With the incorporation of the central defender, France is the second country that has contributed the most foreigners to Barca after Brazil, which leads the ranking with 39
Confirmed the signing of Jules Kounde, Barca reaches the figure of 26 Frenchmen who have worn the Barca shirt throughout its almost 123 years of history. Kounde takes over from his teammate in the ‘bleu’ team Antoine Griezmann, who signed in the summer of 2019 and, after two seasons in which he failed to become the undisputed crack that was expected of him, returned to Atlético de Madrid.
Rene-Victor Fenouillere (1902-1903)
He was the first French player for FC Barcelona. He only played three friendly matches in 1902, in which he scored one goal. The striker, who was born in Portbail, died in 1916 in the First World War.
Henry Normand (1908-1909)
The son of French parents, he was born in Valladolid and died in Madrid. Before signing for Barça (he played in a Cup match) he played for Madrid. His demarcation was a midfielder.
Jim Carlier (1913-1914)
An attacking midfielder, Carlier played one season at Barça. He played in the Pyrenees Cup and the Championship of Catalonia. He participated in the First World War as an aviator.
Maurice Bigue (1913-1914)
Capped by France seven times, Maurice Bigué was in Barcelona for professional reasons and played nine games for Barca, all friendly.
Jean Verdoux (1917-1918)
Forward. He was only there for one season and played four friendlies, in which he scored four goals. He also played in the Avenc ranks (1915-1916)
Jules Robisco (1948)
A native of Sète, he was the first Gallic player to play for Barca after World War II. He arrived when he was 18 years old. He only played two friendly matches. He won a Coupe de France with Sete.
Lucien Muller (1965-68)
The first Frenchman who left his mark on FC Barcelona. The midfielder, arrived from Real Madrid. He played 80 official matches (3 goals) and years later he was a coach. He won a Fairs Cup and a Cup.
Laurent Blanc (1996-1997)
Center back of great technical quality was signed at the request of Bobby Robson. He only spent one season, the one that the coach lasted on the bench. He arrived from Auxerre. He won three titles (Cup Winners Cup, Cup Champion, and Super Cup) before going to Marseille. He played 40 official matches (1 goal).
Christophe Dugarry (1997-1998)
He only spent half a season at Barça, in which he played 13 games and did not score a single goal. He is reminded of his hitting Van Gaal during training. He arrived from AC Milan.
Frederic Dehu (1999-2000)
Like Dugarry, Dehu failed to succeed at Barca with Van Gaal as a coach. He came from Lens and played only one season. He participated in 24 matches and scored one goal. He is currently part of the Barca Legends.
Richard Dutruel (2000-2002)
The only French goalkeeper in the history of Barca. He arrived from Celta and failed to start in the first season to have a testimonial role in the second. He played 23 official matches. He went to Alaves.
Emmanuel Petit (2000-2001)
It was one of the signings made by Joan Gaspart after Figo left for Real Madrid. Versatile player. He played 38 official matches (1 goal). He did not triumph with Barça, but he was proclaimed world champion with France.
Philippe Christanval (2001-2003)
Another French central defender with quality but who failed to convince the coaches and ended up in the ranks of Olympique de Marseille. He played 48 official matches.
Ludovic Giuly (2004-2007)
After Muller, it was the Frenchman who managed to leave his mark on the club. He played 128 games for Barça and scored 27 goals. He won two Leagues and one Champions League, being a key player in Rijkaard’s team. He is reminded of the assistance in a European semi-final against Milan, the key to reaching the final. Then a young man named Leo Messi took his place.
Lillian Thuram (2006-2008)
Defending. Guadeloupe native. He arrived from Juventus, relegated to Serie B after the ‘Moggigate’. He played 41 games before retiring. He left a mark because of his marked personality, commitment to justice, and social equality.
Ludovic Sylvestre (2005-2006)
Almost unknown footballer. He made the jump to the first team from the quarry. He participated in two games, against Sevilla at Pizjuan (3-2) and Athletic at San Mamés (3-1). International for Guadeloupe.
Thierry Henry (2007-2010)
He arrived as the star of Arsenal and the French national team. In his presentation, he managed to fill the main court of Camp Nou. He formed a trident with Eto’o and Messi, won a Champions League, and was one of the directors in Barça’s historic 2-6 win at the Bernabeu (2008-09).
Eric Abidal (2007-13)
Another of the French players who left his mark as a player in the club, he played more than 100 games as a starter, won 16 titles, and won a battle against cancer. He lifted the 2011 Champions League at the request of Puyol and Xavi. As technical secretary, he had a run-in with Leo Messi, who criticized him on social media.
Jeremy Mathieu (2014-2017)
He was discussed because of the price of his signing -they ended up paying Valencia the 20 million of his clause-, but he ended up playing a worthy role. He could play both central and lateral. He later signed for Sporting Lisbon.
Lucas Digne (2016-2018)
Llego procedente del PSG y, pese a que en algunos partidos le compitió el puesto a Jordi Alba, nunca pudo arrebatarle la titularidad. Fue traspasado dos temporadas después al Everton, que tambien ficho a Andre Gomes y Yerry Mina.
Samuel Umtiti (2016-?)
He arrived as one of the revelations from Olympique de Lyon and soon became a benchmark central defender at Barca. However, after proclaiming himself world champion with France, he decided not to have knee surgery and since the summer of 2018, he has barely had a leading role. He is waiting to find a way out because he does not fit into Xavi’s plans.
Ousmane Dembele (2017-?)
He arrived from Borussia de Dortmund in exchange for 105 million fixed. It was the second most expensive transfer in football history. After five seasons in which he spent more time injured than playing, with the arrival of Xavi he offered the best version of himself in the second half of last season. He renewed for two seasons this summer when he was already written off.
Clement Lenglet (2018-?)
He arrived in the summer of 2018 from Sevilla after Barça paid his termination clause (35 million). He signed until 2023, but after the Covid, he agreed to lower his salary in exchange for extending his contract until 2026. He has left on loan to Tottenham.
Jean-Clair Todibo (2019-21)
He arrived from Toulouse in January 2019 in exchange for a symbolic price because his contract ended in June. He debuted against Huesca (0-0) but had no continuity. After three transfers (Schalke, Benfica, and Nice), the French club ended up signing him in the summer of 2021.
Antoine Griezmann (2019-21)
He postponed his arrival at Barça a year later than planned. He arrived as a star, but his performance did not end up being what was expected. Despite putting up good numbers, last season he returned to Atlético de Madrid.
Jules Koundé (2022-
He arrives at the express request of Xavi Hernandez, his great supporter. The coach sees the new Puyol in the former Sevilla central defender, capable of directing the team from behind and making the defensive line an impregnable wall.