Antoine Griezmann

BARCELONA - MARCH, 14: Antoine Griezmann of Atletico Madrid duri

Place of Birth: Mâcon, France

Date of Birth: 21 March, 1991

Ethnicity:
*Alsatian German (father)
*Portuguese (mother)

Antoine Griezmann is a French professional footballer.

Antoine is the son of Isabelle and Alain Griezmann. His father is of Alsatian German descent. His mother is of Portuguese ancestry; her family is from Paços de Ferreira.

Antoine never played professional football in his home country, since he was fourteen when he left France for the academy at Real Sociedad, the Spanish football club based in the city of San Sebastián, Basque Country. Because of this, in France he is regarded as more Spanish than French by the local press.

Antoine’s paternal great-grandparents were Emile Léger Grieszmann and Marie Grieszmann. Marie was the daughter of Victor Ernest Grieszmann, who was born in Meung-sur-Loire, Loiret, France, and of Marie Stéphanie Zeph, who was born in Pas-de-Calais, France; they were both of German descent. Antoine’s great-grandparents were cousins.

Antoine’s maternal grandparents were Amaro Lopes and Carolina. Amaro was a footballer for F.C. Paços de Ferreira.

Sources: http://www.independent.co.uk
http://www.sofoot.com
http://www.maisfutebol.iol.pt
http://www.rfgenealogie.com

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8 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    Antoine’s paternal great-grandparents, Emile Léger Grieszmann and Marie Grieszmann (the daughter of Victor Ernest Grieszmann and Marie Stéphanie Zeph), were cousins. Victor was born in Meung-sur-Loire, Loiret, France. Marie Stéphanie was born Pas-de-Calais, France. They were both of German descent. Marie’s father, known as “Emmerich”, was born in Münster, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. He died in Carnac, Brittany, France.

    Source: http://www.rfgenealogie.com/s-informer/infos/celebrites/aux-origines-de-payet-giroud-et-griezmann
    A discussion: http://www.geneanet.org/forum/?topic=548758.0

  2. andrew says:

    It’s possible that his mother is fully Portuguese. From wikipedia:

    “His father Alain, a town councillor, is of Alsatian descent, hence the Germanic surname. His mother Isabelle, a former hospital cleaner, is of Portuguese descent, and her father Amaro Lopes was a Portuguese footballer for F.C. Paços de Ferreira. Amaro Lopes came to France with his wife Carolina to work in construction in 1957, where Isabelle was born, and he died in 1992 when his grandson was an infant. As a child, Griezmann often spent his holidays in Paços de Ferreira”

  3. Kimmel says:

    A weird way to the top. Constantly rejected or dismissed due to his height & frame in France but manages to become a sensation in Spain. Also, his ethnic history is really intriguing. If I remember correctly, he is related to royalty going way back.

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