Player Focus: Alexandre Lacazette | Goals, Skills, Assists | Lyon | 2014/2015
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Alexandre Lacazette (French pronunciation: [alɛksɑ̃dʁ lakazɛt]; born 28 May 1991) is a French footballer who plays for French club Lyon and the France national team as a forward. He has also represented France across all youth levels. He won the 2010 UEFA European Under-19 Championship with the France under-19 team, scoring the match-winning goal in the final against Spain.
Upon his arrival at the club, Lacazette began training at the Centre Tola Vologe, the club’s training center. While undergoing training, he was likened to former Lyon striker Sonny Anderson by many coaches, including the player himself. As a youth player, Lacazette played on the club’s under-18 team that finished in third place in the Championnat National 18 ans during the 2007–08 season. The following season, he began making appearances with the club’s Championnat de France amateur team appearing in 19 matches and netting five goals.
Lacazette began the 2010–11 campaign training full-time with the first team, though he did have a stint with the club’s CFA team in September 2010. He scored his first professional goal on 31 October in a league match against Sochaux. The goal gave Lyon a 2–1 lead, which was the final scoreline. Three days later, Lacazette made his UEFA Champions League debut against Portuguese club Benfica appearing as a substitute in the second half with Lyon trailing 4–0. Minutes after entering, he provided the assist on Lyon’s opening goal scored by Yoann Gourcuff. Lacazette later assisted on the team’s second goal in the 85th minute. Lyon, however, were unable to complete the comeback, losing 4–3.
Lacazette scored Lyon’s equaliser in the 2014 Coupe de la Ligue Final against Paris Saint-Germain, however his side later lost 2–1. In September 2014, Lacazette signed a two-year extension to his contract, tying him to the club until 2018. He scored his first hat-trick on 5 October, netting all the goals in a 3–0 home win over Lille.
On 23 May 2013, Lacazette received his first call-up to the senior squad following the withdrawal of Jérémy Ménez through injury. He made his international debut as a 59th-minute substitute in a friendly match against Uruguay on 5 June 2013.
Playing Position ~ CF, RW, LW
Preferred Foot ~ Right
Strength ~ Finishing, Speed, Positioning, Dribbling
Weakness ~ Defensive duties
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