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Raphaël Varane

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Name
R. Varane
Full name
Raphaël Varane
Date of birth
25 April 1993 (age 27)
Birth country
France
Birth place
Lille
Nationality
France
Height
191 cm
Weight
81 kg
Position
Defender
Current team
Current transfer fee
€ 80.000.000 / Max € 80.000.000
Immediate family
Three siblings: Anthony, Annie, and Annabelle ( See Biography )
Family
Wife Camilla Titgat. One son ( See Family info )

Biography and family

Biography

Raphaël Xavier Varane (French pronunciation: ​[ʁafaɛl vaʁan]; born 25 April 1993) is a French professional footballer who plays as a centre-back for Spanish club Real Madrid and the France national team.
He previously played for French club Lens and, ahead of the 2010–11 season, began training with the senior team and appeared on the bench in several league matches. Varane made his professional debut in 2010 aged 17, in a league match against Montpellier. After one season with the French club, and as a professional footballer, Varane joined Real Madrid in the summer of 2011. Since joining the Spanish giants, he has made over 250 appearances for the club and has won 16 major honours including: two La Liga titles and four UEFA Champions League titles. At only 24 years of age, Varane won his third UEFA Champions League trophy making him the youngest defender ever to have won three Champions League trophies, beating Paolo Maldini who was 26 when he won his third Champions League title. Varane was a France youth international, having earned caps at under-18, under-20 and under-21 level. He made his full international debut in March 2013 and represented the country at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. After an admirable performance during the 2014 FIFA World Cup he was nominated for the Best Young Player award. He won the 2018 FIFA World Cup in which he played every minute of every game. Varane has been described by Lens youth coach Eric Assadourian as a “truly first class player” who is “comfortable on both the tactical and technical level”. Many ex players and current football managers, such as Fernando Hierro and José Mourinho, consider Varane to be one of the best defenders in world football.

Family

Rafael came to football at the insistence of his father, who himself was fond of this sport, at the age of 7, the boy was sent to the rugby section, and it is not known how the fate of the future football star could have happened if one day he had not decided that more like football. From that moment on, Varan became practically inseparable from the ball. Thanks to daily training, the athlete quickly mastered all the subtleties of the game, and at the age of 18 he signs a contract with the Spanish club Real Madrid.
Behind every successful man stands a strong woman – such a woman for Raphael was his high school love Camilla Titgat. Young people met in high school, romantic feelings flared up immediately, and they began to meet.
In 2011, Raphael gets his chance, he is invited into the “creamy” team, Camilla supported her lover, she dropped out of law school and went with him to Madrid.
In 2015, young people decide to legalize their relationship, for the marriage ceremony they chose the church of their hometown. Rafael dreamed of a quiet wedding, but a surprise was waiting for them on their wedding day – crowds of fans accompanied them all the way.
Despite the growing popularity of a football player, the girl prefers to remain in the shadow of her husband, she does not give interviews, and rarely appears at secular receptions. Two years after the wedding, it became known that the couple became parents, in March 2017, Camilla gave birth to a son, the boy was named Sergio.
Now love and mutual understanding reign in the family, the spouse and son are frequent guests at the games of their star father and husband.

