Black Immigrant Daily News
By NAN Sports Editor
News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Dec.16, 2022: No Caribbean country is in the World Cup, but come Sunday, two players with roots in the region will be going up against Argentina as part of the French squad in the much-anticipated 2022 World Cup finale.
The first is Raphaël Xavier Varane (French: [ʁafaɛl vaʁan].
Varane was born in the city of Lille in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region. He is of Martiniquan heritage through his father, Gaston, who is originally from Le Morne-Rouge, while his mother, Annie, was raised in Saint-Amand-les-Eaux.
Varane made his professional debut in 2010 aged 17, and after one season as a professional footballer, he joined Real Madrid. There, over the course of 10 seasons from 2011 to 2021, he won 18 trophies, including three La Liga titles, one Copa del Rey, four UEFA Champions League titles and four FIFA Club World Cups.
Varane, who was a key player in France’s 2018 World Cup triumph, was a doubt for the entire tournament after picking up a serious-looking injury in United’s 1-1 draw at Chelsea on October 22. He came through that scare, made Didier Deschamps’ squad and has now played in five of France’s games in Qatar.
Raphael Varane’s roots extend to Martinique. (Photo by Xavier Laine/Getty Images)
The other player with Caribbean heritage on the 2022 French team is Kingsley Junior Coman (French pronunciation: [kiŋslɛ kɔman, -mɑ̃], a forward who was born in Paris to parents from Guadeloupe.
Regarded as one of the most promising young players of his generation, Coman is a quick, talented and technically gifted winger, with good dribbling skills, vision, and explosive speed and acceleration. He is capable of playing on either flank, or even in the centre, as an offensive midfielder or as a striker. Although he is naturally right footed, his preferred position is on the left, which allows him to beat opponents in one on one situations, cut into the centre onto his right foot, and either shoot on goal, create chances for teammates, or make attacking runs into the area.
Coman has, however, joined Adrien Rabiot and Dayot Upamecano in catching a virus that ruled the duo out of France’s World Cup semi-final.
The Times reported that Coman is the latest to catch the widespread illness, thought to be caused by the air conditioning in Qatar. If his flu-like symptoms continue over the next few days, he will be a doubt for Sunday’s final against Argentina.
France World Cup 2022 squad: The full team
GK: Hugo Lloris, Tottenham
GK: Alphonse Areola, West Ham
GK: Steve Mandanda, Rennes
DF: Benjamin Pavard, Bayern Munich
DF: Jules Kounde, Barcelona
DF: Raphael Varane, Manchester United
DF: Theo Hernandez, AC Milan
DF: Lucas Hernandez, Bayern Munich
DF: Benoit Badiashile, Monaco
DF: Ferland Mendy, Real Madrid
DF: Dayot Upamecano, Bayern Munich
DF: Ibrahima Konate, Liverpool
DF: William Saliba, Arsenal
MF: Eduardo Camavinga, Real Madrid
MF: Youssouf Fofana, Monaco
MF: Matteo Guendouzi, Marseille
MF: Aurelien Tchouameni, Real Madrid
MF: Adrien Rabiot, Juventus
MF: Jordan Veretout, Marseille
FW: Ousmane Dembele, Barcelona
FW: Olivier Giroud, AC Milan
FW: Antoine Griezmann, Atletico Madrid
FW: Kylian Mbappe, PSG
FW: Randal Kolo Muani, Eintracht Frankfurt
FW: Kingsley Coman, Bayern Munich