One of France’s royal football teams, this is a name steeped in history and a traditional room full of titles. Nicknamed Les Lionceaux, the club has played 66 seasons in the French top flight, second only to Marseille (72 times), Bordeaux and Saint-Etienne (69 times).
Sochaux was founded by Jean-Pierre Peugeot in 1928 so that Peugeot workers could play football in their free time. He was one of the first to advocate for the professionalization of French football. In 1929 he even went so far as to admit that he was paying his players, which was strictly forbidden as there was no professional club then.
Thanks to the ease of recruiting French players, as well as prominent names playing abroad, Sochaux became a dominant force in the sport. In 1930 the first professional league rules were issued. With Peugeot strongly supporting this idea, Sochaux is one of the founding fathers of French football as we know it today.
The 1930s were a golden era for Sochaux, with the team winning Ligue 1 twice in 1935 and 1938. Success at this tournament alternated with winning the first Coupe de France in 1937.
These beautiful years did not last long, however. All activities in France ceased in 1939 due to the call for resistance against Nazi Germany. Many members of the team, including Uruguayan manager Conrad Ross, left the club to pursue careers in places not devastated by war.
When professional football returned in 1945, Sochaux could not match the pre-war influence. The sad results on the pitch are a far cry from the results fans are used to.
Sochaux’s poor form has prompted club owners to be more cautious about their spending. They prefer to balance the books rather than participate in auctions for the league’s top players. Stade Auguste Bonal’s side were relegated that season and, despite returning to Ligue 1 next season, began a cycle of ups and downs familiar to Les Lionceaux supporters.
It has been 84 years since Sochaux last won Ligue 1. Even after winning the first Coupe de La Ligue in 2004 and the second Coupe de France in the club’s history in 2007, it took a long time for Sochaux to return to past glory.
However, what makes Sochaux famous at the moment is its academy, which continuously develops potential local boys while scouring the world for players. the best. Sochaux is classified as one of the top 10 French academies (4th place in 2010).
The most successful team in the academy is the U19 team, which won the Coupe Gambardella twice, in 1973 and 2007. With five finalists and five winners, Sochaux are one of the most successful sides in the history of the tournament. 3 titles won. There are many notable pre-schools that were looked after here before they went to sea like El-Hadji Diouf, Jeremy Menez, Marcus Thuram or Ibrahima Konate.
If you look up the names of the 15 most valuable players who grew up in transfermarkt’s Sochaux academy, you’ll see the familiar red flag with a yellow star. With a valuation of €600,000, Jason Quang-Vinh’s counterpart became the most expensive player of Vietnamese origin, twice the transfer value of Quang Hai (€300,000) and one and a half times more expensive than the elite player. Lee Nguyen used to play in the V.League (400,000 euros).
Two years ago, Pendant had more or less caused a stir among the Vietnamese public, not only because he was one of the Vietnamese players abroad with the “brightest” record, but also because of the two words “Quang-Vinh” (only appeared in Vietnam ). appear on a very small number of football data websites) in the player’s name so that his family can remember his hometown.
Jason Quang-Vinh Pendant showed his footballing talent early on and then moved to the Sochaux training academy. In 2016, Jason Pendant was promoted to play for that team’s first team. With the ability to attack the defense rhythmically and with good pace, he is coach Omar Daf’s first choice for the left-back position.
In the 18/19 season, Pendant made 31 appearances in Ligue 2 and was one of the key players in Sochaux’s relegation battle. However, the following season, the 1997 defender gradually lost his main kick to Christopher Rocchia.
Wanting to play more often, the Vietnam-born defender refused to extend his contract with Sochaux. After 5 seasons with the team, Pendent played 75 times for the French team, scoring 1 goal. In the opening round of the 18/19 season, in the home game against Caen, Sochaux also entrusted the captain’s armband to the defender, whose mother is Vietnamese, after Maxence Prevot was injured.
In March 2020, Pendent decided to choose the New York Red Bulls of the US, the former team of the legendary Thierry Henry, as his next stop. Here he received a salary of 333,500 USD/year and took 8th place in his team.
Pendent’s first stay in the US did not go very smoothly. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the tournament was constantly interrupted. This makes it difficult for him to get used to life here.
After playing 17 of his first 18 games for the New York Red Bulls, Pendent suffered a shoulder injury that sidelined him for a while. That season, the 24-year-old was promoted to the reserves and had to play in the USL (American Football’s Second Division) championship. He has also only made 9 appearances this year.
However, Pendant feels very fortunate to play football in the land of chess. Compared to Ligue 2, MLS is a better league, both in terms of quality and image.
“People feel that MLS is a long way from European football. But for me this is a great opportunity to be part of the big Red Bull family. You own many teams, from New York, Salzburg to Leipzig. This is one of the most effective and innovative soccer surgery methods available today. I’m very happy that New York Red Bull and MLS have become part of my career,” said Zing’s counterpart.
“MLS is a competitive league, the players here are also very diverse and of high quality. Right now I’m just trying to go through the game and show everyone my progress.”
Jason Quang-Vinh Pendent has a Vietnamese mother and a French father. “I went to Vietnam for a vacation when I was 6 years old. Since then I always try to go back there. But you know, being a footballer is really not easy. “, the former French U18 player shared the connection with his homeland.
“For me, the two words Vietnam have a great meaning. Vietnam is part of my heart. That’s where my mother was born and grew up. When I was a kid, I grew up with features, too. typical Vietnamese culture. From food, stories, songs to movies…”
Speaking to Goal, Jason Pendant revealed he’s still regularly learning more about football in the S-shaped country and left open the possibility of playing for Vietnam in the near future.
“It’s not easy to follow Vietnam’s games where I live. But I always try to update the news about Vietnamese football. I think the players there are fast, technical and aware. good discipline”.
Remember that defender Jason Pendant traveled to Singapore at the 2020 AFF Cup to watch and cheer on Vietnam. “The competitive spirit never gives up, the fans are passionate, it’s proud to be here. Come on Vietnamese boys, let’s fight hard,” he shared on his personal page. .
In the past, the VFF has mentioned many times that it would like to use Vietnamese-born talent abroad. In 2019 they published a list of typical expatriate players. With his charisma, Jason Pendant is one of those names.
Born in Sarcelles, France, the defender is always sad when he returns to his homeland to serve the Vietnamese team. So far, however, he has not received any offers.
“My opinion remains the same. I hope to have the opportunity to try my hand at the Vietnamese team. For me, the two words Vietnam have a very sacred meaning. However, I have not yet been contacted by VFF. At this point I can only improve my form and performance with the host team. I believe there is still a way for me and VFF to find common ground and seize this opportunity,” Pendant Zing shared.
Jason Pendant also acknowledged the legal difficulties he will face if he wants to return to contribute to the Golden Stars. So far, Pendant has not received Vietnamese citizenship.
“I understand these issues, especially since I don’t have Vietnamese citizenship,” he said. But before I think about these issues, I need to keep my focus on the job.”
“However, as I said before, Vietnam is a part of me. If the Vietnamese team asks one day, I’ll definitely have to think twice. It’s really a great pride,” he confirmed to Goal.