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Soccer. Who are the players of the France U17 team crowned European champions?

On the roof of Europe! Falling Wednesday from the Netherlands in the final (2-1), the French team added its name to the Euro U17 list for the third time. A performance that is sufficiently rare in the history of French football since the last continental titles, in this age category, date back to 2004 and 2015. 18 years ago, this competition highlighted the 87 generation of Ben Arfa, Nasri , Menez and Benzema, at a time when the new European U17 champions were not even born. Eleven years later, that of 98 was sublimated by players like Upamecano, Reine-Adélaïde and Ikoné.

Winning this year therefore means something. It is an obvious gateway to the highest level, the place where it is good to confirm to the clubs that it is good to bet on you in the future. This is the promise that Mathys Tel, El Chadaille Bitshiabu, Warren Zaire Emery and company have just made, all of whom have already been housed in Ligue 1 clubs. Review of the pillars of this selection, on which coach José Alcocer was able to rest for the conquest of the title.

Lisandru Olmeta

Lisandru Olmeta was notably decisive during the penalty shootout against Portugal, in the semi-finals, by repelling the penalty from Manuel Mendonca. | PHOTO: ABIR SULTAN/EPA/MAXPPP

“He may be more complete than me at the same age. » The confession is that of Pascal Olmeta, the former French international goalkeeper, winner of the Champions League with OM in 1993 and father of… Lisandru, the starting goalkeeper of the France team during Euro U17. The comparison already places the cursor and the competition, disputed in Israel, was a nice mirror. The young native of Ajaccio, trained at Gazélec and who signed for AS Monaco in 2020, after having passed trials at OM, was decisive in each of the two penalty shootouts. First in the quarter-finals against Germany, taking out the penalty from Tom Bischof, then in the semi-finals, using his 1.89m to perfection to push back that of Manuel Mendonca. His calm and determination were valuable allies in the quest for the title.

El Chadaille Bitshiabu

El Chadaille Bitshiabu, here against Portugal in the semi-final. | PHOTO: JACK GUEZ / AFP

He is already of interest to top European clubs. Both Bayern Munich and Salzburg are said to be keeping a close eye on his situation at PSG. In the capital, El Chadaille Bitshiabu does not find a very clear window of expression for the moment. Four short minutes in Ligue 1, on the lawn of Angers on April 20, making him the third youngest player to wear the PSG jersey in the top flight (behind Kingsley Coman and Nicolas Anelka), and thirty- eight others in the Coupe de France. It’s not much but it is worth emphasizing his age (17 years since May 16, the day of the start of Euro U17).

The native of Villeneuve-Saint-Georges is programmed to impose himself at the highest level, the question now being to know in which club. His quality of foot and his reading of the game make him a versatile defender, very good raiser therefore but also most often impervious in duels. His stature (1.98 m, 96 kg) is in this a significant asset in the youth categories, which will have to be transposed to the pros in the future.

Warren Zaire-Emery

Warren Zaire Emery may be the youngest player in José Alcocer’s squad, but he is still one of the most important. | PHOTO: ABIR SULTAN/EPA/MAXPPP

Youngest player of the selection and only to be born in 2006, Warren Zaire-Emery has established himself as an essential element of the device of José Alcocer, during this Euro. He was certainly not a starter in the first group match against Poland, nor against the Netherlands, but the midfielder improved almost each of his starts. Orientation, projection, changes of rhythm… His panoply is wide. His forward play allows him to be regularly in the right areas, like his goal against Bulgaria in the group stage, where he recovers the ball at the feet of his defender at the entrance to the surface opposition, or even his jewel against Portugal in the semi-finals, also summarizing his ability to light up a match with a gesture.

Systematically outclassed, Warren Zaire-Emery is considered one of the greatest talents currently under contract at the PSG training center. In addition to already being successful, at 16, with the France U17 team, which still has the gift of placing potential and expectations.

Jeanuel Belocian

Jeanuel Belocian when he came into play against Metz on March 20, 2022 at Roazhon Park. | PHOTO: PHILIPPE RENAULT / WEST-FRANCE

Used as a left-back during this Euro, Jeanuel Belocian has also established himself as a pillar of this workforce. The Guadeloupean also has many hopes, both in selection and with his training club. At Stade Rennais, where he spent his first tries at the start of 2017. Although he is mainly in demand with the reserve team in N3 or with the U19s, this did not prevent him from playing his first minutes among professionals. Bruno Genesio having brought him in at the very end of the match against Metz at Roazhon Park, on March 20.

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The native of Abymes is in line with his older brother, Wilhem, French hurdler crowned junior world champion in the 110m hurdles in 2014 and European indoor champion in 2021. Like a champion, therefore. “He’s amazing, he has his goal in mind. He’s like me, he has the same character and he knows what he wants.”described Wilhem Belocian to us last March.

Tom Saettel

Tom Saettel opened the scoring in the quarter-finals against Germany. | PHOTO: ABIR SULTAN/EPA/MAXPPP

Arrived at the age of 8 at Racing Club de Strasbourg, he never left the club which he had joined reluctantly. In an interview with Onze Mondial last year, he admitted “not wanting to leave Geispolsheim”, the club in which he was already outclassed by two years. His father was right to insist on giving him a try since he is, nine years later, on the roof of Europe with his teammates of the 2005 generation. Holder in the quarter-finals and semi-finals, the winger even scored a nice goal against Germany which says a lot about his striking qualities, even against a block in place.

Mathys Tel

Mathys Tel, here with Lesley Ugochukwu and Jeanuel Bélocian (from the back), listening to Bruno Genesio, his coach at Stade Rennais. | PHOTO: THOMAS BRÉGARDIS / WEST-FRANCE

In Rennes, Mathys Tel is perceived as the future crack. It’s not for nothing that he signed his first professional contract very early and that Bruno Genesio did not wait too long before giving him even a little playing time. His first minutes in Ligue 1, he played them in Brest on August 15, 2021, becoming the youngest in the history of Stade Rennais to play in the Elite ahead of a certain… Eduardo Camavinga!

In all this season, the striker has participated in seven Ligue 1 games and he even entered against Tottenham and Mura in the Europa League Conference. In selection, José Alcocer made him his captain and obviously relies on his qualities for his offensive animation. On the banks of the Vilaine, it should be able to enter the rotation more markedly next year and thus hatch in the eyes of the general public.

The list of twenty players champions of Europe U17

Goalkeepers: Lisandru Olmeta (AS Monaco), Noah Raveyre (AS Saint-Etienne).

Defenders: Jeanuel Belocian (Stade Rennais), El Chadaille Bitshiabu (PSG), Sael Kumbedi (Le Havre), Christian Mawissa Elebi (Toulouse FC), Mamadou Sarr (Olympique Lyonnais), Luzolo Vangi Vungele (FC Metz), Elyaz Zidane (Real Madrid) .

Midfielders: Valentin Atangana Edoa (Stade de Reims), Naim Byar (Stade de Reims), Désiré Doué (Stade Rennais), Alexis Kabamba (Stade de Reims), Warren Zaire-Emery (PSG).

Forwards: Ayman Aiki (AS Saint-Étienne), Zoumana Diallo (RC Strasbourg), Axel Gueguin (Montpellier), Junior Ndiaye (Montpellier), Tom Saettel (RC Strasbourg), Mathys Tel (Stade Rennais).

Soccer. Who are the players of the France U17 team crowned European champions?

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