Landreau announces date with destiny
By R. Thomson
SC Bastia and France goalkeeper Mickaël Landreau has announced he will retire after the final match of the coming season. In an incredible twist of fate, the Week 38 clash against Nantes is the same fixture in which he debuted in 1996.
After signing a one-year contract extension with the Corsican club, Landreau, who has earned 11 caps for Les Bleus, has decided to hang up the gloves after an 18th season in the French top flight.
Back where it all began
"I've decided to retire at the end of what will now be a very, very important season for me," revealed the former Nantes, Paris Saint-Germain and Lille shot-stopper.
If he avoids injury and suspension, Landreau's final match will be a certain Bastia vs Nantes "at the Stade Furiani, just as it was for my very first match for Les Canaris back on 2 October 1996."
Ettori's 602-match record
Having already played 587 Ligue 1 matches, the coming season may also feature another milestone for the player who can overtake another goalkeeper's record of 602, set by former Monaco stalwart Jean-Luc Ettori.
"If everything goes according to plan, I will break the record during another fairly special match: the Corsican derby against Ajaccio in Week 16 in December," he added.
Landreau made his debut at just 17 years of age in 1996, winning the Ligue 1 crown with Nantes in 2001 and then Lille in 2011. He also won the Confederations Cup in 2001 and 2003 with Les Bleus. He joined Bastia in December last year after being released by Lille.