Bondy’s search for a female Kylian Mbappé hots up in suburbs of Paris

Bondy’s search for a female Kylian Mbappé hots up in suburbs of Paris

12-Jun-2019 09:00:03 | The Guardian

With the Women’s World Cup in full swing the unofficial search for candidates for future France teams is well under way

It was on a modest pitch in a northern Paris suburb where the six-year-old Kylian Mbappé began to shine. Long before he became a star of the World Cup-winning France team last year, his talent and renown grew at the Stade Léo Lagrange in the banlieue – suburb – of Bondy, which now, thanks to him, has a permanent place in French football history.

Today, on an overcast June afternoon, the pitch at Léo Lagrange is filled with the shouts of girls, 130 of them, many with the name of Bondy’s favourite son emblazoned across their backs. They are competing in a tournament – an all-out battle of the banlieues – to mark the start of the Women’s World Cup.

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