World Cup Profiles – Group E: France

31 May

FranceFrance shares the “Most Likely To Implode” title with the Netherlands based on past performance. Can they come together to take their group?

France are always a bit unpredictable, aren’t they? Their first playoff match ended in a 2-0 loss to Ukraine and they were forced to pull out a 3-0 win in order to qualify for Brazil. Which (obviously) they did!

This will be France’s 14th World Cup. They were champions in 1998, with a 3-0 win over Brazil. But Les Bleus’ World Cup run has been a bit of a rollercoaster in since the 1998 win. They went out in the Group Stages in 2002 (placing 28th with no wins) and were runners-up in 2006, losing out to Italy after our beautifully bald Zizou was sent off for headbutting Marco Materazzi. 2010 was a disaster and they were knocked out of the Group Stage once again after the team boycotted their trainings.

Didier Deschamps claims “I built the best squad, I did not pick the 23 best French players.” And Lozil’s second-favorite duck-facer, Karim Benzema and 2013 Ballon d’Or finalist, Franck Ribery, will lead quite a strong French attack.

Hugo Lloris ranks among the best goalkeepers in the world but if France push a high line, he can get caught out.

We’ll all be watching Raphael Varane in his first World Cup and expecting no less than his ever amazing self. But if Antoine Griezmann makes the final cut, a new(ish) star could be born. The Real Sociedad winger had 21 goals in 42 games, including an absolutely stunning goal against Lyon in Champions League qualifying last August.

France Provisional squad (Will be updated when final squads announced)

Head Coach: Didier Deschamps (French)

Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur/ENG), Mickael Landreau (Bastia/FRA)

Defenders: Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle/ENG), Lucas Digne (Paris St-Germain/FRA) Patrice Evra (Manchester United/ENG), Laurent Koscielny, Bacary Sagna (both Arsenal/ENG), Eliaquim Mangala (Porto/POR), Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool/ENG), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid/ESP)

Midfielders: Yohan Cabaye, Blaise Matuidi (both Paris St-Germain/FRA), Clement Grenier (Lyon/FRA), Rio Mavuba (Lille/FRA), Paul Pogba (Juventus/ITA), Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle/ENG), Mathieu Valbuena (Marseille/FRA)

Forwards: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid/ESP), Olivier Giroud (Arsenal/ENG), Antoine Griezmann (Real Sociedad/ESP), Loic Remy (Newcastle/ENG, on loan from QPR), Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich/GER)

For additional information on France, including World Cup 2014 match schedule & history check out these links.

– mygypsyspirit

7 Responses to “World Cup Profiles – Group E: France”

  1. hopechaser May 31, 2014 at 4:24 pm #

    I don’t see how Griezmann cannot be part of the squad. He did fade out as the season concluded, but I partly blame that on Real Sociedad pushing him up to a forward position in a 4-3-3. He plays much better when he can run into space and find the passing lines to forwards. Similar to Mata, now that I think about it.

    Curious to see how Pogba does.

    • mygypsyspirit June 1, 2014 at 4:21 pm #

      Personally hoping for Griezmann’s success. Haven’t seen a final squad yet though.

  2. jellyace June 1, 2014 at 10:32 am #

    Our favorite eye candy Yoan Gourcuff did not make it! sigh!

  3. mygypsyspirit June 1, 2014 at 4:22 pm #

    And now Ribery ruled out due to injury

    • headbandsandheartbreak June 2, 2014 at 3:16 pm #

      Let the implosion begin…

      • jellyace June 2, 2014 at 9:31 pm #

        Anelka is probably still serving his 18 match ban for that WC fiasco. But former captain Patrice Evra (who got a 5 match ban) is back?

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