In the 2000s, he was considered the worthy successor of Zinedine Zidane, but the wounds decided otherwise. Since then, Yoann Gourcuff has only disappeared little by little radars and football fields. The 33-year-old would even think of stopping.
When we think of Yoann Gourcuff, there are bound to be regrets. Regrets because we can not help but remember his series of dribblingzidanesqueOr his rushes solitary, in Bordeaux or elsewhere. He who dazzled for almost two years the lawns of Ligue 1 (2008/09, 2009/10) will finally have a career at the height of his talent. And because he had this little thing in addition, it is easy to think that his gift for the ball could have taken him much higher. The teammates he met are unanimous. Yoann Gourcuff did not have the career he deserved and the injuries are for many. "He was led to have a great careersaid Marouane Chamakh recently. After that, things happen. Given all the injuries he had, it did not work in his favor. I was sad for him."
Nineteen: this is the number of injuries he has experienced in his career. A very high number, too high to be able to one day rub the high level. The descent into hell began after his signing in Lyon and continued in Rennes and Dijon, his last club. Even if he spent more than 5 years in Lyon, where he played 126 matches, Yoann Gourcuff will not have left a great trace in the club Rhone. After trying to get back to his training club in Rennes – without success – the 33-year-old had finally made the choice of tranquility by signing up with Dijon. But once again, it was a failure, since it will have played only 8 matches. An experience in Burgundy that has come to an end. The club decided last January, by mutual agreement, to end the contract between the player and the club, his injuries preventing him from chaining matches.
Retirement and reconversion?
Without a club for more than 6 months, the former midfielder of Les Bleus has had plenty of time to think about his future. Continue to play football, take up a final challenge and those despite repeated injuries? Or decide, at age 33, to put an end to his football career? The last challenge might come from National. The regional daily South West announced recently that the US Concarneau had made contact to try to bring Yoann Gourcuff in Finistere. The trainer Benoit Cauet had confirmed it. A contact established for more than 3 months now but to which the player should not act. And for good reason, according to the newspaper, the former international tricolor (31 selection) would prefer to retire and reconvert … in real estate! A possible choice that would thus close a story between Yoann Gourcuff and football that could have been much more beautiful, so much more beautiful, despite an XXL record – including a C1 – and memories full of head … – H.B.B.