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Samuel Umtiti


The French international, at the Club since 2016, is known for his physical strength, his ability to anticipate, and his prowess in getting the ball up the field.

Samuel Umtiti came to FC Barcelona to reinforce the team's defensive line. The Cameroon-born Frenchman landed in Barcelona on 14 July 2016 from Olympique Lyonnais, where he was a regular in the starting eleven.

After emerging from the youth ranks of Lyon, Umtiti reached the first team in the 2011/12 season. There he played a total of 170 games, scoring five goals and handing out two assists.

Umtiti was summoned to the French national team for Euro 2016, in which France were the tournament's hosts. Umtiti debuted in the Euro quarter-finals against Iceland. His great performance in his first game with France put him in the starting line-up for the rest of the competition. Umtiti went on to play every minute in the semi-final against Germany and in the final against Portugal. Before debuting with France, Umtiti had already risen through all of the lower national team categories.

Samuel Umtiti was officially presented as an FC Barcelona player on 15 July 2016.

Technical profile

The Frenchman can help the Blaugrana defence in many ways with his ability to play as a central defender and as a left fullback. Umtiti is characterised by his physical strength, his ability to anticipate, and his prowess in bringing the ball up the field. At 181 cm, Umtiti is a force in the air on set pieces at both ends of the pitch. In fact, Umtiti has scored multiple goals on long, second chances. Despite his young age, before arriving at Barça, Umtiti had already shown his leadership skills, having been the captain at his previous club.