France defeated Belgium in the first semi-final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup to reach the Final. Now they are just one step away from the trophy and will play Croatia in the Final. Its the third time that they will be playing the final match of the World Cup. They played their first World Cup final match in 1998 where they defeated Brazil by 3 – 0 to become the World Champions for the first time. In 2006, they reached the final again but defeated by Italy.
France is at 7th position in FIFA men’s ranking and was among the favorite teams to win the 2018 World Cup. They have a very balanced team. Griezmann and Mbappe are leading from the front while the stars like Pogba, Kante, and Fekir have stronghold as the midfielders. Their defense is also very strong in the presence of players like Umtiti, Varane, Hernandez, and Rami. So, there is a big chance that they can win the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
In this post, we have gathered some interesting facts about the France National Football Team.
5 Interesting facts about France National Football Team:
Top Goal Scorer:
Thierry Henry, one of the greatest football players ever played for France, is the all-time Top goal-scorer for them. He has scored 51 goals in 123 appearances. Another legend, Zinedine Zidane, that is popular in the current generation, has scored 31 goals for France in 108 appearances.
France vs Croatia in 1998 World Cup:
France was the winner of 1998 World Cup. In the semi-final, they defeated Croatia by 2 – 1. After this match, they haven’t played against Croatia in a World Cup. It will be their second meeting in a World, and both of these matches are knockout.
The journey from 1986 World Cup to 1998 World Cup:
France grabbed the 3rd place in the 1986 World Cup. After that, they were even unable to qualify for the next two World Cups, i.e., 1990 and 1994. But, luckily, they qualified for the 1998 World Cup and became the World Champions later by beating Brazil in the Final match.
Major Tournaments Won by France National Football Team:
France National Football Team has won 1 World Cup, 2 UEFA European Championships, 2 FIFA Confederations Cups, and also won a Gold Medal in the 1084 Olympic Football Tournament.
First ever World Cup Match First Ever Goal:
First ever World Cup match was played between France and Mexico on 13 July 1930. First ever World Cup goal was also scored in the same match by the French footballer Lucien Laurent. France won this match by 4 – 1.
So, which of these facts were the most interesting for you? And what do you think, will they be able to lift the 2018 World Cup trophy or not?
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