Antoine Griezmann Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe Antoine Griezmann

5 members of the French national team who drowned…

5 members of the French national team who drowned after winning the 2018 World Cup

Antoine Griezmann Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe
Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe

 The French national team won the 2018 World Cup . In the final match at the Luzhniki Stadium, France won 4-2 over Croatia through goals from Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba, Kylian Mbappe, and an own goal by Mario Mandzukic.

For France, this is the second title in a major World Cup tournament. They first won this title in 1998 at home.

After that beautiful moment, several French players weave success stories at club level. Kylian Mbappe won many titles with PSG. Kingsley Coman was a huge success at Bayern Munich.

However, there are several pillars that had led Les Blues to win the World Cup, but their performance dropped. Who are they? Let’s see the full review below,

Samuel Umtiti

Samuel Umtiti
Samuel Umtiti

Samuel Umtiti became France’s hero at the 2018 World Cup after his header in the 51st minute gave France a 1-0 win over Belgium. The result brought France to the 2018 World Cup final.

In addition to helping France win the World Cup, the 28-year-old has made an impressive performance record, starting six times and scoring one goal.

It turned with his performance at Barcelona. In the 2018/2019 season, Umtiti’s career slumped. Apart from having frequent problems with injuries and fitness, the presence of Clement Lenglet made him unable to compete.

Benjamin Mendy

Benjamin Mendy

Benjamin Mendy was part of the French national team when they won the 2018 World Cup. Overall, Mendy only appeared in one match. He played for 40 minutes when France faced Denmark in the group stage match.

Manchester City signed Mendy with a dowry of 52 million pounds (about Rp1 trillion) after performing brilliantly with Monaco. However, during his contract with The Citizens, Benjamin Mendy entered the examination room more often than the field.

Since the 2017/18 season, he has never been able to collect up to 20 games in the Premier League each season. He is currently in detention on charges of four rapes and one sexual assault.

Thomas Lemar

Thomas Lemar

Lemar was part of the France squad that won the 2018 World Cup in Russia, despite only playing one game. When Lemar played, France were held to a draw by Denmark in the group stage.

The 26-year-old has had a difficult time since playing for Los Rojiblancos. Even in the 2019/20 season, Lemar went through 29 competitive matches with Atletico without being able to score or assist.

Those statistics are a slap in the face for an attacking midfielder like him. Lemar’s performance improved in the last 2021/2022 season. He played 34 games in all competitions, scoring four goals and providing six assists for Atletico.

Djibril Sidibe

Djibril Sidibe

Similar to Lemar, Sidibe recorded playing in just one match during the 2018 World Cup. He replaced Benjamin Pavard in the duel against Denmark, the last match of the group phase.

Sidibe’s career went uphill when he defended AS Monaco. He led Monaco to win Ligue 1 in the 2016/2017 season. The following season, he also performed well and was included in the 2022 World Cup squad.

After that, Sidibe tested his ability in the Premier League to strengthen Everton. However, Sidibe failed miserably at Everton. Now, the 30-year-old player is without a club after his contract was not extended by Everton.

Adil Rami

Adil Rami

Adil Rami was a member of the Les Blues squad that won the 2018 World Cup, although he did not play at all during the tournament in Russia.

Adil Rami experienced a significant career decline after winning the 2018 World Cup. He is no longer the main choice at Marseille. Then, he had to travel to Turkey and Portugal to build a career.

“I could have had a better career if I had a better lifestyle. My biggest problem is food. I love to eat,” Rami told Le Figaro .

Lionel Messis action in the Argentina vs Estonia test match at El Sadar Stadium  Portugal

Captain List of 32 Countries Participating in the 2022…

Captain List of 32 Countries Participating in the 2022 World Cup

Lionel Messis action in the Argentina vs Estonia test match at El Sadar Stadium
Lionel Messi’s action in the Argentina vs Estonia test match at El Sadar Stadium

List of captains of 32 countries participating in the 2022 World Cup . Among the captains who succeeded in bringing him to Qatar, there are famous names such as Cristiano Ronaldo to Lionel Messi .

The opening match of the 2022 World Cup will feature the Group A preliminary match between the Netherlands and Senegal at the Al Thumama Stadium, Doha. A total of 32 countries divided into 8 groups will fight in the preliminary round to get tickets to the last 16.

The French national team, who are in Group D, are the reigning World Cup champions. Les Bleus beat Croatia 4-2 in the 2018 World Cup final, which was their second title at the prestigious tournament.

The captain of France when he became world champion in 2018 was Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris. The 35-year-old goalkeeper was still France’s captain during this year’s World Cup.

