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1: Steve Mandanda

Mandanda is a young goalkeeper, currently playing for Marseille, who has never appeared for the French Senior team. He is relatively young and still in the learning and development stage. Domenech is giving him the opportunity to be in the French squad as a learning experience for the future. We have to wait if Steve has a part to play in Euro 2008.

Steve Mandanda started his career at Le Havre, and did not concede the first goal until his fourth match. He had an unsuccessful trial at English club Aston Villa, but failed to secure a permanent contract. He joined Marseille permanently, on a 4-year contract, on the 5th March 2008. He has played 33 matches since 2007 (including the period on loan at Marseille).

Mandanda has Congolese descent, and his family is renowned for bringing up promising goalkeepers. Steve has three brothers, and ALL of them are goalkeepers for French sides. His brothers are Parfait (18 yrs – Bordeaux), Riffi (15 yrs – Caen & France U16) and Ever (9yrs – Lusitanos Saint-Maur). On the 5th February 2008, Steve played for the French B team against Congo, and he was substituted at half-time, while his brother Parfait came in for Congo. Mandanda has the potential to be a fantastic keeper in the future, but it is essential that he learns from the more experienced French players to follow in their footsteps.

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