News Article  | World Cup 2018

14 Stars In France's World Cup Squad With African Heritage

14 Stars In France's 2018 FIFA World Cup Squad With African Heritage

Sp
By David Kappel - Jun 12, 2018 07:15 PM @kappilinho

Africa has only five nations at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, but considering that 14 of the 23 players in France's squad for Russia have African roots, many fans on the continent will be supporting Les Blues. Here are the 14 World Cup stars Africa lost to France.

Click through the gallery above to see all 14 France stars with African heritage.

Having been drawn in Group C alongside Denmark, Australia and Peru, Didier Deschamps' side has a long history of African talent, with the likes of Zinedine Zidane (Algeria) and Patrick Vieira (Senegal) having their family roots in Africa.

Overall, there are 14 players with African heritage in France's World Cup squad, with Paul Pogba being the standout name. Manchester United's record signing was born in France to Guinean parents. While Paul – the youngest of three brothers – represents the country of his birth, both his older brothers are Guinea internationals at senior level.

Similar to Pogba, Kylian Mbappe's parents are both from Africa. His father hails from Cameroon, while his mother is Algerian. Kylian himself was born in Paris, but would have been eligible to represent the birth country of either of his parents.

France centre-back Samuel Umtiti was born outside of France, in Yaounde, Cameroon, to be precise. He spent the first two years of his life in his birth country but then moved to France. Cameroon made serious attempts to convince Umtiti, who played for France at U17 and U21 level, to represent his birth country at senior level, but he opted to play for France. Not even Cameroon legend Roger Milla could convince him otherwise.

Gallery: 2018 World Cup Stadiums

Overall, there are 14 players with African roots in France's squad for Russia 2018. They draw heritage from nine different African countries, namely Guinea, Cameroon, Senegal, DR Congo, Mali, Angola, Togo, Morocco and Algeria.

Click through the gallery above to see all of France's World Cup stars with African heritage, and let us know if that could be a reason why you will support Les Bleus in the World Cup!


121654 views
 
 
 

Related Articles

Comments

5b14e7738bc92
Mollen01 Joined: 04 Jun 2018
No badges available
Mollen01 Jun 30, 2018 06:23 PM
Go France Go. African European Country
Default
Izec247 Joined: 08 May 2012
No badges available
Izec247 Jun 14, 2018 07:45 AM
This is why Africa will never win the World Cup. Europe adopt our best players.
Default
Mystique-Luu Joined: 20 Apr 2015
No badges available
Mystique-Luu Jun 13, 2018 09:51 AM
No South African though.....L(O)L
Default
bandz@70 Joined: 13 May 2018
No badges available
bandz@70 Jun 13, 2018 09:09 AM
My money is on France taking this world cup
Default
MR E Joined: 17 Apr 2012
No badges available
MR E Jun 13, 2018 06:10 AM
Africa rules in france team

Express Yourself

Your chance to say what you need to.

Create your blog

What You May Have Missed