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Record holder Mickaël Landreau: Glove story

Publish on 19/05/2020 at 11:20 - D. CROSSAN

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Goalkeeper Mickaël Landreau retired six years ago as the record holder for the number of Ligue 1 Conforama games played and having won the league title twice.

Landreau started life at Nantes and his distinguished career then took him to Paris Saint-Germain, Lille and Bastia. It was with the Corscian club that he played the last of his 618 Ligue 1 Conforama games, fittingly keeping a clean sheet in a 0-0 draw at home to Nantes, the club where he came up through the youth system. It was a fnod to history given Landreau had made his Ligue 1 debut in October 1996 at just 17 years old for Nantes at Bastia.

Hitting the spot

Landreau made a storming start to Ligue 1 life, saving a penalty from Lubomir Moravcik and became renowned for his penalty-saving prowess, famously confusing Ronaldinho at the end of 2002 in a Coupe de la Ligue tie by positioning himself close to a post. A strong voice in the dressing room, Landreau soon became captain of Les Canaris and won the Ligue 1 title in 2001 as well as two Coupe de France trophies and two Trophée des Champions.

In 2006 he moved on to PSG. It wasn't the happiest time for the capital club but he still managed to add a Coupe de la Ligue winners' medal to his collection in 2008. In 2009 he joined LOSC and helped inspire the club to the 2010-2011 double, repeating gis achievement of 2000-2001 with Nantes.

Rolling past Ettori

After four seasons at Lille he moved to Bastia and in his final season he overtook Jean-Luc Ettori's record of 602 Ligue 1 Conforama appearances before enjoying a career-ending trip to the World Cup in Brazil in 2014 as France's third-choice goalkeeper, failing to add to his 11 caps.

 

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