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Warren Zaïre-Emery

Warren Zaïre-Emery is a prodigious French midfielder for Paris Saint-Germain, known for breaking multiple age records at the club and representing France at youth international levels.

Profile

Early Life:

Warren grew up in the heart of Île-de-France, Montreuil. His passion for football might be hereditary, as his father once graced the pitch for Red Star in Seine-Saint-Denis. His journey into the footballing world began at the tender age of four in Aubervilliers, a year after waiting to be eligible for his first license.

Club Career:

From the very beginning, Warren’s exceptional skills set him apart. By 2014, PSG had already noticed him and he was on-boarded into their youth system. There, he played above his age group, consistently impressing his coaches. In the 2021-22 season, at just 15, he shone brightly in the U19s, particularly in the UEFA Youth League.

Warren’s skills on the pitch didn’t go unnoticed, as he was soon called to PSG’s first team by Mauricio Pochettino. His talent garnered attention from major European clubs, leading him to join Jorge Mendes’s agency in 2022. By July of that year, he had signed his first professional contract with PSG.

Career Achievements:

  • Youngest to debut for PSG at 16 years, 151 days.
  • Youngest to appear in the Champions League for PSG.
  • Youngest starter in PSG history.
  • PSG’s youngest ever goalscorer.
  • Youngest player to start a Champions League knockout game.
  • Ligue 1 title winner in 2022-23 season.
  • Youngest PSG player to record a Ligue 1 assist since 2006.
  • Recognized by The Guardian as one of the best players born in 2006.

International Career:

Warren’s roots trace back to Martinique, but he’s made a mark as a French youth international. In 2022, he was the only player born in 2006 to be selected for the France U17 squad for the UEFA Under-17 Euro, where they emerged victorious with Warren scoring twice. By September 2023, he was not only playing for the France U21s but was also the youngest captain of Les Espoirs in three decades, thanks to coach Thierry Henry.

Style of Play:

Warren is a defensive midfielder known for his solid physique and outstanding technical abilities. He is adept at both intercepting the ball and initiating plays, bringing a harmonious balance to the midfield. His game-reading skills are impeccable, and despite his young age, he exhibits a mature personality on the field. He is calm, disciplined, and frequently steps up to take responsibility when needed.

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