As every day from Monday to Friday, discover the essence of Gard sports news in a few pieces of information.
Back by bus† It is Friday at the beginning of the afternoon (2.29 pm) that the Crocodiles take a train towards Nancy to play there on Saturday at 7 pm on behalf of the 36and and the penultimate day of Ligue 2. But the train will leave them at 5:40 PM in Dijon, where the bus from Nîmes Olympique will be waiting for them three hours later to take them to Meurthe-and-Moselle prefecture. The Nîmes will leave Nancy at the end of the race to make the full return by bus, arriving at the Bastide in the early morning. To recover, the staff and players will take advantage of Sunday but also Monday as they have a rest.
Reunion in Lorraine. The match between AS Nancy and Nîmes Olympique will not have a sporting stake, as the Lorraine region has already been relegated to National and the Crocodiles are guaranteed to remain in L2. But the Marcel-Picot stadium will still be the scene of reunions with the former Nîmes. On the Meurthois side, the Nîmes see Antonin Bobichon (26), the native of Bagnols-sur-Cèze and a native of Saint-Paulet-de-Caisson, trained at the Olympique de Nîmes and who participated in the rise of L1 in 2018 The midfielder is under contract with the Angers SCO who loaned him to Nancy this season. The ASNL goalkeeper is also a former NO in the person of Baptiste Valette, who passed through Nîmes from 2017 to 2019, he was also one of the actors in the advance to L1 from Nîmes in 2018. The latter also worked briefly with Nicolas Usai ( 29). † I worked with Baptiste Valette for seven weeks because I wanted to pick him up at Sedan since my keeper Axel Maraval was going to leave the club. In the end he didn’t stay and signed for a very, very good club, Nîmes Olympique. † explains Nicolas Usaï, who also had under his command the center striker Andrew Jung from Nancy who passed through the Berrichonne de Châteauroux.
Praise for Guessoum. The central defender of Nîmes Olympique played the entire game at Quevilly last Tuesday, before coming in at the end of the game on Friday in Costières against Rodez. This did not stop Kelyan Guessoum (23) from making the journey from the reserve from Nîmes to Narbonne on behalf of the National 3 on Saturday. The Crocodile recorded three victories in four days. But in addition to the result, Nicolas Usaï especially notes the state of mind: “ I really appreciated his approach, his performance and I am very happy with the result of the reserve. I had a discussion with him before the game against Rodez. He knew he started on the bench and his first reaction was to tell me: “I’m doing this for my club, there’s no problem”. This is the kind of sentence I like to hear. I have often said that there were many players who were not happy to play at Nîmes Olympique, but we must highlight those who love to play there, I think of Guess but also Antho (Anthony Briançon, Editor’s Note)† Kelyan is very professional and committed to the values of the club and he is exactly what I am looking for in terms of mood † underlines the NO coach.
Times are changing† To this day, on April 27, 2017, the Crocodiles trained at the Costières stadium on the eve of hosting AJ Auxerre for the 35th day of Ligue 2. A crucial encounter for Nîmes in the race for the turnout in Ligue 1 On this occasion, nearly 300 Nîmes supporters came to cheer on Bernard Blaquart’s players. Banners, songs and smoke bombs, rarely has a workout been so lively. Unfortunately the next day it was Auxerre who won 1-0 in Nîmes in front of 14,606 spectators and in a great atmosphere. It was a goal by Mohamed Yattabara in the 77th that knocked out the NO who had nevertheless struck three times at the Burgundian posts. It was probably the defeat that cost the climb up Ligue 1 to the Nimes, who finished sixth this season, three points behind champions Strasbourg.
Pugliese to Saarburg† As he completes his education, Quentin Pugliese will leave USAM at the end of the season to sign his first professional contract in Sarrebourg, currently 11and of Proligue (second division). The left-back, who can also play as a central defender, has been on four league rosters for the first team this season. In the Moselle, Quentin finds two former Nîmes: the pivot Aurélien Padolus and captain Dylan Grandjean. “It is a satisfaction for Quentin and for the club. Quentin deserves this signature for all his years at the center and for his seriousness. This is proof that hard work pays off! A satisfaction also for USAM, the training center wants to train a player to to become a professional in his training club, but also to be able to feed all levels of the French Championship, as is the case here with the Pro League »responds Jérome Chauvet, general manager of USAM Nîmes Gard.