Todibo gets first France cap

Jean-Clair Todibo made his first senior international appearance for his country in Tuesday’s friendly against Germany! 

He’s made another important step in his career. Jean-Clair Todibo made his France debut in the 2-1 defeat to Germany on Tuesday, just reward for his excellent performances for the club, where everyone is proud of him and delighted his displays have been recognised by Dider Deschamps.

Called up in March along with Khephren Thuram, Le Gym’s vice-captain had to wait for his second call-up before getting onto the pitch where he made his senior international debut alongside William Saliba with whom he played at Nice in winter 2021.

Saliba was looking to kickstart his career, and after a successful six-month spell and another loan at Marseille, he’s now shining with Arsenal.

Todibo, who has made 106 competitive appearances for Nice (2 goals), is still in a red-and-black shirt alongside Dante with whom he forms one of the most solid and consistent centre-back pairings in Ligue 1*.

Todibo played the full game for France - hopefully the first of many - becoming the 32nd Aiglon to feature for Les Bleus.

THE 32 WHO made their france debuts as an aiglon

  • Roger MINDONNET, on 21/04/1949 contre Scotland
  • Jean LUCIANO, on 30/10/1949 vs. Yugoslavia
  • Désir CARRE, on 13/11/1949 vs. Czechoslovakia
  • Jean BELVER, on 04/06/1950 vs. Belgium
  • Antoine  BONIFACI, on 12/05/1951 contre l'Irlande du Nord
  • Abdelaziz BEN TIFOUR, on 22/05/1952 vs. Belgium
  • Joseph UJLAKI, on 04/10/1953 vs. Ireland
  • Antoine CUISSARD, on 25/11/1953 vs. Ireland
  • Just  FONTAINE, on 17/12/1953 vs. Luxembourg
  • Abderrrahman MAHJOUB, on 17/12/1953 vs. Luxembourg
  • Georges LAMIA, on 11/11/1959 vs. Portugal
  • André CHORDA, on 16/03/1690 vs. Chile
  • Alain CORNU, on 11/04/1962 vs. Poland
  • Hector DE BOURGOING, on 11/04/1962 vs. Poland
  • Charly LOUBET, on 22/03/1967 vs. Romania
  • Marcel AUBOUR, on 17/09/1967 vs. Poland
  • Hervé  REVELLI, on 09/10/1971 vs. Hungary
  • Francis CAMERINI, on 10/11/1971 vs. Bulgaria
  • Claude  QUITTET, on 10/11/1971 vs. Bulgaria
  • Dominique BARATELLI, on 11/06/1972 vs Central America XI
  • Jean-Noël  HUCK, on 15/11/1972 vs. Ireland
  • Jean-Pierre ADAMS, on 08/09/1973 vs. Greece
  • Roger  JOUVE, on 08/09/1973 vs. Greece
  • Marc  MOLITOR, on 08/09/1973 vs. Greece
  • Dario  GRAVA, on 13/10/1973 vs. Germany
  • Jean-Marc GUILLOU, on 03/09/1975 vs. Iceland
  • Daniel  BRAVO, on 23/02/1982 vs. Italy
  • Loïc REMY, on 02/06/2009 vs. Nigeria
  • Hatem BEN ARFA, on 13/10/2007 vs. Faroe Islands
  • Christophe JALLET, on 15/08/2012 vs. Uruguay
  • Khephren THURAM, on 24/03/2023 vs. the Netherlands
  • Jean-Clair TODIBO, on 12/09/2023 vs. Germany


Three other Aiglons also played on Tuesday. Youssouf Ndayishimiye played the full 90 minutes of Burundi’s CAN 2023 qualifier with Cameroon, ending up on the wrong end of a 3-0 defeat that means his country won’t play in the final tournament.

Youcef Atal was also in action for Algeria in their 1-0 friendly win against Senegal. Hicham Boudaoui came off the bench late on, while Bardedine Bouanani was an unused substitute.

*Joint-best defence in L1 2021/22, second-best in 2022.23, Le Gym currently has the best defensive record in the French top flight after four games with two goals conceded.

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