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Senior Internationals: A look back at our players’ matches during the November break

Nine players from Racing Club de Strasbourg Alsace and the Racing Mutest Académie were called up by their respective national teams for this November international window. Here’s a look back at the performances of our Blue&White players.

Matz Sels – Belgium

It was a perfect week for Matz Sels and the Red Devils! After a first friendly match against Serbia in Louvain, during which Matz started in a 1-0 victory, Belgium confirmed its ticket for Euro 2024 as the group’s top seed with a big win against Azerbaijan in Brussels (5-0); Matz Sels was a substitute in this second match.

11/15/2023 (Leuven): Belgium 1-0 Serbia
11/19/2023 (Brussels): Belgium 5-0 Azerbaidjan

Photo: Panoramic

Alaa Bellaarouch & Walid Hasbi – Morocco U23

Two friendly matches were on the Moroccan Espoirs (U-23) fixture list in November. The first was in Denmark where Alaa Bellaarouch started and unfortunately conceded three goals (in a 3-0 defeat). Then came a second matcha few days later against the United States, during which it was Walid Hasbi who played in goal, helping his team to a narrow victory (1-0).

11/16/2023: Denmark 3-0 Morocco
11/21/2023: Morocco 1-0 USA

Ismaël Doulouré – France U23

It was a tough break for Douk’ and France’s Espoirs (the U-21s). Called up for the first time since March 2023, our defender started twice, being replaced each time around the 65th minute. Unfortunately, the French team experienced its first two defeats of the Thierry Henry era, and quite heavy ones. The first came in Austria, as part of qualifying for the 2025 U-21 Euros (2-0), and then the second in a friendly against South Korea (0-3).

11/17/2023 (Ried): Austria 2-0 France
11/20/2023 (Le Havre): France 0-3 South Korea

Photo: Panoramic

Saïdou Sow – Guinea

It was a week of contrasts for the Sily of Guinea and Saïdou Sow. From their first two qualifying matches for the 2026 World Cup, Guinea only took three points out of six. Everything started perfectly for them by winning against Uganda at home (2-1), but unfortunately, they then lost in Botswana (1-0), with Saïdou playing the entirety of both matches.

Photo: Guinean Football Federation

11/17/2023 (Berkane): Guinea 2-1 Uganda
11/21/2023 (Francistown): Botswana 1-0 Guinea

Emanuel Emegha – Netherlands U23

It’s 6 out of 6 for the Jong Oranje! Emanuel Emegha and his Dutch teammates recorded two victories which helpt them confirm first place in the group for qualifying for the 2025 U-21 Euros. They first beat Gibraltar with a header (1-0), before winning in Sweden in a lively encounter (2-4).

Photo: Soccrates Images

11/16/2023 (Almere): Netherlands 1-0 Gibraltar
11/20/2023 (Boras): Sweden 2-4 Netherlands

Moïse Sahi Dion – Ivory Coast U23

Only one match, a friendly one at that, was on the program for Côte d’Ivoire’s U-23 Éléphants of which Moïse Sahi Dion was once again a part. It was against Iraq, against whom CdI made it easy in the first period to win comfortably (4-0). Coming off the bench, , Moïse scored the fourth and final goal of the game.

The result:
11/21/2023: Ivory Coast 4-0 Iraq

Gianni D’Angelo & Elies Araar – Tunisia U20

Gianni D’Angelo and Elies Araar, two players from the Racing Mutest Academy, were called up with Tunisia to compete in the UNAF (North African Union) tournament. They finished solid winners of the tournament with 4 victories.

Photo: Tunisian Football Federation