Bayern Munich have had at least one player appear in last 11 World Cup finals after snub for Liverpool’s Ibrahima Konate sees Dayot Upamecano extend extraordinary record

by | 19 December, 2022 | Bundesliga News


Upamecano kept the incredible record alive


Didier Deschamps decision to start Dayot Upamecano against Argentina means Bayern Munich have had a player in the last 11 World Cup finals.

Inter could also match that extraordinary record should Lautaro Martinez emerge from the bench against France.

Both Bayern and Inter have had a player feature in every final since Spain 1982, and Qatar has seen German giants Bayern extend their historic record streak.

It wasn’t cut and dry either, with Liverpool’s Ibrahima Konate fighting Upamfecano for the berth alongside Raphael Varane, having impressed in starts against Australia and Morocco.

But his former Leipzig teammate instead made the cut, continuing a long Bayern legacy that features icons such as Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Lothar Matthaus, Oliver Kahn and Arjen Robben.

The Bavarian side actually had a number of French candidates in the running to keep their record alive, but it looked like fate may hamper them.

Lucas Hernandez was taken out of World Cup action early on in the tournament with a serious injury, while Benjamin Pavard and Kingsley Coman have played just over 200 minutes between them.

Bayern always had good odds, though, with their 16 players in Qatar only beaten by Barcelona’s 17.