Defender – Atletico de Madrid, French Team
Aissatou Tounkara is the definition of quiet strength, perseverance and listening.
She started at the Buttes Chaumont FC club, where she stayed until the fall of 2008
From the age of 9, Aïssatou imposed her speed and physique above average.
Very quickly, Aïssatou Tounkara will progress by “always listening, with the desire to learn” remembers her coach of the time.
At 10, she caught the eye of the president of Issy-les-Moulineaux during a game against the Hauts-de-Seine team, whose pennant team was then in D2.
It has taken a step forward by joining the prestigious FCF Juvisy in the 2010 off-season.
During her young career, she has always discussed and made the best decisions for her future. Her good career choices have opened the doors to the French team’s youth teams, with which she won a U17 World Cup and then a Euro U19.
On his footballing qualities, everyone agrees. The long and slender defender of the Blue physically impressive. All the coaches who nurtured the young woman were impressed by her physical qualities (1.74m) is. “She’s an excellent defender, very hard in the duel, not impassable but not far away.”
On Wednesday, March 7, 2018, during an opposition between France and Germany, the Parisian stopper was in a duel with the German star Dszenifer Marosan. Aïssatou twisted in pain in the Orlando City stadium and came out on a stretcher holding her left calf in tears. Verdict: double open tibia-fibula fracture and several months of immobilization. This terrible disillusionment fifteen months before the World Cup caused great concern in her family and friends, but with self-denial and strength of character, the young player showed her goals loud and clear. “The day after her injury, she had a smile on her face, she wanted to come back.”
His teammate Elisa Da Almeida develops and recounts an episode that marked him and shows Aissatou Tounkara’s steel mind: “After his injury, I sent him a message, I will always remember his answer. She told me not to worry, that she would come back stronger. She did it, she came back even better and more determined.”
She signed for Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2018.
Since then, she has come back very well, winning in Madrid and winning the Spanish championship in her new home.
Finalist at the European Women’s Under-17 Championship in 2012
Winner of the 2012 Under-17 World Cup in 2012
Winner of the European Women’s Under-19 Championship in 2013
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