France: World Cup 2014 FIFA Team Preview

June 11, 2014 France: World Cup 2014 FIFA Team Preview @TheRoyaleIndia 954 0 0

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Coach:Didier Deschamps

FIFA rank:17


World Cup History: Champions (1998), Semifinals (2006), Quarterfinals (1938)

Drawn into a group that contained not only world and European champions Spain but just five teams overall, France had precious little margin for error when their campaign kicked off. In the end, they made just one slip, losing at home to La Roja, but it was a defeat that cost them first place in the section.

In the last decade, the French have not done well in the international arena, the 2006 World Cup being the only exception. Since winning Euro 2000, Les Bleus brigade haven’t performed up to the mark. Be it the Euros or the World Cup.

The last World cup witnessed a series of controversies inside the team. The problems within the squad had an adverse effect on the team’s performance. They were eliminated in the group stage and after the World Cup, Coach Raymond Domenech resigned and Laurent Blanc had taken the responsibility of managing the squad. But nothing changed as France performed bizarrely in Euro 2012.

History at the World Cup

France is one of those 13 European nations who participated in the inaugural World Cup in 1930. They have appeared in 13 World Cups so far.

The Les Bleus have had a rather inconsistent World Cup history. After winning the cup in 1998, they bowed out from the group stage in the 2002 World Cup. Again after a brilliant performance in 2006, they were knocked out from the group stage in 2010.


France’s deep pool of talent is extremely enviable for the majority of the nations partaking in Brazil. They have exceptional cover in every position, with every player active in successful teams in the upper reaches of major European leagues.

French coach Didier Deschamp announced the 23-man squad on May 14. The announcement ignited few controversies relating to certain surprising exclusions – Samir Nasri being the most prominent. Nobody had expected that the Manchester City midfielder would not be considered for World Cup even after he had a brilliant season with the English Premier League champions.

Another prominent name who was not included was Manchester City left-back Gael Clichy, who had been an integral part of the French national team.

But overall, the France squad look impressive. They have the likes Franc Ribery, Karim Benzema, Olivier Giroud and Yohan Cabaye which showcase the experience of the squad. Paul Pogba, Sissoko, Loic Remy on the other hand brings in the energy of youth into the squad.

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Goalkeepers: Mickaël Landreau, Hugo Lloris, Steve Mandanda.

Defenders: Mathieu Debuchy, Lucas Digne, Patrice Evra, Laurent Koscielny, Eliaquim Mangala, Bacary Sagna, Mamadou Sakho, Raphaël Varane.

Midfielders: Yohan Cabaye, Clément Grenier, Blaise Matuidi, Rio Mavuba, Paul Pogba, Moussa Sissoko, Mathieu Valbuena.

Forwards: Karim Benzema, Olivier Giroud, Antoine Griezmann, Loïc Rémy, Franck Ribéry.


Didier Deschamps is the most successful captain In French football history. He lead the French team to 1998 World Cup and 2000 Euro Cup glory. Deschamp played for several clubs which included Marseille, Juventus, Chelsea, etc. As a manager he had been in charge of AS Monaco, Juventus and Marseille. Deschamps took over the managerial role of the national team just after the Euro 2012, after the then manager, Laurent Blanc stepped down.

Player to watch out for: Franck Ribery

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A big contender for last year’s Ballon D’Or award, Ribery has been incredibly consistent for club and country in the past 12 months.

Combining pace, energy and close control, he patent is gliding past opponents with ease and regularly producing an end product. Despite being predominately right footed, he plays on the left-side of the front three.

Currently the most capped player in the French squad, the onus is often on him to lift his side and grab the game by the scruff of the neck. In a France camp going through something of a transitional period, Deschamps will need his leadership skills to help facilitate the full potential of this wholly unpredictable outfit.

Best starting XI

Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris

Defenders: Bacary Sagna, Raphael Varane, Laurent Koscielnt, Patrice Evra

Midfielders: Paul Pogba, Blaise Matuidi, Mathieu Valbuena, Franc Ribery, Yohan Cabaye

Striker: Karim Benzema


France have been placed in a comparatively easy group along with Switzerland, Ecuador and Honduras. In a group which mostly consists of minnows of world football, France are expected to qualify for the knock-out stages with ease.

With a decent squad Les Bleus are expected to reach at least the quarter-final depending upon the draw they get. If the likes of Ribery, Pogba, Valbuena and Benzema performs according to their potential they might prove the experts wrong and show some miracle.

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