Food

On the plate

The favourite food and pre-match meals of four of the European game's rising stars

Olympique Lyonnais

Moussa Dembélé

(pictured above)

What do you eat before a game?
I eat pasta. I don't actually eat much on the day of the game. Breakfast and then lunch, but smaller portions. Just before leaving I have an omelette and that's it.

What was your favourite food when you were a kid?
I really liked Mafé, which is a [peanut stew] dish from Mali, where my parents are originally from.

Bayer 04 Leverkusen

Jonathan Tah


What do you eat before a game?

Normally we eat three hours before the game. We have rice with a few vegetables and some rice pudding with a bit of cinnamon and sugar.

What was your favourite food when you were a kid?
Alloco from the Ivory Coast, where my father is form. It's cooked bananas.

TSG Hoffenheim

Jacob bruun larsen


What do you eat before a game?

Pasta, rice, potatoes, chicken, a little salad and fruit.

What was your favourite food when you were a kid?
Danish roast pork with parsley sauce.

Leipzig

Dayot Upamecano


What do you eat before a game?

I start off with eggs and orange juice in the morning. Then it's just pasta and water in the afternoon, and fruit as a dessert. It gets me fully loaded and ready.

What was your favourite food when you were a kid?
It was a Senegalese dish, called Thiéb – rice, vegetables and meat.

Penalty Pedigree

Etiam erat velit scelerisque in dictum non. Dictum non consectetur a erat nam at. Scelerisque felis imperdiet proin fermentum leo. Nibh tortor id aliquet lectus proin nibh nisl. Nulla at volutpat diam ut venenatis. At urna condimentum mattis pellentesque id nibh tortor id aliquet. Leo a diam sollicitudin tempor id eu nisl nunc mi. Dui vivamus arcu felis bibendum ut. Pharetra convallis posuere morbi leo urna molestie. Adipiscing at in tellus integer feugiat scelerisque. In arcu cursus euismod quis. Dictum non consectetur a erat nam at lectus urna duis. Facilisi nullam vehicula ipsum a arcu cursus. At tempor commodo ullamcorper a lacus vestibulum sed arcu non. Ipsum dolor sit amet consectetur adipiscing elit pellentesque habitant. Vitae sapien pellentesque habitant morbi tristique senectus. Eget nullam non nisi est sit amet facilisis. Ipsum consequat nisl vel pretium lectus quam. Elit sed vulputate mi sit amet mauris commodo quis. Pretium fusce id velit ut tortor pretium viverra suspendisse potenti.

Olympique Lyonnais

Moussa Dembélé

(pictured above)

What do you eat before a game?
I eat pasta. I don't actually eat much on the day of the game. Breakfast and then lunch, but smaller portions. Just before leaving I have an omelette and that's it.

What was your favourite food when you were a kid?
I really liked Mafé, which is a [peanut stew] dish from Mali, where my parents are originally from.

Bayer 04 Leverkusen

Jonathan Tah


What do you eat before a game?

Normally we eat three hours before the game. We have rice with a few vegetables and some rice pudding with a bit of cinnamon and sugar.

What was your favourite food when you were a kid?
Alloco from the Ivory Coast, where my father is form. It's cooked bananas.

TSG Hoffenheim

Jacob bruun larsen


What do you eat before a game?

Pasta, rice, potatoes, chicken, a little salad and fruit.

What was your favourite food when you were a kid?
Danish roast pork with parsley sauce.

Leipzig

Dayot Upamecano


What do you eat before a game?

I start off with eggs and orange juice in the morning. Then it's just pasta and water in the afternoon, and fruit as a dessert. It gets me fully loaded and ready.

What was your favourite food when you were a kid?
It was a Senegalese dish, called Thiéb – rice, vegetables and meat.

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Olympique Lyonnais

Moussa Dembélé

(pictured above)

What do you eat before a game?
I eat pasta. I don't actually eat much on the day of the game. Breakfast and then lunch, but smaller portions. Just before leaving I have an omelette and that's it.

What was your favourite food when you were a kid?
I really liked Mafé, which is a [peanut stew] dish from Mali, where my parents are originally from.

