Parisians' international week in review

Twelve players from Paris Saint-Germain's professional squad were on duty with their respective national teams during the international week. Find out how they fared.


Les Bleus continued their qualifying campaign for the 2024 European Championships, which will be held in Germany. In his first match, against Gibraltar, Kylian Mbappé scored the breakthrough goal as France won 3-0 at Faro's Estadio Algarve. Didier Deschamps' players then returned to the Stade de France in Saint-Denis to take on Greece. Our Parisian striker helped France to a second victory by scoring the only goal of the game, from the penalty spot. The Boy from Bondy played in both matches. With six more points, Les Bleus maintained their lead at the top of a group that also includes Ireland and the Netherlands.


After getting through a group containing England, Germany and Hungary, Italy arrived in the Netherlands for the UEFA Nations League finals. The Squadra Azzurra faced Spain in the semi-final. Despite the inclusion of Donnarumma and the introduction of Marco Verratti, the Italians lost 2-1 to their club team-mates Juan Bernat and Fabian Ruiz. In the third-place play-off against the Netherlands in Enschede, the Italians won 3-2, with the two Parisians coming off the bench to help their team finish on top of the UEFA Nations League.


Portugal played host to Bosnia-Herzegovina at Lisbon's Estadio da Luz as part of the qualifiers for Euro 2024. The match ended 3-0 in favour of the Seleção. Danilo started in central defence, while Vitinha and Renato Sanches were on the bench. Roberto Martínez's side then travelled to the Laugardalsvöllur in Reykjavik to take on Iceland. The Portuguese won 1-0 in a match contested by Danilo, who started, and Vitinha, who came on (84'). Renato Sanches remained on the bench.


For Fabian Ruiz and Juan Bernat's La Roja, the UEFA Nations League campaign ended with a trophy! After overcoming Portugal, Switzerland and the Czech Republic in the group phase, Spain faced Italy in the semi-final. The Paris midfielder came on as a substitute to help his side to a 2-1 victory over club team-mates Marco Verratti and Gianluigi Donnarumma. In the final, Luis de la Fuente's side travelled to the Stadion Feijenoord in Rotterdam to take on Croatia. Fabian Ruiz was in the starting line-up, and saw his team win after a penalty shoot-out (0-0 - 5-4). La Roja have therefore won the UEFA Nations League 2023, a first in their history!


The Atlas Lions came up against Cape Verde in a friendly at the Stade Prince Moulay Abdellah, but failed to win (0-0). Five days later, Walid Regragui's men were beaten 2-1 by South Africa in a qualifier for the 2023 African Cup of Nations. Paris full-back Achraf Hakimi played the entirety of both matches on the right flank of the Moroccan defence.


In a friendly match, Brazil took on Guinea at the Estadio Cornella-El Prat in Barcelona, Spain. The Auriverde won 4-1. Menezes' men then travelled to the Estadio José Alvalade in Lisbon, Portugal, to take on Senegal. The five-time world champions lost 4-2, with Paris captain Marquinhos scoring twice, once for each team!


Winners of last year's Maurice Revello tournament, the French U18 team were aiming to keep their cup at home. After finishing top of their group ahead of Saudi Arabia, Venezuela and Costa Rica, France unfortunately fell to Mexico in the semi-finals. PSG youngsters Warren Zaïre-Emery and Ilyes Housni, both starting for France, saw their team eliminated after a penalty shoot-out (2-2 - 3-4). In a second match for the third-place play-off, Les Bleuets lost 2-0 to Australia. Bernard Diomède's men therefore finished the Maurice Revello tournament in fourth place.