SCOUTING REPORT: Olympique Lyonnais Goalkeeper Anthony Lopes Hopes To Realize World Cup ‘Dream’

Posted: March 2, 2014 in Scouting Report
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Anthony Lopes has earned accolades this season with a number of spectacular performances in goal for Ligue 1 club Olympique Lyonnais. The Portuguese international has enjoyed a dramatic rise over the last 12 months.

Born in Givors, France (Near Lyon), Lopes is a product of the club’s youth academy. He graduated to the main squad last season, after the departure of Hugo Lloris to Tottenham.

An injury to Rémy Vercoutre near the end of the 2012-13 gave Lopes an opportunity to play regularly with Lyon. With Vercoutre still unavailable at the beginning of this season, Rémi Garde went back to Lopes who has since established himself as first-choice.

Of Portuguese descent, Lopes played for the country of his parents at the U19 and U21 levels. After his excellent start to the season, he was called-up to the senior club for the first time by Paulo Bento in September 2013.

Lopes’ season almost came to an abrupt end in a November 2nd League match against Guingamp when he fell awkwardly after an aerial challenge fracturing vertebrae in his back.

Luckily his injury was not as serious as first thought. Expected to miss two to three months, Lopes would return just over five weeks later in a Europa League match against Vitória Guimarães which Lyon won 2-1. He has since re-assumed his position as Lyon’s starting goalkeeper.

The 23-year-old was recently selected for the Portugal squad for an international friendly against Cameroon which will be the final match before the World Cup squad is selected. Lopes likely faces competition from Sporting Braga’s Eduardo and FC Sevilla’s Beto for one of the final two goalkeeper positions behind Rui Patricio.

“I was selected regularly for the senior squad for the first half of the season. Going to the World Cup is little by little becoming an objective. But to achieve this I need to continue to perform well and get good results with Lyon before I could think about the World Cup,” Lopes said in a January 2014 interview with Agence France-Presse.

“It would mean a lot to me. Playing at the World Cup in Brazil at the age of 23 is not something that happens to everyone. It would be a dream come true.”

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