Zacharie Boucher

Zacharie Boucher (born 7 March 1992) is a French professional footballer of Réunionais heritage who plays as a goalkeeper for French club AJ Auxerre. He is a French youth international and has served as the number one goalkeeper at under-16, under-17, and under-18 level.

Zacharie Boucher
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Personal information
Full name Zacharie Boucher
Date of birth (1992-03-07) 7 March 1992 (age 28)
Place of birth Saint-Pierre, Réunion
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position(s) Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Auxerre
Number 16
Youth career
2000–2007 Stade Tamponnaise
2006–2007 CREPS Réunion
2007–2011 Le Havre
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2014 Le Havre 65 (0)
2014–2015 Toulouse 32 (0)
2015– Auxerre 111 (0)
2018–2019Angers (loan) 2 (0)
National team
2007–2008 France U16 9 (0)
2008–2009 France U17 13 (0)
2009–2010 France U18 7 (0)
2010–2011 France U19 9 (0)
2011–2013 France U20 7 (0)
2013–2014 France U21 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 July 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 May 2014

Club careerEdit

Born in Saint-Pierre, Réunion, Boucher began his professional career at Le Havre. For the 2010–11 season, he was installed as the club's third goalkeeper behind starter Mike Van Hamel and backup Johny Placide. He made his professional debut on 29 July 2011 in a 2–1 win over Istres appearing as a substitute for starting goalkeeper Placide in the first half.[1]

After being voted the Best Goalkeeper in Ligue 2[2] for 2013, Boucher signed with Ligue 1 outfit, Toulouse in the 2013–14 winter transfer window. He quickly displaced Comorian international, Ali Ahamada, and with a series of excellent displays, helped the club to a credible 9th-place finish. The 2014–15 season did not go as well as his first, with him losing his starting place and having to share goalkeeping duties, where the club only narrowly avoided relegation as they finished in 17th place.

In July 2015, Boucher decided against staying at Toulouse and transferred to Ligue 2 club, Auxerre,[3] where he would be the undisputed first choice goalkeeper. He expressed his desire to one day return to the top flight, of which he knew he was capable of playing in, but believed remaining at Auxerre for the near future would be more beneficial for his development.[4]

At the beginning of the 2018–19 season, he lost his starting place at Auxerre to Quentin Westberg (in the league) and Sonny Laiton (in the Coupe de la Ligue.[5]

On 31 August 2018, the last day of the 2018 summer transfer window, Boucher joined Ligue 1 side Angers SCO on loan for the season.[5]

International careerEdit

Born in Réunion, Boucher is of Malagasy descent and was approached to join the Madagascar national football team in March 2018.[6] He is a youth international for France.

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of 1 July 2019.[7]
Club Season League Cup[nb 1] Europe[nb 2] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Le Havre 2011–12 16 0 1 0 17 0
2012–13 29 0 4 0 33 0
2013–14 20 0 0 0 20 0
Total 65 0 5 0 0 0 70 0
Toulouse 2013–14 17 0 17 0
2014–15 15 0 15 0
Total 32 0 0 0 0 0 32 0
Auxerre 2015–16 36 0 2 0 38 0
2016–17 38 0 7 0 45 0
2017–18 35 0 1 0 36 0
Total 111 0 10 0 0 0 121 0
Angers 2018–19 2 0 1 0 3 0
Career total 210 0 16 0 0 0 226 0

HonoursEdit

NotesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Angers v. Le Havre Report". Ligue de Football Professionnel (in French). 29 July 2011. Retrieved 29 July 2011.
  2. ^ "Ligue1.com - RISING STAR: ZACHARIE BOUCHER". www.ligue1.com. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Zacharie Boucher signs for Auxerre (in French)". m.20minutes.fr (in French). 10 June 2015. Retrieved 17 July 2015.
  4. ^ "Boucher : "Ma famille ne me reconnaissait pas"". France Football (in French). Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Mercato : Boucher part à Angers, Michel et Ketkeophomphone arrivent". L'Yonne républicaine (in French). 1 September 2018. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  6. ^ "Madagascar : Ronny Rodelin (Caen) bientôt avec les Barea ?". 30 March 2018.
  7. ^ Zacharie Boucher at Soccerway

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