From Mainsat-Sannat (Creuse) to Olympique Lyonnais, meeting with the young soccer player Abigail Charpentier

It is difficult, difficult to reconcile sporting life and family life when the two are separated by three hours of driving and 289 kilometers. Abigail Charpentier then took advantage of the Easter holidays to return to her Creuse lands and recharge her batteries before returning to training. For two seasons she has shared her life between football, high school in Lyon and her family in her native Creuse.
It is in the Auzances family home that the footballer timidly retraces his young career, while proudly showing off his Olympique Lyonnais (OL) ensemble.
His history with the round ball begins at the age of eight. The first words are hesitant. They struggle to get out, but talking about football wins right away:

My father made me train. I loved it and never stopped

, remember. It was therefore from an early age that the nicknamed “Abi” wore crampons to feel the skin under the colors of the Mainsat-Sannat Sports Agreement.

Make sacrifices to get through the stages

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This passage through the Creuse meadows was short, but beneficial. The young footballer spent three and a half seasons playing under the Rossoneri jersey of the Creuse club. Three and a half seasons during which he played with – and against – the boys. Three and a half seasons that have forged a strong character and the horror of defeat. But soon the hour of departure rang. Head towards Allier and the yellow and blue of Montluçon Football.

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Jean-François, her father, describes this new step as the way to take a step forward. “La Creuse is not famous for its football. Recruiters don’t come looking for girls in our clubs, ”he says. So the solution was to leave. A choice that brings with it his share of constraints. During this period it was necessary to go back and forth three or four times a week, depending on the matches and training. Sacrifices that the Charpentier family immediately agreed to make: “At his age I could have played at a good level, but for various reasons I couldn’t. So we try to do what is necessary for her to have the cards in hand, “says her father.
Opportunities, Abigail knew how to seize them. Think back to his Olympique Lyonnais recruitment with more confidence:

I went to test with OL. Later, the club offered me to do a tournament in Madrid

. The girl admits that this first trip to Spain was a bit complicated due to her short playing time: “I felt they didn’t particularly want me,” she admits.
This episode did not stop her from returning several times to repeat the tests. A form of self-sacrifice that pushed her into the training center of the club hit by lions and into the Under 19 national team.

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Abigail, however, remains lucid: “I don’t play a lot this season. It’s complicated, we are 36 in the team, there is no room for everyone. “Where others would have given up, La Creuse is firing at all costs. With unfailing determination, she is committed to” proving on the field “that she can count.
It is with a hint of pride in his eyes that he recounts this encounter where he transformed his words into facts:

It was against Nantes in February. I shouldn’t have been on the base game card. They called me to replace an injured teammate. And I put two goals in the game

Work hard and seriously

But anyone who admires Cristiano Ronaldo knows: hard work is an essential value: “To be good at football you need to have many qualities, ball at your feet, speed … But you also need to know how to be serious”. and hardworking “. It is in this direction that Abigail walks: hard work, to improve, but again and again to prove. “The girls on my team are already established. They will surely play almost any game. I have a more complex place. I have to show in training that I am not giving up, that I am still here, that I have the qualities to be on the pitch “.Hard-working and determined, the young woman dreams of signing a professional contract and playing in the first division

From the height of her 17 years and her young career, the neo-Lyonnais keeps her feet on the ground, well helped by her father who “doesn’t always go in her direction”, pushing her to always give her best. She knows it will be difficult but she pursues her goals: “The dream would be to sign a professional contract and play in the first division”.

Leone Canda

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