INTERVIEW WITH SPL LIVINGSTON FC AND TOGO NATIONAL TEAM STAR STEVE LAWSON
Steve Lawson is an outstanding football player currently at Livingston Football Club and plays center midfield for the Scottish premier league club. Lawson has been playing professional football for nearly a decade now and has been playing for Livingston since 2018 while also having spells at clubs Vannes, Saint-Colomban Locmine, Evian ll, Le Mont and Neuchâtel Xamax. He has also capped his national team Togo several times.
He has a high work rate which complements his fast pace, Lawson makes it all look easy. He is both a great passer and standout quick defensive player who can intercept in the blink of an eye. In addition to his quick skills, he also has a great aggression to the game playing just Infront of the defence. Lawson is truly an all-around athlete when it comes to the SPL.
How was growing up and playing football in France?
The place where I grew up was around 35 miles away from Paris and most of the people comes from the first wave of immigration to work in France. So, I lived in a district with a rich ethnic diversity and football is the language everybody can
speak. The football was a way to make friends, to showcase your talent, to dream of a great future. But the level in that region is very high and there are so many players, that’s why it is very hard to become professional when you grow up from there. But that helps me develop my actual mindset: “Work hard and Never give up”
Playing in Scotland for Livingston FC for the last 3 seasons, how has it been playing in the SPL?
I’m not going to lie it was very tough to adapt myself to Scottish football because of the language and the way to play. Here it’s a very direct football with a lot of long balls and ariel battles. It’s the opposite of every kind of football I’ve played in my life. But I have learned a lot and I’m happy to have discovered a new culture. Unfortunately, this season has been played behind closed doors, but I’ve enjoyed the atmosphere in Scotland.
You represented Togo on an international level, what was that experience like?
It’s simple, that’s my biggest achievement in my career! I couldn’t have been prouder to wear the jersey of my national team and sing the national anthem.
What has been your favorite moment of your career?
I have two favorite moments, the first one is my first game with the Togo national team. The moment I sang the national anthem it gave me goosebumps and was a dream come true. My second favourite moment is with my former team when we won the league. We had a very good team of fiends and wining a trophy with them was unbelievable.
What advice would you give the younger generation of football looking to make it professionally?
You must believe in yourself. Don’t let anyone tell you that you are not good enough, there are so many good players and not enough spots for everyone. You must be one of the best to become professional and there are some key to make it through: hard work, the mindset, good motivation, and a bit of luck.