Yassin Mikari Living His French Dream

Sochaux’s latest recruit, Tunisian international left-back Yassin Mikari, has admitted that it has long been an ambition of his to play in the French top flight.
It is not uncommon for players African nations to dream of playing in France, a country that many countries from the continent have close cultural links with. Yassine Mikari will soon realise his ambition to play in Ligue 1 having signed with strugglers FC Sochaux-Montbéliard.

Making the short hop across the border from Grasshopper Zurich should prove no problem for the man who played for the Swiss under-21 side but switched allegiance when he became a senior international to play for the country of his ancestors, Tunisia.

“It is a dream for me to play in France and test myself in Ligue 1,” he explained to France Football. “FC Sochaux-Montbéliard are a recognised club in Switzerland.

“I have spoken to [Brazilian-born Sochaux striker, Francileudo] Santos, who I know from the national team. He told me that Sochaux is a good club and I felt that the proposal that they offered me was the best choice.”

It could be the end of January before the left-back has the chance to play in the French top flight as he currently has a problem with his right thigh, which could take another fortnight to heal.

No doubt the new recruit will watch his new team-mates intently from the tribunes of the Stade Bonal this evening as they attempt to improve their uncertain position in the league against an improving Saint-Étienne side.

Robin Bairner, Goal.com