“So far a super season” – wedding and top performances in Ligue 1 – Nati goalie Omlin soaring


Goalie Jonas Omlin is one of the main reasons why his club Montpellier suddenly found themselves in fifth place in the table. The national goalie is also doing privately.

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Jonas Omlin: The goalie is making an excellent name for himself in France.

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With Montpellier Hérault, the goalie is fifth in Ligue 1 at the winter break.

With Montpellier Hérault, the goalie is fifth in Ligue 1 at the winter break.

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Omlin is one of the best goalies in Ligue 1. Here he saves against Randal Kolo Muani from FC Nantes.

Omlin is one of the best goalies in Ligue 1. Here he saves against Randal Kolo Muani from FC Nantes.

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  • Jonas Omlin is on a high with Montpellier.

  • What’s still in there for the goalie in southern France.

  • Which is why the Central Swiss like the Joggeli better.

  • And where Omlin will marry his girlfriend Janice Van Eck.

The Neuchâtel football observatory “CIES” named Jonas Omlin the best goalie of the first half of Ligue 1. “I’m happy when others say so,” said Jonas Omlin modestly in an interview with 20 minutes. It’s nice when it works. “But I don’t want to compare myself to other goalies,” said the 27-year-old.

The statistics portal “Sofascore” also voted him into the team of the round three times in the first 19 match days. With the Belgian Mats Sels (Strasbourg) only one goalie was represented more often (4 times). This is despite the fact that Omlin was out until mid-September with an ankle injury – and although, according to Transfermarkt.ch, nine goalies in the league have a higher market value.

When will he get his second title?

Thanks in part to Omlin, his club Montpellier Hérault SC is fifth at the end of the preliminary round, two points behind second Nice and 15 behind leader PSG. Omlin: “We’re up there because we scored points in the preliminary round against opponents we don’t usually score against.” It’s been a super season so far, says the 1.90 m tall man, but you really have to stay down to earth. Because: “Paris is a power. But other clubs also have far greater ambitions and the corresponding funds.”

The Central Swiss moved from FCB to the south coast of France in the summer of 2020 for around six million euros. His only title so far: the Swiss Cup 2019 with Basel. Montpellier’s last title: the surprise win of the 2011/12 championship. “A lot has changed since then,” says Omlin, “I don’t think you’ll be able to do that again in the coming years.”

A little homesick for the Joggeli

However, supporters would still like to talk about it. Omlin: “The fans here are crazy anyway, they make a lot of atmosphere.” Nevertheless, he misses St. Jakob-Park a bit. Because: All in all, the Joggeli is the more modern stadium than the “Stade de la Mosson”. “Both have their charm,” explains Montpellier’s number 1, “but Basel is a little more closed. It creates a better atmosphere.”

And probably a little safer. Because since August in Ligue 1, the number of storms and other fan riots has increased. There were injuries, property damage and game abandonments. For example, when Marseille star Dimitri Payet was hit in the face by a bottle from Lyon fans, or when the derby between Nice and Marseille had to be called off. Omlin: “Apart from an interruption in the game against Marseille, we have been spared so far.”

Springboard Ligue 1?

Other Swiss players were in the middle of the game being abandoned: Xherdan Shaqiri with Lyon and Jordan Lotomba with Nice. Together with Omlin, they form the small Swiss group in Ligue 1. For comparison: 21 Swiss mercenaries play in the Bundesliga and five in Serie A. And even in the Belgian Jupiler Pro League there are four. How did Omlin decide to break into French football? “After careful consideration, Jonas’ move to Montpellier was the right next step after FC Basel,” explains Omlin’s adviser Raffaele Zarra (48).

This obviously worked. “We will also proceed in a considered manner for the next step in his career, which will certainly come in the next few years,” says Zarra. Omlin himself says that Montpellier was very attractive to him from the start: “It is not natural to be number 1 right away after a foreign transfer,” said the former FCL junior, “I can also draw attention to myself in France do.”

Number 3 in the national hierarchy

attention from whom? About the national coach Murat Yakin? “The World Cup is coming up in Qatar next winter, I’m really looking forward to it,” enthuses the two-time international. “The fact that we got around the playoffs is an extremely strong achievement.” You can now see from the example of Italy (must play against Portugal, editor’s note) how hard it can hit you.

Omlin’s place in the goalie hierarchy is clear today: Yann Sommer is number 1, Gregor Kobel number 2 – and Omlin number 3. Isn’t he gradually becoming more demanding? “It’s a great honor to be part of the national team,” he replies. But still: «In the last two to three years I have always been called up when I was fit. Of course you want more at some point,” says Omlin, “but that’s only about my performance in France.” So no getting past summer? “As long as he performs top, there is no reason for a change.”

First was married

The Nations League is still to come before the World Cup. Switzerland was drawn into a hammer group with Spain, Portugal and the Czech Republic. Omlin: “We’ve won against all these opponents before – and in the last Nations League against Belgium we showed what’s possible in football.”

Either way: The time with little son Lio (turned 1 year old on Tuesday) and wife Janice Van Eck (23) should be short next year. Woman? Yes, the daughter of Kriens coach René Van Eck (55) and Omlin got married in the old week. “At home in Lucerne, with the family,” he was looking forward to it. After the celebration in the Art Déco Hotel Montana, it will soon be back to France, where there are another 18 top teams of the round – and international places – up for grabs.

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