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France's World Cup Preview: The Team

Thierry Henry
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THE PAST

France is historically one of the most successful nations in the and in the last twenty years it is hard to find too many squads that have produced the type of results that France has accomplished.  The nation has advanced to the semi-final match five times in their career and the finals twice in the last three World Cups.  When they were the hosting nation of the event in 1998 they took home the title beating in the final 3-0.  After a disappointing first round exit the following Cup, the club regained their form and made a brilliant run last World Cup in 2006.  Well you probably know how that worked out for them, but entering this Cup France is still considered one of the best in the world.   

THE PRESENT

France didn’t exactly impress this recent WCQ and after narrowly making it into the two match aggregate playoff battle with Ireland the club survived the cut by a great deal of help through poor officiating.  Well we have all heard about Henry’s handball and we all know that FIFA is pretty ignorant when it comes to instant replay, but on the other hand not having France in the World Cup would be a very strange affair.  The club has one of the most potent offenses in the tournament with Henry and Anelka up top.  They also have a great defense that should provide some clean sheets as well.  France might be in the perfect position right now because many underrate their high level of talent due to mediocre form in the WCQ.

THE PREDICTION

France has one of the most respected lines in the World Cup when it comes to betting.  Some sites have them as low as 12 to 1 odds where on some other sites their odds skyrocket all the way up to 25 to 1.  The truth is that the club could not have lucked out anymore then they did by landing in Group A.  If the club would have landed in any other group then they would have to play a real first seeded team instead of South Africa.  So having a #4 seed didn’t really hurt the club because of this good fortune.  Expect France to not only survive Group A, but expect them to go pretty far in the tournament as well.  I think they will make it to at least the quarterfinals and I wouldn’t be surprised if they make it once again to the final four spots in the tourney.

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