Football. 13 vice world champions have already played in La Manche!

Antoine Griezmann with France U19 against England on 24 July 2010 in Saint-Lodge (1-1) (©Archive)

Many were included carrier startersome were even still developing youth categories. Their names were not known at the time General publicalthough some had already promised a beautiful future.

Diving back our archiveswe found traces of matches In the channel for 13 of the last 26 world runners-up. It is impossible that one or two people escaped from us because of their absence technical sheet.

“Giroud, it was a wall! »

The first to arrive is Blue Olivier Giroud. Center forward, on loan Grenoble hour StressHe attended Maurice-Pstaire February 29, 2008 will face AS Cherbourg there. The future scorer of the French team, who was 21 years old at the time, despite the 3-0 defeat of the southerners. impressed his opponentsboth outward and backward.

He is the best player I have faced in my career! We couldn’t do anything in front of him… It was a wall! He could play in the pivot, in the bend, he could keep the ball… He stood out in the national team, he had no business at this level.

Michael Barreformer Cherbourg defender, in 2018

Two years later, it was Antoine Griezmann who walked on the Manchoise lawn. THERE IS summer 2010the Lower Normandy It hosted the Euro U19s and three games were played at Stade Louis-Villemer in Saint-Lo, including France – England On July 24 in the group stage (1-1). The attacker that day Real Society (19) only played the last 20 minutes, but then played an important role in Les Bleuets’ title, Spain For (2-1). Caen.

“Rabiot was unplayable! »

Many seasons saw US Avranches’ U19s playing for the Nationals several future great playerswhose Raphael Varane with objective At the beginning of the 2010s. Adrien Rabiot.

The first time I came with Paris SG, I was a spectator, Bernard Maccio was in charge of the U19. Rabiot was usually an U17, but even though he was two years younger, we only saw him on the field! The following season, in 2012, I took over the team and the head coach of PSG asked me if we could move the match forward by a day. I accepted and on the day of the meeting I see this big curly hair coming with the rest of the team, whereas he was with the pros then! The coach explained to me that if he wanted to bring the match forward, it was to give Rabiot some game time before he joined the French team the next day… We won 4-0 and he was unplayable!

Jean-Noel Le Bouzullier Technician from Avranchin

The two new world vice-champions discovered the Channel at a particularly young age. Konate to Abraham He was just 12 years old when he participated in the U11 tournament in Ducey with Paris FC. June 19, 2011. Marcus Thuramnot yet 15 years old, he played in the national cup among under-15 footballers Equeurdreville and Querquevillethey are June 9 and 10, 2012.

Marcus Thuram scored against Guingamp against Caen (3-1) in Tourlaville on 28 July 2018.
Marcus Thuram scored against Guingamp against Caen (3-1) in Tourlaville on 28 July 2018. (©Archives)

The striker, encouraged by his father Lilian, who was present in the stands of Jean-Jaures, lost on penalties in the final with his chosen player. French island. Current player Munich On July 28, 2018, he came to our department for the second time with his club Guingampfor a friendly against Caen at the Léo-Lagrange stadium Turlaville. He also scored the last goal of his team (3:1 victory).

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“Dembele, a real phenomenon! »

Kingsley Coman with France U19 team faced Azerbaijan on March 26, 2015 in Saint Lo (2:0).
Kingsley Coman with France U19 team faced Azerbaijan on March 26, 2015 in Saint Lo (2:0). (©Archives)

Three Blues, now teammates Bayern MunichHe participated in March 2015 Two Euro U19 qualifiers, in Saint-Lo. The star of the team Kingsley Coman scored both goals against Azerbaijan (2-0) and was injured in the game against England (2-1), Lucas Hernandez it was also the beginning Benjamin Pavard he played only 20 minutes.

If there is one memory of this week, it is the level of play of Koma, it was very impressive, how fast it was!

Thibault DeslandesPresident of FC Saint-Lo

In 2014 and 2015, another winger, Mancho, stunned observers. with the reserve team of reindeer, Ousmane Dembele, not yet young, faced Granville and Saint-Lô several times in CFA2. “This is a real phenomenon! We rarely see players like him. He goes fast, he sees before others, he has incredible technique,” said then-USG coach Johan Gallon in 2018.

Jules Kounde (right) with Bordeaux against Granville (1-2 ap) at Granville on 7 January 2018
Jules Kounde (right) with Bordeaux against Granville (1-2 ap) at Granville on 7 January 2018 (©Archives)

Three other world runners-up have played against Granville in recent years with varying degrees of success. Jules Kounde (age 19, owner) and Aurelien Tchouameni (age 17, left on the bench) was a Bordeaux team in Louis-Dior in 32.e from the final French CupJanuary 7, 2018 (2-1 hours).

Rabiot, Kimpembe and Maignan on the same day

Some of the players who could or should be on Didier Deschamps’ roster for Qatar have also played on Mancho turf. On October 6, 2012, the day of Adrien Rabiot’s second visit to Avranches, the PSG U19 team also included Presnel Kimpembe and Mike Maignan in their ranks! Christopher Nkunku meanwhile played for Saint-Lo on 22 November 2014, still at PSG U19. N’Golo Kante played Cherbourg against Boulogne-sur-Mer at Postaire on 8 January 2013. But the one who thrived most at La Manche is certainly Jonathan Klaus, who spent the 2016-2017 season at Avranches, before exploding at a higher level…

Finally, Randal Kolo Muani, with backup Nantesfirst lost at Granville (2-1) on Dec. 21, 2016, before going winless there on Jan. 12, 2019 (5-2). the attacker even on August 30, 2019, in Avranches, he came to the Channel for the third time Boulogne sur Mer (1-0 win).

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