Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Real Madrid Castilla Greatest All-Time Team

Real Madrid reached the Copa del Rey's final in 1980
Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.

Real Madrid All-Time Team Under Florentina Perez
Real Madrid All-Time Team Under Miguel Munoz
Real Madrid Argentine Bext XI
Castile Greatest All-time 23 member team

This is my selection of a 25 member all-time team for the alumni of Real Madrid reserve team(Real Madrid Castilla)  The number 25 was chosen because it is the official squad size for the Champions' League.  Players were chosen for their career outside of the youth system. Some players never made it to the senior team of Real Madrid.

Real Madrid Castilla or also known as Real Madrid B is the reserve team of  Real Madrid.  It is one of the best academy in Europe. Reserve teams in Spain play in the same league system as their senior team rather than a separate league. Reserve teams, however, cannot play in the same division as their senior team. Therefore, Real Madrid B are ineligible for promotion to the Primera División.  In 1980, Real Madrid Castilla made history when it reached the Final of Copa del rey playing against Real Madrid senior team in the Final.

Julio Iglesias played for Real Madrid Castilla
Team
GK: Iker Casillas (Spain)
Iker Casillas is Spain's most decorated goalkeeper and one of the greatest ever played the game. He started with Real Madrid in 1999.  He won three Champions' League with Real Madrid.  For Spain, he captained Spain into winning the World Cup in 2010 and two European Championships in 2008 and 2012.  He is capped over 150 times. 
Santiago Canizares and Iker Casillas
GK: Santiago Canizares (Spain) 
Santiago Canizares was a youth product of Real Madrid. He went to Valencia in 1998, where he led them to two Champions' league Final.  He won Ricardo Zamora Trophy: 1992–93 (shared), 2000–01, 2001–02, 2003–04. He received 46 caps. He went to six major international tournaments, but was mainly used as a backup, except at Euro 2000.

GK: García Remón (Spain)
Born in Madrid, Remón was best known for his spells with Real Madrid. He then began an interesting battle for first-choice status with Miguel Ángel González which would last for the vast majority of his stay. Remón would start from 1971 to 1973 and 1979 to 1981. Earned two caps for Spain.

RB: Chendo (Spain)
Chendo was a product of Real Madrid academy.  He played his entire career with Real Madrid.  He was a part of the team that won back-to-back UEFA Cup titles in the mid-1980's.  He retired after the 1998 European Champions' League Final.  He represented Spain at both WC Finals in 1986 and 1990.

RB: Dani Carvajal (Spain)
Carvajal went through Real Madrid's academy.  In 2012, he was sold to Bayer Leverkusen. In his only season there, he established himself among the best fullback in Bundesliga.  He returned to Real Madrid in a buyback clause. He was a contributor as Real Madrid won three Champions' League in his first 4 seasons.  At the time of writing, he is a member of the national team.

RB: Alvaro Arbeloa (Spain)

He started his career with Real Madrid, but he made a name with Liverpool before making a return to his mother club in 2009.  He helped the club to win their 10th European Cup in 2014.  For Spain, he was mainly used as a sub during Spoain's glorious run at Euro2008 and the WC in 2010, but he was their starting rightback at Euro 2010.

CB: Manuel Sanchis Hontiyuelo (Spain)
Son of Manuel Sanchez Martinez, he was was a member of the legendary Quinta del Buitre of Real Madrid.  He spent his entire career with Real Madrid and played over 700 matches.  He won back-to-back UEFA in the mid-1980's, and then, two Champions' league title at the end of his career.  For Spain, he was capped 48 times.
Manuel Sanchis Jr
CB: Gregorio Benito (Spain)
Benito started as a track and field star. He signed for Real Madrid in the 1963. After two years on loan to neighbouring Rayo Vallecano, he returned to his main club, remaining there for the following 14 seasons and winning six leagues and five Spanish Cups.  He was capped 22 times by Spain.

