Ophélie Meilleroux

Ophélie Anne-Laure Meilleroux (born 18 January 1984 in Montluçon) is a French football player who currently plays for French club Montpellier of the Division 1 Féminine. Meilleroux primarily plays as a central defender, but can also play in the defensive midfielder role. She is a member of the France women's national football team making her first major tournament appearance with her nation at UEFA Women's Euro 2009.

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Personal information
Full name Ophélie Anne-Laure Meilleroux[1]
Date of birth 18 January 1984 (age 35)
Place of birth Montluçon, France
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Youth career
1992–1999 Montluçon
1999–2002 Nord Allier Yzeure
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2003 CNFE Clairefontaine 16 (3)
2003–2008 Soyaux 102 (7)
2008–2010 Nord Allier Yzeure 29 (2)
2010–2014 Montpellier 30 (0)
National team
2002 France U-19
2003–2013 France 65 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:13, 15 February 2012 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 02:06, 24 October 2012 (UTC)

Club career

Early career

Meilleroux began her career playing for the women's section of amateur football club ÉDS Montluçon in her hometown. She spent several years with the club's youth setup before being selected to attend CNFE Clairefontaine, the women's section of the prestigious Clairefontaine academy. Meilleroux played one season with the academy scoring three goals, despite playing as a defender. After leaving the academy, she joined D1 Féminine club ASJ Soyaux. At Soyaux, Meilleroux played on the team alongside future international teammate Corine Franco and earned her first call up to the national team because of her consistent play with the club. She appearing in 20 or more matches in four straight seasons for Soyaux. Meilleroux also collected a career-high nine yellow cards in her first season with the club. In her final season (2007–08) with Soyaux, Meilleroux played in 19 matches and scored only one goal.


For the 2008–09 season, Meilleroux moved to Nord Allier Yzeure. Her debut season with the club was both positive and negative as Nord Allier finished in a respectable 5th-place position, however Meilleroux appeared in only ten matches. She returned to form at the start of the 2009–10 season appearing in the team's first seven matches of the season helping Yzeure reached as high as 4th position in the table. Meilleroux ultimately finished the campaign with the club appearing in 19 matches.


On 9 July 2010, Meilleroux announced that she would be departing Nord Allier Yzeure to join Montpellier. She joined Montpellier as a replacement for the departed Sabrina Viguier who joined Lyon. Meilleroux was penciled in as a starter by coach Sarah M'Barek and made her club debut in the team's second league match of the season; a 2–0 win over Rodez. She consistently appeared with the team for most of the campaign before suffering an injury on 9 January 2011 in the team's 2–1 return leg victory over Rodez in the league. Meilleroux missed four matches and returned to the team on 12 February in its 5–0 win over Stade Briochin.

International career

Meilleroux had previously starred with the women's under-19 team on two occasions. Her first time, she represented her nation at the 2002 UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship, held in Sweden. She was among the few underage players at the tournament for France. In the tournament, France finished as runners-up to champions Germany. The next season at the 2003 UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship, held in Germany, Meilleroux was installed as captain of the team and helped the team do one better winning the entire tournament. On 14 March 2003, she earned her first cap with the women's national team in a match against Denmark. Meilleroux was a regular participant in France's qualifying for UEFA Women's Euro 2009. With that in mind, coach Bruno Bini included her in the squad for the tournament, where France crashed out in the quarterfinals losing 4–5 on penalties to the Netherlands. Meilleroux in all four matches her nation contested.

Career statistics


Statistics accurate as of 15 February 2012[2]

Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Soyaux 2003–04 20 4 0 0 0 0 20 4
2004–05 20 0 0 0 0 0 20 0
2005–06 21 2 0 0 0 0 21 2
2006–07 22 0 0 0 0 0 22 0
2007–08 19 1 3 1 0 0 22 2
Total 102 7 3 1 0 0 105 8
Yzeure 2008–09 10 1 1 0 0 0 11 1
2009–10 19 1 0 0 0 0 19 1
Total 29 2 1 0 0 0 30 2
Montpellier 2010–11 15 0 3 0 0 0 18 0
2011–12 15 0 1 0 0 0 16 0
Total 30 0 4 0 0 0 34 0
Career total 161 9 8 1 0 0 169 10


(Correct as of 24 October 2012)[3]
National team Season Apps Goals
France 2002–03 3 0
2003–04 1 0
2004–05 0 0
2005–06 0 0
2006–07 7 0
2007–08 8 0
2008–09 2 0
2009–10 15 0
2010–11 10 0
2011–12 17 0
2012–13 2 0
Total 65 0





  1. ^ "2009 UEFA European Women's Championship" (PDF). UEFA.com. Retrieved 24 October 2011.
  2. ^ "La Carriere de Ophélie Meilleroux". StatsFootoFeminin. Retrieved 8 June 2011.
  3. ^ MEILLEROUX Ophélie Archived 13 May 2011 at the Wayback Machine, French Football Federation, accessed 8 June 2011

External links

2002 FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship squads

This article lists the team squads of the 2002 FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship, held in Canada from 17 August to 1 September 2002.

