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This Tuesday, the UNFP revealed the eligible candidates for one of nine trophies honoring the best elements of this season. However, the union of professional footballers seems to have forgotten a few names that have marked this year. Here, according to So Foot, what should have been the real list of candidates for UNFP trophies …


Best player of Ligue 1

  • Kylian Mbappé (PSG): It completely ruins the suspense of the title race like that to designate the winner of this individual trophy. But we had said it was not good spoilerKylian.
  • Matteo Guendouzi (Marseille): Fortunately it’s not really called. Because if he talked as much on the field as he did during his speech, the ceremony would last until dawn.
  • Benjamin Bourigeaud (Rennes): As the editorial team did not want two Rennes players among the five named, it was necessary to sacrifice the elegant Martin Terrier to bring out the essential midfielder. The Nordic has had a red face very often this season, it just means he was monstrous.
  • Aurelien Tchouameni (Monaco): Fewer pawns than his friend Wissam Ben Yedder, few air pockets, but a complete season and an unstoppable status in the Monegasque midfield, both under Niko Kovač and Philippe Clement.
  • Seko Fofana (Objective): Have the voters forgotten that Lucas Paquetá died after three excellent months? We can also forgive the small void of the Ivorian international, more often impressive than disappointing with the Sang et Or.

    Real names: Kylian Mbappé (Paris Saint-Germain) – Martin Terrier (Stade Rennes) – Lucas Paquetá (Olympique Lyonnais) – Dimitri Payet (Olympique de Marseille) – Wissam Ben Yedder (AS Monaco).

    Best goalkeeper of Ligue 1

  • Walter Benitez (Nice): It was believed that he had taken French nationality to play with the Blues. In fact, he had to be the best tricolor goalkeeper in the league and attract the chauvinist vote.
  • Matz Sels (Strasbourg): In Strasbourg there was no shortage of Salts to join the battle for European places until the end of the season. A complete and modern last bastion.
  • Anthony Lopes (Lyon): He may not have done enough kamikaze outings to attract the jury’s attention, but he allows OL to still be alive three days before the end of a meaningless season.
  • Marco Bizot (Brest): He sent Gautier Larsonneur, the boy from Saint-Renan, to the bench to give us many spectacular saves. The new Breton lighthouse.
  • Predrag Rajkovic (Reims): He sparked controversy because he asked Messi for a selfie earlier in the season. Finally, it can be Pulga who wanted to take a picture with the Serb.

    Real names: Walter Benítez (OGC Nice) – Gianluigi Donnarumma (Paris Saint-Germain) – Alban Lafont (FC Nantes) – Pau López (Olympique de Marseille) – Matz Sels (RC Strasbourg).

    The best hope of Ligue 1

  • William Saliba (Marseille): In the league, he held the OM defense like an old veteran. William Serein.
  • Lukeba Castle (Lyon): At 18 he taught Jérôme Boateng to defend. This makes you the guy.
  • Melvin Bard (Nice): The football equivalent of Adrien Quatennens. It wouldn’t be surprising to see him among the best players in five years.
  • Arnaud Kalimuendo (goal): The only PSG-owned player on this list. To reward yourself, you can choose between 130 minutes of play in the Coupe de France with Paris or a loan at Fulham. Then ?
  • Adrien Truffert (Rennes): He ditched the competition from Birger Meling to enjoy his favorite role as a full-back on the break. Full of talent.

    Real names: Arnaud Kalimuendo (RC Lens) – Lukeba Castle (Olympique Lyonnais) – Nuno Mendes (Paris Saint-Germain) – William Saliba (Olympique de Marseille) – Khephren Thuram (OGC Nice).

    Best coach of Ligue 1

  • Jorge Sampaoli (Marseille): After playing only with midfielders this season, Jorge will try to win the Champions League next year by fielding only goalkeepers.
  • Bruno Genesio (Rennes): The new apostle of total football, quite simply.
  • Julien Stephan (Strasbourg): Give him three pieces of wood, he can make you a hut. The former Rennais has confirmed his skills as a strategist as he progresses discreetly, without revealing all his cards, over the course of the season. The ideal profile of the good alight adventurer Koh Lanta.
  • Frank Haise (goal): It made RC Lens very exciting for something other than Bollaert and “Les Corons”. A tall man.
  • Antoine Kombouare (Nantes): It had been eleven years since he finished in the top 10 of the championship. A performance that unfortunately will remove him from the fire brigade corporation.

    Real names: Christophe Galtier (OGC Nice) – Bruno Genesio (Stade Rennes) – Antoine Kombouaré (FC Nantes) – Jorge Sampaoli (Olympique de Marseille) – Julien Stéphan (RC Strasbourg).