CB: Nacho (Spain)
Nacho is a youth product of Real Madrid Castilla.  At the time of writing, he plays his entire senior career with Real Madrid.  He is mainly used as a backup centerback, but can be used in all across the defensive line.  He is largely known as unsung hero of the club.  He made his Spanish debut in 2013.

LB/CB: Raúl Bravo (Spain)
Raul Bravo spent 6 seasons with Real Madrid during the first "Galactico" years after graduating from Real Madrid's academy.  In 2007, he left for Olympiakos in Greece, where he played another 4 seasons. Capped 14 times for Spain.  He played every game at the 2004 European Championship in Portugal.

LB:  Jose Antonio Camacho (Spain)
Camacho is widely considered to be Spain's greatest leftback.  He played at  the 1982 and 1986 FIFA World Cups, as well as the Euro 1984 and 1988. Spain reached the Final in 1984.  He was with the great Real Madrid side of the 1980's.  He won 19 titles with Real Madrid, including two UEFA Cups.
Camacho
DM/SW: Ricardo Gallego (Spain)
Born in Madrid, he was a member of La Quinta del Buitre of Real Madrid.  He spent most of his career with Real Madrid.  He won 5 straight La Liga titles and back-to-back UEFA Cups in the 1980's. He also played in Italy with Udinese.  He was capped 45 times for Spain.  He featured at the 1986 WC Finals and the Euro 1984, where Spain finished second.

DM: Casemiro (Brazil)
Casemiro started with Sao Paulo, where he played for three seasons.  In 2013, he joined Real Madrid B team(Castilla), where he would be eventually called to the first team.  For the 2014-2015, he was sent to Porto on a loan.  After a year, he returned to Real Madrid and quickly established as a major contributor as the club won two Champions' League.  At the time of writing, he earned 11 caps.

DM: Vicente del Bosque (Spain)
Vicente del Bosque almost played his entire career with Real Madrid, except with some loan spells at the beginning of his career.  He won five league titles (1974–75, 1975–76, 1977–78, 1978–79, 1979–80) and four Copa del Rey titles.  He was a part of Spain's team at the European Championship in 1980.  He later became a successful manager.

CM: Juan Mata (Spain)
Juan Mata was a youth academy player for Real Madrid, but he started with Valencia in 2007.  From 2011 to 2014, he played for Chelsea, where he was a major star for the team.  After a fallout with Jose Mourinho, he moved to Manchester United.  Ironically, they would reunite again at Old Trafford. For Spain, he was a part of the team that won the World Cup in 2010 and the European Championship two years later.

CM: Esteban Cambiasso (Argentina)
Cambiasso has won 23 official titles, being the Argentine footballer with most honours in history. The majority of his titles were won during his ten seasons at Internazionale, including five Scudetti and the 2009–10 UEFA Champions League. Cambiasso won 52 caps for Argentina, and represented the country at the 2006 World Cup.
Esteban Cambiasso
RM: Michel (Spain)
Michel was one of the best right wings in Spain's history.  He was a member of Real Madrid's La Quinta del Buitre.  He won 5 straight La Liga titles and two UEFA Cups in the 1980's. He was a fixture for the national team in that period.  He won 66 caps.  He played in both 1986 and 1990 World Cup Finals.

LW/FW: Lucas Vázquez (Spain)
Lucas spent a season with Espanyol on lan before returning to Real Madrid in 2015.  Since 2015, he is mainly used as a bench player, but still became a contributor to the club's successes.  At the time of writing, he won two Champions' league titles.  Vázquez also represented Spain at Euro 2016.

AM: Manuel Velzaquez (Spain)
Except three seasons on loan with Rayo Vallecano and CD Málaga, Manuel Velázquez spent all of his 12 years in La Liga with Real Madrid.  He was a part of the Ye Ye team.  He won six La Liga, three Copa del Rey trophies and the 1965–66 edition of the European Cup. Capped 10 times.

