France 2022 World Cup Squad Is Filled With Immigrants, Check Them Out

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France overcame Croatia in the 2018 FIFA World Cup final to win their second World Cup trophy overall.

France National Team Have More Immigrants Than French Nationals

Nevertheless, despite being a European nation, 87% of the 2018 winning team was made up of immigrants.

As of 2014, there were up to 6 million immigrants living in France, which has a robust immigrant population of 9.1%.

This percentage of immigrants is a direct product of post-World War II labor laws because France desperately needed to import labor from its colonies to make up for the labor shortage soon after the war.

Many of these laborers later made France their permanent home, where they raised families and developed successful careers.

Children of these immigrants have gone on to win the World Cup for France decades later.

Surprisingly, 20 players on the World Cup-winning team—or 87% of the team—are immigrants, either directly or indirectly (via parents or earlier generations of forefathers who immigrated).

The Qatar 2022 World Cup is currently underway, and the bulk of its squad is made up of non-natives.

Almost 92% of the current France squad and staff are from other countries of the World, and here, Futballnews brings you the origins of the players:

Hugo Lloris

Lloris was born to a wealthy family on December 26, 1986, in the Mediterranean city of Nice. His father is a Spanish-born banker with a base in Monte Carlo, while his French mother was a lawyer.

France National Team Have More Immigrants Than French Nationals

Alphonse Areola

Areola has participated in all facets of youth football in France.

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France National Team Have More Immigrants Than French Nationals

Due to the fact that both of his parents have Filipino ancestry, he was also qualified to play for the Philippines national team. Team manager Dan Palami personally urged him to think about joining the team in 2011 but he settled for France national team.

Steve Mandanda

On March 28, 1985, Mandanda was born in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (then Zaire), but at the age of two, he and his family relocated to Évreux, France.

France National Team Have More Immigrants Than French Nationals

Benjamin Pavard

The former France international striker Jean-Pierre Papin also started his career at Jeumont, the hometown club of Pavard, who was born in Maubeuge, Nord, close to the Belgian border.

France National Team Have More Immigrants Than French Nationals

Jules Koundé

Koundé, who was born on November 12th, 1998, is half-Beninian and half-French.

France National Team Have More Immigrants Than French Nationals

Raphael Varane

In the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region, in the city of Lille, Varane was born. His mother, Annie, was raised in Saint-Amand-les-Eaux, and his father, Gaston, is a native of Le Morne-Rouge, giving him Martiniquais ancestry.

France National Team Have More Immigrants Than French Nationals

Presnel Kimpembe

Kimpembe was born to a Congolese father and a Haitian mother in Beaumont-sur-Oise, France. He was given his maternal grandfather’s name.

France National Team Have More Immigrants Than French Nationals

William Saliba

In Bondy, Seine-Saint-Denis, Saliba was born. His mother is from Cameroon and his father is from Lebanon.

France National Team Have More Immigrants Than French Nationals

Theo and Lucas Hernandez

Jean-François Hernandez, Hernandez’s father, was a football player. His older brother Lucas, a center-back who plays for Bayern Munich and France, was also nurtured at the club. He is of Spanish origin and played for Atlético Madrid.

France National Team Have More Immigrants Than French Nationals

Ibrahima Konaté

Ibrahima Konaté was born in Paris on May 25, 1999. He is the second youngest of eight children born to immigrants from Mali and grew up on a council estate in the 11th arrondissement of Paris.

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France National Team Have More Immigrants Than French Nationals

Dayot Upamecano

Dayotchanculle Oswald Upamecano, who is of Bissau-Guinean ancestry, was born on October 27, 1998, in Évreux, Normandy.

France National Team Have More Immigrants Than French Nationals

He was reared in the African immigrant-heavy neighborhood of La Madeleine.

Adrien Rabiot

Adrien Thibault Marie Rabiot, a central midfielder for Serie A team Juventus and the France national team, was born on April 3, 1995, in France.

France National Team Have More Immigrants Than French Nationals

Aurelien Tchouaméni

Tchouaméni was raised in Bordeaux, Gironde, although being born in Rouen, Seine-Maritime.

France National Team Have More Immigrants Than French Nationals

Youssouf Fofana

On January 10, 1999, Youssouf Fofana was born in Paris. He has a Malian ancestry.

France National Team Have More Immigrants Than French Nationals

Matteo Guendouzi

A midfielder for Ligue 1 team Marseille and the France national team, Matteo Elias Kenzo Guendouzi Olié was born in France on April 14, 1999. He has partial Moroccan heritage.

Jordan Veretout

Jordan Marcel Gilbert Veretout is a French professional footballer who competes for both the France national team and Ligue 1 club Marseille. He was born on March 1, 1993.

Eduardo Camavinga

Camavinga was born to Congolese parents at a refugee camp in Cabinda, Angola, in 2002.

His sibling count is five. At age 2, his family relocated to France. He was raised in Fougères, so they relocated there. He used to practice judo but eventually stopped to concentrate only on football.

Kingsley Coman

Coman, who was born in Paris to Guadeloupean parents, started working for US Sénart-Moissy when he was six years old in 2002.

France National Team Have More Immigrants Than French Nationals

Kylian Mbappé

Mbappé was born and reared in Bondy, Seine-Saint-Denis, a community 10.9 kilometers (6.8 miles) outside of the heart of Paris. Wilfried, his father, is from Cameroon and is not just Mbappé’s agent but also a football coach.

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His mother, Fayza Lamari, is a former handball player who is of Algerian Kabyle descent.

Karim Benzema

Benzema was born in Lyon to Algerian-born French citizens. Before moving to Lyon, where he eventually settled in the 1950s, his grandfather, Da Lakehal Benzema, resided in the village of Tigzirt, which is situated in the northern town of At Djellil in Algeria.

Hafid, Benzema’s father, was born in Tigzirt, and Wahida Djebbara, Benzema’s mother, was born in Lyon and raised there; her ancestors were from Oran.

Olivier Giroud

Giroud was raised in the neighbouring village of Froges, close to Grenoble, after being born in Chambéry, France, in the Rhône-Alpes area.

Antoine Griezmann

Griezmann was born in the Saône-et-Loire département’s Mâcon commune. Alain, his father, is a town councilman from a family with roots in Münster, Germany.

His last name was initially spelled “Griesmann,” but for social reasons it was changed to “Griezmann.”

Ousmane Dembélé

In the Normandy town of Vernon, Eure, Dembélé was born. His father is from Mali, while his mother is Mauritanian-Senegalese from Waly Diantang.

Christopher Nkunku

Christopher Alan Nkunku was born in Lagny-sur-Marne, Seine-et-Marne, on November 14, 1997.

Indeed, the recent World Champions are actually from all over the world, which is appropriate given that they are working together to achieve a patriotic goal in honor of their adopted country.

Hence, we are about to see another instance of immigrants dominating the world during the World Cup in Qatar in 2022.

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