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Round 1: Young guns to the fore!

Round 1: Young guns to the fore!

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Publish on 08/11 at 11:00 - S. WILLIS

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Ligue 1 Uber Eats hasn't developed the reputation as the League of Talents by accident - young players get their chance in France, and this was the case in the very first round of the season. Check out who are the 21 youngest players to have taken the field in Ligue 1 Uber Eats in Round 1.

Ligue 1 Uber Eats is renowned for its ability to bring out the very best in young talent, and the first round of the 2022-023 season was no exception: no fewer than 21 players under the age of 20 were fielded by their coaches. In total, 12 of the 20 top flight clubs have used a player from this age group.

Warren Zaire-Emery dethrones Kingsley Coman

The youngest of these is Warren Zaire-Emery. The Paris Saint-Germain midfielder, who was born on 8 March 2006, appeared against Clermont Foot (0-5) on Saturday and played his first minutes in the top flight after replacing Marco Verratti (82').

At the age of 16 years and 151 days, the Montreuil native, who arrived at PSG's youth academy in 2014 after starting out at Aubervilliers in Seine-Saint-Denis, thus became the youngest player to set foot on a Ligue 1 Uber Eats pitch in the opening round.

But that's not all for the player who signed his first professional contract with the capital club until 2025 on 15 July, as he also broke Kingsley Coman's record for the youngest player ever to play for PSG in the top flight (16 years 8 months and 4 days in 2013). The recent European champion with the French Under-17 team is therefore now the youngest player in the history of Les Rouge et Bleu to have played a Ligue 1 Uber Eats match.

Round 1's Young Guns:
Warren Zaïre-Emery (PSG, 8 minutes): 16 years 151 days (born on 08/03/2006)
Désiré Doué (Stade Rennais, 17 minutes): 17 years 65 days (born on 03/06/2005)
Wilson Odobert (Troyes, 1 minute): 17 years 252 days (born on 28/11/2004)
Kyliane Dong (Troyes, 6 minutes): 17 years 314 days (born on 27/09/2004)
Kévin Biakolo (Toulouse, 11 minutes): 18 years 193 days (born on 26/01/2004)
Carlos Baleba (LOSC, 6 minutes): 18 years 216 days (born on 03/01/2004)
Martin Adeline (Reims, 10 minutes): 18 years 248 days (born on 02/12/2003)
Rayan Cherki (Lyon, 1 minute): 18 years 353 days (born on 17/08/2003)
Brayann Pereira (Auxerre, 90 minutes): 19 years 78 days (born on 21/05/2003)
Malo Gusto (Lyon, 90 minutes): 19 years 78 days (born on 19/05/2003)
Rares Ilie (Nice, 26 minutes): 19 years 110 days (born on 19/04/2003)
Kamory Doumbia (Reims, 45 minutes): 19 years 170 days (born on 18/02/2003)
Elye Wahi (Montpellier, 84 minutes): 19 years 217 days (born on 02/01/2003)
Castello Lukeba (Lyon, 90 minutes): 19 years 231 days (born on 17/12/2002)
Dany Jean (Strasbourg, 8 minutes): 19 years 251 days (born on 28/11/2002)
Farès Chaïbi (Toulouse, 69 minutes): 19 years 252 days (born on 28/11/2002)
Enzo Tchato Mbiayi (Montpellier, 90 minutes): 19 years 257 days (born on 23/11/2002)
Johann Lepenant (Lyon, 90 minutes): 19 years 287 days (born on 22/10/2002)
Théo Le Bris (Lorient, 23 minutes): 19 years 310 days (born on 01/10/2002)
Béni Makouana (Montpellier, 60 minutes): 19 years 313 days (born on 28/09/2002)
Bradley Barcola (Lyon, 15 minutes): 19 years 337 days (born on 02/09/2002)

>> VIDEO: The Best of Round 1