Handicapped by the injuries of Jessy Moulin and Stefan Bajic, the coach of Saint-Etienne, Claude Puel, should start Etienne Green in the goals of the Greens against Nîmes, this Sunday (5:05 p.m.) on behalf of the 31st day of Ligue 1 At 20, this young goalkeeper from Great Britain has never played a single match at the highest level.
It is decidedly not good to be goalkeeper of Saint-Etienne in recent months. After the conflict between Claude Puel and Stéphane Ruffier and led to the dismissal of the Stéphanois porter, the number 1 position is still fragile. This Sunday, on the occasion of a major trip to Nîmes for the maintenance, it is with Etienne Green, 3rd in the hierarchy of goalkeepers, that ASSE will try to keep a rival at the bottom of the table at bay. Insufficiently recovered from their injuries, Jessy Moulin (hamstrings) and Stefan Bajic (ankle), led Claude Puel to retain this novice in Ligue 1. And probably to establish him since the other retained goalkeepers are Bangaly Sylla, goalkeeper of the N3 and Nabil Ouennas, that of the -19 years old.
With the Greens for 11 years
Etienne Green is 20 years old. Tall in height (1.92m), he signed pro last June. Born in Colchester, England to English parents who came to settle in France, he joined the U10s with the Greens in 2000 after a three-year apprenticeship at ES Veauche.
For Marlène and Richard, her parents, Etienne was predestined to play football: “With us, there has never been Lego, Playmobil, small cars … Just a ball, they remind us. Étienne arrived from England to settle in the region, Etienne was four years old. We had visited several houses, and in the one we occupy today in Veauche, there were three balloons in the garden. Étienne told us: ” I want this house. ”
The bac with honors
His fate was on. When your name is Étienne Green, it can’t be invented. Eleven years after his first steps at ASSE, the one who obtained his baccalaureate with distinction, has always clung to his dream. A serious goalkeeper, he has always faced very strong competition and has never let go. Efforts rewarded with the participation in two preparation courses in the United States and in his native England during the summer of 2019.
“It’s a long journey with ups, downs and a lot of sacrifices, admit his parents. Football has priority over everything. You have to resolve to miss family celebrations because there is a match, to leave earlier evenings with friends because the next day there is training, to train daily whatever the weather, to forgo vacations with friends because the season is starting again, etc … “
At 20, the Franco-Briton works hard and has always been well supervised by his goalkeeper coaches: Vincent Leto, Mickaël Dumas, Jérémie Janot, Jean-François Bédénik, Fabrice Grange and now André Biancarelli. “If he signed a professional contract, it is also thanks to them, affirm Marlene and Richard Green. He makes his childhood dream come true.” What if this dream started with a clean sheet at the Costières stadiums?