Will France Successfully Defend the World Cup Trophy in Qatar?

As the Qatar 2022 World Cup competition draws closer, predictions are all over the internet regarding which country would be crowned champions. While most bookmakers are predicting Brazil and England to lift the trophy, a few other bookies are backing the French national team. 

So, what are the chances of Les Bleus lifting the world’s most prestigious football trophy in Qatar? This quick 2-minute article highlights the technical basics of the team. 

High winning appetite

The France national football team are serial winners at the World Cup stage. Looking back at history, the France national football team has won the World Cup title two times. The first title came in 1998, with another title coming two decades later after dispatching Croatia 4-2. France has also reached several World Cup finals, including the 2006 competition, in which they lost to Italy on penalties

Interestingly, The Blues are the only European national football team to win all possible senior confederations and FIFA competitions. They achieved this remarkable feat in 2021 following a successful UEFA Nations League campaign. If history serves us well, France will give Brazil and England a run for their money. Most bookies at the moment rate them at 7.00 odds behind Brazil’s 5.50 and England’s 6.50 odds. Sports enthusiasts will be able to review these and the latest football odds through the Parimatch welcome offer.

The fearsome front three

France will be banking on their clinical forward line to fire them into their third FIFA World Cup trophy. The attacking firepower of Kylian Mbappé, Karim Benzema, and Antoine Griezmann is sure to unlock even the meanest of defenses at the tournament. Karim Benzema of Real Madrid and Antoine Griezmann of Atletico Madrid have five league goals among them. Mbappé, on the other hand, is flying high at PSG with seven goals in six matches this season. 

Speaking of Karim Benzema, the French striker will be making a comeback after missing the 2018 competition. He was suspended from the competition due to the sex tape blackmail saga involving Mathieu Valbuena in June 2015. But due to limited forward depth, his suspension was lifted by the French Football Federation.  

Meanwhile, Griezmann has experienced a dip in form in the first half of the football calendar year. Even worse, he has seen limited playing time under Diego Simeone due to a contract clause after his move from Barcelona. But it looks like Griezmann has rediscovered his scoring instincts just in time for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The left-footed striker has netted three times in five games recently. 

The French national team is generally set for another strong run at the FIFA World Cup stage. However, the midfield, the brain behind their successful 2018 campaign in Russia, needs some rejuvenation. Paul Pogba and Ngolo Kante are enduring a stop/start 2021/2022 season, which should worry Didier Deschamps ahead of their opener against Australia. France will be looking to do the unthinkable by lifting the trophy for the second straight time.

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