LE SCAN SPORT – 38 players participating in the World Cup in Qatar could have defended the jersey of the France team.
More than 700 players are expected in Doha, Qatar over the next few days for the 2022 World Cup (20 November – 18 December). 32 nations represented. 23 to 26 men per country.
However, among all the days present in this small state, they are 137 not to play for their country of birth. They will be 14 Moroccans not to have been born in the Arab country. Among them, there are three from France: Romain Saïss, Sofiane Boufal and Amine Harit, finally forfeited at the last minute. Born in Spain, PSG player Achraf Hakimi or Bayern Munich player Noussair Mazraoui, born in the Netherlands, are dual nationals here.
Three Blues born outside France
In total, there are no less than 37 players who could have worn the jersey struck by the rooster. Among them: the Portuguese Raphaël Guerreiro, the Spaniard Aymeric Laporte, the Ayew brothers for Ghana or the young Armel Bella-Kotchap, who defends the colors of Germany. Not to mention the players representing the Maghreb.
With 37 “expatriates”, France is the country of this World Cup most devoid of its talents. They are three Blues not to have been born in France. Steve Mandanda was born in Kinshasa, the current capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Arrived in Rennes in his earliest childhood, Eduardo Camavinga was however born in Miconje in Angola. A last-minute surprise guest, Marcus Thuram was born in Parma, on the other side of the Alps. In total, 28 of the 32 countries present in Qatar have at least one player who was not born on their land.