• Bayern is the Club World Champion!
  • The club has 6 French players in its ranks
  • Back in 7 acts on this Franco-Bavarian love story

It is a love story that links Bayern Munich to French players. The idyll was born in the 1990s with the arrival of Jean-Pierre Papin in Bavaria. It took on the air of passion in the 2000s, with the recruitments of Bixente Lizarazu, Willy Sagnol then Franck Ribéry. Today, it is at its peak, no less than six French players evolving within the European champions.

This February 11, the Franco-Bavarian magic also operated, in the final of the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020. The European champions in fact won against Tigres UANL thanks to the one of their five “French people“on the scoresheet, namely Benjamin Pavard. Bayern seems to have reached the 7th heaven with its Blues. The proof in sept “stats”.

Obviously, the status of world champion was not enough for them. The French Corentin Tolisso, Lucas Hernandez, and Benjamin Pavard have added a particle to their title by becoming world champions … clubs. They now hold seven titles, having also won the UEFA Champions League, Bundesliga, German Cup, as well as the German and European Super Cups in 2020.

as the number of French aligned this year by Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga. Record to beat. Yes Michael Cuisance who played in the first game of the season against Schalke 04 has since left the club for Olympique de Marseille, remain in order of arrival Kingsley Coman (2015), Corentin Tolisso (2017), Benjamin Pavard (2019), Lucas Hernandez (2019), Tanguy Kouassi (2020) and Bouna Sarr (2020)

By scoring the only goal of the Qatar 2020 final, Benjamin Pavard became the seventh French player to score a goal in this competition, after Nicolas Anelka, Jonathan Biabiany, Franck Ribéry, Karim Benzema, Bafétimbi Gomis and André-Pierre Gignac

like the number of Franck Ribery at Bayern. He spent 12 years there and won nine league titles there, a record for a foreign player. Raised to the rank of icon following his 119 goals and 185 assists in 425 matches, the native of Boulogne inherited a nickname which alone sums up his history at Bayern: “Emperor Franck“. An allusion to the legendary defender of the club and the West German national team Franz Beckenbauer

As the number of goals scored in the Bayern Munich shirt by Bixente Lizarazu, another legend of the club. The left-back had the best years of his career when he was in Bavaria, where he won absolutely everything. He will stay there eight years, just like Willy Sagnol, another full-back, and another great French name of Bayern, better known elsewhere there under the name of “Flank god“; which means across the Rhine” god of the centers “

Bayern like all German clubs really like the French. The club comes to recruit young players because they are complete in particular on the tactical aspect, the reading of the game, the individual technique. The French sometimes take time to adapt because there is a rigor and a discipline which is light years away from what is in force here. But once the codes are acquired, the guys have a blast. And then there is really a particular feeling of belonging to this club. Like a family

Willy Sagnol

Like the number of Bundesliga matches played by the very first Frenchman to join Bavaria in his first season in Germany: Jean-Pierre Papin. It’s not much, but the Frenchman had not been spared from the physical problems. And JPP had the merit of paving the way for the 13 other French players who succeeded him in the Bayern jersey

As the number of years that Valérien Ismael waited before obtaining German naturalization! Shunned by the France team, he made the request in 2006 in the hope of participating in the World Cup the same year in the Mannschaft jersey. In vain. The former Bayern defender – two goals in 46 appearances between 2005 and 2007 – finally obtained German citizenship in 2013

For a long time the club knew how to integrate South Americans but not other nationalities. But today, everyone thinks that the French are reliable. It is especially Lizarazu and Sagnol who made it possible to begin the love story. We know that tactically, the French adapts very quickly thanks to his training. And there is no reluctance to go. If a player as emotional as Ribéry has been able to flourish so much, it is because this club is a family. It is perfect for the French colony

Valérien Ismael

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