Ligue 1 is often referred to as a Farmers League due to the perceived lack of quality within the teams outside of Paris Saint-Germain. On Sunday, the reigning French champions take on ESA Linas-Montlhéry and while they don’t have any farmers in the squad (we don’t think…), there is a plumber, pharmacy assistant, and computer scientist.
In an article from Le Parisien, the French publication highlights the occupations of three players who suit up for the amateur club. Unlike PSG players who earn a living from football and advertisements, the entire Linas-Montlhéry squad has to make money away from the pitch working typical jobs that you or I would have.
Medhy Bathily is a 27-year-old plumber who also happens to be a Paris Saint-Germain supporter as many in his family are.
Coupe de France : plombier, informaticien… ces amateurs qui vont défier les stars du PSG https://t.co/pkyNLb1SjM
— Le Parisien (@le_Parisien) January 3, 2020
“They are as excited as I am,” Bathily said to Le Parisien. “They didn’t give me instructions, but anyway, we’re here to play, not to hurt them. We would like them to win the Champions League this year.”
You would think with a big match against PSG on Sunday that Bathily would take a few days off but you would be wrong. “Even if we think about this game all the time, we have to stay focused on work.”
Amine Mejri is a pharmacy assistant who clearly made the right decision when he signed for Linas-Montlhéry 12 months ago. While not a fan of PSG, Mejri is a fan of the beautiful game and appreciates the brilliance of Neymar Jr. and Marco Verratti.
The 30-year-old attacking midfielder has missed quite a few games for Linas-Montlhéry this season but that is only because he works every other Saturday. Thankfully, he was able to secure some time off to lineup against PSG. I’m sure his boss understood.
Lastly, Ousmane Diallo is a computer scientist who plays center-back for Linas-Montlhéry. He joined the club in 2015 and the FC Barcelona fan doesn’t intend to make life easy for PSG’s attackers.
“I have my little idea to annoy them. I will show them what I can do, and I think they will be surprised!”
Good luck with that!
You can watch PSG’s match against Linas-Montlhéry in the United States on beIN Sports this Sunday at 2:55 PM EST.
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