2002 UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship squads

Players born on or after 1 January 1983 were eligible to participate in the tournament. Players' ages as of 2 May 2002 – the tournament's opening day. Players in bold have also been capped at full international level. Thirty-player squads are as per the UEFA tournament programme.

2010–11 Division 1 Féminine

The 2010–11 Division 1 Féminine season was the 37th since its establishment. Lyon were the defending champions. The fixtures were announced in August 2010 and the season began on 5 September 2010 and ended early on 31 May 2011 in order to increase the fitness of national team players ahead of the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup. There were two promoted teams from the Division 2 Féminine, replacing the two teams that were relegated from Division 1 Féminine following the 2009–10 season. A total of 12 teams competed in the league with two clubs suffering relegation to the second division, the Division 2 Féminine.

On 27 March 2011, Lyon successfully defended its title after defeating title rivals Montpellier 1–0 at the Stade Jules Rimet in Sussargues. The title is the club's fifth consecutive in the Division 1 Féminine and its ninth overall dating back to its FC Lyon years. The win also places Lyon in the 2011–12 edition of the UEFA Women's Champions League. Lyon eventually finished the season unbeaten. The runner-up place, which qualified for the Champions League too, was decided on the final match day in a direct encounter between Paris Saint-Germain and Montpellier. Paris ranked third before the match and had to win in order to overtake Montpellier, which they achieved with a 1–0 win courtesy of a goal in the 88th minute.[2] Paris will be making its debut in the UEFA Women's Champions League next season.

2011 Challenge de France Final

The 2011 Challenge de France Final was the 10th final of France's female football cup competition. The final took place on 21 May 2011 at the Stade de la Pépinière in Poitiers and was contested between D1 Féminine clubs Saint-Étienne and Montpellier. This was the last final under the Challenge de France name as the competition will be renamed to the Coupe de France Feminine for the 2011–12 season and onwards.In the match, Saint-Étienne recorded a historic upset defeating Montpellier 3–2 on penalties after the match ended 0–0 in both regular time and extra time. The title is Saint-Étienne's first Challenge de France in the club's history and its first major honour since joining the AS Saint-Étienne in 2008.

2011 FIFA Women's World Cup Group A

Group A of the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup consisted of the teams from Germany, Canada, Nigeria and France. The games were played on 26 June, 30 June and 5 July 2011. The top two teams advanced to the knockout stage.

2011 FIFA Women's World Cup knockout stage

The knockout stage of the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup consisted of the top two teams of each of the four groups. It began on July 9 and ended with the Final on July 17, 2011.

2011 FIFA Women's World Cup squads

The 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup was an international football tournament that took place in Germany from 26 June until 17 July 2011. The 16 national teams involved in the tournament were required to register a squad of 21 players; only players in these squads were eligible to take part in the tournament.

Before announcing its final squad for the tournament, each participating national federation was required to submit a provisional squad. The final 21-player squad, three of whom must be goalkeepers, could only be drawn from the provisional squad, and had to be submitted to FIFA no later than 10 working days before the start of the tournament. Replacement of seriously injured players was permitted until 24 hours before the team in question's first World Cup game. Unlike the men's World Cup, in which replacement players do not have to be drawn from the provisional squad, the Women's World Cup requires that replacements be drawn from the provisional squad.On 17 June 2011 the final squads were submitted and published.Players marked (c) were named as captain for their national squad. Totals for caps and goals, club affiliations, and ages are as of the opening day of the tournament on 26 June 2011.

2011–12 Coupe de France Féminine

The 2011–12 Coupe de France Féminine was the 11th edition of the French cup competition for women. This was the inaugural edition of the competition under the name Coupe de France Féminine, as for the past decade, it was played under the name Challenge de France. The defending champions were Saint-Étienne who defeated Montpellier 3–2 on penalties in the 2010–11 edition of the final. The competition was organized by the French Football Federation and is open to all women's French football clubs in France. On 13 May 2012, Lyon earned its fourth Coupe de France Féminine title after defeating rivals Montpellier 2–1 in the final match, which was played at the Stade Jacques-Raimbault in Bourges.

2011–12 Division 1 Féminine

The 2011–12 Division 1 Féminine season was the 38th since its establishment. Lyon are the defending champions. The league schedule was announced on 31 March 2011 and the fixtures were determined on 10 June. The season began on 3 September 2011 and ended on 2 June 2012. The winter break was in effect from 11 December 2011 to 7 January 2012.

