The case of Brill Empolo and the various Africans who play for European teams

Scoring a goal in the World Cup and not shouting it. What seemed impossible happened in Qatar 2022. plunger brill swiss striker, He scored the only goal in the victory over his native Cameroon, and apologized He raised his arms and then covered his face with both hands.

This is the first time this has happened in the long history of the World Cup, but it is also not surprising to see a footballer representing a different team than his origins. It has already become a habit.

the total, 28 out of 32 teams have “foreigners” in their ranks. The exceptions: Argentina, Brazil, Saudi Arabia and South Korea. There are 137 players to whom this situation applies.


Brill Embolo after the goal against Cameroon. (Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP)

It is precisely the case of Embolo that is not the only one born in Africa representing a European team, Being Ansu Fati and Camavinga the most resonant.

The Barcelona striker who plays for Spain is a native of Guinea-Bissau, while the Real Madrid midfielder is part of Didier Deschamps’ 26-man squad in France, but has his origins in Angola.

Meanwhile, in Portugal, there are two more cases involving the same two countries: Danilo Pereira (Guinea) and William Carvalho. (Angolan).

Danilo Pereira, with the Portuguese, against Ghana.  (Photo by Khaled Desouky/AFP).
Danilo Pereira, with the Portuguese, against Ghana. (Photo by Khaled Desouky/AFP).

At the same time, Amadou Onana Belgium striker, born in Senegal Joseph Moukoko He chose to represent Germany even though he is from Cameroon and the goalkeeper is from the Democratic Republic of the Congo Steve Mandanda Chose France.

Legend demolished

Contrary to what is commonly believed, and what A racist and homophobic song by a group of Argentine fans in Qatar This represents what many believe, Not many footballers born in Africa represent other countries.

That hateful song sought to detract from the recent achievements of the French national team, but the truth is that there are more insured Africans in France than insured African French.

Ten players in Tunisia, including Wahbi Khazri, nine in Senegal, eight in Cameroon, four in Ghana and three in Morocco. he is called, All African national teams present at Qatar 2022 have players born in France in their call-up. Some are in large numbers.

While that, France only three foreigners: Camavinga (Angola), Steve Mandanda (DRC) and Marcus Thuram (Italy).

137 “foreigners” in Qatar 2022

With Morocco at the helm Three players born in Argentina will play for Uruguay, Ecuador and Mexico respectivelyAnd the These are the 137 “foreigners” in Qatar 2022.

Morocco (14): Yacine Bono (Canada); Mounir Mohamed (Spain); Romain Sayes (France); Achraf Hakimi (Spain); Naseer Mazraoui (Netherlands); Soufiane Amrabat (Netherlands); Salim Amal Allah (Belgium); Amine Harit (France); Bilal Al-Khanoos (Belgium); Hakim Ziyech (Netherlands); Sofiane Boufal (France); Zakaria Abukhalal (Netherlands); Walid Chedira (Italy) and Rais Elias (Belgium).

Senegal (12): Edouard Mendy (France); Cini Deng (Switzerland); Kalidou Coulibaly (France); Youssef Sabali (France); Abdou Diallo (France); Foodie Palou – Torre (France); Ismail Jacobs (Germany); Nambales Mendy (France); Papgui (France); Boulaye Dia (France); Ellemane Ndiaye (France) and Nicolas Jackson (Gambia).

Tunisia (12): Moez Hassan (France); Muntasir Talibi (France); Nader Ghandry (France); Dylan Brun (France); Mehmet Draeger (Germany); Wajdi Kashreda (France); Hannibal Mejbri (France); Issa Ledoni (France); Elias Skhiri (France); Anis Ben Slimane (Denmark); Wahbi Khazri (France) and Naim Sliti (France).

welsh (10): Adam Davies (Germany); Ethan Ampadu (England); Chris Mepham (England); Johnny Williams (England); Joe Morrell (England); Matt Smith (England); Surba Thomas (England); Daniel James (England); Kiefer Moore (England) and Brennan Johnson (England).

