France national under-17 football team

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France
Nickname(s)
  • Les Bleuets (The Little Blues)
  • Les Tricolores (The Tri-colours)
Association French Football Federation
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Bernard Diomède
FIFA code FRA
First colours
Second colours

The France national under-17 - 16 football team is the national under-17 - 16 football team of France who will be playing in the UEFA European Championship this year or next year and is controlled by the French Football Federation. The team competes in the annual UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship and the FIFA U-17 World Cup, which is held every two years. The under-17 team also participates in local and international friendly tournaments, such as the Montaigu Tournament and the Toto Cup, which is held in Austria.

France have won the FIFA U-17 World Cup once in 2001. However, of the 18 players that played on the championship-winning team, only one of them has played in the senior team of France; Florent Sinama-Pongolle. Several players on the team, such as Hassan Yebda, Mourad Meghni, Chaouki Ben Saada, and Emerse Faé have played for other national teams for which they were eligible. The under-17 team has also won the UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship twice, in 2004 and 2015. The championship-winning team began a new generation for the senior national team as it was composed of several players who have established themselves as French internationals. Samir Nasri, Karim Benzema, Jérémy Menez, and Hatem Ben Arfa have all gone on the represent the senior team and participate in a major international tournament for France.

The 2012–13 international under-17 campaign began in August 2012 and will end following the conclusion of the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup if France qualifies for the competition. The current under-19 team is coached by Patrick Gonfalone, a former football player, notably with Angers, Auxerre, and Le Havre. Prior to coaching for the French Football Federration, Gonfalone had domestic coaching tenures at SC Abbeville and ES Viry-Châtillon. The current captain of the team is Nice attacker Neal Maupay.

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Head coach: Bernard Diomède

Caps and goals as of 12 May 2016 after the match against Sweden.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Gaëtan Poussin (1999-01-13) 13 January 1999 (age 17) 8 0 France Bordeaux
16 1GK Didier Desprez (1999-03-13) 13 March 1999 (age 17) 3 0 France Lens

2 2DF Yann Valery (1999-02-22) 22 February 1999 (age 17) 7 0 England Southampton
3 2DF Malang Sarr (1999-01-23) 23 January 1999 (age 17) 11 0 France Nice
4 2DF Boubacar Kamara (1999-11-23) 23 November 1999 (age 16) 9 0 France Marseille
5 2DF Dan Axel Zagadou (1999-06-03) 3 June 1999 (age 17) 10 0 France Paris Saint-Germain
12 2DF Paul Fargeas (1999-03-21) 21 March 1999 (age 17) 8 0 France Toulouse
13 2DF Loïc Bessile (1999-02-19) 19 February 1999 (age 17) 3 0 France Toulouse
15 2DF Mahamadou Dembélé (1999-04-10) 10 April 1999 (age 17) 3 0 France Paris Saint-Germain

6 3MF Aurélien Nguiamba (1999-01-18) 18 January 1999 (age 17) 9 1 France Nancy
8 3MF Mickaël Cuisance (1999-08-16) 16 August 1999 (age 16) 13 1 France Nancy
10 3MF Rafik Guitane (1999-05-26) 26 May 1999 (age 17) 12 1 France Le Havre
11 3MF Antoine Bernede (1999-05-26) 26 May 1999 (age 17) 7 1 France Paris Saint-Germain
17 3MF Raouf Mroivili (1999-01-14) 14 January 1999 (age 17) 9 0 France Marseille

7 4FW Hakim El Mokeddem (1999-02-15) 15 February 1999 (age 17) 12 1 France Toulouse
9 4FW Amine Karraoui (1999-06-09) 9 June 1999 (age 17) 4 3 France Montpellier
14 4FW Yassin Fortune (1999-01-30) 30 January 1999 (age 17) 13 2 England Arsenal
18 4FW Ervin Taha (1999-03-14) 14 March 1999 (age 17) 12 3 France Bordeaux

Recent call-ups[edit]

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Theo Louis (1999-07-12) 12 July 1999 (age 17) 2 0 France Rennes v.  Austria, 3 April 2016

DF Ibrahima Konate (1999-05-25) 25 May 1999 (age 17) 7 0 France Sochaux v.  Austria, 3 April 2016
DF Thomas Basila (1999-04-30) 30 April 1999 (age 17) 1 0 France Nantes v.  Denmark, 10 February 2016
DF Obite Evan Ndicka (1999-08-20) 20 August 1999 (age 16) 1 0 France Auxerre v.  Denmark, 10 February 2016
DF Lenny Vallier (1999-04-24) 24 April 1999 (age 17) 2 0 France Reims v.  Denmark, 10 February 2016

MF Yassine Benrahou (1999-01-24) 24 January 1999 (age 17) 1 0 France Bordeaux v.  Denmark, 10 February 2016
MF Hamza Rafia (1999-04-02) 2 April 1999 (age 17) 1 0 France Lyon v.  Denmark, 10 February 2016
MF Imad Faraj (1999-02-11) 11 February 1999 (age 17) 2 0 France Lille v.  Denmark, 10 February 2016
MF Paul Devarrewaere (1999-02-19) 19 February 1999 (age 17) 2 0 France Lyon v.  Italy, 16 December 2015

FW Myziane Maolida (1999-02-14) 14 February 1999 (age 17) 7 2 France Lyon v.  Austria, 3 April 2016
FW Yanis Ammour (1999-05-21) 21 May 1999 (age 17) 1 0 France Montpellier v.  Denmark, 10 February 2016
FW Lamine Ghezali (1999-07-06) 6 July 1999 (age 17) 1 0 France Saint-Étienne v.  Italy, 16 December 2015
FW Bryan Mbeumo (1999-08-07) 7 August 1999 (age 16) 1 0 France Troyes v.  Italy, 16 December 2015

Previous squads[edit]

Results[edit]

2013 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship First Round qualification

Friendly

2013 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship Elite Round qualification

Last updated: 26 March 2013
Source: Federation U-17 Schedule

Competitive record[edit]

For single-match results of the under-17 national team, see French football single-season articles.
*Draws include knockout matches decided by penalty shootout.
**Gold background colour indicates that the tournament was won. Red border colour indicates tournament was held on home soil.

Coaching staff[edit]

As of 29 July 2010
Position Name Nationality
Manager Patrick Gonfalone  French
Assistant manager Yann Kervella  French
Goalkeeper coach Gilles Fouache  French
Medical Doctor Jean-Pierre Blaquart  French
Physiotherapist Jean-Pierre Czayka  French
Delegation Chief Jean-Pierre Dubedat  French

Honours[edit]

Champions (1): 2001
Champions (2): 2004, 2015
Finalists (2): 2008, 2002
Champions (3): 2009, 1999, 1992

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dernière Selection U17" (in French). French Football Federation. 26 April 2016. Retrieved 27 July 2016. 

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