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Julien LATENDRESSE-LÉVESQUE


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Couldn't find a designated thread for this 26 year old goalkeeper from Montreal. Has been playing for Lokomotiv Leipzig since 2013, went down with them into the Oberliga and up again. Had been playing everything this year but unfortunately broke his hand a couple weeks ago. Lok now has brought in a new keeper, so extra unfortunate for the kid. Hope he can bounce back from this. 

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I dunno man, Christopher Schulz has been on the bench 23 times this season. Kirsten non, plus he has 2. and 3. Liga experience (plus some Eredivisie), so wether he will move for Julien remains to be seen. I don't know his contract situation, but by the looks of it, L-L's time at Lok seems to be over. 

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Kirsten was signed in November but then got injured shortly after which is why Schulz has been the backup all season. He came back from injury roughly around the same time as JLL got injured. JLL is out for the rest of the season and Kirsten's contract is only to the end of the season so hard to say what will happen next year. Kirsten played a lot of 2nd BL games and last season played in the Eredivisie though mostly as a backup (6 games played). Sometimes players can't get contracts at their level especially keepers and so he likely signed with LOK in November since nothing worked out for him elsewhere. LOK signed him because he was a better quality keeper than they would usually be able to get and it is hard to resist an upgrade like that even if you are happy with your keeper. With LOK not being in the promotion hunt, it is debatable whether Kirsten will want to stay around in division 4 next year anyway. Plus he is a former Dynamo Dresden player who is hated by the LOK fans who are angry he is playing for them, booed him during the recent games and chanted JLLs name. I think JLL will likely have his spot back next year but if not he should be able to find another team at the same level. 

Article from Bild: LOK Ultras Boo Kirsten

http://www.bild.de/regional/leipzig/lok-leipzig/lok-ultras-pfeifen-kirsten-aus-50960296.bild.html

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  • 3 months later...

After bankruptcy and 12 years of purgatory in lower divisions, my team Chemie Leipzig has finally promoted back to a decent level, the 4th tier Regionalliga. Now Julien Latendresse-Levesque wants to sign with Chemie since as mentioned above last year LOK signed another keeper who had played in 2nd division and Dutch 1st division before. That keeper, Benjamin Kirsten, got injured shortly after signing so JLL still played most of their games last year but he probably thinks he will end up on the bench this year if Kirsten is healthy. Kirsten is unpopular with LOK's own fans though because he previously played for Dynamo Dresden. The transfer fee may be a hindrance since JLL is still under contract and LOK is not going to want to give us a good price due to the rivalry and playing in the same division next year. I always hoped Chemie would one day sign a Canadian player and this may happen soon and a Montrealer to boot though the fact that he plays for our hated rival LOK does dirty him a bit just like the LOK fans don't like having a former Dynamo player. :)

http://www.sportbuzzer.de/artikel/bsg-chemie-will-lok-keeper-latte-und-neuen-sturmer-holen/

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7 hours ago, Grizzly said:

The most recent reports state that JLL is likely to transfer to Chemie but not until after the first game of the season on July 29th which is the Leipzig derby, ie. LOK does not want to play against him in that game.

Somewhat understandable, but annoying for him though. Having to concede his spot in goal for the first game. If the other guy has a great match, he might stay in.

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3 hours ago, shamrock said:

Somewhat understandable, but annoying for him though. Having to concede his spot in goal for the first game. If the other guy has a great match, he might stay in.

JLL isn't guaranteed to be a starter at Chemie. Our starter from last year, Markus Dolz, is still with the club. He played well last year and has been a starter in 4th division before with other teams. The keeper we lost was our backup 18 year old keeper who we loaned out to a lower division team to get playing time and because he wasn't ready for 4th division. JLL will have to compete with Dolz for the starting position but I suspect he feels that he has a much better chance against him than against a guy who is a 2nd division veteran. It is also possible LOK told him to find a new club because they are paying Kirsten a lot of money and want to save on a backup. And probably JLL wants to stay in Leipzig given that he is a father and has a family.

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It is looking more and more like this is going to happen. He wasn't in the LOK team picture and is classified as "sick" (as opposed to injured) and not training with LOK which basically means he has a doctor's note excusing him from practice so it is probably a BS sickness written by the doctor for LOK for financial reasons for both the club and player and also to not have someone training with the team who does not want to be there. Apparently LOK want a 10 000 Euro transfer fee (fairly high for the 4th division) and a guarantee he will not play against them (not sure about the legality of that) and the presidents of both clubs are going to meet to try and complete the transfer.

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7 hours ago, shamrock said:

Good to move if he wants it and the club wants him. I think it happens often in England (not playing against a former employer) but I haven't seen it elsewhere though. 

Does it? If a player is on loan then they typically don't play against the team that owns them, or if a player has played in a certain, non-league competition for one team he is Cup-tied so he can't play for another team in that competition, but as far as I know if a player is sold, they usually are eligible to play against their former team. Am I mistaken?

