Football: at 13, this ” extra-terrestrial ” dribbles boys Young striker Liana Joseph, who plays with the Paris FC U14 boys, is considered a phenomenon. It is already the envy of the major French clubs.
In the midst of the young U14 boys of Paris FC, Liana Joseph is no different. The 13-year-old striker often even took the lead on Saturday despite losing (1-3) to Sénart-Moissy (R 3) at the Déjérine stadium at Porte de Montreuil. An observation that has been going on for several years now.
The 4th grade student in a sport-study class…. athletics at Flora-Tristan College (Paris 20th arrondissement) is a phenomenon. It is the envy of the great French women’s clubs, Lyon, PSG, Bordeaux, Montpellier…” She has character and it has served her well in integrating with the boys,” recalls Anthonin Baz, her educator at Paris FC in 2016-2017. I didn’t make the distinction between girl and boy. People often told me: he’s your number 10. When I answered them, it wasn’t him, but they were amazed. »
Those who trained her countless tournaments where Liana won the Best Player award when she was the only girl among the boys. “Two years ago, during the women’s Danone Cup, we won 3-0 against Lyon and she scored a hat-trick by dribbling everyone,” recalls Patrick Gobert, president of the Paris FC Association. Everyone was asking us: where did this alien come from? People in Lyon had never seen this for a girl her age before. »
Third child of a sibling of six (4 girls, 2 boys), Liana is kept “far from all this excitement” by her family. His father Othlinds Joseph (40 years old), a building caretaker in the 20th century, played at Maccabi Paris (DSR). Uncle Berley (28 years old) was a professional (Troyes, PFC, Bulgaria). “We know the environment and the pitfalls to avoid,” explains Dad, who came to Haiti at the age of 10. With the boys, she has always felt comfortable because she is combative and has character. Since she was a little girl, Liana hasn’t really realized what’s going on around her. For her, that’s normal. She plays and has fun. We want it to continue. We’re here to protect her. »
The family has become accustomed to soliciting agents and receiving financial proposals. “But we haven’t signed with anyone yet,” says Dad. I had contacted an agent school to get my diploma. They told me: we’re not going to take your money, you’re the father, you can take care of your daughter yourself with the help of a lawyer. We follow all this slowly, trying to approach things calmly. We want to keep a cool head and not rush the steps. There are many rumors around Liana. But when I hear that Lyon has offered us a house or that President Jean-Michel Aulas has come to meet us, that is not true. With Lyon, the contact is above all human for the moment and we appreciate it. “Liana has already gone on internships at the OL where she received encouragement from her idol Wendie Renard. “For her, it was very important,” admits her father.
Considered as the future Mbappé au féminin
“Loaned” by Paris FC in Lyon for the Danone Cup World Final in Barcelona last month, Liana finished as the tournament’s top scorer and was voted best player. “As she is used to playing with boys, she is necessarily above them when she plays with girls her own age,” says Anthonin Baz. She would have the potential to play in U16 girls already. It is an international future. “If Paris FC is going to propose a future project, keeping the one considered as the “future Mbappé au féminin” in the medium term may be complicated. “She is fortunate to be well cared for and to have a golden family, united,” says Patrick Gobert. “Liana will go where she feels best, that’s the most important thing for her mother and me,” says Othlinds Joseph.
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