Summary

  • Coman has been named in France's squad for UEFA EURO 2016.
  • Joined Bayern on two-season loan from Juventus.
  • Won the Bundesliga to add to domestic league titles in France and Italy.

FC Bayern München's on-loan winger Kingsley Coman is set to make his sixth appearance for France this Friday, in arguably the biggest game of his international career so far.

Coman and his country will be kicking off UEFA EURO 2016 with a game against Romania in the French capital this weekend, and all of the world's eyes will be on Bayern's exciting entertainer, who already has an enviable list of achievements to look back on, despite his tender 19 years.

Last month, Coman added the Bundesliga and DFB Cup to the Serie A and Ligue 1 titles he has already picked up at his previous clubs Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain. "But this title with Bayern has more meaning for me," Coman recently told bundesliga.com. "I won it playing more regularly and having established myself as a regular."

That resonates from the 23 appearances he made in the Bundesliga, in which he scored four goals and set up a further six. In addition, he took to the field eight times in the Champions League, including two goals and six assists, and played four of Bayern's DFB Cup fixtures, making it quite a debut season.

Coman nevertheless does not yet feel he has yet arrived on the top footballing stage, but is merely taking the first of many steps there. "I know I still have to work hard on myself to become a really good player," he said, "But I'm only just turning 20 so I certainly have plenty of margin for improvement."

Bayern's sporting director Matthias Sammer has lauded that attitude, praising the Frenchman for his every move since moving to Bavaria from Turin a year ago. "I'm so impressed with the way he remains so humble and with how he is integrating into the team," Sammer said. "It certainly catches your eye."

Although just 19, he has a long list of titles to his name.

He is particularly eye-catching on the field of play, and not just because of his extravagant haircuts which he says "shocked" people in Italy, and have not gone without being remarked upon in "a more conservative" Germany. "He's excellent in the one-on-one and his pace is extraordinary," said team-mate Robert Lewandowski, who sees beyond his pruned locks. "That is precisely what we need."

Outgoing Bayern coach Pep Guardiola identified that when he made his move a year ago, and his successor on the Bayern bench Carlo Ancelotti is certainly not going to doubt that assessment. It was he, after all, who gave Coman his professional debut at the age of 16 at PSG in February 2013.

A year later, he moved on to Juventus before joining Bayern on a two-year loan deal last year. "I definitely have Bayern and Pep Guardiola to thank a lot," Coman said. "I don't know if I would have made it into the Equipe Tricolore if it hadn't been for this club and this coach."

He earned his first senior cap for France in a 2-0 win over Germany in November 2015.

His performances for Bayern were indeed enough to convince France coach Didier Deschamps to take a closer look at him over the past 12 months, and having been part of France's under-19 squad at the under-19 European Championship in Greece a year ago, he has now bypassed the under-21s to earn his senior stripes, debuting against Germany in a friendly last November.

The hopes of the host nation this summer now rest largely on the shoulders of the Bayern winger. Despite being just 19, he already has four domestic league titles to his name, and just over a month from now, he could add the first international one to that list.