the 21 goals scored by their team, Clara Matéo totaled 10, and Evelyne Viens, 8. Focus on the two strikers aged 23.

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Last Saturday at Soyaux (3-0), she scored a double under the eyes of Corinne Deacon who offered her her first two selections at the end of November against Austria (3-0) and Kazakhstan (12-0) with a goal under his belt. “For me, it was a great reward, confides the U19 European champion in 2016. The France team is good to go but it’s better to stay there. I must continue to be consistent with my club because the most important thing is to confirm over time. “

Currently 3rd in the ranking of female D1 scorers, Clara Matéo, who started in Sainte-Luce-sur-Loire (Loire-Atlantique), has turned a corner in recent months. Last October, she obtained her engineering degree, specializing in materials science, at Polytech Paris-Sud in Orsay. “It freed me up and allowed me to devote a little more time to football. I really feel fulfilled at all levels and that can be felt on the field, ”she says. For her, the dual foot-study project has always been a question of personal balance. “To clear my mind and enrich myself, I feel the need to get out of football a bit, to have other discussions and to meet other people,” she explained to us.

At the end of the contract next June, she is in great demand given her performance. Paris FC want to keep it, and it seems to be off to a good start. Because the attacker also links her future to her wish to work alongside football. “I have several leads which, I hope, will succeed,” she explains. The ideal would be to have a professional activity in parallel with football. I am in a club, Paris FC, which allows this double project. The idea would therefore be to stay there and register for the long term. But for the moment, I remain focused on the end of the season. “

His duet with Evelyne Viens works perfectly. “She integrated very well. It’s true that we both score a lot, but that’s not the most important thing. We first think of the team and the collective. We have some great goals to go for, 4th place at least. In the team, we all get along really well. It’s nice to play in this atmosphere. Even though we lost a few points, we could have been better in some games, we did not give up and we continue to improve. “

Come, the pride of Quebec

Evelyne Viens (right) in action. LP / Icon Sport / Anthony Dibon

Loaned to Paris FC by the Sky Blue FC franchise located in New Jersey where she was drafted in 5th position, the Quebecer Evelyne Viens was quick to confirm her scoring skills. With the University of South Florida, she scored 73 goals in 77 games and holds many records such as most goals in conference (AAC).

“The French championship is one of the best women’s world leagues,” she said. For me, it was a good challenge to come here to continue my progress. In the United States, football is more physical and athletic, while in France, it is more technical and tactical. I had to learn and adapt to a different style of play but it went well. I have improved in terms of speed and speed of execution. The experience is really very positive for me. With Clara, we get along very well on the pitch, she is young, fast, creative. The team continues to progress, we hope to show it against Lyon. “

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After each match, her performances are analyzed, analyzed, and often praised at home in Quebec. “The public and Quebec journalists like to follow their athletes who have gone abroad, and it is always a source of pride for them to see them succeed”, explains the one who shares a roommate in Orly with three other teammates, Claire Savin, Natascha Honegger and Kaleigh Riehl.

“I learned a new way of life, I really grew and matured coming here,” she admits. But in accordance with the agreement between Sky Blue FC and Paris FC, it is expected that she will return to the United States on March 1 to resume the season in mid-April. Parisian leaders nevertheless hope to keep it a few more weeks, until the match in Bordeaux on March 13. “The deal was clear from the start, I knew I had to leave without finishing the season here. It’s on a human level that it will be the most difficult because I really got attached to the club and the other girls. “

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