2016: the arrival
Marie-Antoinette Katoto (17) will be unveiled with the Bleuettes at Euro 2019 in Slovakia in the summer of 2016. She fails to score in the first game against Norway (1-0) where she holds out. In the next game, however, she scored a hat-trick against the host nation (6-0) in 44 minutes after coming on at half-time. The team’s youngest player, “MAK”, became the league’s top scorer by scoring six goals, including one in the epic final against Spain (2-1), long interrupted by a violent storm.
2018: victim of pressure
In the summer of 2018, Marie-Antoinette, then 19, was already in the crosshairs of Corinne Deacon with a view to the 2019 World Cup the following year. The striker is coming out of her first season as a full-fledged holder at PSG. She scored 21 goals in the championship and promised a lot. She has been selected for the U20 World Cup which takes place a year before the big one in France. Captain of the Bleuettes, she must take charge. But the pressure is too great and the Parisian misses her competition. She is relegated to the bench for the quarterfinals against South Korea (1-0) and even for the semifinals against Spain. She comes into play and misses a penalty that hastened the elimination of the Bleuettes (0-1).
After a failed U20 World Cup, Marie-Antoinette Katoto is expected on the top floor of Les Bleues. Corinne Deacon offers her her first selection against Brazil (3-1) in November 2018, Katoto scores her first goal in the selection from her second cap against the United States (3-1) in January 2019. Still, the coach is not convinced due to her performance and therefore is responsible for the announcement that the young player has not been selected for the World Cup: “Marie-Antoinette has enormous potential. Everyone knows it, sees it. I missed the performance in the big assemblies. » The 20-year-old striker, of course disappointed, follows the match, which takes place in France, on television.
Three years after the disappointment of the World Cup, Katoto finally has the chance to play her first big game with the A. Named best player in D1, at the end of a new season in which her qualities as goalscorers were cheerfully reflected (18 goals in 21 league matches), MAK did not leave the coach in doubt. After ousting the competition thanks to her high-flying performances, the Parisian has become THE goalscorer for Les Bleues. “Today she reveals all the potential she has in her. […] I hope it stays this way”, Deacon said when the list was published on May 30. After a match and a goal with Les Bleues at the European Championship, MAK leaves the adventure prematurely, injured.