practically 50-year-old Nassim Akrour remains to be racing in Chambéry

Together with his membership Chambéry Savoie Foot, which performs within the Nationwide 3, 48-year-old Nassim Akrour continues to develop his XXL profession, which started within the final century in Noisy-le-Sec and continued in Istres, Troyes, Le Havre and particularly in Grenoble and Annecy. One night in January 2023, RMC Sport discovered him within the coronary heart of the Alps, in Chambéry, on the eve of his first thirty second Coupe de France remaining with an beginner membership on Sunday towards Aubagne (6pm).

It is nonetheless working… It should be admitted that this starting of January resembles the rising of spring: the encompassing peaks breathe the top of the season with snow, which solely seems at an altitude of 2000 meters. Admittedly, the thermometer reveals a slight 11° at first (18:15) of the preparatory session for the thirty second Coupe de France remaining that Savoyard will play in Aubagne (N2) this Sunday at 17:00. Admittedly, the Savoyard winter of 2023 has nothing to do with the standard postcard, a morning filled with frost and snowflakes that enlivens evenings in entrance of the hearth, not on the soccer area. In brief, the exceptionally delicate climate doesn’t stop the footballer from going out in town.

“I maintain this pleasure of enjoying and having enjoyable”

However nonetheless: Cédric Rullier, coach of Chambéry Savoie Foot, cannot consider it: “How does he deal with the tons of coaching he is completed whereas remaining the identical enthusiastic tenant and above all all the time with this hatred of defeat in small Video games? “That is as a result of there are solely three coaching classes every week, coach,” Nassim Akrour replies tit-for-tat as he drives previous his coach’s workplace, barely getting out of the automobile that brings him from Grenoble, an hour’s drive from Chambéry’s coaching floor.

Energetic, smiling, dynamic, with a bag over his shoulder, Nassim Akrour savors the second, a mischievous and grasping eye, particularly when you’re incorrect about his age, asking him: “Even when it fits me, it does not make me any youthful, I am 48 and never 47!” On July 10, he’ll even flip 49: “How do I work? I do not actually know, he asks. At every begin of the season, I test if my physique is okay. you understand how to say it… I maintain this pleasure of enjoying and having enjoyable. She has all the time been in me. There’s additionally a gaggle that carries me. After which it retains me match: soccer, that is all. it is like those that begin a marathon, however I do it chasing the ball, with my associates, the locker room, techniques and the sport.”

“The pinnacle works greater than the legs”

And with only a few holes within the attendance sheet. “Within the 78 video games because the begin of the season, he has had six absences, Cédric Rullier factors out. He’s additionally studying to push his limits and the workers is studying to handle his restoration time, essentially above others. and within the week he saves just a little.

The just about 50-year-old’s tendons crack extra simply than the younger teammate’s: “I haven’t got the legs I used to stroll on anymore, I haven’t got the velocity anymore,” he admits. However I’ve the strikes, I’ve my evaluation of the reciprocal strikes earlier than I get the ball. My legs are nonetheless holding up. I can nonetheless velocity up too. The pinnacle works greater than the legs. And fortuitously elsewhere, as a result of in soccer it is the top that needs to be practical.”

However his legs are nonetheless up: “He nonetheless has them, his coach notes. It is likely one of the first once we practice endurance. And it’s nonetheless one of many first in invisible preparation, particularly in dietetics. I known as him “the goldsmith”: on Mondays he eats the identical as on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. On different days too. He is rigorous!

On the age of virtually 50, he begins to let go

When he was nonetheless “younger” within the remaining years of his skilled profession (39 years outdated in Grenoble in 2013 and 42 years outdated in Annecy in 2016), legend had it that he by no means drank a candy drink, not to mention gathered extra meals. At nearly 50, she affirms not with out reservation: “I nonetheless pay much less consideration…” And sure, as a result of now she’s “letting go”: “If I am with associates at a celebration, I am much less strict about my return time. I am going to keep just a little longer. I loosen my grip. I have been tight up to now, so I permit myself to loosen up. Many want to “let go” like him and all the time keep as sharp …

And likewise recent regardless of 537 official matches recorded for 178 objectives from Sutton United to Chambéry by Istres, Troyes, Le Havre, Grenoble and Annecy: “I am fortunate I did not go to the coaching centre,” he mentioned. an actual contract, I signed it on the age of 26 after coming back from England once I arrived in Istres. I don’t really feel this tiredness or bodily and psychological exhaustion. Soccer stays an ideal job. I’ve an opportunity to coach it once more.”

