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Meet France’s World Cup players with deep African roots | Their Brief Profile & Biography

No African side reached the second round of the 2018 Russian world Cup this year for the first time since 1982‚ providing a moment for reflection on football on the continent.

But France should provide a top choice for fans from Africa to get behind for the remainder of the tournament as they have 15 players in their 23-man squad that have some connection to the continent.


Steve Mandanda (goalkeeper): Born in Kinshasa‚ DR Congo and moved to France as a teenager. Plays for Marseille.

Presnel Kimpembe (defender): Born in France to a Congolese father and a Haitian mother. Plays for Paris St Germain.

Samuel Umtiti (defender): Born in Yaoundé‚ Cameroon but moved to France at the age of two. Plays for Barcelona.

Adil Rami (defender): Born in France to Moroccan parents. Plays for Marseille.

Djibril Sidibé (defender): Born in France to parents of Malien descent. Plays for Monaco.

Benjamin Mendy (defender): Born in France to parents of Senegalese descent. Plays for Manchester City.

Paul Pogba (midfielder): Born in France to Guinean parents. Plays for Manchester United.

Thomas Lemar (midfielder): Born in France and is of Nigerian/Guadeloupe descent. His grandfather played for the Super Eagles. Plays for Monaco.

Corentin Tolisso (midfielder): Born in France with a father of Togolese descent. Plays for Bayern Munich.

N’Golo Kanté (midfielder): Born in France to Malien parents. Plays for Chelsea.

Blaise Matuidi (midfielder): Born in France to an Angolan father and a Congolese mother. Plays for Juventus.

Steven Nzonzi (midfielder): Born in France to parents of DR Congo descent. Plays for Sevilla.

Kylian Mbappé (striker): Born in France to a Cameroonian father and an Algerian mother. Plays for Paris Saint-Germain‚ on loan from Monaco.

Ousmane Dembélé (striker): Born in France to a Nigerian/Malien father and a Mauritanian/Senegalese mother. Plays for Barcelona.

Nabil Fekir (striker): Born in France to parents of Algerian descent. Plays for Lyon.


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