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Josée Bélanger

Name: Josée Bélanger (CAN) @JoseeBelanger9
Phonetic: jo-ZAY
Date of birth: 1986-05-14
Birthplace: Coaticook, QC, CAN
Raised: Coaticook, QC, CAN
Height: 163 cm
Position: F
Team Honours: CONCACAF champion (2010), Olympic Games (2016 bronze), Sweden Damallsvenskan winner (2015)

International "A" totals

Appearances: 57
Starts: 44
Goals: 7

Notes

Josée Bélanger... speaks French and English... her father was born in Vermont (but grew up in Coaticook) while her mother was born in St-Isidore-de-Clifton, QC... she was five years old when she started playing for Coaticook... enjoys crossfit and anything artistic... favourites have included Lionel Messi... earned a degree in kinesiology from Université de Sherbrooke... from Canada 2015, was noted by the FIFA Women’s World Cup Technical Study Group (”pacey forward or right-back, good off-the-ball movement, played with confidence, supported the attack well”)... one of several players that participated in FIFA Live Your Goals festivals ahead of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Canada 2014... attended the 2014-15 CONCACAF Champions League Grand Final at Stade Olympique in Montréal (with an memorable 61,004 fans in attendance for the 29 April second leg)... one of several athletes that featured in the Google app commercial “More than a Match” in 2015 (soccer is a universal language)... on 30 October 2016, rang the 1642 North Star Bell (L'Étoile Du Nord) for Impact Montréal FC’s playoff match... in December 2016, a pavillion in Coaticook was named in her honour (Pavillon Josée Bélanger at parc Laurence)... 
 
said Bélanger in 2017, “what I have retained from my soccer career is everything I learned through teamwork, guidance from my coaches over the years, the injuries, the wins as well as the losses; soccer has enabled me to grow as a person first and foremost”... said Bélanger in 2017 of her career, she will best remember “the emotion of my goal in the FIFA Women’s World Cup”... said John Herdman in 2017, “she’s the epitome of a high performer – her lifestyle, her attitude to life; I think a lot of our players look up to her and learn from her every single day”... also said Herdman in 2017, “on the field, you’ve seen her – she’s just a competitor – an absolute machine; one of her strongest attributes is her mindset – you just cannot break this woman”... 
 
CAREER OVERVIEW:
CONCACAF champion in 2010 and Olympic Games bronze medal winner at Rio 2016... FIFA Women’s World Cup at Canada 2015... two CONCACAF medals (gold and silver)... runner up in Player of the Year voting in 2015... career 57 international "A" appearances from 2004 to 2017 as a forward and fullback (seven goals and eight assists)... club career in Canada, Sweden and USA, including appearances in UEFA Champions League... Sweden Damallsvenskan winner with FC Rosengård in 2015... FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship at Thailand 2004... CONCACAF youth champion in 2004... two-time Québec Soccer Professional Player of the Year and two-time Senior Player of the Year... Sports Québec Team Sport Athlete of the Year in 2016-17.

For Country

won a silver medal with Canada at the XIV Pan American Games Santo Domingo 2003 after the team lost 1:2 a.e.t. to Brazil in the final...  won a gold medal at the 2004 CONCACAF Women's Under-20 Championship in Canada (Canada also qualified for Thailand 2004)... finished fifth with Canada at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Thailand 2004... 
 
she was 18 years old when she made her debut for Canada (30 July 2004)... she scored her first international “A” goal for Canada on 3 June 2010 in Hamar, NOR… won a gold medal with Canada at the 2010 CONCACAF championship / FIFA Women's World Cup Qualifiers for Germany 2011... she missed the FIFA Women’s World Cup Germany 2011 because of an injury... finished sixth with Canada at the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015... she played in a career-high 19 consecutive Canada matches from 2015 to 2016... won a silver medal with Canada at the 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship in USA (Canada qualified for Rio 2016)... finished first with Canada at the 2016 Algarve Women’s Cup... she was the 32nd women's footballer to make her 50th appearance for Canada (7 June 2016)... won an Olympic bronze medal with Canada at the Rio 2016 Women's Olympic Football Tournament...

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