Who says that there is a connection between Islam and soccer? You failed to grasp the spirit of the post. These Muslim players are from downtrodden areas that are not treated well in France and other European countries. Despite this handicap, they have brought laurels to France. As a Muslim, I do feel proud of their achievement
Yousuf was always praised a Christian cricketer. I feel proud whenever a Muslim achieves something anywhere in the world.I don't see anything wrong in it. You are right that there are many Muslim players in the national teams of Germany, Belgium, Croatia, England and that makes me even prouder.
As sports in charge of my college, I always felt proud of my non-Muslim players like Dinish Kaneria, Anil Dalpat, Mahender Kumar, Bharat Kumar and many others