    Best French abroad

  • Karim Benzema (Real Madrid): A great opportunity for him to work on his intervention for the Golden Ball.
  • Christopher Nkunku (RB Leipzig): The kind of player we regret not having in our league. What a pity he wasn’t trained in France.
  • Mike Maignan (Milan): It will likely chain two titles with two teams that haven’t won a championship in ten years. It seems Dortmund are interested.
  • Mathias Coureur (Cherno More): Our favorite globetrotter this year will have experienced Turkey, India and Bulgaria. His match against OFK Botev Vratsa (1 goal, 1 assist) will be remembered.
  • Xavier Mercier (OH Louvain): The caviar gentleman of the Jupiler League has once again held his reputation this season, distributing 14 offers with the Leuven shirt, making him the third best French passer-by behind Kylian Mbappé and Christopher Nkunku, on a par with the excellent Jean -Luc Dompé by Zulte Waregem, whom we greet along the way.

    Real names: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) – Ousmane Dembélé (FC Barcelona) – Theo Hernandez (AC Milan) – N’Golo Kanté (Chelsea) – Mike Maignan (AC Milan).

    Best player of Ligue 2

  • Branco van den Boomen (Toulouse): A compass in the eye and an extraordinary blase, what else?
  • Gauthier Hein (Auxerre): When you are nominated for the Puskás Award for a goal against Niort, you deserve to be on this list.
  • Youssouf M’Changama (Guingamp): If Juninho no longer had his head at OL this season, it was because he was secretly playing at Guingamp.
  • Tony Maurizio (Sochaux): It has the name of a very Spanish singer, very sunny. The myth falls away when we know that you play at Sochaux.
  • Oumar Gonzalez (Ajaccio): Many of them, the Ligue 2 strikers, returned to the locker room saying to themselves: “Oumar killed me” .

    Real names: Gaëtan Charbonnier (AJ Auxerre) – Rhys Healey (Toulouse FC) – Gauthier Hein (AJ Auxerre) – Youssouf M’Changama (EA Guingamp) – Branco van den Boomen (Toulouse FC).

    Best goalkeeper of Ligue 2

  • Benjamin Leroy (Ajaccio): Less spectacular than Jérôme in his day, better ranked than Benjamin Lecomte and just as effective. A wall.
  • Vincent Demarconnay (Paris FC): Rehabilitate the 1.80 meter guards, thanks to him.
  • Yahia Fofana (Le Havre): The only ray of sunshine at HAC this season, since Mathis Abline only landed in February. Unfortunately we will have to let him go to Angers where he will not leave his mark passing behind Petković.
  • Lucas Chevalier (Valenciennes): Ivo Grbic? Leo Jardin? No, the future LOSC goalkeeper has won his place about fifty kilometers from the town of Martine Aubry, in Valenciennes.
  • For Kristian Bråtveit (Nîmes): Nîmes has not lost all its talent for unearthing nuggets in the Nordic countries.

    Real names: Vincent Demarconnay (Paris FC) – Yahia Fofana (Le Havre AC) – Donovan Léon (AJ Auxerre) – Benjamin Leroy (AC Ajaccio) – Maxime Dupé (Toulouse FC).

    Best coach of Ligue 2

  • Philippe Montanier (Toulouse): Just for the pleasure of seeing the former Barça du Nord conductor go from best manager of La Liga to best manager of Ligue 2 in less than ten years. Our second division is talented.
  • Jean-Marc Furlan (Auxerre): On the run to win his third UNFP trophy as top manager of Ligue 2. It’s time to do as your teams do and agree to move to Ligue 1.
  • Omar Daf (Sochaux): No, it’s not Omar da Fonseca’s nickname on the internet, but the name of a manager who should count for years to come. And above all it gave hope to the people of Sochaux.
  • Olivier Pants (Ajaccio): Drop your shirt, okay, but drop your pants, never.
  • Stéphane Dumont (Guingamp): We thought En Avant Guingamp would find a place out of the pro world, then the salsa ended up taking and the EAG Dumont version will undoubtedly be one of the contenders for the climb in a year’s time.

    Real names: Omar Daf (FC Sochaux-Montbelliard) – Thierry Laurey (Paris FC) – Philippe Montanier (Toulouse FC) – Olivier Pants (AC Ajaccio) – Didier Tholot (Pau FC).

    Best player D1

  • Marie Antoinette Katoto (PSG): Paris Saint-Germain may not have been able to find the Lionel Messi clone, but it could hold up to that of Kylian Mbappé for women.
  • Ada Hegerberg (Lyon): Finally someone who has won the Ballon d’Or and is doing really well in France.
  • Clara Mateo (Paris FC): Besides being a polytechnic engineer, she is very good with a standing ball. Perfection.
  • Kheira Hamraoui (PSG): More effective than a World Cup in France to highlight women’s football, it’s strong.
  • Lea Le Garrec (FC Fleury): Ah well, are you Breton?
    Real names: Kadidiatou Diani (Paris Saint-Germain) – Grace Geyoro (Paris Saint-Germain) – Marie-Antoinette Katoto (Paris Saint-Germain) – Catarina Macario (Olympique Lyonnais) – Clara Mateo (Paris FC).

    By Clément Gavard and Léo Tourbe

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