“He’s fuller than me at the same age,” Lisandru Olmeta, Blueberry keeper, told his father


Pascal’s son Lisandru Olmeta will play in the Euro U17 final with the Blueberries against the Netherlands this Wednesday (6pm). At 16, the goalkeeper, a resident of the AS Monaco training center, is described by his father as “perhaps more complete” than he at the same age. Between a pronounced taste for risk-taking and a resemblance to Fabien Barthez, a portrait of a young man who could quickly make a name for himself.

“You don’t turn a donkey into a racehorse. It’s embarrassing.” From the outset, Pascal Olmeta announces the color: yes, the scion may have the same flaws as his dad, namely a taste sometimes a little too pronounced for risk-taking and fantastic rides away from his cages. The comparison with the donkey will stop there. Because, at the age of 16 (he will celebrate his 17th birthday in July), Lisandru Olmeta is indeed one of the best of his generation, with whom he will try to win the Euro U17 this Wednesday against the Netherlands in Israel, at Netenya Stadium (6pm).

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Under the Bleuets jersey, alongside El Chadaille Bitshiabu (PSG), Mathys Tel (Rennes) or Mamadou Sarr (Lyon), the young Monaco goalkeeper shone in the quarterfinals and semi-finals, where he each time he stopped a shot on goal to allow his team to advance to the next round. All under the watchful eye of a dad in a second state in front of his TV set. “I experienced the worst shots on goal in the European Cup final (in the 1991 Champions League final against Belgrade with OM, he fails to repel any attempt, ed.) and every time I relive those moments, I believe I’m losing pounds! “, Pascal Olmeta told us, a few hours before taking the plane to Israel, where he will attend his son’s final.

Lisandru Olmeta celebrates his shot on goal in the Euro U17 semi-final against Portugal
Lisandru Olmeta celebrates his shot on goal in the Euro U17 semi-final against Portugal © AFP

After trials at OM, he opted for Monaco … much to his father’s surprise

In 2020, Lisandru Olmeta left Corsica, his native island, to make the big leap on the continent. At the time, he was followed by OM, his father’s former club. But he finally chooses to spin on the Rock. “We were leaving for Marseille when Monaco called him, Pascal Olmeta rewinds. He was the one who made the choice, not the father. essays in Marseille, I think the fourth was to offer him a contract like he had in Monaco. I was convinced that he would prefer Marseille… “

Finally, the young man opts for the ASM training center, where he teaches until he catches the eye of José Alcocer, the coach of the France U17 team. In the young tricolor shoots, he is regularly put in competition with Guillaume Restes, outclassed with the U19 of Toulouse FC. But the injury of the Haute-Garonne goalkeeper, described as “perhaps a little more complete” by Pascal Olmeta, propelled him to the very top of the hierarchy.

“He doesn’t have the same character as me today, but he knows what he wants. If you take him for a jerk, then you’re going to lose!”

Being a “son of”, especially when you work in the same position as your father, inevitably leads to many comparisons. Lisandru is only 16 years old, but Pascal’s shadow hovers over him. “I’m going to reassure all the presidents… I’ve never called a club, I don’t care about my son’s career, I don’t talk to him about the ball, sweeps the former OM and L “OL. He’s Pascal Olmeta’s son like he could be anyone’s son. It’s not because I was a guardian that we should be compared. “Well, I’m not the son of ‘. And that makes me happy. There will always be that wickedness and jealousy that makes him go through his mouth one day.”

Especially since, beyond the risk of being shot in the foot, the young Monegasque goalkeeper is portrayed as “serene and calm” by his father. Far, then, from the volcanic and colorful color of the latter. “After that, he’s only 16. He doesn’t have the same character as me today, but he knows what he wants. If you take him for a jerk, then you’re going to lose! “Don’t be afraid to go to the coal, we end up on that. The bottom line is not to be afraid when you’re a goalkeeper.”

Similarities with … Fabien Barthez

From a purely footballing point of view, Pascal Olmeta goes on to say that Lisandru may be even better than him at the same age. “He has two feet, I barely had one, the other was for the car’s clutch,” said the RMC Sport Dream Team member. “Maybe more complete than me at the same age. But the road is still long. What can he improve? Maybe moments of the game where he’s elsewhere. “I think that’s what will make him stronger later.” Like what, when it comes to Lisandru Olmeta, a former OM guardian can hide another one.

Felix Gabory RMC Sport journalist

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