Antoine Griezmann

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

Griezmann in 2015, photo by Maxisports/

Place of Birth: Mâcon, France

Date of Birth: 21 March, 1991

*father – German, likely French
*mother – Portuguese

Antoine Griezmann is a French professional footballer. He plays as a forward for La Liga club Atlético Madrid and the France national team.

Antoine is the son of Isabelle and Alain Griezmann. His father is of at least part German descent. His mother is of Portuguese ancestry; her family is from Paços de Ferreira. At fourteen, 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 has been regarded as more Spanish than French by the local press.

Antoine is married to Erika Choperena, who is from Basque country in Spain. The couple has three children.

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 of German descent. Antoine’s great-grandparents were cousins.

Antoine’s maternal grandfather was named Amaro Lopes. Amaro was a footballer for F.C. Paços de Ferreira.

Antoine’s maternal grandmother was named Carolina.


11 Responses

  1. Aiden says:

    No French? lol

  2. vitordesouza says:

    he has portuguese ancestry :D

  3. 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.

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  4. 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”

  5. 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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