A few whistles at the start of the game and a standing ovation at the end. jonathan claus had a contrasting night on Tuesday in his first spell with the Blues against South Africa (5-0). In Lille, the public had not completely forgotten that the winger evolves daily with the neighbor of the remote control lens.
how about sunday Strasbourg ? The boy from Oshoffen, a town about fifteen kilometers from the capital. Alsatian, will play almost at home. But not with the blue shirt of Careers, the blood and gold of another Racing. “Throughout the match, he will continue to be an opponent for us supporters,” explains Philippe Wolff.
However, the president of the Federation of RCS supporters does not rule out some encouragement for the local hero. “Before the match I think he will be applauded because there is a certain Alsatian pride in seeing local players called up to the Blues.” Like the shy notes received by Morgan Schneiderlin, also a native of Strasbourg and a French international, when he arrived at La Meinau with OGC Nice. or like when Thierry Henry he had been very well received for his first time on the AS Monaco bench in 2018. The Strasbourg crowd was simply honoring a legend of their sport there.
“We will shout at the announcement of your name”
This Sunday, Jonathan Clauss will in any case be able to count on his relatives to chant his surname. “That’s for sure, we’re going to scream when his name is announced,” promises his best friend Loïc Schneider. He will not be alone in ranting. “We should be a dozen friends, if he manages to take us everywhere,” continues the one who has followed the player in Marseille and Lille in recent days.
On the family side, “a dozen people” are announced. Including Julie… who missed her brother’s first steps in Blue. “We were on vacation in the Canary Islands, it was already booked when we found out that he was selected. But this time, we will be there! “, she laughs, promising to wear the Lensois shirt in the stands. Not necessarily to unfurl a banner to the glory of his eldest son… “Maybe, I don’t know yet, we have to go back to France now! »
Fans of Jonathan Clauss can still count on a little help from the stadium announcer. Jean-Luc Filser promises that “he will insist on it during the presentation of RC Lens. after his first and last name, I’ll pause for applause. I am sure that Meinau will give you a proper welcome. »
“It’s a bit like their stadium here too”
“I can’t wait to hear that and I’m sure it will please Jo,” reacts Loïc Schneider. “When the club was still in the CFA or Nacional, many times we came together and he himself said that that atmosphere was crazy and that it gave him chills. It’s a bit like his stadium here too, he’s going home. »
Not far in any case from a training center that he attended for ten years (2000-2010), before being released. “At that time he was not ready but all the people who knew him here have very good memories of him, a quiet boy,” says François Keller, the local’s director. “We were all delighted with his selections for the Blues. Jonathan Clauss may soon be entitled to the photographic portrait of him at the entrance of the Mutest Racing Academy. Along with those of Martin Djetou, Mohamed Simakan and other Anthony Caci, all of them turned professionals thanks to Racing. “If that’s the case, we’ll wear it with the France national team shirt! »