Sepp visits Blaise and Isabelle Matuidi in their beautiful timber villa in the west of Paris
Blaise Matuidi is the heart and soul of Paris Saint-Germain and of Les Bleus. Gregarious, natural, a true team player with a sunny outlook on life and a nice word for everyone. Maybe one should add he is also the lungs of a team that has just won its fourth consecutive French championship. Born in Toulouse, Blaise moved to Paris in his youth with his family and became a huge fan of PSG and their then iconic player — Jay-Jay Okocha. That great Nigerian fantasy player exploded on to French sporting consciousness during the 1998 World Cup, notably with a mesmerizing display in a 1-0 win over then powerful Bulgaria in the Parc des Princes. The stadium that is now Matuidi’s theater.
Blaise’s career began when he was just six in the Paris suburban team of Fontenay-sous-Bois. Matuidi joined the Paris Saint-Germain in July 2011. And, in a mark of how highly he was already held, he was hired to replace the legendary Claude Makélélé — the man who redefined the key defensive role of ball-winner playing for both Chelsea and the French national team.
Nobody runs more than Matuidi who has Angolan roots and seems to have the marathon runners blood of Africa. Add superior ball handling skills, quick passing, good defensive reading and a dry and powerful shot. That’s how you sum up the 29-year-old midfielder who has slowly matured to be the new face of Paris Saint-Germain simply due to the fact that he is the only Frenchman who makes it on the starting eleven. Blaise started his first full game for France in March 2011 and has gone on to represent France 42 times, scoring seven goals in the process. That’s seven more than Makélélé ever scored for France by the way. Watch him cover more ground this summer than any other player.
But what are we talking about? Sepp went out to Matuidi’s home in the countryside to show off his football fashion talents. Balmain designer Olivier Rousteing tipped us off naming that Blaise is his favorite French player. So needless to say, upon entering his home, cool Blaise was playing chess with his daughter clad in Balmain motorcycle pants and a Nike T-shirt. From Sepp he got a little of the Valentino, Fendi, Armani, Dior Homme, Hugo Boss and Balmain treatment. And, as you can see, Blaise cuts a dashing figure in all the looks.
“I love Balmain and Rick Owens,” explains Matuidi who was sporting the de rigueur timepiece of the modern professional footballer — a black Hublot watch. “I love fashion and seeing new things. Olivier invited me to his Balmain show and next season my wife Isabelle and I will try to go.” Speaking of Isabelle, his beautiful wife and mother of three children. She liked our selection for Blaise so much, she volunteered to jump in the shoot as well. So please meet France’s new glamour couple Blaise and Isabelle Matuidi.
See the full editorial in the new SEPP issue No. 9 now available at the newsstands.