Can France do it for a Second Time in the World Cup?
The French National soccer teamhas been one of the few teams inthe FIFA World Cup campaignsthat has had an extremelytalented team with very fewresults to show for. Their onlyWorld Cup success came in 1998when the World Cup was beinghosted by the French and theywent onto beat the former WorldCup champions Brazil 3-0 in thefinal match. Apart from this soletournament victory 12 years agothe French World Cup hopes haverun dry every time. In fact, this isonly the first time in FIFA WorldCup history that the French national team has qualified for the FIFA World Cuptournament four times in a row.
Even though the French national team hasnt won as many World Cup tournaments assome of the other teams, theyve always posed a threat and looked like a team whichmay lift the Cup. The closest they came to victory was in the last FIFA World Cuptournament in 2008 where they lost to Italy in the finals during the penalty shootouts.
Their road to this years World Cup wasnt as glamorous as Brazils but they did the jobwhich was needed to be done, which was to qualify for the World Cup. Many would saythat the team may not win this years cup based on their pre-World Cup campaign buteven before the last World Cup in Germany the French had flirted with disaster beforebeing qualified and then they went on to reach the finals and almost lift the Cup for thesecond time.
The team maybe missing some of their most famous players of the last decade such asZinedine Zidane, Lilian Thuram, Claude Makelele and goalkeeper Fabien Barthez butthere are a new set of senior players whove taken up the responsibility needed to guidethe newer players. The hopes of the French people will be resting heavily on the solesurvivor from their 1998 World Cup triumph, Theirry Henry, who will also be the captainfor this French national team. Alongside Henry will be Patrick Vieira who has recentlygotten over his long drawn injury issues. The midfield will be taken care of by LassanaDiarra and Jeremy Toulalan while William Gallas will be a strong force at the back.
Raymond Domenech, who has now become the longest serving French National soccerteam coach, will be hoping that this World Cup campaign will be the time when he liftshis first cup since he took up the job in 2004. The coach who came into the team with alot of public support in 2004 has seen the support die out after the team failed toperform well in the 2008 UEFA Euro Cup.
The World Cup betting odds dont really favor the French but that is no different from thelast World Cup where they surprised all the bookies by reaching the finals. The currentWorld Cup betting odds places France on the 8th position with odds of 20/1. These Worldcup betting odds are updated daily depending on team results and performances.
Finally coming down to the group that the French have been placed in, the Les Blues findthemselves in a comfortable group which comprises of Mexico, hosts South Africa andunderdogs Uruguay. While Mexico is a strong opponent which might pose problems forthe French during their encounter on the 17th of June, the other two teams dont seemto pose any grave threats. However, each team which has qualified for the World Cup