Yoann Gourcuff was born on July 11th 1986 in Ploemeur, France, making him a Cancer. Cancers are often characterized as strongly family oriented, loyal, emotional, and intuitive. Yoann certainly appears to exhibit these qualities in how close he is to his father and siblings, his ability to express his emotions in interviews, and in his intuitive, creative, and often unpredictable playing style on the field.
Growing up in the small commune of Ploemeur in western France, Yoann started to hone his skills from the age of 7. Even from a young age, Yoann recognized a unique ability in himself that let him observe angles on the field that others seemed to miss. It was this intuition and a strong work ethic that allowed him to become one of the standout players in the lower leagues of French football. It was this rare talent and skill-set that gained the attention of one the biggest French clubs in the division at the time, Rennes.
As soon as Yoann joined Rennes, he started to develop his already first-class vision and technique into one that was unparalleled. During this time of honing and refining his talents, Yoann’s playing style began to show a particular flair of creativity that captivated fans both near and far. This creativity, combined with his devout faith and commitment to his faith and family, made him an icon to many. It also drew admiration from around Europe and helped get yoann noticed by the big clubs, such as AC Milan and eventually Olympique Lyonnais where he enjoyed the peak of his career.
At Lyon he won the Ligue 1 championship three times, the Coupe de France twice, and many other titles. His individual awards include UNFP Player of the Year in 2009, Ligue 1 Player of the Year in 2008 and 2010, and to top it off he was twice selected for the UNFP Team of the Year in 2008 and 2010.
The Cancer, in particular, is known to display a passion and creativity that fuels their success. Yoann’s undeniable passion for the game is a major part of who he is and what made him so successful. His commitment to his faith and family is also a reflection of the Cancer’s strong loyalty and sense of belonging. It may be his combination of these Cancer tendencies that saw Yoann rise to the height of his career. He had an emotional connection to the game that allowed him to express his creativity in such a unique way and is a part of his success. His talent for reading the game and anticipating moves has seen Yoann be revered as one of the most creative and inspiring players of his time.