AM: Rafael Martin Vazquez (Spain)
Rafael Martin Vazquez was one of the most underrated attack midfielder in Spanish football.  He was a member of La Quinta del Buitre, winning 5 straight La Liga title and back-to-back UEFA Cup with Real Madrid.  In 1990, he joined Torino in Italy and Marseille in 1992.  He had 38 caps.
Rafael Martin Vazquez
AM: Jose Luis Caminero (Spain)
Jose Luis Caminero was a product of Real Madrid'as academy.  He played for Real Valladolid from 1989 to 1993.  Then, he moved to Atletico Madrid, winning the Double in the 1985-1996 season.  He was the Spanish Player of the Year that season.  He went to USA 1994. 

AM/CM: Guti (Spain)
During his professional career, he played almost exclusively for Real Madrid – appearing in 542 official games and serving as vice-captain – helping the club to win 15 trophies, most notably three Champions League(1998, 2000 and 2002) and five La Liga titles. In 2010, he joined Beşiktaş, where he played a single season. Guti played 13 times with Spain, making his debut in 1999.

FW: Ramon Grosso (Spain)
Grosso spent 12 seasons from Real Madrid.  Even though he shared teams with the likes of Amancio Amaro, Francisco Gento or Ferenc Puskás, Grosso was team top scorer in his first two seasons. In the following years, Grosso played in several positions for Real Madrid, even being placed as goalkeeper in a match against Boca Juniors.  Earned 14 caps.
Ramon Grosso
ST: Samuel E'too (Cameroon)
E'too started his career with the academy of Real Madrid.  He later played with Mallorca. He was a part of the famous REM line at Barcelona where he won two Champions' league titles.   He moved to Inter Milan in 2009 and won a third Champions' league in 2009-2010.  He won the African Player of the Year award a record four times: in 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2010.  


ST: Emilio Butragueño (Spain)
Nicknamed El Buitre (The Vulture), Emilio Butragueño was a member of the legendary Quinta del Buitre of Real Madrid, along with Manolo Sanchís, Rafael Martín Vázquez, Míchel and Miguel Pardeza. That team won 5 straight La Liga and two UEFA Cups from 1985 to 1990.  He went to the World Cup Finals in 1986 and 1990.  He scored 4 goals against the great Danish side in 1986 quarter-final.
Emilio Butragueño
ST: Álvaro Morata (Spain)
Morata began his career at Real Madrid, winning the 2014 Champions League. He moved to Juventus in 2014, winning the domestic double in both of his seasons before returning to Madrid. With Real, Morata won another La Liga and Champions League before joining Chelsea in 2017 for a club record transfer fee of around £60 million. Since 2014, he was capped by Spain and went to Euro 2016.

ST: Raul (Spain)
Raul was probably the best Spanish player in the late 1990's.  He made his debut with Real Madrid as a 17 years old.  He won 3 Champions' League trophies with Real Madrid in 1998, 2000 and 2002.  He moved Schalke 04 in 2010.  He is the fourth highest goal scorer in the history of La Liga with 228 goals.  For Spain, he scored a then-record 44 goals in 102 appearances, appearing in three World Cups and two European championships. He was their captaincy between 2002 and 2006.
Raul and Guti
Honorable Mention Enrique Mateos, Pedro Casado, Juan Manuel Villa, José María Vidal, Juan Santisteban, Fernando Serena, Negredo, Juanfran, Roberto Soldado, Miguel Pardeza, Jesé Rodríguez, Borja Valero, Francisco Pineda, Agustín, Diego Lopez.

