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France at the 2018 World Cup: squad, schedule, results, highlights

France won the 2018 FIFA World Cup final against Croatia and are world champions. Before that, they beat Belgium in the semi-finals, Argentina in the second round and Uruguay in the quarter-finals.

In Group C, the Equipe Tricolore headed by coach Didier Deschamps had to compete against the teams from Australia, Denmark and Peru and secured group victory with just one goal against them (by penalty).

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Goal provides you with all the information about the finals and gives you an overview of the French national team. In addition to the complete World Cup squad, you will also find the schedule, the results and the table for Group C. There are also all the highlights of the duels on DAZN.

The France World Cup squad

At world and European championships, the coaches can each appoint 23 players to the squad. Didier Deschamps relied on two Bundesliga players, Benjamin Pavard (VfB Stuttgart) and Corentin Tolisso (Bayern Munich).

Notre équipe pour la Coupe du Monde #FiersdetreBleus # ListeDes23 pic.twitter.com/Wq2KGAYoQX

- Equipe de France (@equipedefrance) May 17, 2018

The big star of the Equipe Tricolore was striker Antoine Griezmann. He and Kylian Mbappe formed a dangerous duo on the offensive. With Lucas Digne (Barcelona) or Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal), some big names hadn't made it into the squad either.

France: World Cup schedule and results

World Cup table of group C


The group winners and runners-up in each group qualify for the round of 16 of the FIFA World Cup. If two teams are tied, the goal difference decides first. If this is also the same, the team with the more goals scored has the advantage. (e.g. 7: 4 before 5: 2). Only then would the direct comparison be considered.

The winner of group C has to play the second in group D on Saturday, June 30th at 4 p.m. in Kazan. The second in group C will meet the winner of group D in Nizhny Novgorod at 8 p.m. on Sunday, July 1st.

Highlights of the French World Cup games on DAZN

Did you miss a game of the Equipe Tricolore at the World Cup or want to watch the highlights of a duel again? Then he creates Sports streaming service DAZNRemedy.

There you can watch the highlights of all World Cup games again just 40 minutes after the final whistle. Whether a goal by Antoine Griezmann or Raphael Varane, DAZN has all the scenes.

France at the 2018 World Cup: the team portrait

France is still a long way from the champagne football of the 1980s with Michel Platini or the turn of the millennium with Zinedine Zidane. Sheer realism has returned. Former defensive midfielder Didier Deschamps - after all world champion 1998 and European champion 2000 - relies on security. He strengthens the defensive (5-3-2 instead of 4-3-3 under the former world champion coach Aime Jacquet).

But the problems lie precisely on the defensive. Against Germany there was 2-2 in the final minute last winter, a 2-0 lead was lost in the 3-1 home win against Colombia, and even at 3-1 in Russia, the defense shook considerably after the host's subsequent goal .

France lacks the experience

A strange question arises at Les Bleus. Does Deschamps have a collection of highly talented world stars or a team available? The coach responded evasively to this question: "That is the lack of experience of my young players. Some of them were sold at high prices, but they are not yet leading players."

After all, he can count on Antoine Griezmann in the storm. The Atletico Madrid striker comes to terms with either Olivier Giroud (31, Chelsea, 71/30) or upcoming star Kylian Mbappe. The only 19-year-old winger, with a breathtaking kick-off, pushes Griezmann into the middle - while striker Giroud needs templates. Mbappe has stayed in his home country despite Monaco wanted to sell him to Real Madrid. The transfer of 180 million euros - after a loan season it is now due - is causing Paris St. Germain trouble with the European Football Union (UEFA) because of the Financial Fair Play.

Young star Mbappe is calm: "For me it would be the maximum penalty if I had to get up early in the morning to go to work." Also a setting for someone who starts work in the Champions League or the national team at 8.45 p.m.

France with problems on the defensive

In defense it looks rather mediocre. Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris (31, Tottenham), recognized as one of the most reliable keepers in the world, is of course set as captain, but there is no Bixente Lizarazu (left) or Willy Sagnol (right) anymore.

France has the biggest problems left and right. Right-back Djibril Sidibe (25, Monaco) is the only one who has played all ten World Cup qualifiers with Antoine Griezmann. On the left, Benjamin Mendy (23, Manchester City) and Lucas Hernandez (Atletico Madrid) are fighting for a regular place after Patrice Evra, then Olympique Marseille, had to accept an international ban after a blow against his own supporter (kick at chest height).

The conclusion before the kick-off in Russia: "We are not favorites, but we have ambitions," said Deschamps and hammered his doctrine into the representatives who had traveled from Africa at a press conference organized especially for international journalists at the association's headquarters on Boulevard de Grenelle in Paris. Also an announcement.