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Team France: The Road to the FIFA World Cup 2014

Team France: The Road to the FIFA World Cup 2014

France have their own share of ups and downs while on track of achieving competitive success. The Ligue 1 rivalry is getting hotter than ever and many of the French players are also displaying significant improvements. In the FIFA World Cup 2014 qualification, Les Bleus were the first European side to overturn a two-goal deficit in the play-offs, slamming Ukraine with an astonishing 3-0 home win (although they benefited from an offside goal from Karim Bensema).  Before this, however, Didier Deschamps’ men were predicted to be a major failure after they lagged three points behind Spain in the group stage.

Emerging champions in 1998, runners-up in 2006 and semi-finalist in 1958, 1982 and 1986, France exude their best form when playing within their own continent. They reached the knock-out stage outside Europe only once which was in 1986 edition of the Finals in Mexico. At the last four World Cups, the French team have either failed to win (2002, 2010) or reached the final (1998, 2006). Some local broadsheets have even opined that the current brood of players might be the country’s worst in years. However, Deschamps and fans would strongly go against this claim.

Paul Pogba, who has been described to have an eye for goal and a penchant for the spectacular, has established himself as one of Europe’s most dangerous midfielders since joining Italian club Juventus, combining athleticism, dexterity, and discipline. Franck Ribéry is also having his outstanding years. Karim Benzema and Samir Nasri have been re-energized to emerge as potential top players.

 

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