Squad Explanation
-- These players were selected for their achievements after graduating from Real Madrid Castilla.
-- Julio Iglesias played for Real Madrid Castilla before he injured himself in a car accident.  He became a singer after he recovered.
-- No everyone starred for the senior team of Real Madrid.
-- Santiago Canizares played a handful games for Real Madrid.  He is probably Valencia's greatest keeper.
-- Jose Luis Caminero is an all-time great with Atletico Madrid. Samuel E'too served for Barcelona FC.
-- The centerback position is very weak.  
-- The rightback position has a strong depth. I took an extra player because Alvaro Arbeloa contributed to the club's successes. and Juanfranc is left off.
-- García Remón was chosen as the third keeper.  Diego Lopez and Agustin were the alternatives.  When choosing the three, I took Remon because of his contributions to the senior squad.
--  My selection of Alvaro Morata over Negredo is controversial. I forsee great things for Alvaro Morata. 
-- Casemiro was brought into Castilla as a senior reinforcement, I believed. However, he played for Castilla.  So he qualified for this selection as an ex-player of Castilla.
-- Although Casemiro, Lucas Vázquez and Dani Cavajal are still young, they contributed to the recent successes of the club.  This period, I considered, is one of the greatest in the history of the club.  
-- Juan Mata was the last player selected. 

Formation
-- Vicente Del Bosque and Chendo started ahead of Casemiro and Carvajal based upon seniority.  Rafael Martin Vazquez and Guti are of similar level, I think. Cambiasso has done many things outside Real Madrid.




Sunday, May 13, 2018

Real Madrid's Argentine Best XI

Di Maria and Higuain

Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.

While the modern football fans associated with the rivalry between Real Madrid and Barcelona with Ronaldo-vs-Messi.  Lionel Messi is from Argentina while Ronaldo is from Portugal.  Real Madrid was actually the club that put Alfred Di Stefano at the football's kingdom.

Team
GK:  Rogelio Dominguez 
Rogelio Dominguez played around the same time as Carrizo.  He earned 59 caps.  He missed the 1958 World Cup Finals because he moved to Real Madrid in 1957, and Argentina did not select overseas players.  He was Argentina's 1962 World Cup team. With Real Madrid, he won two European Cups.  Before Real Madrid, he played for Racing Club in Argentina.

RB: Enrique Wolff
Wolff began his career with Racing Club in 1967. He played for the club until he was transferred to River Plate in 1972. In 1974 Wolff was transferred to UD Las Palmas in Spain, and 3 years later he joined Spanish giants Real Madrid where he was part of the championship winning sides of 1977-1978 and 1978-1979.  Capped 27 times.  He went to the World Cup Finals in 1974.

CB: Walter Samuel
Samuel began his career with Newell's Old Boys in 1996, moving to Boca Juniors year later.  In Europe, he played with Roma, Real Madrid and Inter Milan. With Inter Milan, he won five consecutive Serie A titles; he played a key role in the club's treble success in the 2009–10 season, partnering with Lúcio in defence under José Mourinho. At international level, he has over 50 caps for Argentina, representing his country at two World Cups.

CB: Oscar Ruggeri
Oscar Ruggeri played in 3 World Cup Finals, winning the one in 1986 and finishing second in 1990. He was La Liga Foreign Player of the Year in 1989 and South American Player of the Year in 1991. He played for both River Plate and Boca Juniors as well as Real Madrid in Spain. He also had career with Vélez Sarsfield, San Lorenzo, etc.

LB: Gabriel Heinze 
Nicknamed Gringo, he made a name for himself at Paris Saint-Germain, moving in 2004 to Manchester United and subsequently to Real Madrid, winning four trophies with the latter two clubs. He started and finished his 18-year professional career with Newell's Old Boys. Heinze played 72 times with Argentina, representing the nation at two World Cups and as many Copa América tournaments.

CM: Fernando Redondo
Fernando Redondo played his first game in the Primera División at only 16 for Argentinos Juniors, and remained five years with the team before moving abroad to CD Tenerife in Spain.  He joined Real Madrid in 1994, where he would become one of the best central midfielders in Real Madrid's history.  He won two Champions' League with them. For the national team, he only picked up 29 caps because he had issues with various managers.
Fernando Redondo

