Fatigue, new challenge in Los Angeles… Why Olivier Giroud will play his last competition in blue at Euro-2024

Fatigue, new challenge in Los Angeles… Why Olivier Giroud will play his last competition in blue at Euro-2024
Fatigue, new challenge in Los Angeles… Why Olivier Giroud will play his last competition in blue at Euro-2024

The top scorer of the Blues, emblematic striker of Montpellier after the 2012 title, announced in the daily l’Equipe his international retirement after the Euro which will take place in Germany from June 14 to July 14.

This will be his last fight, his 7th and final French campaign. Striker Olivier Giroud, aged 37 and top scorer in the history of the France team, announced that Euro-2024 in Germany (June 14-July 14) would be his last competition with the Blues, in an interview given to the newspaper L’Equipe.

“Leave room for young people”

“Being honest, you have to say to yourself that this will be my last competition with the France team. Obviously, I will miss it a lot. But I think that with the Blues, it will be over after the Euro. We have to let room for young people”explained the 2018 world champion (131 caps, 57 goals), in this interview published Friday.

“The weight of the years is felt”

The AC Milan striker, who will join Los Angeles FC in MLS after the Euro, thinks he still has “two good years” of his career, “but for the France team, in my opinion, it will be over” , he emphasizes.

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“The weight of the years is starting to be felt and I’ve thought about it carefully. Playing every three days is more and more complicated, especially at this level. I’m not going there (to Los Angeles ) to act like a tourist, but I think it’s the right time for me”, continues the former player of Arsenal, Chelsea and Montpellier in particular.

First selection when he was in Montpellier

The child from Chambéry left an indelible mark in Hérault by becoming top scorer in Ligue 1 in the year of the MHSC’s French championship title, in 2011-2012.

The striker trained in Grenoble had also made the first of his 131 selections in November 2011, that year, during a friendly match in Saint-Denis against the United States (1-0). In addition to the 2018 world title, Giroud, with the Blues, reached the final of Euro-2016 and another World Cup final, in 2022. It was during the World Cup in Qatar, won by Argentina Lionel Messi, that the AC Milan striker had broken the French team’s goals record, then held by Thierry Henry (51).

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