Louisa Nécib was born on the 23rd January 1987, she is a French women’s international footballer who plays for French club Olympique Lyonnais of the Division 1 Féminine. She plays in midfielder she has been labelled by the French media as “the female Zidane”, due to her having an Algerian background and growing up in Marseille like Zidane. Her football career began with playing for the local youth clubs in her hometown of Marseille, with Union Sportive Marseille and Celtic de Marseille. With Celtic de Marseille in 2003 she made her senior team debut and in the 2004 season she helped the club win the Division 3 Féminine. In 2004, Louisa was selected to attend the women’s section of the Claire fontaine academy. Louisa spent two years at the training centre and in 2006 she left to join Montpellier of the Division 1 Féminine. Louisa helped the team win the 2006/07 French Challenge Cup.
After playing for just one season with Montpellier she left them to joined Lyon. Since her time at the club she has won a host of trophies, which includes four league titles, one Challenge de France, and one UEFA Women’s Champions League title. And For her great performance during the 2008/09 season Louisa was named the National Union of Professional Footballers (UNFP) Female Player of the Year.
She has been a former French women’s youth international having played for her Country at all levels for which she was eligible. At U-19 level she played on the teams that reached the 2004/05 editions of the UEFA Women’s Under-19 Championship. And with the U-20 team she played at the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship scoring one goal in the group stage match against Argentina in which France reached the quarter-finals. Prior to the U-20 FIFA Women’s World Cup she made her senior international debut in February 2005 in a friendly women’s match against Norway. And in March 2007 Louisa scored her first senior international goal in the UEFA Women’s Euro 2009 qualifying victory over Greece. She has taken part in three major international tournaments for France, in 2005/09 editions of UEFA Women’s Euro and in the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. In which France finished in fourth place.
She began her career as a youth player at Union Sportive de Marseille. After staying at the club for two years she then signed with nearby club Celtic de Marseille. She was selected to attend the under-16 female National Cup representing her region. This competition served as a training camp for the Centre National de Formation et d’Entraînement (CNFE) located at the Clairefontaine academy in Clairefontaine-en-Yvelines. At the National Cup Louisa impressed everyone and was given an award by the coaches for having the best shot of any player. When Louisa was 16 she was promoted to the senior team by Coach Yohan Silvy in the late part of the 2002/03 season. Louisa helped the club reach the Division 3 Féminine league final where they faced the women’s professional team club Le Mans. She started and played the entire match in which Celtic cruised to a 4 – 1 win. The result promoted her club to the Division 2 Féminine, the second division of French women’s national football league. After playing for three years with Celtic in July 2004, Nécib was selected to attend the CNFE academy at Clairefontaine (The CNFE academy was allowed participation in the French women’s football league system). From 2002 to 2007season they fielded a team that participated in the Division 1 Féminine. Louisa spent two seasons with the team and made her league match debut on the 29th of August 2004 against Lyon. Louisa scored the only goal in the 90th minute winner in the 1 – 0 win. She finished the campaign with 20 league appearances and scoring six goals. She scored two in their 4 – 2 defeat to Juvisy, Louisa scored the only goal in a win over Olympique Saint-Memmie and at the final match of the season, Louisa scored the team’s fourth goal in a 5–1 win over Lyon. In the following season she had appeared in 18 matches and scored three goals.
Louisa signed for Division 1 Féminine club Montpellier; she joined the club alongside former Clairefontaine player Thomis and played her first match on 3rd September 2006 in which the team draw 0 – 0 with Toulouse. Louisa scored her first goal for Montpellier on the 17th September, she scored the second goal in a 2–0 victory against Soyaux In November, she then scored two goals in each match against FCF Condé-sur-Noireau and Hénin-Beaumont.She finished the season with 11 league goals, In the Challenge de France, the women’s domestic cup competition in France, Louisa helped Montpellier reach the grad final where the team played Lyon. She played the entire match, Montpellier winning the game 3 – 0 on penalties. This was her first major honour of her career.
On the 22nd June 2007 Olympique Lyonnais announced that they have signed Louisa Nécib ,she was given the number 14 shirt and made her debut for the club on 2nd September 2007 a match against La Roche-sur-Yon which they won 4 – 0. Louisa scored her first goal for Lyon converting a penalty kick in a 2–0 win against Paris Saint-Germain.She made her debut in European competition participating in the 2007/08 edition of the UEFA Women’s Cup. In a game against the women’s team of Slovak (Slovan Duslo Šaľa) in the group stage, she scored a hat trick in a 12–0 win. She finished the European campaign playing in ten matches and scoring six goals as Lyon reached the semi-finals where the club was beaten by the Swedish club Umeå.whilst playing well in Europe she also in good form at home in the league.