CM/AM/FW:  Alfredo Di Stefano
The best player in the world before the emerge of Pele and Maradona. He was one of the younger member of the great River Plate in the 1940's.  In 1949, he moved to play in Colombia before moving to Europe in 1953.  He won 5 straight European Cups with Real Madrid. He was credited in turning Real Madrid into a legendary club. His international career was limited to the fact that Argentina did not select overseas players.  He played for Argentina, Colombia and Spain.
Alfredo Di Stefano

RW/FW: Ángel Di María
After beginning his career with Rosario Central, Di María moved to Benifca in 2007. Again, he moved to Real Madrid three years later. After winning the Champions League with Real Madrid, he signed for Manchester United in 2014 for a British record £59.7 million, but joined PSG a year later. At the time of writing, he earned over 90 caps. He went to both 2010 and 2014 World Cup Finals.

LW: Santiago Solari
Solari started his career with River Plate.  In 1999, he headed to join Atletico Madrid, but after his club relegated, he moved to Real Madrid, where he played from 2000 to 2005.  He played in the Final of the 2000 Champions' League. He also played for Inter Milan, San Lorenzo, Atlante and Penarol.  Capped 11 times for Argentina.  His cousin is married to Fernando Redondo.  

ST: Gonzalo Higuain 
Higuain first starred for River Plate in Argentina.  He joined Real Madrid in 2006. Higuain later played with Napoli and Juventus.  In the 2015–16 season, he scored 36 league goals, equalling Gino Rossetti's 87-year-old record for most goals in an Italian top-flight season. For the national team, he earned over 70 caps.  He was brought into the national team after Argentina struggled to qualify for South Africa 2010.

ST: Hector Rial 
Rial was known for his career with Real Madrid between 1954 and 1961. He was part of the team that won five consecutive European Cups, playing alongside Alfredo Di Stefano. He played professional football in Argentina, Colombia, Uruguay, Spain, France and Chile. Born in Argentina, he became a naturalized citizen of Spain.  He was capped 5 times by Spain.

Other Argentine Players who played for them
Ezequiel Garay, Esteban Cambiasso, Jorge Valdano, Fernando Gago, Javier Saviola, Oscar Mas, Juan Carlos Touriño.

Squad Explanation
-- Hector Rial got ahead of Jorge Valdano, largely because of Alfredo Di Stefano's association.  
-- Santiago Solari was a fan favourite during the first Galactico era.
-- Fernando Gago at one point was playing well.
-- Ezequiel Garay and Esteban Cambiasso never got their chance with the club.
-- Samuel and Ruggeri did not do well at Madrid. Heinze's career was sandwiched between Roberto Carlos and Marcelo.  He was the transitional player between the two Brazilian.
-- Juan Carlos Touriño was born on 14 July 1944 in the Parque Patricios district of Buenos Aires to immigrant Spanish parents who had fled the Spanish Civil War.  He later played for Spain.

Formation 


Sunday, April 22, 2018

France Projected 2018 World Cup Team


Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.

My projected World Cup teams for SpainBrazilGermanyArgentinaEngland and France.

This is my projection of France's 23 member squad at the 2018 World Cup Finals in Russia. At the time of writing(April, 2018), I came up with players with the most often used in recent games.

Final squad different vs my prediction on this blog
Out: Alexandre Lacazette, Anthony Martial, Laurent Koscielny, Lucas Digne, Adrien Rabiot, Kingsley Coman.
In: Benjamin Mendy(I thought he was injured), Benjamin Pavard, Presnel Kimpembe, Nabil Fekir, Adil Rami.

Team GK: Hugo Lloris (France)
Lorries started his career with Nice.  He moved to Lyon in 2008 to replace Coupet. In 2012, he moved to Tottenham Hotspurs.  Tay the time of writing, he has over 80 caps for France.  He is a key player since the WC Finals in 2010, participating in every major tournaments.
Hugo Lloris 
GK: Steve Mandanda 
Mandanda made his league début for Le Havre in August 2005. He joined Marseille in 2008.  He had played over 300 games for them since 2008. He spent a season with Crytal Palace.  For the natinal team, he was mainly a backup keeper.  At the time of writing, he has 26 caps.  He served as the third keeper at the WC Finals in 2010 and 2014. He has three brothers who are also professional goalkeepers.