ASJ Soyaux

ASJ Soyaux (Association Sportive Jeunesse de Soyaux Charente) are a French football club founded in 1968 and are based in Soyaux. Until 2010 club has always been playing in the top division, when they got relegated to the D2 Féminine. The club returned to the top division in France, Division 1 Féminine, in 2013.

Football at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Women's team squads

The following is a list of squads for each nation competing in women's football at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Each nation must submit a squad of 18 players. A minimum of two goalkeepers (plus one optional dispensation goalkeeper) must be included in the squad.

France at the 2012 Summer Olympics

France competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, between 27 July and 12 August 2012. French athletes have competed in every Summer Olympic Games of the modern era. The French Olympic Committee sent a total of 330 athletes to the Games, 183 men and 147 women, to compete in 24 sports.

France left London with a total of 34 medals—11 gold, 11 silver, and 12 bronze—finishing seventh in the gold medal standings and eighth in the overall medal standings. Most of these medals were awarded to the athletes in judo, cycling and swimming. Six French athletes won more than a single Olympic medal in London. France's team-based athletes proved successful at these games, as the men's national handball team and the women's national basketball team won gold and silver medals, respectively. Furthermore, the men's national handball team managed to defend its 2008 Olympic title from Beijing. For the first time since 1960, France did not win an Olympic medal in fencing.

Among the nation's medalists were Yannick Agnel and Camille Muffat (retired in 2014 and killed tragically in a helicopter crash one year later), who emerged as France's most successful Olympic swimmers after winning three medals, including a gold, in their events. Meanwhile, Florent Manaudou succeeded his sister Laure with an Olympic gold medal in freestyle swimming. Renaud Lavillenie set a new Olympic record in the pole vault, becoming the third French man to claim the title, and the first to do so since 1996. Tony Estanguet won his third gold medal in the men's slalom canoeing singles, making him one of the most successful French athletes in Olympic history. On 11 August 2012, Estanguet was elected to the IOC Athletes' Commission, along with three other athletes.

List of France women's international footballers

This article is about France women's national football team players with at least 20 appearances. For a list of all French women's players with a Wikipedia article, see the Category:French women's footballers. For the current national team squad, see current squad.

The France women's national football team (French: Equipe de France Féminine) represents the nation of France in international women's association football. It is fielded by the French Football Federation (FFF) (French: Fédération Française de Football), the governing body of football in France, and competes as a member of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), which encompasses the countries of Europe. The team played its first official international match under FFF jurisdiction on 17 April 1971 against the Netherlands. Since its first competitive match under the federation, more than 260 players have made at least one international appearance for the team.

Montpellier HSC (women)

Montpellier Hérault Sport Club Féminines (French pronunciation: ​[mɔ̃pɛˈlyeɪ eɪˈroʊ]; commonly referred to as simply Montpellier) is a French women's football club based in Villeneuve-lès-Maguelone, a commune in the arrondissement of Montpellier. The club was founded in 1990. Montpellier play in the Division 1 Féminine having finished in 4th place in the 2009–10 season. The club is managed Sarah M'Barek and was captained by goalkeeper and French women's international Céline Deville before she departed for club rivals Lyon in July 2011.

Montpellier hosts its home matches at the Stade Joseph-Blanc, a 1,000-capacity stadium that is situated in Villeneuve-lès-Maguelone. The club also hosts matches at the Stade de Grammont in Montpellier, where the male section is based.


Ophélie is the French equivalent of Ophelia

UEFA Women's Euro 2009 squads

This article lists all the confirmed national football squads for the UEFA Women's Euro 2009.

Players marked (c) were named as captain for their national squad.

UEFA Women's Euro 2013 squads

The following is a list of squads for each nation competing at UEFA Women's Euro 2013, an international football tournament held in Sweden from 10 July until 28 July 2013. The 12 national teams involved in the tournament were required to register a squad of 23 players; only players in these squads were eligible to take part in the tournament.

Before announcing their final squad for the tournament, teams were required to name a preliminary squad of 40 players by 10 June 2013, 30 days before the start of the tournament. The preliminary squad would then have to be cut to a final 23, three of which had to be goalkeepers, by 30 June 2013 (midnight CET). Replacement of seriously injured players is permitted until immediately before the team in question's first game, though replacement players must be drawn from the preliminary squad of 40.The squads were published on 3 July 2013, with Russia being the only national squad made up entirely of players from home-based clubs, while Iceland named the most foreign-based players with 13.

Players marked (c) were named as captain for their national squad.

Number of caps, players' club teams and players' age as of 10 July 2013: the tournament's opening day.

France squads


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