Mattéo Guendouzi: PSG, OM, Morocco… His record for the World Cup

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Mattéo Guendouzi : PSG, OM, Morocco... His file for the World Cup

GUENDOUZI. At 23, midfielder Mattéo Guendouzi is in Qatar with the Blues to play in his first international competition. Profile, statistics, career with the French team and state of form for the World Cup…

His first real international experience will therefore be a World Cup. At 23, Matt éo Guendouzi is part of the group of the French team which is playing the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The Olympique de Marseille midfielder was called by Didier Deschamps after a promising first half of the season with OM, in line with a successful 2021-2022 financial year. Far from being at the top of the hierarchy in the tricolor midfield, the ex of Lorient and Arsenal found himself in the plane for the Gulf in particular because of the packages of Paul Pogba and N'Golo Kanté. In recent months, Matt éo Guendouzi is slowly melting into the mold of the France team, regularly called by the coach. Will the World Cup allow him to gain playing time and shake up the order that seems to be established in midfield, behind Aurélien Tchouaméni and Adrien Rabiot?

His journey in blue

Before being selected for the 2022 World Cup, Mattéo Guendouzi has climbed all the levels within the French teams. The midfielder made his debut in the tricolor jersey in 2016, with the under 18s, before continuing until 2021, without interruption, with the under 19s , the under 20s and the hopefuls. Meanwhile, Didier Deschamps gives him a taste of the pennant team by summoning him to twice in 2019 with the Blues, without giving him playing time. Mattéo Guendouzi finally played his first minutes in the tricolor jersey on November 16, 2021, during a trip to Finland. In one year, he accumulated six selections (1 tenure) and scored; a goal, in a friendly match against South Africa in March 2022.

His potential for the World Cup

His playing career< /h2>

Mattéo Guendouzi was born; on April 14, 1999 at; Poissy in the Yvelines department in Ile-de-France. The son of a French mother and a Franco-Moroccan father, the midfielder grew up in ; Bazemont. A talented footballer, he joined Paris Saint-Germain at; the age of six when it performs all of his pre-training and part of his training. At PSG, he finds himself alongside Antoine Bernede (RB Salzburg), Boubakary Soumaré (Leicester) and Stanley N'Soki (Hoffenheim). In 2014, when he was only fifteen years old, Mattéo Guendouzi left Paris Saint-Germain and joined the academy of Lorient.

It was in Brittany that Mattéo Guendouzi began to work; test the high level. On October 15, 2016, he made his professional debut against FC Nantes but, after a few appearances, saw his club go down to Ligue 2  the end of the season. Although he refuses to extend as the contract ended in the summer Next, the midfielder reveals himself in the second division. But internally, the climate is not looking good and the young nugget decides to take off after having been shelved by his trainer Mickaël Landreau. 

At the age of 19, he arrives at Arsenal, one of the London clubs. With the Gunners, he had a full 2018-2019 season with nearly 50 games played, opening the doors to the French team. But while he appears to be a centerpiece of the team's midfield, Unai Emery's ousting will also go down. push him to the start. Mikel Arteta, the athlete's new strongman, gives him less playing time in 2019-2020 and disputes will lead to the Frenchmançais leaving for Germany in October 2020.

Loan at Herta Berlin, Mattéo Guendouzi finds playing time and falls into the sights of OM  enroll him in summer 2021, in the form of a loan. No perspective opened up to Arsenal for the midfielder. In Marseille, the young Frenchman quickly melted into the mould, under the leadership of Jorge Sampaoli. He played 56 matches in one season, his record, established himself as an essential element of the Marseille midfield and was adopted by an incandescent V&élodrome. Despite the change of coach and the arrival of Igor Tudor on the bench, Guendouzi remains one of the centerpieces of the XI Olympian. So many performances that opened the doors to Qatar with the Blues.

►The recap

matteo guendouzi

  • Age: 23 years old
  • Position: midfielder
  • Current club: Olympique de Marseille
  • < li>Salary: 2,200 000 euros net per year

In numbers

  • 14 games in Ligue 1 this season, including 1 goal and 2 assists. 38 games last season with OM, including 4 goals and 5 assists.
  • 6 Champions League games this season, including 2 goals. 14 European games last season, including 1 goal and 2 assists.
  • 6 selections with the France team, including 1 goal and 1 decisive assist.

His record; s

  • Winner of the 2021 Nations League with the France team
  • Finalist of the 2018-2019 Europa League with Arsenal
  • Vice-champion of France with OM in 2021-2022

For the record…

If, in Qatar, Mattéo Guendouzi defends the colors of the France team, he could also have flown to the World Cup with another selection: Morocco. Indeed, the father of the French international is Franco-Moroccan. Thus, he was entitled, younger, to integrate the Atlas Lions. When he was still only in the lower categories of the national team, Hervé Renard, then Moroccan coach, had approached the midfielder to offer him to defend the colors of his second country of origin. But the main interested party declined the proposal, constantly referring to his goal of playing for the France team. In 2018, Hervé Renard had confirmed: "I spoke to him; once when he was playing Lorient. But you know, you can't force someone to play with us. Ça depends on him and those around him."