Career

Club career

Early career
Varane was born in the city of Lille in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region. He is of Martiniquais heritage through his father, Gaston, who is originally from Le Morne-Rouge, while his mother, Annie, was raised in Saint-Amand-les-Eaux. Varane began his football career in the Arrondissement of Lille playing for local club AS Hellemmes at the age of seven. After spending two years at the club, in July 2002, he joined professional club RC Lens, despite some interest from Derby du Nord rivals and hometown club Lille OSC. Similar to the development of the club’s previous prized assets such as Gaël Kakuta and Timothée Kolodziejczak, Varane spent time at the Centre de Préformation de Football in nearby Liévin, a training center exclusively for players brought up in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region. He spent two years at the center training there during the weekdays and playing with Lens on the weekends. After returning full-time to Lens, Varane quickly ascended up the club’s youth ranks. In the 2008–09 season, alongside teammates Thorgan Hazard and Geoffrey Kondogbia, he played on the club’s under-16 team that won the Championnat National des 16 ans. In the following season, Varane was promoted to the club’s under-19 team, despite being two years younger than several of his teammates. Ahead of the 2010–11 season, Varane signed his first professional contract. He was, subsequently, promoted to the club’s reserve team in the Championnat de France amateur. Varane made his amateur debut in the club’s opening league match of the campaign in a 2–0 victory over Drancy. He appeared as a starter in the club’s next nine matches with the team losing only one of them.
Lens
In late October of the campaign, Varane was called up to the senior team by manager Jean-Guy Wallemme to train ahead of the club’s match against Montpellier on 6 November. He trained with the team for the entire week and, due to an injury to centre-back Alaeddine Yahia, Varane was, surprisingly, named to the starting lineup. In the match, he played the full 90 minutes in a 2–0 victory. The victory was only the club’s third clean sheet of the season. Varane was praised by teammates, most notably captain Adil Hermach, defending partner Eric Chelle, and striker David Pollet, as well as by the local media and coach Wallemme. In the next two matches, Varane, alongside several other youth players, sat on the bench as Lens faced two tough teams in Marseille and Lyon. He returned to the starting lineup on 30 November in a 4–1 defeat to Brest. Despite the firing of Wallemme following the Brest match, Varane remained a starter in the team under new manager László Bölöni. In December, with both Chelle and Yahia returning to action, Varane was placed in the defensive midfielder role in the team’s match against Bordeaux. In the match, he acted as a roving third centre-back and made a blocked save in the 84th minute on a close range shot by Yoan Gouffran to preserve a 2–1 lead. However, in the latter stages of the match, Bordeaux equalized to draw the match at 2–2. In January 2011, Varane was the subject of transfer speculation with the player being linked to several clubs. In an effort to quell the interest, on 3 February 2011, he signed a two-year contract extension with Lens until 2015. On 8 May, Varane scored his first professional goal in a 1–1 draw with Caen. In the team’s following match against Monaco, he scored the equalizing goal in another 1–1 draw. Despite the goal, the stalemate condemned Lens to relegation back to Ligue 2 after two seasons in the top division. On 21 May, Varane captained Lens in its 1–0 defeat to Arles-Avignon.
Real Madrid
2011–12 season
On 22 June 2011, Lens president Gervais Martel confirmed to a group of supporters at a club meeting that Varane would be joining Spanish club Real Madrid stating, “He will play for Real Madrid under the guidance of José Mourinho.” Varane had previously visited Real Madrid’s club facilities and also met with club advisor and compatriot Zinedine Zidane. On 27 June, the move was confirmed by Real Madrid after Varane successfully passed his medical. Varane signed a six-year contract with the club and the transfer fee is purported to be in the range of €10 million. Varane was assigned the number 19 shirt and made his club debut for Real Madrid in the club’s opening pre-season fixture against American outfit Los Angeles Galaxy in the 2011 World Football Challenge. He appeared as a half-time substitute as Real Madrid cruised to a 4–1 win. Varane made his first start for the club four days later in a 3–0 win over Mexican club Guadalajara. He finished the pre-season campaign appearing in seven of the eight pre-season matches Real Madrid contested. Varane made his competitive debut for Real Madrid on 21 September in the team’s league match against Racing de Santander. He started the match at centre-back alongside Ricardo Carvalho as the match ended 0–0. In the team’s next league match three days later against Rayo Vallecano, Varane started and scored his first goal for the club after a flying back-heel shot following a Mesut Özil corner. Real Madrid won the match 6–2. Varane’s goal made him the youngest foreign player at 18 years and 152 days to score a goal in a competitive match for Real Madrid. On 27 September, he made his UEFA Champions League debut in a 3–0 group stage win over Dutch club Ajax. Two months later, Varane made his second Champions League appearance against Croatian club Dinamo Zagreb. In the match, Varane started and assisted on the team’s fifth goal, scored by José Callejón, in a 6–2 win. The victory ensured Real Madrid first place in its group.
2012–13 season
Ahead of the 2012–13 season, Varane switched to the number 2 shirt. After failing to appear in Real Madrid’s first four league matches, he made his season debut on 18 September in the club’s opening UEFA Champions League group stage match against English club Manchester City. Varane started and played the entire match as Real Madrid won 3–2. On 30 January 2013, Varane made his El Clásico debut against Barcelona in the 2012–13 Copa del Rey. He stopped a group of dangerous attempts from Barcelona, including a shot from Xavi that he cleared from the goal line. He capped his performance with a headed goal in the game, which ended 1–1. He also became the second-youngest foreign player to score for Real Madrid in a Clásico match. In the return leg at the Camp Nou on 26 February 2013, Varane scored Madrid’s third goal in a 3–1 away win with a header from a corner kick by Mesut Özil. Varane gained praise from former World Cup winner Bixente Lizarazu after his performances against Barcelona and Manchester United. He said, “We are talking about a kid at Real Madrid who has unseated Pepe, and Pepe, with all his stuff, is still a great centre-half. His performance against Manchester United and Barcelona was extraordinary”. Varane continued to impress in the Champions League quarter final first leg against Galatasaray, where he helped Madrid keep a clean sheet in a 3–0 triumph. All of his 27 passes found his teammates without any interception, and all of his tackles succeeded, with most on Didier Drogba. In April 2013, Varane was named by Marca as a member of the “Best foreign eleven in Real Madrid’s history”. On 14 May 2013, Varane successfully underwent an operation on his right knee after an injury he had picked up during his last 2012–13 league match against Real Sociedad.
2013–14 season
Varane came on as an injury-time substitute for Karim Benzema in the 2014 Copa del Rey Final which Real Madrid won 2–1 against Barcelona on 16 April. He played all 120 minutes of Real Madrid’s 4–1 win over Atlético Madrid in the 2014 UEFA Champions League Final, in place of the more experienced Pepe. In added time at the end of extra time, after Cristiano Ronaldo scored the last goal, Varane kicked the ball towards Atlético manager Diego Simeone, causing him to run onto the pitch in anger. Simeone was sent to the stands and Varane booked for the incident. After the game, Atlético captain Gabi excused Varane due to his youth, while Simeone himself said, “I also made a mistake with my reaction. He’s a young guy with a bright future.”
2014–15 season
On 18 September 2014, Varane signed a new six-year contract that will keep him at Real Madrid until 2020.
2015–16 season
Varane was a part-time starter when the team won the 2015–16 UEFA Champions League.
2016–17 season
Despite having a few injuries during the season, he made 23 appearances, when Madrid won the 2016–17 La Liga. He was starting in the final when Madrid won the 2016–17 UEFA Champions League.
2017–18 season
His contract was extended until 2022 on 27 September 2017. During the 2017–18 UEFA Champions League, he made eleven appearances, when Madrid won their third consecutive and 13th overall Champions League title.

