Women Euro 2022 – France – Germany – Delphine Cascarino, blessed by the dribbling gods

From our special correspondent in Milton Keynes,

It’s unlikely but it holds up. “The first time I played football, I think he was at home with my older brother. We didn’t even have a ball, we were playing with a Pikachu soft toy“When it came time to find a rational explanation for Delphine Cascarino’s ability to take down her opponents on the spot, only parentage with this electric Pokémon seemed to answer the question. Since then, the stuffed animal has become a ball and that’s good. because Lyonnaise’s talent was too obvious to her to limit herself to family games.

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In England, when it comes to Cascarino’s performance on this Euro, one word systematically comes out in the comments of his publications on Instagram: “baller”. He will therefore be a dancer and a dancer, since the delicacy of his touch contrasts with the cruelty of his accelerations for his opponents. “You can make a difference at any time“, summed up on Tuesday Wendie Renard. After all, even on his left wing, the winger is unstoppable. Darted at almost 31 km / h at Rotherham Stadium, he continued to martyr his direct opponents with his feints, his hooks inspired and arabesques Nothing new for the man who was the most effective dribbler in the Champions League last season.

Delphine Cascarino, the talented setter

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Delphine was uncomplicated, against boys or not

But where does this insane ability to eliminate come from? “It is something natural about her“, assures Gilles Eyquem, former youth coach. Confirmed statements by Aziz Sabba, who speaks of”something innate“. Coach of AS Manissieux in 2007, when the two Cascarinos (she has a twin sister, Estelle, a PSG player, ed) decide to leave their first club Saint-Priest, remember”.Delphine, from the first moments, showed the football we know today: without complexes, against boys and not, nothing has changedHe explains. It was immediately an added value for our team. He started all the games on his famous right flank, with the boys. He has finished his training with the boys. He could have stayed with the boys for a few more years, but when OL calls you …

The story is well known: a Lyon girl, who was spotted by the biggest French club among women, went through all the stages in training before winning in a workforce overflowing with stars. But when you have your talent, it’s impossible not to see it. Extending it last year, Sonia Bompastor, his OL coach, set him a simple personal goal: the Ballon d’Or. No wonder according to her former youth educator, who coached her when she was only ten.

She is an explosive player, who likes to provoke a lot in one-on-one, with good cross qualitysummarizes. But she is a collective player, she has never pulled the cover to herself. She shared more with others than she thought of herself. This is partly why, I think, she doesn’t have the expected brightness yet. For me Delphine is Kylian Mbappé“Words that can make you smile but that correspond word for word to the comparison made by Amel Majri, her friend of OL.

Delphine Cascarino during Euro 2022

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The first supports, ensured carnage

Perhaps because like the Parisian, the Lyonnais has absolutely stunning eyesight to start with. “He is even more effective when he stops his opponent face to facebelieves Gilles Eyquem. In its first steps, it’s fantasticPoor Kerstin Casparij can testify to this: Dutch left-back on Saturday (1-0, ap), he first pushed Kadidiatou Diani before recovering Delphine Cascarino at the sign. An even sharper second blade. Enough to keep the memories for a first euro …

Memories, in fact, those who have joined him younger have only that in mind. When a child swims so much, he notices himself. Aziz Sabba didn’t have to look long. “It’s the Villefranche tournament, it’s the last time I had her under my ordersis committed. It was quite a tough tournament in the region and frankly … It made monstrous differences: acceleration on the first two to three meters, eliminating one or two opponents before crossing … That tournament, he had proven to be over.. “

Inevitably, he does talk in a football still reserved for boys. “Joining football in our time was a political act“, confirmed his sister for Bros Stories. But, like his former coach, those who joined Cascarino remain marked for life”.Still today you talk about Cascarino to the boys of 1997, I can tell you that it is really esteemedHe explains. The boys were shocked, and even now they are all shocked. They all say “it’s too much”, “it’s unbelievable”. And it is the same for those who do not know it. The first question is always ‘who is this girl?’. When she is really having a good day, we notice her very quickly!

The young Delphine Cascarino during the U20 World Cup

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Found on … Eurosport

Inevitably, the connections ended up relaxing over time. But the story between Sabba and Cascarino is not over yet. “I’m originally from Lyon, so when Delphine joins OL, I have feedback that it’s doing wellHe explains. One day I went crazy and came across Eurosport. These are the quarter-finals of Euro U20: first image, boom, a zoom on Delphine. I watched the whole game and the whole tournamentThe Bleues will win and, by chance, Gilles Eyquem is in charge.

He too remembers the demonstrations of madness in Cascarino. The same year, the winger awaits a U20 World Cup. “The World Cup in Papua New Guinea had made a show, beyond his fantastic goal. As for his dribbling … he just needed a hook to get away“, he confirms. The sentence is still true in 2022. It proves that talent does not age. And that the recipe remains as effective as ever.

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