Shocks and Surprises at Euro 2016

By Post Nigeria June 16, 2016 11:19

Shocks and Surprises at Euro 2016

The on-going 2016 European Championship in France, has showcased the beauty of football in Europe, but Africans have taken pride for their involvement and impact of players with African roots that were ‘adopted’ by other countries.

However, the representation of African players in the competition remains a surprise, even though it is a European competition.

With as much as 323 registered players in the 2016 edition of the European competition, a total of 43 Africans are being represented, comprising 14% of the entire players.

That should be one of the factors to catch our fancy among other important things to savour the great soccer artistry, and lure football lovers in the country, to support their own, despite appearing in different colours.

Nigeria, the giant of Africa has a total of 5 players, but is being topped by the Democratic Republic of Congo with 9 players, the highest representation in the competition.

Most players happen to change their nationality, due to place of birth and other factors, which include, where they were raised and the search for greener pasture.

However, the game remains the most loved, irrespective of who plays and where it is being played.

While some of the names will come as a surprise, others have come open to identify with their roots.


David Alaba (Austria), Dele Alli (England), Angelo Ogbonna (Italy), Rubin Okotie (Austria) and Hal Robson-Kanu (Wales).


Michy Batshuayi (Belgium), Christian Benteke (Belgium), Jason Denayer (Belgium), Christian Kabasele (Belgium), Jordan Lukaku (Belgium), Romelu Lukaku (Belgium), Steve Mandanda (France), Eliaquim Mangala (France) and Denis Zakaria (Switzerland).


William Carvalho (Portugal) and Blaise Matuidi (France).


Breel Embolo (Switzerland), Francois Moubandje (Switzerland) and Samuel Umtiti (France).


Eliseu (Portugal), Gelson Fernandez (Switzerland), Joao Mario (Portugal), Luis Nani (Portugal) and Renato Sanchez (Portugal).


Johan Djpurou (Switzerland) and Jonathan Tah (Germany).


Danilo Pereira and Eder (Portugal).


Martin Olsson (Sweden) and Divock Origi (Belgium).


Theodor Gebre Selassie (Czech Republic).


Moussa Dembele (Belgium), Ngolo Kante (France) and Moussa Sissoko (France).


Marouane Fellaini (Belgium), Adil Rami (France).


Patrice Evra (France), Bacary Sagna (France) and Leroy Sane (Germany).

Others with one representative include:

EGYPT – Stephen El Shaarawy (Italy).

GHANA – Jerome Boateng (Germany).

GUINEA – Paul Pogba (France).

TUNISIA – Sami Khedira (Germany).

Player number 44th would have been the injured Belgium Captain, Vincent Kompany, who is from CONGO.