National career

Youth
Varane was a France youth international having earned caps at under-18 and under-21 level. Prior to playing for the under-18 team, he was called up to the under-17 team, but did not make an appearance. Varane made his debut with the under-18 team on 24 August 2010 in a friendly match against Denmark. On his debut, he scored the final goal in a 2–0 victory. Varane turned down subsequent call-ups to the under-18 team because of his increased participation with the Lens first team and, as a result, missed the Tournoi de Limoges and a tournament in Israel. On 3 February 2011, he was called up to the under-21 team by coach Erick Mombaerts for the first time for a friendly match against Slovakia. Varane described the call up as “a huge surprise”. He earned his first under-21 cap and start in the match against Slovakia playing the entire match in a 3–1 win. On 15 November, Varane scored his first under-21 goal in a 2–0 2013 Euro U-21 qualifying win over Slovakia. The victory ensured France qualification to at least the competition’s qualifying playoffs.
Senior
In August 2012, Varane was called to the full French national team squad for a friendly against Uruguay, but was an unused substitute. He started his first match for France on 22 March 2013 in a qualifier for the World Cup against Georgia, a 3–1 victory. On 13 May 2014, he was included in Didier Deschamps’ squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. On 15 June 2014, he partnered Mamadou Sakho in central defence during Les Bleus’ first World Cup fixture – a 3–0 win over Honduras. He was also in the starting line-up for the second group match against Switzerland and the knockout matches against Nigeria and Germany, as France were eliminated at the quarter-final stage by the Germans 1–0. Varane took the blame for allowing Mats Hummels to hold him off at the critical set-piece which allowed the German defender to head the winning goal. In spite of this, Varane was named on the three-man shortlist for the tournament’s Best Young Player award. On 14 October, Varane became the youngest player to captain France when he took over from Blaise Matuidi at half time in a 3–0 win over Armenia. He was then selected as the team’s starting captain for a home friendly against Sweden on 18 November, where he scored his first international goal to give Les Bleus a 1–0 win. On 24 May 2016, he was ruled out of UEFA Euro 2016 with a thigh injury, and was replaced by Adil Rami. On 17 May 2018, Varane was called up to the 23-man French squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. He would go on to start in all seven of France’s games and play every minute. In the quarterfinal against Uruguay, Varane exorcised the memories of the 2014 quarterfinal nightmare as he headed the opening goal in France’s 2–0 victory. France later went on to win the competition for the second time in history, and Varane became only the fourth player to be a World Cup champion and Champions League winner in the same year, after Christian Karembeu (in 1998), Roberto Carlos (in 2002), and Sami Khedira (in 2014). All the players, like Varane, were playing for Real Madrid at the time they won the World Cup.