Qatar (10) Boualem Khoukhi (Algeria); Ró-Ró (Portugal); Bassam Al-Rawi (Egypt); Mosab Khedr (Sudan); Karim Boudiaf (France); Ali Asadullah (Bahrain); Mohammed Waad (Iraq); Al-Moez Ali (Sudan); Mohamed Muntari (Ghana) and Ahmed Aladdin (Egypt).

Australia (9): Milos Degenek (Croatia); Fran Karadjic (Croatia); Harry Souttar (England); Thomas Deng (Kenya); Keanu Backus (South Africa); Awer Mabel (Kenya); Martin Boyle (Scotland); Jason Cummings (Scotland) and Garang Kowal (Egypt).

Cameroon (9): Devis Epassy (France); JC Castelletto (France); Enzo Ibos (France); Christopher Wall (France); Olivier Ntcham (France); Eric Choupo-Moting (Germany); Carl Toko Ekambi (France); Brian Mbiumu (France) and Georges Kevin Nkodu (France).

Ghana (8): Alexandre Dzeko (France); Denis Odoi (Belgium); Tariq Lamptey (England); Andre Ayew (France); Elisha Owusu (France); Jordan Ayew (France); Inaki Williams (Spain) and Antoine Cimeno (England).

Canada (7): Milan Borgan (Croatia); Sam Adekogbe (England); Ismail Kony (Ivory Coast), David Waterspoon (Scotland); Ike Ogbo (England); Alphonso Davies (Ghana) and Jonathan David (USA).

Croatia (7): Dejan Lovren (Bosnia); Josip Stanisek (Germany); Josip Otalo (Bosnia); Mateo Kovacic (Austria); Mario Pasalic (Germany); Luka Sucic (Austria) and Ante Budimir (Bosnia).

Portugal (7): Diogo Costa (Switzerland); Pepe (Brazil); Danilo Pereira (Guinea-Bissau); Raphael Guerrero (France); William Carvalho (Angola); Mateus Nunes (Brazil) and Ottavio (Brazil).

United State (5): Anthony Robinson (England); Sergino Dest (Netherlands); Cameron Carter-Vickers (England); Jesus Ferreira (Colombia) and Giovanni Reina (England).

serbian (4): Vanja Milinkovic-Savic (Spain); Milos Veljkovic (Switzerland); Sergej Babic (Bosnia) and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (Spain).

France (3): Steve Mandanda (DRC); Eduardo Camavinga (Angola) and Marcos Thuram (Italy).

Eduardo Camavinga has selected the France national team.  (Photo by Frank Fife/AFP)
Eduardo Camavinga has selected the France national team. (Photo by Frank Fife/AFP)

Swiss (3) Philip Kuhn (Germany); Xherdan Shaqiri (Kosovo) and Brill Embolo (Cameroon).

Germany 2: Armil Bella Kochab (France) and Youssoufeh Moukoko (Cameroon).

Ecuador (2): Hernan Galendez (Argentina) and Jeremy Sarmiento (Spain).

Hernan Galendez, during a training session for the Ecuadorian national team at Qatar 2022. EFE / Esteban Biba.
Hernan Galendez, during a training session for the Ecuadorian national team at Qatar 2022. EFE / Esteban Biba.

Spain (2): Aymeric Laporte (France) and Ansu Fati (Guinea-Bissau).

Poland (2): Matty Cash and Nicola Zalewski (Italy).

Belgium: Amadou Onana (Senegal).

Costa Rica: Oscar Duarte (Nicaragua).

Denmark: Robert Skov (Spain).

EnglandIran: Raheem Sterling (Jamaica) Saman Quddous (Sweden).

Japan: Daniel Schmidt (USA).

Mexico: Rogelio Funes Mori (Argentina).

Rogelio Funes Mori was born in Argentina but represents Mexico.  (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
Rogelio Funes Mori was born in Argentina but represents Mexico. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

Holland: Luc de Jong (Switzerland).

Uruguay: Fernando Muslera (Argentina).

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