The @GFN_France team was able to have a chat with experienced French centre-back Damien Perrinelle who currently plies his trade at Clermont in Ligue 2 about his football career and his hopes for the future, as well as the world of football.
Damien Perrinelle has played in the top 3 French leagues for 10 years, reaching Ligue 1 with Boulogne in 2009.
Age: 29 (Born 12 September 1983)
Current Club: Clermont Foot
Previous Clubs: Amiens, Créteil-Lusitanos, Boulogne.
This interview has been translated from French to English. The French transcript is further down.
Did you always enjoy football, even from a very young age?
I followed in the footsteps of my father and my big brother. As soon as I could walk I played football. It is a true passion of mine.
Did you always play in defence?
No, I started off as a striker. Then, at the age of 8-10 I was moved to defensive midfielder, and finally I am a centre-back. Only a little longer before I end up in goal!
What were your best memories from your time at Boulogne? Was it when you were promoted to Ligue 1?
My best memory was my goal which kept us in Ligue 2. Then it has to be the match against RC Lens, which was a year later, where the atmosphere was just brilliant in the Boulogne stadium. It was the game just before our promotion to Ligue 1.
Were you disappointed with your inability to make an impact in Ligue 1 with Boulogne? Was it down to injuries?
Of course I was disappointed not to continue on a journey with the team who went from Ligue 2 to Ligue 1! It really is a regret of mine.
Were you happy to move back to Clermont in 2010? Or would you have rather stayed at Boulogne?
After 4 years at Boulogne, it was time for me to take on a new challenge, so I was happy to be back at Clermont.
Would you be prepared to leave Clermont, if the right club came knocking?
We all have our own personal ambitions and goals. If I were to leave the club it would be for a better team, but I would not leave for the sake of it.
Before Thursday, Clermont were unbeaten when you were in the side. We are sure this is no coincidence! Where do you think Clermont can realistically finish this season?
After a poor start to the campaign, we hope to have a season we can be proud of and finish in the top third of Ligue 2.
What has been the high point of your career so far?
Playing in Ligue 1 in the top stadiums in France. Parc des Princes, Lens, St Etienne, Lyon, Marseille etc..
Were you disappointed to see young Alessandrini leave Clermont for Rennes at the end of last season?
Not at all, it was a natural step in his evolution as a footballer and we are all happy for him for the success he is having.
Do you think the recent investment into PSG is good for French football as a whole?
Yes, because French football is much more exposed to Europe’s media as a result. It also attracts the world’s greatest players to our championships.
What do you think of the Premier League? Is it the best league in the world?
I love the English football mentality! I never miss a single big game on TV and I go and watch a Premier League game every year! I’ve been to the Emirates, Villa Park, the City of Manchester Stadium and Anfield.
Would you be open to a move abroad?
I would love to have a football experience abroad! (He then says in English): In England why not for next season!
What has been the low point of your career so far?
The injuries! I have had surgery on my groin, my knee and my shoulder.
In your view, who will win Ligue 1 next season?
PSG! I support them!
In your opinion, who is the best player in the world right now?
Zidane! (He chuckles) No, it has to be Messi.
Football aside, what do you enjoy doing?
I DJ. That is my hobby. My genre is electro.
What is most important to you in your life?
The health of my loved ones. My friends and family.
This interview was conducted by Christian Nourry and James Martland.
Many thanks to Damien.
Featured Image Courtesy of France Football.
L’interview en français: