Laurent Ciman embraces his role

ORLANDO | At 36, Laurent Ciman could still play in MLS, but for the past year he has been in charge of the development of CF Montreal’s first team defenders.

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“I feel good and at home in this group. I love what I do and it remains a privilege to have a job that allows you to flourish,” he said after training this week.

He hung up his cleats to immediately become a coach and he admits that it was not easy.

“I made this decision with my family in mind. I wanted to stay as close as possible to them, so when I had the opportunity to join the staff, it allowed me to combine the personal and the professional. It was important to me because my wife and children have made enough sacrifices in their lives. I have been playing professional football for 16 years. »

At home

It should be noted that in addition to a parenthesis in Dijon in 2018, the family has spent most of its time in Candiac, on the South Shore, since it arrived in January 2015.

“We feel good here, the children are happy. I don’t worry, I’m good here, ”said Ciman.

He added that after obtaining residency, the family will be able to apply for citizenship within a year or two.

It is with their children, Nina and Achille, who will be 12 and 9 years old respectively this year, that Ciman and his wife, Diana, have decided to stay in Canada.

“We will become Canadians because it is important for integration, but we are still Belgians. We love Canada, the mentality and the way of life. When we knew Charleroi which is a dangerous and difficult city, I think it’s good to be able to offer this peace of mind to our children. »

have fun

You just have to see Ciman on the pitch during training to understand that he is in his element.

He talks a lot with his defenders and does not hesitate to embark on certain exercises.

“I have fun on the field and I learn a lot with Kwame [Ampadu] and Will [Wilfried Nancy]. »

It must be said that Nancy’s approach fits well with the player that was Ciman.

“It’s easy for me to talk and interact with the players because that philosophy is my football, that’s how I liked to play. »

An ally

With the return of Rudy Camacho, Ciman is counting on a major ally since he is the only defender in his thirties at only 30 years old. There are also interesting links to be made between the two.

“It’s clear that I see myself in him on the field and I enjoy watching him play,” said Ciman.

Having a veteran is an important asset to ensure the stability of the defensive block.

“I have my say off the field, but on the field, Rudy is a very good relay, admits Ciman. With young people, it’s important to have a leader and I think Rudy fills that role very well. »


Camacho’s return will help the other ten defenders, whose average age is 22.1.

Ciman also finds that young people grow well within the organization.

“If you want to move forward as a club, you have to rely on young people. When you see the team that was mine at the time and the age of the players now, it has completely changed. There are very good young players growing and that is very important for the future of the team. »

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