TGB captain Isabelle Yacoubou ends her career

This is the news we've been dreading. It was confirmed this Wednesday, February 28, 2024 by a press release from Tarbes Gespe Bigorre: the former international is forced to end her playing career at the age of 37 after a knee injury sustained during a match in Charleville-Mézières on January 24 last year. . “It was not the outburst they had hoped for,” writes the club from Tarbes, which explains that this decision was made “despite an attempt at treatment and rehabilitation so that they could finish the season.”

Isabelle Yacoubou will stay at the club where it all started

Isabelle Yacoubou, who started her career at TGB, will remain there, joining the staff from next season. Club Bigourdan reminds that she arrived at the training center of Tarbes Gespe Bigorre at the age of 17. She became a professional in Tarbes. There she won the title of French champion in 2010. “Then she left the Pyrenees on a long and beautiful sporting journey while winning more trophies.” In 2022, she will return to Tarbes to end her playing career and start her career as a coach. “Despite her injury, she remains present on the pitch during training and home matches, in order to prepare for her future role at the club,” TGB said in a press release.

Isabelle Yacoubou with the “Braqueuses” won silver at the Olympic Games in London 2012, as well as gold, two silvers and a bronze at the European Championships. A total of 147 selections for the French team. “She won, among other things, the European Championship in the Euroleague, one Eurocup, two French championships, including one with TGB, four in Italy, one in Spain and one in Russia. On a personal level, the pivot was twice the MVP of the French Championship , once Italy, selected in the main five of Euro 2013 and in the main five of the French championship in 2022-2023.

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