No fewer than 11 OL Women players have been called up to Philippe Bergeroo's squad for the Olympics' football tournament, which will run from 3 to 19 August in Brazil.
As expected, the champions of France and Europe will be strongly represented at the Olympic games in Brazil. At the end of the first training camp, which from 30 June had brought together 28 players in Ploufragan (Côte d’Armor), the Bleues' coach announced his 18-player squad (plus four reserves) for the Olympic tournament.
Without surprise OL Women will be particularly well represented in the competition that runs from 3 to 19 August; the list includes the club's two 'keepers, Sarah Bouhaddi and Méline Gérard; defenders Jessica Houara d’Hommeaux, Amel Majri, Griedge Mbock and Wendie Renard; midfielders Camille Abily, Kheira Hamraoui, Claire Lavogez and Élodie Thomis, and striker Eugénie Le Sommer. On top of that, OL's Kenza Dali is one of the four reserves.
Les Bleues will settle in to the National Football Centre (CNF) in Clairefontaine as of next Tuesday and will stay there until 25 July, playing two friendly matches, against China and Canada. A great way to prepare for a competition that will initially serve up Group G clashes with Colombia, New Zealand and women's football powerhouse the United States. The gold-medal match will be played on Friday, 19 August on the hallowed turf of the Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro.
The full squad
'Keepers: Sarah Bouhaddi (Olympique Lyonnais), Méline Gérard (Olympique Lyonnais)
Defenders: Sabrina Delannoy (Paris SG), Jessica Houara d’Hommeaux (Olympique Lyonnais), Laura Georges (Paris SG), Amel Majri (Olympique Lyonnais), Griedge Mbock Bathy (Olympique Lyonnais), Wendie Renard (Olympique Lyonnais)
Midfielders: Camille Abily (Olympique Lyonnais), Élise Bussaglia (VFL Wolfsburg), Kadidiatou Diani (FCF Juvisy), Kheira Hamraoui (Olympique Lyonnais), Amandine Henry (Portland Thorns FC), Claire Lavogez (Olympique Lyonnais), Louisa Necib, Élodie Thomis (Olympique Lyonnais)
Forwards: Marie-Laure Delie (Paris SG), Eugénie Le Sommer (Olympique Lyonnais)
Reserves: Kenza Dali (Olympique Lyonnais), Sakina Karchaoui (Montpellier HSC), Clarisse Le Bihan (Monptellier HSC), Laëtitia Philippe (Montpellier HSC)
. Les Bleues fixtures .
12 to 25 July: The CNF in Clairefontaine
Saturday, 16 July: France-China in Paris (Stade Charléty)
Samedi 23 July: France-Canada inà Auxerre (Stade Abbé Deschamps)
Rio Olympics 2016 (Group G)
Wednesday, 3 August: France-Colombia in Belo Horizonte
Saturday, 6 August: United States-France in Belo HorizonteTuesday, 9 August: New Zealand-France in Salvador de Bahia