A former Green has become an icon in Germany!

Anthony Losilla, born March 10, 1986 in Firminy, started out with AS Saint-Étienne. This native of the Saint-Etienne region began his football career within ASSE. Although his debut did not result in an immediate breakthrough, Losilla never lost sight of his dream of becoming a professional player, at ASSE or elsewhere… Today in Germany, Ouest-France met him so that he can talk about his change in culture.

For those who closely follow the trajectories of local talents, Anthony’s evolution is proof that failing at the gates of professionalism in your training club is not inevitable. After leaving the Green Nest, he joined US Créteil-Lusitanos and Laval. While Ligue 1 was starting to take an interest in him, without making a concrete offer, it was Dynamo Dresden who, in 2012, brought him across the German border. This is where Losilla truly began to shine, quickly adapting to a new style of play and proving his worth on the international stage.

In 2014, he joined VfL Bochum, where he finally found a true sporting home. Quickly becoming a pillar of the team, Anthony now puts on the captain’s armband even though he did not speak the language when he arrived in Germany 12 years ago. Having moved from French to German football culture, he demonstrates, for Ouest-France, the differences in culture in the light of his career… Excerpts.

Losilla: Desires for Spain and an arrival in… Germany!

“It really is complete coincidence. I didn’t even see myself coming here at all! I planned to stay in France my entire career, or head to Spain, where my father’s family is from. At the time, I was performing well in Laval, in Ligue 2, and people were talking to me about touches in Ligue 1. At the same time, Dresden came forward, but I refused. Over time, opportunities in Ligue 1 never materialized. I ended up joining Dresden, after refusing five or six times! Their leaders pushed hard. And when I joined Bochum, two years later, the same. The Germans are not giving up (he smiles). »

Bochum, St-Etienne: two cities, one atmosphere?

“It’s a town in the Ruhr, a historically mining region. It’s a bit like Forez, my native region. There are a lot of similarities in people’s mentalities: very open, hardworking, with a strong taste for effort. These are exactly the values ​​that the club wants to transmit. Wetting the jersey really means something here. A word often comes up here: “Malocher”, which could be translated as “hard worker”. It really fits the DNA of the club, which, unlike, for example, Dortmund – whose stadium is ten minutes from here by car – has more financial resources and has become international. Here, we are truly in the authentic Ruhr. »

French “football” culture Vs German

“Honestly, in France, we don’t feel the enthusiasm that there is here, in Germany. In France, there are of course exceptions, clubs well known for their atmosphere, but the difference is that here, it concerns everyone. For example, in the region, there is a German D4 club, Alemannia Aache, which is playing the climb this season in front of 30,000 spectators per match. Here, football concerns the whole family. In almost every club, there is a stand for children. There is a real desire to pass it on from generation to generation. We feel that the matches punctuate the daily lives of people, who look forward to the weekend. »

“In Germany, we play to be efficient. The gestures are repeated many times and performed 200%. What I also noticed is that the players work a lot more after training than in France. Some “ordinary” players in France explode in Germany, because football is less tactical. There is this aspect, of course, but it is less marked than in France. We calculate less. It goes in all directions. In Germany, you always have to score one goal more than the opponent. In France, you must not lose. It’s not better or worse. It’s quite simply another football culture. »

What next for Losilla? France or Germany?

“The German (editor’s note: educational) system made me understand that the French system is aberrant. And, in a sense, with my wife, it directs us even more in the desire to stay in Germany after my career. My children feel good in this system, my retraining for a coaching position here in Bochum is already in the pipeline. »

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