Women’s football/D1. New season, new faces, favourites… what you need to know before the resumption of the championship


The Parisiennes proved in 2021 that they could monopolize the crown, with an unprecedented coronation for them in D1, but they had to return their property to rivals Lyon last May after a trying exercise on many planes.

The Hamraoui affair and its internal turmoil have shaken the capital’s club to its foundations, and it hopes to get off to a good start this Friday against Soyaux, after a major summer reshuffle.

« There is this notion of a new challenge, this idea of ​​starting from scratch in a way, it’s interesting », launched in August the new coach Gérard Prêcheur, former OL (2014-2017), appointed as replacement by Didier Ollé-Nicolle.

PSG changed everything

Behind him, the organization chart has also moved with the departure of Ulrich Ramé, former sports manager of the women, replaced by the Italian Angelo Castellazzi, named « sports director » and accompanied by the former player Sabrina Delannoy.

After extending their attacking star Marie-Antoinette Katoto, PSG have brought in Dutch winger Lieke Martens, a big name at European level, as well as French midfielder Oriane Jean-François and Australian goalkeeper Lydia Williams. Dutch midfielder Jackie Groenen (Manchester United) is announced close.

On the other hand, the start of the season remains upset by the sidelining of Kheira Hamraoui, the desire to leave captain Grace Geyoro (to Chelsea) and the long unavailability of Katoto, operated on his right knee at the end of July after his injury with the Blues at the Euro.

On the OL side, traveling on Sunday (12:45 p.m.) to Reims, another French team executive is on the flank: Griedge Mbock left his selection partners in tears and on a stretcher, Tuesday against Greece, and will be absent for at least six months.

The PFC to confirm

The Lyonnaises remain equipped with a workforce of stars unequaled in France or even in Europe, from Christiane Endler to Ada Hegerberg, via Delphine Cascarino, Amandine Henry and Lindsey Horan, but they find themselves quite helpless in defense at the center position. , if we add the departure of Kadeisha Buchanan, to Chelsea.

Behind the two locomotives of the Championship, Paris FC intends to capitalize on the last successful exercise (third in D1) with a workforce led by Clara Matéo and Ouleymata Sarr, guided by captain Gaëtane Thiney and led by Sandrine Soubeyrand.

The Ile-de-France club, after its failure in qualifying for the Champions League (loss on penalties against AS Roma), will concentrate fully on its domestic task, with the objective of fending off competition from Fleury, Montpellier, Bordeaux or Reims. The promoted Rodez and Le Havre, like their predecessors, will work above all to try to maintain themselves.

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