Awards and achievements

Awards
x 1 World Cup (Winner) 2018 Russia
x 3 La Liga (Winner) 2019/2020, 2016/2017, 2011/2012
x 3 La Liga (2nd Place) 2015/2016, 2014/2015, 2012/2013
x 1 Copa del Rey (Winner) 2013/2014
x 1 Copa del Rey (2nd Place) 2012/2013
x 3 Super Cup (Winner) 2019/2020, 2017/2018, 2012/2013
x 2 Super Cup (2nd Place) 2014/2015, 2011/2012
x 4 UEFA Champions League (Winner) 2017/2018, 2016/2017, 2015/2016, 2013/2014
x 3 UEFA Super Cup (Winner) 2017/2018, 2016/2017, 2014/2015
x 1 UEFA Super Cup (2nd Place) 2018/2019
x 4 FIFA Club World Cup (Winner) 2018 UAE, 2017 UAE, 2016 Japan, 2014 Morocco
x 1 Audi Cup (2nd Place) 2015
x 1 International Champions Cup (Winner) 2013
Achievenements
x 1 FIFA FIFPro World XI 2018
x 2 FIFA FIFPro World XI 3rd team 2015, 2017
x 1 FIFA FIFPro World XI 4th team 2016
x 1 FIFA FIFPro World XI 5th team 2014
x 1 UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season 2017–18
x 1 FIFA World Cup Dream Team 2018
x 1 FIFA World Cup Fantasy McDonald’s Overall XI 2018
x 1 UEFA Defender of the Season – Runner-up 2018
x 1 UEFA Team of the Year 2018
x 1 IFFHS Men's World Team 2018

