Camille Anne Françoise Abily (born 5th December 1984 in Rennes) she is a French football player who currently plays for French club Lyon of the Division 1 Féminine. She plays primarily as an attacking midfielder. Camille is a two-time winner of the National Union of Professional Footballers (UNFP) Female Player of the Year and, following her second consecutive honour in 2007, became the first women to win the award in back-to-back seasons. Following a move to the Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) league in the United States of America she earned Player of the Month and All-Star honours.
Camille began her football career joining Jeanne d’Arc Bruz in 1992. In 1994, she joined nearby club FC Bruz. After a year’s stint at another local club, Camille spent time in the first division playing for Stade Briochin and for La Roche-sur-Yon. In 2002, she was selected to attend the women’s section of the nationally recognized Clairefontaine academy. After her time at Clairefontaine, Camille signed for Montpellier and won two league titles with them, as well as the Challenge de France, the French women’s domestic cup. After three seasons with Montpellier, Camille then joined Olympique Lyon. Similar to her stay at Montpellier, she won several titles, which included three straight league titles from 2006 to 2009.
And in 2008 she joined the new United States-based women’s soccer league, Women’s Professional Soccer, after her American playing rights were chosen by the Los Angeles Sol in the 2008 WPS International Draft. And after helping Los Angeles Sol win the league, Camille returned to France where she played for Paris Saint-Germain on loan. In 2010, she returned to the USA to play for FC Gold Pride and will there she won her second consecutive title in the league. In 2010 Camille announced that she would be returning to Lyon for the 2010/11 season and was part of the team that won the 2010/11 UEFA Women’s Champions League.
Camille is a French international player. Prior to playing for the senior team, she played at youth level playing for the under-18’s team at the 2001 UEFA Women’s Under-18’s Championship. Camille made her senior international debut in September 2001 in a friendly match against the Netherlands. She scored her first goal for the national team six years later in a 2–0 win over China in February 2007. Camille made her major international tournament debut for the team at UEFA Women’s Euro 2005 and later played on the teams that qualified for UEFA Women’s Euro 2009 and the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Camille has won the league with her respective club on four occasions. She won two titles with Montpellier and back-to-back titles with Lyon. During two of those title runs, she was selected as the Female Player of the Year in 2006 and 2007. In 2010 she won the WPS Championship with the FC Gold Pride.
In March 2009, she joined the new United States-based women’s soccer league, Women’s Professional Soccer, after her American playing rights were assigned to the Los Angeles Sol. She made her debut in the league’s inaugural match against the Washington Freedom, which included her French team mate Sonia Bompastor, and scored the second goal in the Sol’s 2-0 victory. On 7th January 2010 Abily was traded to FC Gold Pride. She played in 17 games, scoring one goal and having six assists. On 27th September, Camille’s contract with the Gold Pride was mutually terminated as she returned to Olympique Lyon and focus on the upcoming 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Camille made her international debut for the French Women’s National team(Les Bleues) on 26th September 2001 in a match against the Netherlands. She has 108 caps and she has scored 23 goals for the national team so far.
Los Angeles Sol
FC Gold Pride
UNFP Female Player of the Year: 2005/06, 2006/07
WPS Player of the Month: June 2009
WPS All-Star: 2009
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