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World Cup participations: 11
Greatest World Cup achievement: World Cup winners (1998)

The last 2 world cups have been a rollercoaster of feelings for France - 1998 the world cup title at home, but 2002 going home after the group stage having started as the top-favourite.

Qualification for the world cup in Germany was neither easy. Only in the last round the French could secure their world cup ticket.

The team France consists of 2 generations of players - on the one hand the old stars, which have partly appeared already at the world cup victory in 1998 - Zidane, Henry, Trezeguet, Thuram, Barthez, Vieira - and on the other hand young talents and late bloomers with little international experience like Cisse or Malouda.

Zidane has great class - that's clear - but can he still lead a team at world cup level? We doubt it a little bit - think of his form at Real Madrid - the time of the great football technician seems to be over.

The French can be lucky with such an easy world cup draw. The quarter final is relaxedly reachable; and with a little bit of luck they could even go further.

We don't estimate France to high, but that draw nearly pushes you to bet on France!

The odds on France as world cup winner were not too low
- 11.0 at Betandwin.
For a bet on group winner France you get 1.28.


 World Cup 2002 saw an early first-round exit of the French men. The team has certainly overcome the shock and is all geared up to meet the challenge. However, they have to learn to draw their opponents out of their own penalty areas in order to make room. Thierry Henry does manage to score regularly on the smallest pitch in English leagues, but the Portuguese defenders may not be as giving. 

Despite having quality players, Euro 2000 saw France struggle against Italy in the final. It could have been the side effects of over-confidence. But the same mistake this time around might cost them the cup.

 In Zinadine Zidane, France have one of the most intelligent footballers ever and he can be expected to take care of the situation. Much is expected from Zidane and Henry. 

Players to Watch out for: Thierry Henry and Zinedine Zidane.  

World Cup Squad France

This is the official world cup squad -
you can find here all the world cup players for France

Fabien Barthez
Grégory Coupet
Mickaël Landreau

Eric Abidal
Jean-Alain Boumsong
Pascal Chimbonda
William Gallas
Gaël Givet
Willy Sagnol
Mikaël Silvestre
Lilian Thuram

Vikash Dhorasoo
Alou Diarra
Claude Makelele
Florent Malouda
Patrick Vieira
Zinédine Zidane

Djibril Cissé
Thierry Henry
Franck Ribéry
Louis Saha
David Trezeguet
Sylvain Wiltord

Other World Cup Teams

Group A  Germany  Costa Rica  Poland  Ecuador
Group B  England  Paraguay  Trinidad and Tobago  Sweden
Group C  Argentina  Cote d'Ivoire  Serbia and Montenegro  Netherlands
Group D  Mexico  Iran  Angola  Portugal
Group E  Italy  Ghana  USA  Czech Republic
Group F  Brazil  Croatia  Australia  Japan
Group G  France  Switzerland  Korea Republic  Togo
Group H  Spain  Ukraine  Tunisia  Saudi Arabia


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