Scoring in the league wins over Toulouse, Hénin-Beaumont, and Soyaux towards the end of the season late in the season.Lyon pulled away from both Juvisy and Montpellier in the league standings to claim its second straight league title and Louisa first .She also helped Lyon win its third Challenge de France, in which Lyon completed the league and cup double that season. She scored the second goal in a 3 – 0 win over Paris Saint-Germain in the final match. During the start of the 2008/09 season, Louisa was selected to join the new United States-based women’s soccer league (Women’s Professional Soccer) after her American playing rights were brought by the Washington Freedom in the 2008 WPS International Draft. Olympique Lyonnais chairman Jean-Michel Aulas was able to convince Louisa to stay in France .She scored her first league goal of this campaign on the 14th September 2008 in a win over Vendenheim 12 – 0.Then a month later she scored a two in their 8 – 1 win against Soyaux. She then repeated her two goal display on the 1st February 2009 in a 5–0 away win over Stade Briochin. In the UEFA Women’s Cup she scored her first two goals of the campaign in a 8 – 0 win at home against Austrian club Neulengbach in a second qualifying round group stage match. On November 18th she scored the third goal in a 4 – 1 second leg win over Italian club Verona Bardolino. The 9 – 1 aggregate score-line saw Lyon advance to the semi-finals for the second consecutive season where Lyon was again beaten, this time by FCR 2001 Duisburg (from Germany). Lyon captured its third straight French league title, but was unable to defend its Challenge de France title losing in the Semi-Final against the eventual champions Montpellier.Louisa was named the National Union of Professional Footballers (UNFP) Female Player of the Year For her performances during this campaign.
During the 2009/10 season Louisa switched her shirt to the number 10 she was due to participating in UEFA Women’s Euro 2009, was limited to just two substitute appearances in the team’s first three matches of the season. In her first start of the campaign against Soyaux, she scored two goals in Lyon’s 5 – 0 win. And in the team’s first match in September following the international break Louisa scored a goal in the team’s 7–1 away win against Toulouse. Then In November while on duty with the French national team she suffered an injury and was side – lined for five weeks. She returned to Lyon in the New Year in a league match against Saint-Étienne. In which she scored a goal in the 4 – 0 win. Louisa finished this campaign scoring two goals in the team’s final four league matches in which Lyon claimed its fourth consecutive league championship and reached the semi-finals of the Challenge de France. Now with the re-branded UEFA Women’s Champions League, she made eight appearances scoring four goals as Olympique Lyonnais reached the final. In the semi-finals against Umeå, she scored two goals in the 3 – 2 first leg win.The 0–0 draw in the second leg allowed Lyon to advance to the final, In the penultimate match, Lyon faced German club Turbine Potsdam. Nécib played the entire match in normal time, but was substituted at the start of extra time. Lyon lost the match 7 – 6 on penalties. For the second time in her playing career at Lyon in the 2010/11 season, she scored 14 goals, which was third-best on the team behind Sandrine Brétigny and Eugénie Le Sommer. She opened her campaign by scoring in the team’s first league match; a 6 – 0 win over Toulouse, and then two weeks later she scored the second goal in a 3 – 0 win over Stade Briochin. After scoring against La Roche-sur-Yon on the 7th November 2010, she then did not score a goal for two months, until the 9th January 2011 where she scored two goals in the 7 – 0 home win over Hénin-Beaumont. And then two weeks later she scored another set of goals against Juvisy in the 7 – 1 win.
In the Challenge de France, she scored in back-to-back matches against Montigny-le-Bretonneux and Rodez before playing 53 minutes in a quarter-final defeat on penalties to Juvisy.And on the final game of the season where Lyon had clinch its fifth straight league title with several matches to spare. Louisa started the match and scored her first ever league hat trick in the 8 – 0 win. Then In the 2010/11 Women’s Champions League she scored her only goal of the competition on the 4th November 2010 in the first leg of Lyon’s Round of 16 matches against Russian club Rossiyanka.She scored the final goal in a 6–1 away win. Lyon reached the final where the team faced Germanys Turbine Potsdam. In the final, Louisa started the match and played 55 minutes before being substituted , Lyon went on to win the match 2 – 0 to win its first ever European title.
International playing career:
National team coach Bruno Bini said Louisa style of play: “Louisa is a player that there are few of. What she does, it’s not in the textbooks. She is an artist. It’s sunny when she touches the ball. She radiates the team.”