GK: Alphonse Areola (PSG)
An academy graduate of PSG, he spent the early parts of his career on loan, enjoying spells with Lens, Bastia and La Liga side, Villarreal. During his stint with the latter, Areola broke the club record for the longest period of play without conceding a goal, remaining unbeaten for a period of 620. Since 2016, he has returned to PSG.

RB: Djibril Sidibé (AS Monaco)
Djibril Sidibé started his career with Troyes. After helping earn Troyes promotion to Ligue 1, the 19-year-old signed for Lille in July 2012. In 2016, he joined AS Monaco, where his club reached the semifinal of the Champions' League.  On 25 August 2016, Sidibé was called up to the senior squad for the first time.  he made his debut in September of that year.

CB: Raphaël Varane (Real Madrid)
Varane started with Lens. After one season with the French club, as a professional footballer, Varane joined Real Madrid in the summer of 2011. With Real Madrid, he won 3 Champions League in 4 years.  In 2012, he made his international debut.  He went to the World Cup Finals in 2014, where he was nominated as the Young Player of the Tournament.  He missed the 2016 European Championship through an injury.
Raphaël Varane
CB: Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona)
Umtiti began his professional career with Lyon in 2012, winning the Coupe de France and Trophée des Champions that year. He transferred to Barcelona in 2016. Umtiti, who was uncapped at senior level, was selected by France national team manager Didier Deschamps to be part of his Euro 2016 squad following an injury to fellow centre-back Jérémy Mathieu.


RB/CB: Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal)
Koscielny began with Guingamp in 2003.  He later played for Tours and Lorient before joining Arsenal in 2010. He moved to Arsenal in 2010.  Less than a season later, he was called up to the French national team.  He had also considered playing for Poland.  The French centerback had played on the rightback for Arsenal. At the time of writing, he had over 50 caps.

CB/LB: Lucas Hernández (Atletico Madrid)
Lucas' father, Jean-François, was also a footballer, who played for Atletico Madrid, where Lucas started in the academy. In 2014, he made his professional debut.  He received his international in 2018.  His brother Theo played for Real Madrid.

LB: Layvin Kurzawa (PSG)
Kurzawa began his career at Monaco in 2010, and played 96 official games for the team, scoring eight goals. In 2015, he transferred to Paris Saint-Germain for €23 million, winning a treble in his first season. Kurzawa made his senior international debut for France in 2014.
Layvin Kurzawa 
LB: Lucas Digne (Barcelona)
Digne began his career at Lille before joining Paris Saint-Germain in 2013. He did not settle at the club. After spending a season on loan at Roma, he moved to Barcelona in July 2016.  Digne represented France at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, wearing the number 17 shirt. 

DM/CM: Blaise Matuidi (Juventus)
Matuidi began his career with Troyes before joining AS Saint-Étienne. From 2011 to 2017, he played for Paris St Germain. In 2017, he joined Juventus. At the time of writing, he has represented France at the European Championship of 2012 and 2016 as well as the World Cup Finals in 2014.  He has 64 caps.

DM: N'Golo Kanté (Chelsea)
Kante made his senior debut at Boulogne and then spent two seasons at Caen. In 2015, he joined Leicester City winning the Premier League in his only season there. The following year, he joined Chelsea, winning the league again in his first season. He also won the PFA Players' Player of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year and became the first outfield player to win back-to-back English league titles with different clubs since Eric Cantona in 1992 and 1993.
N'Golo Kanté 
CM: Corentin Tolisso (Bayern Munich)
A graduate of the Lyon academy, he made his professional debut for the club in 2013 and played 160 matches and scored 29 goals. He joined Bayern Munich for €41.5 million in the summer of 2017, a record for a transfer to a German club.  Since 2017, he has been capped by France.