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Yes the transfer is confirmed, here is an article about it. Deal was reached 3 pm today (German time). Length of the contract is not yet determined. He will not play in the Derby which is the season opener (which I suspect might have been the cause of the delay, with 1 week of training for the team it would be unwise to start him even if Chemie wanted to)

http://www.mdr.de/sport/fussball_rl/lok-keeper-latendresse-levesque-wechselt-zum-stadtrivalen-chemie-leipzig-100.html

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1 hour ago, Grizzly said:

Yes the transfer is confirmed, here is an article about it. Deal was reached 3 pm today (German time). Length of the contract is not yet determined. He will not play in the Derby which is the season opener (which I suspect might have been the cause of the delay, with 1 week of training for the team it would be unwise to start him even if Chemie wanted to)

http://www.mdr.de/sport/fussball_rl/lok-keeper-latendresse-levesque-wechselt-zum-stadtrivalen-chemie-leipzig-100.html

In The bild article there is a picture of him arriving with his Lok bag, lol

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13 minutes ago, Fussball_eh said:

In The bild article there is a picture of him arriving with his Lok bag, lol

Yes there is which is really stupid of him to do, it won't endear him to the fans. The Bild commentary on the picture is Mutig, which can mean courageous or brave but in this context means more bold or he's got balls and is meant negatively. The full description is: "Mutig! Chemie-Neuzugang Latendresse tauchte mit Lok-Tasche im Alfred-Kunze-Sportpark auf" which I would translate as, "Brave/Balls, Chemie's new player shows up in Alfred-Kunze Sportpark with a LOK bag". A guy that is a professional athlete doesn't have a random nameless bag that he could bring his equipment in?

http://www.bild.de/regional/leipzig/bsg-chemie-leipzig/latendresse-wechsel-zu-chemie-leipzig-perfekt-52630688.bild.html#fromWall

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11 hours ago, Big_M said:

Still playing d4 ball abroad at 26...must be difficult to keep it going unless he's getting a good salary...

Why? If you get a place to stay and food in your mouth, who needs a big salary? He's still living is dream and still has a chance of getting decent paid in the future. 

On his wearing the wrong gear, that's ignorant at best and insensitive at least. Come on man he's been living there for a couple of years, he should know better by now. 

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JLL will make his Chemie debut Wednesday against his old club Energie Cottbus (aka the Canadian development team) who have dropped down into 4th division. Unfortunately Chemie lost the season opening derby with LOK 1-0 and our keeper was also red carded during that match (after our 3 substitutions had been made so a field player played in goal) so will be suspended for this match giving JLL a big opportunity to win the starting job. We have a tough start to the season, playing three of the big teams in the division right at the beginning in LOK, Cottbus and Babelsberg so if he can perform well and we can get any points out of these matches he could lock up the starting position for when we start playing the more modest sides.

https://www.chemie-leipzig.de/index.php?id=25&tx_ttnews[tt_news]=2933&cHash=aea9e74a81a79ef9f12921887d538de0

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On 2017-08-01 at 9:35 PM, Grizzly said:

JLL will make his Chemie debut Wednesday against his old club Energie Cottbus (aka the Canadian development team) who have dropped down into 4th division. Unfortunately Chemie lost the season opening derby with LOK 1-0 and our keeper was also red carded during that match (after our 3 substitutions had been made so a field player played in goal) so will be suspended for this match giving JLL a big opportunity to win the starting job. We have a tough start to the season, playing three of the big teams in the division right at the beginning in LOK, Cottbus and Babelsberg so if he can perform well and we can get any points out of these matches he could lock up the starting position for when we start playing the more modest sides.

https://www.chemie-leipzig.de/index.php?id=25&tx_ttnews[tt_news]=2933&cHash=aea9e74a81a79ef9f12921887d538de0

Had a flashback to JBB after reading this

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Here are the highlights. JLL doesn't appear to be at fault on the goals from what is shown here and some of the articles about the game said he saved it from being worse. It is a bad result but not totally unexpected given that Cottbus finished 2nd last year and are favourites to promote and we got a red card in the first half (and they scored 4 goals in the second half). Great support from fans of both teams, 3rd and 4th division in Germany generally have better fan atmosphere than the 1st and 2nd Bundesliga. 

There is an interesting article on Chemie's website which interviews the coaches of Chemie and LOK at the same time. The top few teams in the division like Cottbus are fully professional and train during the day as the players make their living solely from football. The rest of the teams are a mix of full time players and those whose salary is not high enough to not have a 2nd job or be in school. LOK has 9 players paid a living wage, Chemie's coach does not say how many he has but probably fewer. Both teams train at 5 pm, ie. after work/university which they say also makes it harder to attract good players. Chemie mostly signed young players in the off-season and their pitch to the players was the reputation of Leipzig as a good university town to study in. Neither coach thinks their team has a chance to promote this year or could financially afford to play in the 3rd division if they did promote. It is sad because historically both teams are bigger teams than Cottbus but Cottbus doesn't have Red Bull in their city sucking out all of the money and support from the traditional clubs. Chemie has another difficult game coming up against Babelsberg but after that we should hit more of the smaller middle table teams and hopefully will be able to hold our own more than we did against Cottbus.

Highlights

Fan Support

 

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2 hours ago, shamrock said:

To be fair, both teams sucked as well before RB came to town...

If you were around for the DDR era though when they definitely didn't suck how do you suddenly switch your allegiance just because an Austrian billionaire wants to promote his energy drink? Lok, Chemie and Austria Salzburg fans are the real supporters.

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