Called up for the first time by Didier Deschamps in the French team for the September matches, the Principality’s defender and midfielder Badiashile and Fofana perpetuate the long tradition of AS Monaco players selected in Blue.
The story has been going on for decades and it is not about to stop. It has been renewed and has been perpetuated since the announcement by Didier Deschamps of the list of the team for France for the next two Nations League matches, against Austria and Denmark. Among the 23 players selected by the coach of the Blues are indeed these two talented players from Monaco: Benoît Badiashile and Youssouf Fofana who will perhaps honour their first cap on this occasion.
In Philippe Clement’s current squad, they will be the third and fourth tricolour internationals, with Wissam Ben Yedder and Ruben Aguilar. The number 5 and 19 of the Rouge et Blanc are now the 70th and 71st players playing at AS Monaco to be called up to play for France. Only Olympique de Marseille did better, with 81.
Five Monegasque world champions with the Blues
“Official supplier” of French internationals, very often trained at the club, AS Monaco has counted in its ranks legends of the Blues such as Manuel Amoros, international 61 times during his time on the Rock and European champion in 1984 and in addition Bruno Bellone (31), Yvon Le Roux (10), Bernard Genghini (9) and Daniel Bravo (5).
More recently, the Blues crowned twice world champions also had a red and white touch, with Fabien Barthez (37), Thierry Henry (11) and David Trezeguet (21) in 1998, then Djibril Sidibé (18) and Thomas Lemar (13) in 2018. In total, AS Monaco players have accumulated 553 selections for the French team during their time at the club. Only OM, PSG and Lyon have done better.
Congratulations to AS Monaco for these impressive records of supplying French Internationals!