Eugenie Le Sommer: Winner Both in Football and Life

Eugenie Le Sommer holds the Coupe de France trophy.
Eugenie Le Sommer holds the Coupe de France trophy. [Credit: Damien LG - OL via Twitter]

Lyon won both the Coupe de France and the Trophee Veolia in only seven days. Not only did Eugenie Le Sommer have a sensational week in her career, but also in her personal life.

On August 9, in the storm-hit Stade Abbe-Deschamps, the 31-year-old French international stood unlucky from the penalty spot against fierce rivals Paris Saint Germain. However, Lyon got the win and their second consecutive French Cup thanks to a team effort.

It was the ninth cup in 10 years for Eugenie, taking her trophy tally with the club to a staggering 26. Numbers like that talk for themselves, with the French side accumulating 30 trophies since 2006!

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“It was (a victory) against PSG and they are difficult to face, our matches are often complicated against them, so we are happy”, Le Sommer said after the end of the game in the French TV.

But this was just the beginning of a wonderful one-week journey to glory for the French forward.

A new chapter off the pitch

Two days later, the 2019 World Cup semifinalist proved that she is not only successful when it comes to dribbling and scoring. She also revealed that she is making positive choices off the pitch.

On August 11, Le Sommer walked down the aisle with her fiancé, Florian Dariel, after dating for 13 years.

Together, the couple share a passion for sports, especially football. Dariel is also a huge fan of running amongst other activities. He has participated in five marathons so far, including a marathon in Paris last year.

The couple’s wedding came almost six months after Le Sommer accepted her boyfriend’s proposal. She celebrated it by publishing her positive answer on Instagram indicating that she said “YES”.

Before taking over as technical event manager at Olympique Lyonnais, Florian had notably participated in the organization of Euro 2016. He has been a proud husband and Le Sommer’s anchor during some of the most difficult periods in her life, both psychologically and mentally.

Another day, another piece of hardware

If the previous two events were not enough to make the French striker feel utter bliss, winning a second trophy in just seven days took her emotional state to a whole new level.

This time, Renard and Buchanan both nodded home corners and gave Lyon a two-goal lead, before Malard seal the victory for the Lyonnais with a comfortable 3-0.

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Le Sommer could have scored in 67th minute if not for Juventus goalkeeper Bačić, who denied her from close range.

In spite this being a friendly tournament, it proved to be invigorating for the French side after the quarantine hiatus.

Next up: Europe’s elite

With the Champions League action returning this weekend, Lyon and Le Sommer are facing Bayern Munich for the quarterfinals this Saturday, August 22.

Champions League’s all-time leading scorer Ada Hegerberg was named in the squad dispite being sidelined since January with a knee injury.

Le Sommer is called to take over the reins from the Norwegian striker as she is attempting to fight off both the competitors and keep Lyon’s journey alive on their way to a seventh European title.

She stands fourth in the Champions League all-time top scorers table, having scored 46 goals so far.

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