After making the strikers of each of the leagues in which he played over the years, from France to North America, look bad, Hassoun Camara is now on television instead. And with television comes a new wardrobe. That’s why our team met this great French athlete in Montreal to design his clothes for TV.
At Surmesur, we love to dress athletes because their athletic body shape means they have to be tailor-made to get a perfect fit. Find out more with us about this great soccer player and style enthusiast.
Surmesur, official dresser of Radio-Canada hosts
Surmesur is proud to be the official dresser of the hosts and columnists who cover the Olympics on Radio Canada! It was a pleasure for the stylists at the Surmesur boutique in Montreal to meet Hassoun Camara and Dominick Gauthier in our showroom to create their clothes for television. (Worth mentioning that most of our Montreal team were already true fans of Hassoun when he played for the Montreal Impact, now known as the Montreal Football Club)
Camara’s move to television
A defensive linchpin for the Montreal Impact from 2011 to 2017, Hassoun Camara, a bachelor’s degree in economics and social sciences, has been expanding his horizons ever since he hung up his boots. He has devoted himself to various projects, including Victoire magazine, the Osè restaurant chain in Paris and the publication of his book Saisir sa chance (Seize your opportunity), in which he draws a parallel between the sometimes chaotic paths of high-level athletes and those of entrepreneurs.
At the beginning of 2018 and until 2020, he joined the TVA Sport team as an analyst. His ease with the camera and his pertinent analyses allow him to join the team of hosts and columnists covering the performances of Olympic athletes in the summer of 2021 on the Radio-Canada channel. Beloved by the public, Hassoun will return to host the Olympic Games in Begin in the winter of 2022. You will be able to see him again in his best Surmesur clothes!
The former Montreal Impact player will also share his views on sports news. Still, it is on Radio-Canada Sports’ Podium platform that he will mainly be present, where he will sign some thirty unpublished interviews with athletes.
“I am very happy to join Radio-Canada Sports, which gives me the opportunity not only to draw on my experience as a professional athlete but also to address, in connection with sport, themes, values and emotions that touch all dimensions of society. I thrive on challenges, and I’m excited to take on this one”.
A custom-made look for Hassoun Camara
The stylists at Surmesur are very happy to dress fascinating top athletes like Hassoun Camara. And we are convinced that you will be able to enjoy his custom-made style for a long time to come on Quebec and even French television! It only took a few visits to the shop to develop a style that reflects his image and to achieve the perfect fit so that he always looks his best on television.
The brilliant career of Hassoun Camara, from France to Quebec
For those who didn’t already know this great soccer player, learn more about his story and career path that led him to host sports programs on television.
His debut in the Paris suburbs
Hassoun Camara, born 3 February 1984 in Noisy-le-Sec, is a French footballer of Senegalese origin who plays as a right-back or centre-back.
He started playing football relatively late and only joined a club at 11. He joined the youth teams of his hometown club, Olympique Noisy-le-Sec Banlieue 93. At 18, he joined the first team and made his debut in the CFA, the fourth division. In January 2006, Noisy-le-Sec reached the round of 32 of the French Cup and met AJ Auxerre, a Ligue 1 club. Following this match and thanks to a good season, he attracted the interest of various professional clubs such as Stade Rennais, Glasgow Rangers, Celtic Glasgow, Le Mans UC and Olympique de Marseille, with whom he decided to sign his first professional contract.
“My parents helped me to develop my soccer. We didn’t have great means… They immigrated from Senegal just to give us a better future”.
Olympique de Marseille
He became a professional at 22 and left a small suburban club relegated to CFA 2 to join Olympique de Marseille. A year and a half later, he asked to be transferred to Sporting Club de Bastia in Ligue 2.
Sporting Club de Bastia
At Bastia he became a regular in the French Ligue 2. He stayed in Corsica for three seasons, but when Faruk Hadžibegić took over as coach, he was left out of the group. Without serious offers, he returned to train at Noisy-le-Sec. Despite some contacts in Greece and Cyprus, the best opportunity came from Canada.
“I’ve had successes and difficult times with soccer. Just before the Impact, I was unemployed”.
Montreal Impact (Montreal Football Club)
After a trial in January 2011, Hassoun Camara signed for one season with the Montreal Impact, a Canadian club from the USL, the second North American division. From that moment on, his goal is to follow the Impact into Major League Soccer, as the team is guaranteed to become the 19th franchise in the league in 2012.
His first season in Montreal was a great success. He was named to the USL All-Star team in central defence and won the Montreal Impact’s best player of the season award. On October 11, 2011, following the post-season camp, the Impact confirmed Camara’s signing for the following season, the club’s first in MLS. He thus becomes the second player confirmed for the club’s inaugural season in North America’s top division, to the delight of all soccer fans in Quebec.
His move to Major League Soccer has meant a change of position. He played as a right-back with the Montreal team. He became an essential part of the team by establishing himself in this position. He played his 100th professional match on 11 May 2013 against Real Salt Lake.
On 29 May 2013, he won his first North American trophy, the Canadian Championship. He even scored the winning goal in the final’s second leg against the Vancouver Whitecaps. On 4 June 2014, the Montreal Impact retained the Canadian Championship against Toronto FC. Camara played the entirety of the final two games and thus won his second trophy.
He played his 100th game in all competitions for the Montreal Impact on June 11, 2014, when they hosted D.C. United.
Hassoun Camara announced his retirement on 28 November 2017 to diversify and implement his other post-career projects.
Some of Hassoun Camara’s achievements
Montreal fans will long remember Hassoun Camara’s outstanding performances in MLS. With the Montreal Impact, he was a finalist in the CONCACAF Champions League in 2015. He also reached the MLS Eastern Conference final in 2016. He won the Canadian Championship twice in 2013 and 2014 and was also a finalist in 2015.