The Western European Country with FIFA ranking of 9 and which has appeared in 14 FIFA Worlds Cups with one winning title is France. It has also made it to 5 semifinals and 2 finals. The association of football was established in France in 1914.France won the FIFA World Cup title in 1998 and the FIFA World Cup 1998 was hosted in France. The final game was against Brazil in which Zidane managed to score twice and the additional goal was by Petit. The final score of FIFA World Cup Final 1998 was 3-0.In 1958 and 1986 France made it to the third position. In the history of FIFA World Cup, France have won total of 28 games, 12 draws and 19 losses.
World Cup Qualifier Europe
The World Cup qualifier in Europe selects 14 countries for the FIFA World Cup and for 2018 FIFA World cup Russia qualifies being a host country. 52 countries who are the members of FIFA from Europe go for the preliminary competition where those 52 countries are divided into 9 groups in which 7 groups contain 6 teams and rest of the two groups contains only 5 teams. England, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands and Spain are placed in a group containing 6 teams. Winners from each group qualify automatically and the eight best runners-up go for the playoffs from which 4 teams are selected. Thus, in this way, the Europe qualifier selects 14 nations for the FIFA World Cup.
France was the group leader in group A winning 7 games 2 draws and one loss. On the sixth round of the qualifier, France lost against Sweden the final score of the game was 2-1 where Giroud scored for France. The best performance of France was against the Netherlands with the final score of 4 – 0 where Griezmann, Lemar, and Mbappe scored.
FIFA World Cup 2018 Group C
The final draw of FIFA World Cup 2018 has placed France in Group C where France has to play against Australia, Denmark and Peru and qualify for the Knockout stage into the round of Sixteen’s.
The Fixtures for France in Group Stage are:
- France – Australia (Saturday, 16 June)
- France – Peru (Thursday, 21 June)
- Denmark – France (Tuesday, 26 June)
Players to watch:
O.Giroud A.Griezmann K.Mbappe
Coach: DIDIER DESCHAMPS