He alerts his teammates utilizing social networks

And with teammates from a special era, who for some is nearly 30 years outdated. “I act naturally, the small print of this born striker. They noticed me on TV and on the Stade des Alpes. And this” match “very properly. What concerning the age distinction? Yeah, yeah, they’re extra on cell telephones than I’m, however I attempt to slot in like they match me.” And between the 2 good remarks about social networking abuse – “I haven’t got any” – particularly as we method that “historic” thirty second match or assault conduct change, I calmly rephrased. Social networks, I inform them to watch out too. It is too divisive. We have to save that vitality for the pitch and D-Day.

What concerning the opponents: “I really feel they’ve an indication of respect. Some individuals say to me: ‘we noticed you on TV and now we’re enjoying towards you.’ Typically there’s reward, congratulations, however typically on the pitch, there are additionally contacts, it is a type of respect that I prefer it as a result of I do not ask for items on the pitch.”

Nassim Akrour, an asset with two complementary teaching faces, on the root of his arrival at Savoie after (semi)retirement, sorry for the “break” on the finish of summer season and starting of fall 2019: “I knew him at Annecy on the Nationwide 2 in 2017. Cédric Rullier scrolls. And when his contract ended, we talked to one another. He got here to get again in form in December 2019. Only for this.

Already 6 objectives in 11 matches this season

After which just a little extra as he felt himself returning to type: on January 8, 2020, he signed for Chambéry Savoie Foot and scored objectives in a number of matches that allowed the membership to avoid wasting a spot within the Nationwide 3, simply earlier than the March 2020 season break attributable to Covid . “Together with his standing and charisma, he instills worry in an opponent,” notes Cédric Rullier, his coach. And within the locker room, it brings peace when adverse feelings come up. Calms, soothes the anger of some.”

And on this new train, he has already scored 6 objectives in 11 matches: “He additionally brings tactical options that aren’t insignificant at our degree”, provides the Savoyard technician. We performed Hauts Lyonnais and along with his strikes and again within the sport, they’d a tough time taking it.” And after the shadow of the Auvergne Rhône Alpes grounds he explores for 3 nationwide championships, a spot within the nationwide highlight for his return to the Coupe de France, his 1st thirty second as an beginner. A match that “trivializes”: “It is stunning for this model new membership, it’s a must to have enjoyable and we’ll see what occurs subsequent, that is what I inform the children…” However behind his mischievous eye and overflowing urge for food, he however reveals need and no matter his place this Sunday: via his “canonical” historical past, rewrite the historical past of Chambéry Savoie Soccer, who, as an everyday on the Rhône-Alpes stadium, is aware of by coronary heart the “native” previous, comprised of very excessive, after which descending to hell.

As a result of earlier than CSF there was… SOC soccer, an establishment of the Savoy prefecture, which entered the Coupe de France legend in 2011, pinning three Ligue 1 (Monaco, Brest and Sochaux) to lastly lose within the quarter-finals Last to Angers. Sufficient to make many leaders lose their heads after the departure of the technician accountable for this stunning odyssey, David Guion.

Twelve years later, after that legendary winter he witnessed as a spectator, Nassim Akrour intends to relive this second, to embark on a brand new nice journey, to proceed to take pleasure in a brand new pleasurable balloon journey: the pressures of my years as an expert. I adapt and it fits me.” And the long-term future? On the finish of the season, he’ll take inventory as he has all the time completed since he fortunately crossed the fortieth spring mark: “I’ll check my need, my legs, my motivation, after which I’ll determine.” To see him having enjoyable this winter night in 2023 through the 79th follow session of the season would appear to have already ticked all of the packing containers for an additional profession yr, solely to cross the 50-year bar… roar!

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