"A globalist will join the LOSC. AT" It is by this title that the regional daily The voice of the North announced in June, the signature of the Cameroonian footballer Marlyse Ngo Ndoumbouk in Lille. A transfer concerning the second women's division, where the Lille footballers are going, can now find its place in the press, without any surprise anybody. Sign that women's football is still surfing on the wave of the World Cup 2019, a wave that now concerns a market transfers in full effervescence.
It is far from the time when only the Scandinavian, American, German or French championships managed to attract international players. This year, many of them took advantage of the summer to change clubs, especially in booming countries like England, Spain and Italy.
Globalists capitalizing on the Cup
A few players who shone at the Women's World Cup signed a new contract. The most noticeable are undoubtedly the Swedes Kosovare Asllani (formerly LinkÃ¶pings FC in Sweden) and Sofia Jakobsson (formerly Montpellier), who have committed themselves with the CD Tacon, a future fair section. Minine of Real Madrid.
Among the other notable transfers of players that marked the spirits during the competition: the Dutch goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal, finalist and Giant d'Or at the World Cup, left Arsenal for Atlético. Madrid, Spain's title champion. Her compatriot Jackie Groenen (ex-Frankfurt), author of the goal that qualified her in the final against Sweden, joined Manchester United. Sweden's Linda Sembrant (Montpellier) has signed for Juventus of Turin, Germany's Sara DÃ¤britz (Bayern Munich) at PSG, Swedish goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl (Chelsea) at Wolfsburg.
As for Englishman Ellen White, top scorer of the World Cup with 6 achievements, she went upmarket from Birmingham to Manchester City, champion in 2016 and dolphin, since, in the English championship. In the Bleues, three substitutes changed their air in the offseason: Charlotte Bilbault from Paris FC to Bordeaux, Maeva Clémagnon from FC Fleury to Everton and Julie Debever from Guingamp to Inter Milan.
A relative World Cup effect
Transfers better mediatised, but not necessarily more numerous. Â € œItâ € ™ s not necessarily more transfers than usual, thatâ € ™ s my feelingâ €, analyzes the historical agent of players Sonia Souid. It is hard to say whether this transfer window, which will be closed on 23 September, will see more movements than in 2018, when 577 international transfers of players were registered by the International Federation of soccer.
"Before each transfer window, there is always a big competition, a World Cup or a Euro, these competitions allow the players to show themselves, but the big clubs are often positioned before", she tempers.
This year, it was the case of Olympique Lyonnais, six times champion of Europe, who signed the British side Nikita Parris at the end of May. De Bordeaux, also, who recruited Jamaican striker Khadija Shaw, and FC Barcelona, finalist of the Champions League last season, who offered the services of the Norwegian Caroline Graham Hansen before the World Cup.
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The World Cup effect is also relative because the women's market is narrower and the financial stakes very different among women. Many players change clubs when they are free of any contract.
Minimal financial stakes
According to a FIFA report, only $ 500,000 (447,000 euros) was spent on transfer indemnities in 2018 on the female market (between 1st January and the 1st September), far from the miraculous amounts exchanged at each male transfer window.
Â € œThe feminine transfer window, itâ € ™ s anecdotal. I especially see an evolution in the wages and working conditions offered to the players over the years ", says Sonia Souid, who was the first to negotiate a paid transfer for a player in France (Marie-Laure Delie of Montpellier at PSG, in 2013, for 50,000 euros). Ten years ago, salaries were in the hundreds of euros, today some stars of D1 in France receive pay close to those of their male counterparts in Ligue 2.
The women's championship depends on the French Football Federation and the players sign federal (non-professional) contracts. Today, Spain formulates its contracts on the model of those of footballers, including clauses liberator. As a sign, it is besides this championship that comes the biggest upheaval of the transfer window this year, with the entry into play of Real Madrid.
The shadows of Real Madrid are already hovering over Europe
Absent the Spanish women's championship, Real Madrid bought the club CD Tacon before the summer to officially embark on the adventure in 2020. In the meantime, the club, which has just climbed into the Spanish women's elite, keep her name for another season. But never has the mercato of a promoted one so much talked about him.
The local media speak of a budget of 2 million euros for recruitment. By making Swedish playmaker Kosovare Asllani their first international player, the Madrilenians sent a strong message to Europe. The club could play the podium in the league this year and play in the Champions League from 2020. The signatures of the other Sweden, Sofia Jakobsson, of the French AurÃ © lie Kaci in from Spain's Atlético de Madrid and Brazilian internationals Thaisa and Daiane confirm this.
"In the next three years, I think we will talk more about a Real Madrid effect than a World Cup effect., confirms Sonia Souid. They are there to do things in galactic mode or nothing! AT" A new club ready to invest millions and compete with Olympique Lyonnais, which reigns on the Champions League without sharing for four years, would certainly be good news for the development of the women's leagues.
Meanwhile, the club Madrid will know a baptism of fire on September 8 against FC Barcelona, finalist of the Champions League in 2018. The Catalans have already prepared their season with an offensive mercato by extending the contract of the Dutch Lieke Martens and recruiting the Spanish leader Jennifer Hermoso, impressive during the World Cup. After failing to win the World Cup or having seen one of its clubs on the roof of Europe in the Champions League, Spain is blowing a breath of fresh air on the market. female transfers this summer 2019.