May 05, 2014
France had a golden era in the late nineties when they captured the 1998 World Cup playing some outstanding football and they also finished runner-up to Italy in 2006, but with the amount of talent at their disposal they have under achieved on the world stage in that time.
They were forced to dig deep to make the 2014 World Cup after going down by two goals in a first leg playoff againt Ukraine before getting the job done in the return leg, going through 3-2 on aggregate.
France has produced some outstanding footballers at the World Cup over the years, Zinedine Zidane and Thierry Henry to name a couple, but with all the great talent at their disposal they have only ever won the World Cup on one occasion.
In Brazil against the likes of Ecuador, Honduras and Switzerland, the French side appear to have enough quality to grab one of the top two spots through to the next round.
Bookies think so too and France is $1.80 to win Group E and $1.17 to get through to the next round.
France World Cup Odds
Win the World Cup: $21.00
Win Group E: $1.80
Qualify for next Round: $1.17
Reach 2014 World Cup Final: $10.00
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France has an experienced and talented side and they held their own against reigning World Cup holders Spain during qualifying and that form stacks up well for this group.
We think France is a great chance to win this group @ $1.80 as they have class on their side, more than most of their Group E opponents, although the Swiss may have something to say about that.
Group E Draw for France
France will meet Ecuador, Honduras and Switzerland in Group E and their first match will be against Honduras on Monday 16th June 2014 at 5am in the morning (Australian time).
|Mon 16 Jun||France||vs||Honduras||5am||Porto Alegre||Bet now|
|Sat 21 Jun||Switzerland||vs||France||5am||Salvador||Bet now|
|Thu 26 Jun||Ecuador||vs||France||6am||Rio de Janeiro||Bet now|
France World Cup Squad
The 30 man France World Cup provisional squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, South America.
Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Steve Mandanda (Marseille), Mickeal Landreau (Bastia)
Defenders: Raphael Varane (Real Madrid ), Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool ), Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal ), Lucas Digne (Paris), Eliaquim Mangala (Porto), Bacary Sagna (Arsenal), Patrice Evra (Manchester United)
Midfielders: Yohan Cabaye (PSG), Paul Pogba (Juventus), Blaise Matuidi (PSG), Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle), Clement Grenier (Lyon), Rio Mavuba (Lille), Mathieu Valbuena (Marseille).
Forwards: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich), Antoine Griezmann (Real Sociedad), Olivier Giroud (Arsenal), Loic Remy (Newcastle)
France has the following players on Stand-by for the World Cup: Remy Cabella (Montpellier), Maxime Gonalons (Lyon), Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon), Loic Perrin (Saint-Etienne), Stephane Ruffier (Saint-Etienne), Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton), Benoit Tremoulinas (Saint-Etienne)
Head Coach of the France World Cup squad is Didier Deschamps and team captain is Hugo Lloris.
World Cup players to watch for France
Franck Ribery provides plenty of experience for France and his consistenrtly good form for club and country in recent times make him an invaluable player for his country at this tournament.
Blaise Matuidi will have an important role for France at the World Cup with his tireless efforts and quality work around the ground providing many opportunties for teammates to make an impact.
Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is world class act between the posts and his all round defensive abilities make him an important lynchpin down back for the French team.
Check out our Group E page for more info on other competing teams in this group at the 2014 World Cup.
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