Interviews, opinions and scandals

Interviews
At your age, and after you won, do you still have challenges in Madrid? “Yes, of course, I am still very young: it seems to me that I have reached the age at which youth and experience intersect, and I hope that next season everyone will see the best Varan in the Madrid shirt. I will have a rest, which has not been for a long time, and I am going to conduct a full pre-season training. I think Zizou is a coach who can make me even better, and I hope that he will soon see the best version of Varan.”
Perhaps the team relaxed? “I don’t think that it was this - there were many reasons, but not this: we can not always be on top of the world, it is impossible to win the Champions League ten times in a row - these are cycles. Everyone used to think that it was impossible to win three, and we did it. But it is always impossible to win, because there are more difficult situations. In addition, for many years we have been playing more matches over the season than others, everyone wants to win against Madrid, because we have to beat such an opponent, everyone is waiting for us, and this is also moral and physical pressure. But we really did not think before the start of the season and did not say to ourselves: “We are the best.” The efforts invested in victories make themselves felt, and we were always modest and fought for victory. I think it should have happened, it could have been last year, we don’t know, but with such big efforts there comes a time when you don’t have that spark that helps in difficult moments: we are people, we can not always play well.”
What are the memories of Lopetegi and Solari? “I have good memories of them as people: Solari came at a difficult time, and Lopetegi was not lucky with the results, but we worked very well with him. I learned from both of them and I think that we understood that we would not always be at the top, although we did not know when we would fall. In the most difficult seasons, you have to fight more, and yet everything did not go the way you wanted. It seems to me that we cannot reproach ourselves in terms of the struggle: on the key week, in the games against Barca in the Cup and Ajax, we gave it all to the maximum. We can all look into each other’s eyes. When we welcome fans, we are not ashamed, because we gave it. The form was not perfect, but at least we fought.”
I ask this because not so long ago in France they published what you think about the search for new adventures outside the "Madrid" ... Is this true? “We always reflect, this is the life of a football player of such a level: we must always think about how to play better, feel happy. This is a part of life, I never relax and always think that I can play better, looking for additional motivation on the field. Everyone should do that. A lot has been said for me, but why not think about it.”
Then this means that you have already thought, and your place in the "Madrid"... “I want to continue playing at Madrid next year - I'm sure there will be a lot of strong emotions and that the season will be very good.”
Do you still feel the respect of the fans? “I think yes. I hope that they perceive me correctly: I always try to play well and do so that my teammates can count on me. They know that with me you can win the Champions League or the World Championship, and that in these seasons I'm not going to hide. I feel the respect from the fans.”
Will La Liga be your first target too? “As Zidane said, we need more stability. The Champions League is more effort and emotion, but La Liga is more permanent, more regular, and we want to focus more on La Liga. The Champions League is most concerned about the club and the fans, but the truth is that we need to focus more on La Liga: we have never left her aside, but now this should be our priority every week.”
Opinions
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““Varan is unique, first of all, in his youth, combined with his mature and competent game, which is over the years” - Laurent Blanc.”
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““I cannot believe that Varan is only 19 years old. This is one of the best defenders with whom I have met on the field during my career ”- Didier Drogba.”
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““At this age, playing at the basis of a great club is a phenomenal indicator. They will not form the basis for beautiful eyes. The main thing is not to stop there and remember that one, even an outstanding match, is not enough to become a great master.” - Fernando Hierro.”
Scandals

Raphaël Varane was hospitalized due to dehydration
The defender of the national team of France Raphaël Varane left the location of the “tricolor” and was hospitalized. According to Spanish media reports, doctors have identified dehydration in a football player.
Previously, the Frenchman had problems with the stomach, and for security reasons, it was decided to put him in the hospital. It is not yet known whether Varane will be able to recover for the match of the 1/4 finals of the 2014 World Cup against the German team, which will be held on July 4. However, after a night in the hospital, Rafael returned to the location of the team.
Varan took part in all 4 matches of the 2014 World Cup with the participation of the French team.
July 2, 2014

