Portrait of Céline Vionnet, 18-year-old, from a small village near Lyon.

A freestyle football, she tells us her story:

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When did you start playing football? 

“After a catastrophic year of dancing, I was 5 years old and I fell into football with one of my brothers. 

So I started with the boys in 2007 at the Beaujolais Foot club (formerly ALFVM, Amical Laïque Fleurie Villié-Morgan) and we must admit that it was quite complicated at the beginning. The female football was not developed and the sentences of the style "will play with the doll " I heard them in loop. But I never gave up on anything, despite the fact that my teammates and opponents are 1 to 2 heads taller than me.”

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In which club do you play/ have you played?

“At the age of about 11 I started a season with my first women’s team of ASM Montmerle sur Saone, who accompanied me for 5 years, then I played for 1 season with the EOCSL (Entente Odenas Charentay St Lager) then this last season with the ESVS TSDI (ESVS Thoissey, St Didier, Illiat)”

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Your best memory of a game? 

"My best memories were when in tournaments and matches I often heard " watching the girl she is too strong" or finally we understood that a girl was also able to play. 

My detections of OL also left a mark on me, an extraordinary experience.”

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Do you have a player you like the most?

“Strange as it may seem, I don’t like watching football on TV, but the player who inspires me most is Alex Morgan and Amel Majri.”

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What music do you listen to motivate you ?

“Then for the pre-game, it will depend on my state of mind but I like to listen to motivational videos to gain confidence.”

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The woman who inspires you the most?

“This is going to seem a little basic, but the woman who inspires me the most is and will always be my mother, it’s thanks to her that I am here today, she is the one who supported me the most in football, who accompanied me in every match, every training.”

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What is your dream?

“And my biggest dream would be to have lots of little girls to train to give them what I have learned for 12 years now and to accompany them in their learning.”

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Anything else you’d like to share with us?

Football is over for me now, but freestyle football is just getting into my life.

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Céline shares her freestyle on her instagram account! @celine.vnt