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France captain Cognat introduces his team-mates

Published: Wednesday 20 May 2015, 15.34CET
France captain Timothé Cognat talks UEFA.com through his team-mates, including the 'boss', the tournament's top scorer and someone who never tells a bad joke.
by Timothé Cognat
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France captain Cognat introduces his team-mates
France captain Timothé Cognat in possession during the semi-final against Belgium ©Sportsfile

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Published: Wednesday 20 May 2015, 15.34CET

France captain Cognat introduces his team-mates

France captain Timothé Cognat talks UEFA.com through his team-mates, including the 'boss', the tournament's top scorer and someone who never tells a bad joke.

1 Luca Zidane (Real Madrid CF, goalkeeper)
Luca is a serious guy when we have to work, but he is also someone who is happy and enjoys life when we have time to relax.

2 Alec Georgen (Paris Saint-Germain, defender)
Another serious guy and a person who wants to be the best – on the pitch and off it.

3 Christ-Emmanuel Maouassa (AS Nancy Lorraine, defender)
He laughs a lot and enjoys telling jokes.

4 Dayot Upamecano (Valenciennes FC, defender)
A joker, but when it's necessary, such as on the pitch, he is really serious. He's also the dancer.

5 Mamadou Doucoure (Paris Saint-Germain, defender)
The 'boss' of the team. He's strong on the pitch and very important for the life of the squad.

6 Jean-Victor Makengo (SM Caen, midfielder)
Can be serious but he is also happy to laugh a lot. He enjoys going around the squad to speak to everybody.

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Odsonne Edouard is the finals' top scorer

7 Odsonne Edouard (Paris Saint-Germain, forward)
He jokes with everybody. As a striker, he's the best.

8 Timothé Cognat (Olympique Lyonnais, midfielder, captain)
I'm the leader and important for the team on the pitch and in terms of regulating things off it. I'm serious during a game, but I like laughing with the guys.

9 Maxime Pelican (Toulouse FC, forward)
He likes to be first in every game we play; he wants to be the best.

10 Bilal Boutobba (Olympique de Marseille, midfielder)
Always laughing – he creates the jovial atmosphere in the group.

11 Nanitamo Ikone (Paris Saint-Germain, forward)
The singer in the team. He sings throughout the day and likes to joke with everybody.

12 Jeff Reine Adélaïde (RC Lens, midfielder)
A very serious guy, though he does joke with the rest of us occasionally.

13 Jordan Rambaud (EA Guingamp, forward)
He was the last player to join the squad. He's a really open guy who wants to speak with everyone. He's a very interesting person.

14 Issa Samba (AJ Auxerre, defender)
Also a dancer. He loves creating a good atmosphere in the group.

15 Bradlay Danger (Le Havre AC, defender)
He always works very hard in training and wants to be the best.

16 Nicolas Kocik (Valenciennes FC, goalkeeper)
He is serious and works really hard in training. After that he is pretty quiet.

17 Nicolas Janvier (Stade Rennais FC, midfielder)
He's a reserved person, but if you know him he likes to speak with you.

18 Lorenzo Callegari (Paris Saint-Germain, midfielder)
He loves life and is always joking. He tries to make other people laugh too.

Jean Ruiz (FC Sochaux-Montbéliard, midfielder)*
He's very reserved, but sometimes he tells jokes – and when he does, they're always good ones!

Numan Bostan (Toulouse FC, goalkeeper)*
He laughs all day. He enjoys life.

*Injured players who have remained with the squad in Bulgaria.

Jean-Claude Giuntini, coach
Serious and very strict when we have to work. He's also a kind and open person who is focused on victory.

Timothé Cognat was speaking to Wayne Harrison

Last updated: 04/06/15 1.33CET

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