Antoine Griezmann – biography, personal life & achievements
Antoine Griezmann (fr. Antoine Griezmann). Born March 21, 1991 in Macon (France). French footballer. World Champion (2018). Antoine Griezmann was born on March 21, 1991 in the French town of Macon (70 km from Lyon) into the family of a football player. At an early age, his father took him to view the youth club “Lion”, but there the future star was considered unpromising and Antoine was refused – because of his painful appearance caused by his lean physique. The same thing happened in other famous football academies in France – he was everywhere pointed at the door. Therefore, he had to start in the team of his hometown – “Macon”, where the head coach was Antoine’s father. Macon competes in France’s second amateur league. Only at the age of 14 he was able to show himself to the general public: in 2005, Griezmann, as part of Montpellier, took part in a friendly match against the youth team Paris Saint-Germain. The football player showed real interest in scouting from Real Sociedad. Antoine was invited to a weekly viewing in San Sebastián, and there he was accepted to study at the club’s academy. Antoine went through all levels of youth teams and in 2009 received a call to the first team. The head coach of Real Sociedad, Martin Lazarte, attracted Griezmann to train with the main team before the 2009/10 season. In four friendly meetings, the Frenchman scored 5 goals, which predetermined his fate. Due to the loss of the main players, the position on the left flank of the midfield was vacant. Antoine got his chance and took full advantage of it. Debut for “Sociedad” in official meetings came in the King’s Cup match. September 2, 2009 in the match with “Rayo Vallecano” Griezmann came on as a substitute in the 77th minute. Four days later, the debut took place in the Segund. The first goal also did not take long to wait – on September 27, Antoine opened the scoring in the match with Hesca, and his team eventually won (2: 0). In total, that season, he spent 39 matches in which he scored 6 goals scored. April 8, 2010 Griezmann signed his first professional contract for up to 2015. In the 2013/14 season, Antoine became the leader of the team, and after the home game Real Sociedad with Elche, in which the young Frenchman made a hat-trick, he had 14 goals in his assets. With this indicator, he was ranked third in the list of scorers in La Liga, second only to Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid and Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid, who had 22 and 19 goals, respectively. At the same time, Griezmann is a midfield player. On July 9, 2014, Griezmann rejected the offer of Real Sociedad to extend the contract, hoping to move to another club that could satisfy the option of buying out his contract of 24 million pounds (30 million euros). On July 28, 2014, the official website of Atletico Madrid announced that the clubs had agreed to move to Griezmann. The transfer amount is estimated at 30 million euros. November 1, 2014, designed his first double for the club, distinguished himself in the match against Cordoba. Unlike Real Sociedad, Atlético Antoine began to play in a more attacking position.
In the 2014/15 season in the match of the 16th round with “Athletic” from Bilbao Griezmann designed his first hat-trick for the club, the match ended 4-1 in favor of Atletico Madrid. In the next match against Levante, he scored double, eventually won 3-1. In the season 2014/2015 played in every match and in each different. Antoine became an important player for Atletico. He played the position of an attacker, Mario Mandzhukic was his pair. He scored one of the goals in a dramatic match with Real Madrid, the meeting ended with the score 4: 0. In the 31st round of the 2014/15 season, Griezmann played 30 matches and scored 18 goals, thus becoming the top scorer of Atletico Madrid in the season.
Antoine Griezmann in the French team Due to the game in Spain, Griezmann has long remained out of sight of the coaches of the youth team of France. He received a call to the national team only in February 2010. The debut was successful: in the match with Ukraine, Antoine scored the winning goal in the 88th minute. June 7, 2010 Griezmann was invited to the national team to participate in the European Championship (U-19). In this tournament, Antoine scored two goals. And France eventually became the champion in their native land, beating the national team of Spain in the final with a score of 2: 1. However, youth and fame turned the head of Griezmann – Antoine and four more young French football players walked in one of the clubs in Paris on the night before the decisive qualification match for the youth Euro 2013. For this, all of them, including Griezmann, were suspended from the games of the youth national football team of France for a whole year. However, Antoine quickly admitted his mistake and corrected a confident game on the football field. For the first time for the French team, Antoine played on March 5, 2014 against the Netherlands team (2-0), leaving the field from the first minutes and was replaced by 68 minutes. May 1, 2014 in a friendly game against the national team of Paraguay (1: 1) scored his first goal for the national team. Noted double in the crushing match against the national team of Jamaica 8: 0. On May 13, Griezmann was included in the French team’s bid for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, where he ended up playing 5 games. He scored one goal in the 1/8 finals in the match with the Nigeria team (2-0) – after a corner in 90 minutes the ball took Karim Benzema, gave a long pass to Antoine, who with a heel nicely rolled the ball into the goal past the goalkeeper and one of the defenders . He scored one goal in friendly matches against the national team of Armenia and Serbia. At the European Football Championship 2016 in France, he scored a double in the 1/8 final match against Ireland (2: 1). Also made a double in the semifinals against Germany. A total of six goals in Euro 2016 in seven games and gave two assists. He was recognized as the best player in the European Championship.
At the 2018 World Cup, he was acknowledged three times as a player of the match at the 2018 World Cup, incl. became the best player in the final, in which France 4: 4 beat Croatia. In addition to the final, he was ranked first in the rankings on the basis of the games with the teams of Australia (2: 1) and Uruguay (2: 0). In the decisive match with the Croatian team, the striker realized a penalty on the 38th minute. Griezmann realized the first penalty in the history of the World Cup finals, which was assigned using the VAR system. At the 2018 World Cup, Antoine Griezmann scored four goals. In addition to the Croats goal in the finals, he scored Australia in the group stage, Argentina in the 1/8 finals and Uruguay in the quarterfinals. Griezmann – the best scorer of the French national team at the world championships since 1958. Then Just Fontaine scored 13 goals. His playing style Antoine is similar to David Beckham or David Silva. It is these comparisons that many football analysts write to the Frenchman. Griezmann has a high technical level, ease of movement with the ball and the elegance inherent in the Spanish players. Thanks to his lean physique, Griezmann easily cracks down on rivals who do not keep up with the Frenchman. It is also worth noting the explosive speed and energy reserve of Antoine, which are ideal for counterattacking teams, along with good precision shots. Antoine has his own talisman for fart – he puts on his pants the pants with the image of Spongebob (Spongebob), which, according to him, bring him luck.
Personal life of Antoine Grizman:
Antoine Grizman for several years meets a girl named Erika Choperena. In the Spanish and French media write that the couple is preparing for the wedding. Erica is Spanish. In 2016, she was 24 years old. Antoine met her, even when he played for Real Sociedad. In the domestic press it is often possible to find that Eric is a model. In fact, it is not. She is an ordinary girl who is not related to model business and does not even have a particularly bright appearance (for which many fans of a football player sometimes reproach him, expressing surprise at Grizman’s choice). She has a pedagogical education. Although she has a bachelor’s degree in education, she is a big fan of fashion. She has a blog where she writes daily about her appearance and choice of clothes, has tens of thousands of followers on Twitter and Instagram. Naturally, Erica’s popularity is largely due to her famous boyfriend. The posts of the girls from Spanish are actively translated into French.
Team achievements Antoine Grizan:
Atletico Madrid: Winner of the Spanish Supercup: 2014
Champions League finalist: 2015/2016
French youth team: European champion (under 19): 2010
French national team: European champion: 2016
Personal achievements of Antoine Grizman: Best European football player of 2016 of the year