Eduardo Camavinga, 17, becomes France’s youngest goalscorer in more than a century


17-year-old Eduardo Camavinga scored a superb kick in the first 10 minutes of his first start for the France team – in a 7-1 win over Ukraine on Wednesday – in to become the country’s youngest scorer for over a century.

At the age of 17 years and 11 months, Camavinga’s goal saw him become the second youngest player from France to score for Les Bleus – 106 years ago Maurice Gastiger scored against Switzerland in March 1914 at the age of 17 years and five months.

“Congratulations to him.” He is a young player who has a lot of qualities, of ease, ”French coach Didier Deschamps told reporters.

“He had the chance to score this goal for his first selection as a starting player. After that, it’s not because he’s not yet 18 that I’m going to say no, he’s too young.

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“I took it last month and am bringing it back today. If I play him, it’s because I think he’s capable. Now it’s up to him to prove it on the pitch, you shouldn’t ask him too much. But there it is. ”

Born in Angola, Camavinga moved to France at the age of two, according to L’Equipe. He was spotted by Rennes playing football in Fougeres, 50 kilometers from the city, at the age of 13. He signed his first professional contract with Rennes in December and, in an attempt to stop his future at the club a little more, signed an extension this week until 2022.

After breaking onto the football scene with Rennes – with outstanding performances against Ligue 1 heavyweight Paris Saint-Germain – Camavinga became a regular starter for the team at just 16 years old.

In his first season at Rennes, he helped the Breton club qualify for the Champions League for the first time in their history.

Now in his second season with the club, Camavinga has become a staple of the squad. And after six matches in the 2020-21 season, Rennes are at the top of the Ligue 1 standings, having lost none of their opening matches.

Last year, just five days before her 17th birthday, Camavinga me his French nationality.

Shortly after, he made his debut for his national team last month, replacing Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante in the second half of his side’s 4-2 win over Croatia in the UEFA Nations League.

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And midfielder Camavinga showed fans what they can look forward to for the foreseeable future, marking his full debut with a goal at the Stade de France.

Camavinga’s goal wasn’t the only historic moment for Les Bleus. Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud’s two goals – his 41st and 42nd for France in his 100th appearance – meant he exceeded Michel Platini as the second top scorer in France. He is now only behind former Arsenal and Barcelona striker Thierry Henry who has scored 51 times for France.


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