Jules Koundé: origin, statistics… His record for the World Cup

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Jules Koundé : origin, statistics... His profile for the World Cup

Callé by Didier Deschamps, Jules Koundé should be one of the strong links in the defense of the France team.

Jules Koundé, defender of FC Barcelona in Spain, is on Didier Deschamps’s list for the 2022 World Cup. installed as an indisputable holder in the defense of Xavi in ​​Catalonia, was one of the certainties of the list. Able to play in central defense, but also on one side. right, Jules Koundé could be a very big asset.

His course in blue

The story of Jules Koundé with the French football team is still in progress. write. Called surprise during Euro 2021 by Didier Deschamps, the defender now seems very well established. in the hierarchy of the Blues. However, after celebrating his first start against Portugal (2-2, June 23, 2021), Jules Koundé did not offer good guarantees to the staff of the France team after receiving a red card for his third selection, against Bosnia.

< p>For the record, as L'Equipe explains, the defender could have decided to return to his club FC Sevilla, but he decided to return to his club. to stay with the whole group, which has more to the staff of the France team who made it an essential element. "My dreams are to win everything, the World Cup, the Euro  everything possible. I really want to leave a mark and above all it's really the side of it. of a competitor who has animated me since I was little. From the moment when I returned in this world, in this professional world, I said to myself that it was to become the best and I try to give myself the means to get there while keeping this pleasure of the game because I think it's “what takes you far and what allows you to have a career that lasts over time, at the very highest level” explained the defender in an interview for ESN Talks.

His World Cup potential

His playing career

< p>Passionate of football, Jules Koundé joined the U17 regional team of the Girondins de Bordeaux club. The footballer in training seduces by his abnegation and his stubbornness. It must be said that his height (1.78 m) does not make him a favorite candidate for the central defense, a post generally attributed to the central defence. to templates more slender than his… But at work force, the player climbs the rungs one by one. one up win in 2017 the French Championship with the under-19 team as team captain.

In 2017, his career took on a new dimension with the signing of his first professional contract with the first team of the Girondins de Bordeaux. The ultimate reward for all his efforts! His first match as a professional footballer, Jules Koundé plays him in the Coupe de France as a starter against US Granville. In Ligue 1, he will have to wait until February 10, 2018 to score his first goal in a match against the Amiens club.

Talented and determined, the young French defender does not take long to interest foreign clubs. Eager to explore new horizons, Jules Koundé accepts FC Sevilla's proposal in 2019 and signs a contract committing him for a period of five years. The amount of his transfer is then estimated; to 25 million euros, a significant sum that ranks him among the most expensive players ever bought by the Spanish club. Suffice to say that the leaders of FC Seville believe a lot in this new recruit. But despite the pressure on his shoulders, the young central defender acclimatizes perfectly to the Andalusian climate and does not take long to change. become indispensable at the center hinge, alongside Diego Carlos. From the first season in the Spanish Liga, the French player seduced the supporters and the leaders of the club. The central defender even stands out as a safe bet in the 2020 Europa League final that Sevilla FC wins.

In 2022, the career of Jules Koundé takes a completely different turn when FC Barcelona signs him. Despite After some problems making him the final list of qualified players, the former Sevilla defender is quickly becoming an essential part of Xavi's system in the central defense of FC Barcelona.

Along with his club career, Jules Koundé is one of the players followed very closely by the staff of the French national team and, even more so, by coach Didier Deschamps. When still at Bordeaux, the defender is called to defend the colors of the France team under 20 years old. The player honors his first selection with the "mini-Bleus" by playing a match against the United States in March 2018. Three years later, Didier Deschamps selected him in A to participate in the Euro 2020 in his list of 26 players before taking part in the the 2022 World Cup

► The recap' ◄

Jules Koundé

  • Age: 24 ans
  • Position: defender
  • Current club: FC Barcelona

In numbers:

  • 7 games in La Liga this season for 2 decisive assists
  •  3 matches in LDC this season.
  • 12 selections in the France team

Some trophies:

  • Europa League (FC Sevilla)
  • Nations League (French team)

For the record…

Born on November 12, 1998 at; Paris, Jules Koundé moved to Gironde with his mother when he was 2 years old. He grew up in the small town of Landiras located in; a few kilometers from Bordeaux. If his father is of Beninese origin and the player still has family in Benin, Jules Koundé has only the nationality of French. High only by his mother, the defender is full of praise for the one who encouraged him; throughout her training, even though she didn't like football! Jules Koundé is also the nephew of Charles Tokplé, a former Togolese international player who played for France. within the Etoile Filante of Togo but also in France in small clubs in the Parisian suburbs (Sarcelle, Garges, Cergy-Pontoise…).