World Cup Final Has African Flavor, But Challenges Remain

When the French national team competes in Sunday’s World Cup final, they’ll have a chance to win the championship 20 years after they first brought home one of sports’ most-coveted trophies.

But the team has already garnered attention for a different reason: About 15 of the 23 players on France’s roster trace their roots to Africa, making it one of the most diverse squads to ever represent a European country.

Kylian Mbappe, the 19-year-old forward and a breakout star of the tournament, has an Algerian mother and a Cameroonian father. Paul Pogba, France’s most celebrated player, is of Guinean origin. And Samuel Umtiti, the defender who scored the lone goal in France’s 1-0 victory over Belgium, was born in Cameroon.

France’s Lucas Hernandez, Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kante and…

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