CM: Adrien Rabiot (PSG)
Rabbit pent most of his career with Paris Saint-Germain, making his debut with the first team in 2012 and winning 15 major honours, including four consecutive Ligue 1 titles and a treble in 2015–16.  In 2016, he picked up his first senior cap after the European Championship of 2016.

CM: Paul Pogba
Pogba began his senior career with Manchester United, but after only 3 appearance in a season and half, he moved to Juventus.  In Turin, he became a megastar.  He won the Golden Boy Award for the best player under-21 playing in Europe.  He also led Juventus to the Final of the 2015 Champions' League Final.  In the summer of 2016, Manchester United broke the all-time transfer fees to sign Pogba.  At the time of writing, he was capped 43 times.  He led France to reach the Final of Euro 2016.
Paul Pogba
RW: Ousmane Dembélé (Barcelona)
Dembélé began his career at Rennes before joining Dortmund in 2016. A year later, he transferred to Barcelona for an initial fee of €105 million, becoming the joint-third most expensive footballer ever alongside Paul Pogba. In 2016, he made his national team debut after the European Championship.

LW: Thomas Lemar (AS Monaco)
Lemar began his senior career at Caen in 2013. He played 32 times for the club before moving to Monaco for £3.4 million in 2015. He made UEFA Champions League Breakthrough XI in 2016.  In 2016, he also made his national team debut after the European Championship.  

LW/FW: Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich)
Coman was a youth product with Paris St Germain.  He made his senior debut there before moving to Juventus in 2014.  In 2017, he joined Bayern Munich.  In 2015, he earned his first senior cap and was a part of Didier Deschamps' team at the European Championship in 2016.  He was considered one of the top young players there.

FW: Kylian Mbappé (PSG)
Mbappe was a well-known youth player in France before making his senior debut with AS Monaco in 2015.  He quickly established himself as one of the best young players in the world.  In the summer of 2017, Monaco sent him to Paris St Germain on loan for a buyout option of around €180 million at the end of the loan. In 2017, he made his national team debut, becoming the second youngest ever French international.
Kylian Mbappé
FW: Anthony Martial (Manchester United)
Martial came from the youth academy at Lyon. He played for both Lyon and Monaco before joining Manchester United in 2015. His performance with the Red Devils earned great review.  He won the Golden Bay award in 2015. He was a member of Deschamps' team at the 2016 European Championship in France.

ST: Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal)
From 2010 to 2017, Lacazette played for Lyon in France.  He was the Ligue 1 Top Goalscorer for the 2014–15 season. In 2017, he joined Arsenal for €53 million (£46.5 million). The fee was the largest ever received by Lyon from the sale of a player. The transfer fee also surpassed the previous Arsenal record €50 million (£42.5 million) that Arsenal paid Real Madrid for Mesut Özil in 2013.

ST: Olivier Giroud (Chelsea)
Giroud began his career at Grenoble in Ligue 2 before joining Tours in 2008. Gird joined Arsenal in 2012.  He won the FA Cup with Arsenal in 2014, 2015 and 2017, and totalled 105 goals in 253 games for the club. In January 2018, he transferred to Chelsea on an 18-month contract.  Since 2011, he has played over 70 times for France.

ST/FW: Antoine Griezmann (France)
The Frenchman joined Real Sociedad's youth academy and made , his senior debut in 2009.  He moved to Atletico Madrid in 2014 helping the club to reach the Champions' league final in 2016.  At the time of writing, he was capped 49 times for France.  He made his mark at the WC in 2014.  Two years later, he led the team to reach the Final of Euro 2016.  He won the Golden Boot that year.
Antoine Griezmann
Players considered
 Benjamin Pavard, Presnel Kimpembe, Karim Benzema

Squad Explanation  
-- Benjamin Mendy has been out injured.
-- Benzema has been out of consideration since 2015.
-- I am uncertain about Anthony Martial and Ousmane Dembélé.  Both players have been in and out of Deschamps' plan.  I took them based on their name recognition.   

Formation