The young Stade Rennais midfielder is making some extremely promising first steps in France. Born in Angola, the footballer of Congolese origin has just signed a brilliant performance against PSG (2-1). In Rennes, everyone agrees on one point: Eduardo Camavinga, 16, is promised a great future.
Decidedly, the PSG has trouble digesting the Breton formula lately. Already, in April, the club of the capital yielded to the Stade Rennais the Coupe de France (2-2, 6 TAB to 5) , which was nevertheless his since 2015. Then, in early August, against a formation Rennes yet very diminished, Paris had to force to win the Champions Trophy (2-1).
And Sunday, August 18, the champions of France have bitten the dust at Roazhon Park on the 2nd day of the 2019-2020 season of the championship of France (2-1). A great win for Rennes, who was able to count on the almost perfect match of Eduardo Camavinga.
He extinguished the PSG
The Parisian midfielder Angel Di Maria-Marco Verratti-Julian Draxler has weighed tens of millions of euros, a Champions League, a World Cup and countless national titles, he did not face the weight at that of Rennes and in particular against the man of the match, Eduardo Camavinga. Or rather, we should say the young man of the match. Because the person is not yet 17 years old. He will have them next November, the 10th to be exact.
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Nice win against PSG, happy to have been elected Man of the match, thank you for your messages ❤️🖤
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Titularized against Paris as against Montpellier a week earlier, the No. 18 still shone on the lawn. 60 balls hit, 40 passes out of 41 attempted, 6 faults, a decisive pass ... PSG suffered against the versatile metronome, positioned in front of the defense but quick to project forward. And his young age lets imagine a huge room for improvement.
Recordman of precocity, he follows in the footsteps of Ousmane Dembélé
Eduardo Camavinga is no stranger in France and Ligue 1. On December 14, 2018, the pure product of the Rennes training center, club since 2013, signed his first professional contract and then became, at 16, 1 month and 4 days, the youngest Rennais to pass pro. Julien Stéphan, just named coach of the first team, did not want to delay. He knew the potential of a boy he had started at the age of 15 as a reserve team.
New record on April 6, 2019: In Angers, Camavinga comes into play and plays his first minutes in Ligue 1, becoming at 16, 4 months and 27 days, the youngest player to wear the Rennes jersey in history. The earliest previous Rouge et Noir, Frédéric Guimard, held this title since May 1987 ...
16 - Eduardo Camavinga (16 & 9 months) is the youngest player to make a decisive assist in Ligue 1 since Opta analyzed the competition in 2006/07. Diamond. @staderennais pic.twitter.com/iH191xz3JYOptaJean (@OptaJean) August 18, 2019
After three games as a substitute, Eduardo Camavinga has been tenured in the last four league appearances last season. Its services have made it the new nugget to follow of Breton training, renowned for the quality of its training center. Landry Chauvin, his former manager, does not go out of his way in the columns of L'Équipe : " He is the temper of an Ousmane Dembélé. I imagine an identical trajectory. His start of the 2019-2020 season tends to confirm this.
The hope of the family
The first player born in 2002 to appear on pro ground in the five major European leagues (Germany, England, Spain, France and Italy), Eduardo Camavinga was born in Miconje, Angola. Son of Celestino and Sofia, the third of six children, the new crack has almost missed football. " He was doing judo. He should never have played football, he did not want to. It was his mother who enrolled him, because he lived in the neighborhood next to the stadium and he broke everything in the house playing football, "says Nicolas Martinais, a close family Camavinga.
Little Eduardo was only a year old when his family fled Angola and settled in France, first in Lille (Nord) and then in Fougères (Ille-et-Vilaine). Fate has not always been kind to the Camavinga clan. Nicolas Martinais evokes the fire that devastated the house that the family had built in the town of Lécousse, then the solidarity that helped him up, and finally this prophecy Celestino Camavinga: " Dad had taken his kid and told him, "Eduardo, you are the hope of the family. It's you who will raise it. "It was strong. Whenever I see Dad, I think back. "
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The adventure continues in my training club!
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Born in Angola, of Congolese nationality (Brazza), waiting for French nationality
Born in Angola, Eduardo Camavinga has Congolese nationality. The professional football league reports that it is from Congo-Brazzaville, although some media sometimes refer to it as originating from the DRC. His passport is Angolan. Despite all his years in France, the Rennais does not yet have French nationality. Perhaps his hatching in Ligue 1 will accelerate the process of naturalization in progress, because if he confirms all the talent he already shows, major clubs and selections will soon be interested in him.
Rennes has already taken the lead in mid-August on this subject by extending his contract until 2022. The left-handed midfielder " was already subject to very many solicitations, " says the club. This is not very surprising. The Stade Rennais welcomes the beginnings of Eduardo Camavinga but wants it to not burn the stages. After the match against Paris, Julien Stéphan recalled that he wants to do everything possible to " allow him to grow in all serenity, in a favorable context ." His assistant Mathieu Le Scornet promises: " He did not show the full extent of his talent. That promises.