Louisa Nécib is former French women’s youth international having played for her Country at all levels for which she was eligible. On the 11th September 2003 she was called up to play at international level for the first time by Coach Gérard Sergent with the U-17 team. She played for the team at the 2003 edition of the Nordic Cup, before getting a call up to the U-19 team by Coach Bruno Bini. At U-19 level she had featured heavily playing with the team at the La Manga Cup and also representing France at the 2004/05 UEFA Women’s Under-19 Championship. In the 2004 competition she did appear in two group stage matches, before France suffered elimination in the group stage. In the 2005 edition, she started all five matches for France where the team reached the final. She scored her only goal in the competition in the 4 – 0 opening group stage match win against Russia. In the final France were against their group stage opponents Russia and were beaten 6 – 5 on penalties after the match finished 2–2 in normal time. As France had finished in second place at the 2005 UEFA Women’s U-19 Championship, they qualified for the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship, which saw under-20 appearance for Louisa. She made her U-20 debut on the 12th August 2006 in a World Cup preparation friendly match against Mexico. In the match she scored the team’s second goal in a 4 – 2 win. At the FIFA World Cup Louisa appeared in all four matches for France. In the team’s first group stage match against Argentina, she scored the team’s third goal in a 5 – 0 win. France was elimination from the world cup in the quarter-finals after losing 2 – 1 to the North Korea’s.
Louisa made her first senior international debut on the 19th February 2005 which was a friendly match against Norway. She started and played for 56 minutes and France won the match 2 – 0 Louisa only featured in two other senior international matches, she played in the return leg friendly against Norway on 22nd February, Louisa was included in the team to play at UEFA Women’s Euro 2005 by coach Elisabeth Loisel. She only played in one match the final group stage match against Germany where France lost 3 – 0. Louisa began playing full-time with the senior team playing in qualification matches for the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup. She had also played with the team at the 2006 edition of the Algarve Cup in Portugal.
She played with the French team in their 5 – 0 World Cup qualification match win against Hungary. She failed to appear with the team in its last three qualification matches as France missed out on the World Cup after drawing 1–1 with England in its final qualifying match. In 2007 Bruno Bini took over as national team coach Louisa became a regular starter in the team and on the 11th April 2007, she scored her first international goal in the 6 – 0 win over Greece in qualification for UEFA Women’s Euro 2009. She played in all 7 qualification matches and scored another goal in the match against Serbia on the 27th October 2007. France qualified in the UEFA Women’s Euro 2009 with one game to spare. France took part in the 2009 Cyprus Cup; Louisa appeared in three matches and scored the team’s group stage win over South Africa. France later finished the competition in third place. She was selected by Bruno Bini to participate in Women’s Euro 2009; Louisa scored her fourth international goal in a friendly match against Scotland on the 12th August 2009. In her second major competition for France she started in all four of the team’s matches. She scored her first major international goal in the team’s opening group stage game against Iceland scoring the final goal in the 3 – 1 win. France reached the quarter-finals before suffering elimination losing on penalties to the Netherlands.
Women’s World Cup:
Following the Women’s Euro 2009 Louisa returned to national team duty to play in qualification for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. In qualification she took part in nine of the ten qualifying round group stage matches that France played in. France finished the stage winning all of its matches without conceding any goals. Louisa scored two goals during the round one game against Estonia and the other against Northern Ireland In September 2010; she played in both legs of France’s World Cup playoff match against Italy. France won the game 3 – 2 on aggregate to qualify for its second FIFA Women’s World Cup. On the 19th November 2010 she scored her first international double in a friendly match against Poland France won the game 5 – 0. After playing in the 2011 Cyprus Cup and several more friendly matches .On the 6th of June 2011 Louisa was named as one of the 21 players in the woman’s squad to take part in the FIFA World Cup. And on the 18th June in a friendly match against Belgium she scored her tenth international goal for France in the 7 – 0 home win.
On the 26th June 2011 In France’s opening World Cup group stage match against Nigeria, Louisa on her competition’s debut was named the Player of the Match for her performance in the team’s 1 – 0 win. In the teams second group stage game against Canada she assisted in the final goal which was scored by Elodie Thomis, France won the match 4 – 0. She started in France’s final four matches of the competition which included a loss to Germany 4 – 2 in the final group stage match and a 4 – 3 penalty shootout win over England in the quarter-finals. France were eliminated from the competition in the Semi-Finals losing 3 – 1 to the USA. In the third place match against Sweden on the 16th of July Louisa got injured and had to leave the match after just 30 minutes played, France lost the match 2 – 1.
2000–2002 US Marseille
2002–2004 Celtic de Marseille
Senior career so far:
2004–2006 CNFE Clairefontaine 38 games and 9 goals
2006–2007 Montpellier 20 games and 11 goals
2007– Lyon 90 games and 46 goals
National team so far:
2003 France U-17
2004–2005 France U-19
2006 France U-20 6 games and 2 goals
2005– France 75 games and 15 goals
Football honours so far:
Division 3 Féminine – 2003/04 (champions)
Challenge de France – 2006/07(champions)
Division 1 Féminine – 2007/08, 2008/09, 2009/10, 2010/11(champions)
Challenge de France – 2007/08 (winners)
UEFA Women’s Champions League – 2010/11(champions)
France National team
2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup: Fourth Place
Cyprus Cup – 2012 (champions)
Individual honours so far:
UNFP Female Player of the Year in 2008/09
FIFA Women’s World Cup All-Star Team in 2011
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