Bayer 04 Leverkusen

Jonathan Tah


What do you eat before a game?

Normally we eat three hours before the game. We have rice with a few vegetables and some rice pudding with a bit of cinnamon and sugar.

What was your favourite food when you were a kid?
Alloco from the Ivory Coast, where my father is form. It's cooked bananas.

TSG Hoffenheim

Jacob bruun larsen


What do you eat before a game?

Pasta, rice, potatoes, chicken, a little salad and fruit.

What was your favourite food when you were a kid?
Danish roast pork with parsley sauce.

Leipzig

Dayot Upamecano


What do you eat before a game?

I start off with eggs and orange juice in the morning. Then it's just pasta and water in the afternoon, and fruit as a dessert. It gets me fully loaded and ready.

What was your favourite food when you were a kid?
It was a Senegalese dish, called Thiéb – rice, vegetables and meat.

Penalty Pedigree

Etiam erat velit scelerisque in dictum non. Dictum non consectetur a erat nam at. Scelerisque felis imperdiet proin fermentum leo. Nibh tortor id aliquet lectus proin nibh nisl. Nulla at volutpat diam ut venenatis. At urna condimentum mattis pellentesque id nibh tortor id aliquet. Leo a diam sollicitudin tempor id eu nisl nunc mi. Dui vivamus arcu felis bibendum ut. Pharetra convallis posuere morbi leo urna molestie. Adipiscing at in tellus integer feugiat scelerisque. In arcu cursus euismod quis. Dictum non consectetur a erat nam at lectus urna duis. Facilisi nullam vehicula ipsum a arcu cursus. At tempor commodo ullamcorper a lacus vestibulum sed arcu non. Ipsum dolor sit amet consectetur adipiscing elit pellentesque habitant. Vitae sapien pellentesque habitant morbi tristique senectus. Eget nullam non nisi est sit amet facilisis. Ipsum consequat nisl vel pretium lectus quam. Elit sed vulputate mi sit amet mauris commodo quis. Pretium fusce id velit ut tortor pretium viverra suspendisse potenti.

Food

On the plate

The favourite food and pre-match meals of four of the European game's rising stars

Olympique Lyonnais

Moussa Dembélé

(pictured above)

What do you eat before a game?
I eat pasta. I don't actually eat much on the day of the game. Breakfast and then lunch, but smaller portions. Just before leaving I have an omelette and that's it.

What was your favourite food when you were a kid?
I really liked Mafé, which is a [peanut stew] dish from Mali, where my parents are originally from.

Bayer 04 Leverkusen

Jonathan Tah


What do you eat before a game?

Normally we eat three hours before the game. We have rice with a few vegetables and some rice pudding with a bit of cinnamon and sugar.

What was your favourite food when you were a kid?
Alloco from the Ivory Coast, where my father is form. It's cooked bananas.

TSG Hoffenheim

Jacob bruun larsen


What do you eat before a game?

Pasta, rice, potatoes, chicken, a little salad and fruit.

What was your favourite food when you were a kid?
Danish roast pork with parsley sauce.

Leipzig

Dayot Upamecano


What do you eat before a game?

I start off with eggs and orange juice in the morning. Then it's just pasta and water in the afternoon, and fruit as a dessert. It gets me fully loaded and ready.

What was your favourite food when you were a kid?
It was a Senegalese dish, called Thiéb – rice, vegetables and meat.

Penalty Pedigree

Etiam erat velit scelerisque in dictum non. Dictum non consectetur a erat nam at. Scelerisque felis imperdiet proin fermentum leo. Nibh tortor id aliquet lectus proin nibh nisl. Nulla at volutpat diam ut venenatis. At urna condimentum mattis pellentesque id nibh tortor id aliquet. Leo a diam sollicitudin tempor id eu nisl nunc mi. Dui vivamus arcu felis bibendum ut. Pharetra convallis posuere morbi leo urna molestie. Adipiscing at in tellus integer feugiat scelerisque. In arcu cursus euismod quis. Dictum non consectetur a erat nam at lectus urna duis. Facilisi nullam vehicula ipsum a arcu cursus. At tempor commodo ullamcorper a lacus vestibulum sed arcu non. Ipsum dolor sit amet consectetur adipiscing elit pellentesque habitant. Vitae sapien pellentesque habitant morbi tristique senectus. Eget nullam non nisi est sit amet facilisis. Ipsum consequat nisl vel pretium lectus quam. Elit sed vulputate mi sit amet mauris commodo quis. Pretium fusce id velit ut tortor pretium viverra suspendisse potenti.

