France, Japan, Senegal, Switzerland… Our players in the World Cup!

With the World Cup going full throttle, here’s a look at our six Monegasque internationals who compete with their countries (November 20 to December 18). You no longer have any excuse not to follow their matches.

On to the World Cup! Several AS Monaco players headed off to join their respective countries: Youssouf Fofana and Axel Disasi with the French team, Ismail Jakobs and Krépin Diatta with Senegal, Breel Embolo with Switzerland and Takumi Minamino with Japan! Ahead of this most prestigious of international competitions, here is what’s ahead for our six internationals!

Krépin and Ismail are first up!

These were the first two to compete in the tournament, playing with Senegal. Both had been called up by the reigning African champion and placed in group A, and Krepin Diatta (26 caps) and Ismail Jakobs (two caps) first took on the Netherlands on November 21 (5 p.m.). It was a big first match against the Oranje, a team led by Virgil van Dijk and Frenkie de Jong which allowed coach Aliou Cissé’s side to gauge themselves ahead of rest of the competition.

Accompanied by three former Rouge et Blanc, including two players trained at the Academy, Abdou Diallo and Nampalys Mendy, our two representatives of the Lions of Teranga then faced Qatar – the hosts – on November 25 (2 p.m.), and then Ecuador on November 29 (4 p.m.).

Senegal 🇸🇳 

Monday November 21
5 p.m.: Senegal – Netherlands

Friday November 25
2 p.m.: Qatar – Senegal

Tuesday, November 29
4 p.m.: Ecuador – Senegal

Youssouf and Axel are in their first tournament!

As for Youssouf Fofana and Axel Disasi, the two also played their first World Cup. Reigning world champions, France have been placed in Group D along with Australia, Denmark and Tunisia. It’s a significantly manageable group for Les Bleus, against two teams they had faced in 2018: Australia and Denmark.

The two teammates joined former Monegasques, Aurélien Tchouameni and Kylian Mbappé, against the Socceroos on Tuesday November 22 at 8 p.m. Then they faced Denmark on Saturday November 26 at 5 p.m before taking on Tunisia on Wednesday, November 30 at 4 p.m., to finish the group stage.

France 🇫🇷

Tuesday, November 22
8 p.m.: France – Australia

Saturday November 26
5 p.m.: France – Denmark

Wednesday, November 30
4 p.m.: Tunisia – France

Two tough groups for Takumi and Breel

Respectively placed in groups E and G, Takumi Minamino and Japan and Breel Embolo and Switzerland had a lot to do to help their countries reach the knockout rounds. Indeed, the Samurai Blue have been drawn into the “group of death” along with Spain, Germany and Costa Rica. As for our number 36, he had also to face a difficult group with Brazil, Serbia and Cameroon.

Japan 🇯🇵

Wednesday, November 23
2 p.m.: Germany – Japan

Sunday November 27
11 a.m.: Japan – Costa Rica

Thursday, December 1
8 p.m.: Japan – Spain

Switzerland 🇨🇭

Thursday, November 24
11 a.m.: Switzerland – Cameroon

Monday, November 27
5 p.m.: Brazil – Switzerland

Friday, December 2
8 p.m.: Serbia – Switzerland


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