For a kid from Vitrolles, Marseille does not leave you indifferent. Farid Boulaya is no exception to the rule. “Marseille is all my childhood: I watched OM play, I went to the stadium,” smiles the FC Metz midfielder.
Ado, the number 10 of Garnets vibrated to the rhythm of Samir Nasri’s dribbling. Question of position, of technical sensitivity too. Little Farid took as a model the man with 41 selections for the France team. “He was super strong, I liked to see him play,” remembers Boulaya, whose Algerian origins are another point in common with the old kid at the Vélodrome.
A defeat but “a great moment”
The Vélodrome, Farid Boulaya will find it this Saturday. Not in the bays, alongside the South Winners as he once did, but on the pitch. He has only experienced this happiness once in his career, on February 2, 2018, for the last twenty minutes of a Marseille-Metz lost in the great widths (6-3), but which he still has fond memories of.
“It was a great moment, in front of my family and friends. Afterwards, the Velodrome was not full, it was a bit of a shame but it was a great experience. “It will not be more filled this Saturday, health context requires. But the 27-year-old Messin, now firmly established in the eleven of the Garnets, should benefit a little more.
“I must give back the trust given to me”
He has come a long way since his beginnings in a neighborhood club in Vitrolles. Passed by Pennes-Mirabeau, Aubagne and Cannes before the start of his professional career at Istres, Farid Boulaya had a tortuous journey between promises and injuries, flashes and irregularity, near Clermont, Bastia and Gerona.
Author of an excellent friendlies campaign this summer and decisive passer on Sunday against Reims (2-1), the attacking midfielder knows he is eagerly awaited. “I expect too, I hope to have a very good season. I know that I am counted on and that I have to give back the trust given to me. If this could translate into a goal against his club of heart and in his fetish stadium, the story would be all the more beautiful.