Olympique Lyonnais

Moussa Dembélé

(pictured above)

What do you eat before a game?
I eat pasta. I don't actually eat much on the day of the game. Breakfast and then lunch, but smaller portions. Just before leaving I have an omelette and that's it.

What was your favourite food when you were a kid?
I really liked Mafé, which is a [peanut stew] dish from Mali, where my parents are originally from.

Bayer 04 Leverkusen

Jonathan Tah


What do you eat before a game?

Normally we eat three hours before the game. We have rice with a few vegetables and some rice pudding with a bit of cinnamon and sugar.

What was your favourite food when you were a kid?
Alloco from the Ivory Coast, where my father is form. It's cooked bananas.

TSG Hoffenheim

Jacob bruun larsen


What do you eat before a game?

Pasta, rice, potatoes, chicken, a little salad and fruit.

What was your favourite food when you were a kid?
Danish roast pork with parsley sauce.

Leipzig

Dayot Upamecano


What do you eat before a game?

I start off with eggs and orange juice in the morning. Then it's just pasta and water in the afternoon, and fruit as a dessert. It gets me fully loaded and ready.

What was your favourite food when you were a kid?
It was a Senegalese dish, called Thiéb – rice, vegetables and meat.

Read the full story
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Olympique Lyonnais

Moussa Dembélé

(pictured above)

What do you eat before a game?
I eat pasta. I don't actually eat much on the day of the game. Breakfast and then lunch, but smaller portions. Just before leaving I have an omelette and that's it.

What was your favourite food when you were a kid?
I really liked Mafé, which is a [peanut stew] dish from Mali, where my parents are originally from.

Bayer 04 Leverkusen

Jonathan Tah


What do you eat before a game?

Normally we eat three hours before the game. We have rice with a few vegetables and some rice pudding with a bit of cinnamon and sugar.

What was your favourite food when you were a kid?
Alloco from the Ivory Coast, where my father is form. It's cooked bananas.

TSG Hoffenheim

Jacob bruun larsen


What do you eat before a game?

Pasta, rice, potatoes, chicken, a little salad and fruit.

What was your favourite food when you were a kid?
Danish roast pork with parsley sauce.

Leipzig

Dayot Upamecano


What do you eat before a game?

I start off with eggs and orange juice in the morning. Then it's just pasta and water in the afternoon, and fruit as a dessert. It gets me fully loaded and ready.

What was your favourite food when you were a kid?
It was a Senegalese dish, called Thiéb – rice, vegetables and meat.

Penalty Pedigree

Etiam erat velit scelerisque in dictum non. Dictum non consectetur a erat nam at. Scelerisque felis imperdiet proin fermentum leo. Nibh tortor id aliquet lectus proin nibh nisl. Nulla at volutpat diam ut venenatis. At urna condimentum mattis pellentesque id nibh tortor id aliquet. Leo a diam sollicitudin tempor id eu nisl nunc mi. Dui vivamus arcu felis bibendum ut. Pharetra convallis posuere morbi leo urna molestie. Adipiscing at in tellus integer feugiat scelerisque. In arcu cursus euismod quis. Dictum non consectetur a erat nam at lectus urna duis. Facilisi nullam vehicula ipsum a arcu cursus. At tempor commodo ullamcorper a lacus vestibulum sed arcu non. Ipsum dolor sit amet consectetur adipiscing elit pellentesque habitant. Vitae sapien pellentesque habitant morbi tristique senectus. Eget nullam non nisi est sit amet facilisis. Ipsum consequat nisl vel pretium lectus quam. Elit sed vulputate mi sit amet mauris commodo quis. Pretium fusce id velit ut tortor pretium viverra suspendisse potenti.

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