Le Havre sporting director Mathieu Bodmer watches 50 football matches a week and barely sleeps


Le Havre sporting director Mathieu Bodmer watches around 50 football matches a week in European leagues, as well as montages of matches in Korea, Libya and Panama.

The 39-year-old, who is also an expert for Amazon Prime Video and RMC Sport, was named the new sporting director of Ligue 2 outfit Le Havre this summer after the French side announced a complete overhaul of the club.

And in a riveting interview with French publication L’Equipe, the former Lyon, PSG and Nice midfielder detailed a typical day in his life.

Whether sleeping in Le Havre’s 25,000 capacity stadium in an effort to “optimize time” or watching football for several hours a day, it’s safe to say that Bodmer dedicates his life at the beautiful game.

In the interview, he opened up about what is one of the most action-packed routines we’ve ever come across.

“I watch around 50 full matches per week: Ligue 1, Ligue 2, National, U19, U17, N2, N3, English divisions, Italian divisions, Spanish divisions, and other championships depending on the profiles we are looking for.” Bodmer said.

“I also watch montages of matches played in Korea, Libya or Panama. I practically watch football day and night, especially since I don’t sleep much.”

The former Lille player also revealed that he hadn’t had a holiday for 18 months and only slept for five hours.

When asked if he slept in the club’s stadium, he replied: “Absolutely [I sleep there]. We have a large room with Nicolas Douchez (goalkeeping coach) with a view of the pitch. In addition, the stadium is close to the highway.

“I do everything to optimize the time as much as possible.”

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Earlier this year, Bodmer hit the headlines after calling Lionel Messi’s debut season at Paris Saint-Germain a failure.

He also claimed that Messi will never replicate his form with former club Barcelona at Parc des Princes.

“Sportingly, yes, it’s a failure. [Messi] has some interesting stats for an ordinary player,” Bodmer told RMC Sport in May.

“I would have liked to have such statistics. But here we are talking about Lionel Messi. We have known him with 50-goal seasons, doing incredible things while carrying his team.

“Today, he is almost 35 years old; we will never see the same Lionel Messi again. We know that PSG attaches great importance to marketing, and there, his arrival is not at all a failure.

“The leaders are very happy with this part, as at the time with the arrival of David Beckham. With Lionel Messi, PSG has taken a new step in terms of image.”


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