Statistics

Club statistics
League Season Club Apps Goals Assists Min. played Cards (Y/S/R)
La Liga 2020/2021 Real Madrid Real Madrid 6 0 0 540 0/0/0
La Liga 2019/2020 Real Madrid Real Madrid 32 2 1 2823 2/0/0
La Liga 2018/2019 Real Madrid Real Madrid 32 2 0 2756 0/0/1
La Liga 2017/2018 Real Madrid Real Madrid 27 0 1 2324 3/0/0
La Liga 2016/2017 Real Madrid Real Madrid 23 1 2 1928 1/0/0
La Liga 2015/2016 Real Madrid Real Madrid 26 0 0 2180 5/1/0
La Liga 2014/2015 Real Madrid Real Madrid 27 0 0 2032 1/0/0
La Liga 2013/2014 Real Madrid Real Madrid 14 0 0 1083 1/0/0
La Liga 2012/2013 Real Madrid Real Madrid 15 0 0 1121 0/0/0
La Liga 2011/2012 Real Madrid Real Madrid 9 1 0 680 0/0/0
Ligue 1 2010/2011 Raphaël Varane Raphaël Varane 23 2 0 1976 2/0/0
League Season Club Apps Goals Assists Min. played Cards (Y/S/R)
Copa del Rey 2019/2020 Real Madrid Real Madrid 1 1 0 90 0/0/0
Copa del Rey 2018/2019 Real Madrid Real Madrid 4 0 0 360 0/0/0
Copa del Rey 2017/2018 Real Madrid Real Madrid 1 0 0 90 0/0/0
Copa del Rey 2016/2017 Real Madrid Real Madrid 3 1 0 224 0/0/0
Copa del Rey 2014/2015 Real Madrid Real Madrid 4 2 0 257 1/0/0
Copa del Rey 2013/2014 Real Madrid Real Madrid 2 0 0 90 0/0/0
Copa del Rey 2012/2013 Real Madrid Real Madrid 7 2 0 584 1/0/0
Copa del Rey 2011/2012 Real Madrid Real Madrid 2 1 0 180 0/0/0
Coupe de France 2010/2011 Raphaël Varane Raphaël Varane 1 0 0 90 1/0/0
League Season Club Apps Goals Assists Min. played Cards (Y/S/R)
UEFA Champions League 2020/2021 Real Madrid Real Madrid 1 0 0 90 0/0/0
UEFA Champions League 2019/2020 Real Madrid Real Madrid 8 0 0 720 1/0/0
Club Friendlies 2019 Real Madrid Real Madrid 2 0 0 180 1/0/0
UEFA Super Cup 2018/2019 Real Madrid Real Madrid 1 0 0 120 0/0/0
UEFA Champions League 2018/2019 Real Madrid Real Madrid 4 0 0 360 1/0/0
FIFA Club World Cup 2018 UAE Real Madrid Real Madrid 2 0 0 180 0/0/0
Club Friendlies 2018 Real Madrid Real Madrid 1 0 0 60 0/0/0
UEFA Super Cup 2017/2018 Real Madrid Real Madrid 1 0 0 90 0/0/0
UEFA Champions League 2017/2018 Real Madrid Real Madrid 11 0 0 938 1/0/0
FIFA Club World Cup 2017 UAE Real Madrid Real Madrid 2 0 0 180 0/0/0
Club Friendlies 2017 Real Madrid Real Madrid 0 0 0 0 0/0/0
UEFA Champions League 2016/2017 Real Madrid Real Madrid 10 2 0 900 0/0/0
UEFA Super Cup 2016/2017 Real Madrid Real Madrid 1 0 0 120 0/0/0
FIFA Club World Cup 2016 Japan Real Madrid Real Madrid 2 0 0 210 0/0/0
Club Friendlies 2016 Real Madrid Real Madrid 1 0 0 44 0/0/0
UEFA Champions League 2015/2016 Real Madrid Real Madrid 7 0 0 439 1/0/0
Club Friendlies 2015 Real Madrid Real Madrid 1 0 0 90 1/0/0
UEFA Super Cup 2014/2015 Real Madrid Real Madrid 0 0 0 0 0/0/0
UEFA Champions League 2014/2015 Real Madrid Real Madrid 12 0 0 1014 0/0/0
FIFA Club World Cup 2014 Mo… Real Madrid Real Madrid 2 0 0 27 0/0/0
Club Friendlies 2014 Real Madrid Real Madrid 2 0 0 120 0/0/0
UEFA Champions League 2013/2014 Real Madrid Real Madrid 7 0 0 422 2/0/0
UEFA Champions League 2012/2013 Real Madrid Real Madrid 11 0 0 915 0/0/0
UEFA Champions League 2011/2012 Real Madrid Real Madrid 4 0 0 360 0/0/0
National statistics
League Season National team Apps Goals Assists Min. played Cards (Y/S/R)
UEFA Nations League 2020/2021 France France 3 0 0 270 0/0/0
Friendlies 2020 France France 1 0 0 44 0/0/0
EC Qualification 2020 France France 9 2 1 810 1/0/0
Friendlies 2019 France France 1 0 0 90 0/0/0
UEFA Nations League 2018/2019 France France 4 0 0 360 0/0/0
WC Qualification Europe 2018 France France 7 0 0 630 0/0/0
World Cup 2018 France France 7 1 0 630 0/0/0
Friendlies 2018 France France 3 0 0 226 0/0/0
Friendlies 2017 France France 2 0 0 137 0/0/1
Friendlies 2016 France France 4 0 0 316 0/0/0
Friendlies 2015 France France 10 1 0 856 0/0/0
WC Qualification Europe 2014 France France 3 0 0 270 0/0/0
World Cup 2014 France France 5 0 0 389 0/0/0
Friendlies 2014 France France 8 1 0 720 0/0/0
Friendlies 2013 France France 1 0 0 90 0/0/0