Meet Moustapha Fall: A Dominant Pivot Leading the French National Basketball Team in the 2023 World Cup

2023-08-17 07:43:00

Eight days before the start of the 2023 World Cup, a mandatory squad review to introduce you to each of the twelve Blues who will try to climb to the roof of the World on September 10. Today we are looking at the profile of… Moustapha Fall. Big Mouss will still be a basic element in the interior sector of the Blues during this World Cup, following Rudy Gobert.

Surname: Fall First name: Moustapha Age: 31 Height: 2m18 Weight: 124kg Position: Pivot Nickname: (Big) Mouss On CV: Poitiers, Monaco, Antibes, Chalon, Sakarya, Lokomotiv Kuban, Ankara, ASVEL, Olympiakos. Achievements in EDF: Silver medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

One train can hide another… Behind the 2m16 of Rudy Gobert, here are the 2m18 of Moustapha Fall. The interior of Olympiakos since 2021 has had a rather atypical career since he only started basketball at the age of… 17! Trained in Poitiers, he joined Monaco (then just promoted to Pro B) in 2014 before sailing on the French Riviera in Antibes. He leaves the sun and the Côte d’Azur to join Chalon where he will truly reveal himself by becoming the best defender, blocker, dunker and pest control of the 2016-17 season.

We then say to ourselves that Mouss is going to join a top club, that’s good because Barcelona is hitting on him. what a baby ! Fall decides, to everyone’s surprise, to join Sakarya in Türkiye. A surprising and unconvincing choice since Fall quickly left Turkey for Lokomotiv Kuban (Russia) where he had a difficult season with bad pubalgia which did not allow him to express his full potential. After returning to Turkey in Ankara, Big Mouss returns to France in 2020, he joins ASVEL and finds his true level. At Olympiakos since 2021, he has established himself over time as an important element of the Piraeus team, even becoming one of the most dominant pivots in the EuroLeague.

In selection, Mouss was part of the blue epic in Tokyo where France brilliantly won a silver medal. In the team since 2017, he has established himself as a centerpiece of the French interior sector with Rudy Gobert. Precious during the qualifying phase where he was often a starter, Mouss also martyred a lot of defenders with an aggressive post game in preparation (hello Venezuela). As dissuasive as possible under the circle, he distributes counters like hosts on a Sunday morning in church. His physical presence and his undeniable defensive contribution inside will be invaluable during this World Cup.

Moustapha Fall is strong ????#TeamFranceBasket | #PassionatelyBlue | #FIBAWC | #LTUFRA

– French basketball teams (@FRABasketball) August 11, 2023

Also capable of creating back-to-basket play with a passing quality rare for a player of his size, Moustapha Fall has a (really) very complete and particularly interesting profile in the game system put in place by Vincent Collet. A particularly cheerful element in the Mouss locker room is also a real plus for the France group. In short, a centerpiece of this very complete blue workforce.

Source : FFBB, Wikipedia.

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