Soccer. Ligue 1: Where is Mandanda amongst the most capped players in this league?

We understand why Steve Mandanda isn't satisfied after spending last season almost entirely on the bench at OM.

Soccer. Ligue 1: Where is Mandanda amongst the most capped players in this league?

We understand why Steve Mandanda isn't satisfied after spending last season almost entirely on the bench at OM. He was an international goalkeeper with 34 caps for France and signed up with Stade Rennais to compete in the Europa League. Is the grass greener in other places? Mandanda could, in any event, put on the title costume in Brittany and be eligible to join the pantheon for Ligue 1.

Mandanda, who has 14 seasons of experience at OM and the title of titular goalkeeper is easily among the most capped active players. Jimmy Briand still leads with 483 games played. However, we don't know if the Bordeaux-released striker will continue his professional career or if he will be playing in Ligue 1. Mandanda is second with 468 matches played, but his last season as a bench player was a benefit to Dimitri Payet (466), two games behind the international goalkeeper.

We all know that goalkeepers have a longer career than other outfield players. It's not surprising that goalkeepers are the most capped Ligue 1 players (Mickael Landreau, Jean-Luc Ettori, Dominique Dropsy, and 602 matches),

Steve Mandanda won't catch up to them, it is certain. If he can play the role of Rennes' holder and has two seasons before turning 39, which is the retirement age for goalkeepers like Ettori, then the French international could be in contention to join the Top 20 most captained players in the French Championship. Loic Amisse and Albert Rust, who are both joint twenty-fifth, have 503 matches. Mandanda could even make it to the Top 10, if he had two seasons and 37 matches. Henri Michel, on the other hand, is 10th with 533 games.

El Fenomeno, the Marseille's most captained player, is undoubtedly the best. While many players are just passing through, El Fenomeno has proven to be a goalkeeper who has remained in the game for 610 matches. There are many names in the Top 10 that come from another era such as Roger Scotti (42 matches), Francois Bracci (33 matches )...) and Jean Bastien (337 matches). Mathieu Valbuena (331 matches) is the only active player in this ranking. It is safe to say that Mandanda will continue to wear the OM stripes for a long time.

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