Apart from Hugo Lloris, there are still great players who are captains in their respective teams. The following is a list of the 32 captains at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, in order of their confederation:

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AFC (Asia)

Tottenham winger Son Heung Min celebrates
Tottenham winger Son Heung-Min celebrates
  • Australia: Mathew Ryan
  • Iran: Ehsan Hajsafi
  • Japan: Maya Yoshida
  • Qatar: Hassan Al-Haydos
  • Saudi Arabia: Salman Al-Faraj
  • South Korea: Son Heung-min

CAF (Africa)

Kalidou Koulibaly
Kalidou Koulibaly
  • Cameroon: Vincent Aboubakar
  • Ghana: Andre Ayew
  • Moroko: Romain Saiss
  • Senegal: Kalidou Koulibaly
  • Tunisia: Youssef Msakni

Concacaf (North America and the Caribbean Islands)

Christian Pulisic playing for the United States national team
Christian Pulisic playing for the United States national team
  • Kanada: Atiba Hutchinson
  • Kosta Rica: Bryan Ruiz
  • Mexico: Andres Guardado
  • USA: Christian Pulisic

Conmebol (South America)

Thiago Silva Brazil
Thiago Silva, Brazil

UEFA (Europe)

Portugal superstar Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates his goal against Switzerland in matchday 2 of Group A2 of the UEFA Nations League at the Estadio Jose Alvalade
Portugal superstar Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates his goal against Switzerland in matchday 2 of Group A2 of the UEFA Nations League at the Estadio Jose Alvalade
  • Belgium: Eden Hazard
  • Croatia: Luka Modric
  • Denmark: Simon Kjaer
  • England: Harry Kane
  • France: Hugo Lloris
  • Germany: Manuel Neuer
  • Netherlands: Virgil van Dijk
  • Poland: Robert Lewandowski
  • Portugal: Cristiano Ronaldo
  • Serbian: Dusan Tadic
  • Spain: Sergio Busquets
  • Switzerland: Xhaka . Granite
  • Wales: Gareth Bale
List of Teams Qualifying for the 2022 World Cup and Final Round Draw Schedule Euro

List of Teams Qualify for the 2022 World Cup…

List of Teams Qualify for the 2022 World Cup and Final Round Draw Schedule

List of Teams Qualifying for the 2022 World Cup and Final Round Draw Schedule

The series of teams qualify matches for the 2022 World Cup this week have ended. The next schedule will take place next week, on March 29, 2022. There are only a few months left before Football’s biggest match event is the FIFA World Cup. In 2022 the Qatar Edition of the World Cup will be the first tournament to be hosted in the Middle East. And also the first time held at the end of the calendar year in November and December.

What is the total number of teams participating in World Cup Finals 2022?

The World Cup 2022 event in Qatar will feature 32 teams. This number will change when the pitch is expanded to 48 teams which will be held for the upcoming 2026 World Cup. FIFA World Cup Men’s football has featured 32 teams in the last six editions since the 1998 World Cup in France.

As the host country for this grand event, Qatar has received a special ticket in this tournament. Furthermore, there will be 31 other countries that will compete for tickets to the world’s biggest soccer final through regional qualifiers. Previously it had been determined in advance how many countries would qualify from each region consisting of:

  1. Africa (CAF): 5
  2. Asia (AFC): 4 (plus 1 playoff qualifier)
  3. Europe (UEFA): 13
  4. North/Central America & Caribbean (CONCACAF): 3 (plus 1 playoff qualifier)
  5. Oceania (OFC): 1 playoff qualifier
  6. South America (CONMEBOL): 4 (plus 1 qualifying playoff)
  7. Two intercontinental playoffs played in June 2022
  8. Featuring one country from each of four different regions, will determine the final two qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup: Asia vs. South
  9. America, and North America vs. Oceania.

The location for the European World Cup Football Event will also be determined in June. The Wales team will host guests from either Scotland or Ukraine in the single-elimination playoff final. Both matches will be played on month of June. Because Ukraine requested that the match be moved during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

List of Finalist Countries Participating in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar

Furthermore, of the 32 tickets up for grabs. Currently, 20 have been distributed to regional qualifier winners. One ticket has been handed over to Qatar as the host. The remaining 19 tickets will also be distributed through the next qualifying round in June 2022. The following is a list of countries that have qualified for the Qatar 2022 World Cup final qualifying round, including:

European Zone

  • German
  • Denmark
  • French
  • Belgium
  • Croatia
  • Spanish
  • Serbia
  • English
  • Switzerland
  • Dutch

South America Zone

  • Brazil
  • Argentina
  • Ecuador
  • Uruguay

North/Central America & Caribbean (CONCACAF) Zone

  • Canada
  • Asian Zone
  • Iran
  • South Korea
  • Japan
  • Saudi Arabia

Finalist Ticket Distribution Process For 2022 World Cup Confederation

Since its inception, the world football organization (FIFA) has set ticket quotas for each confederation zone around the world in the Grand Match of the World Cup. The allocation is exactly the same as the previous World Cup event.

Here are the details:

  • Asia (AFC): 4 (could be 5, depending on playoff result)
  • Africa (CAF): 5
  • Central and North America (CONCACAF): 4 (could be 5, depending on playoff result)
  • Latin America (CONMEBOL): 4 (could be 5, depending on playoff result)
  • Oceania (OFC): 0 (could be 1, depending on playoff result)
  • Europe: 13
  • Host: 1.

Next Teams Qualify Schedule

The 2022 World Cup teams qualifying schedule will take place in a marathon this week. Some zones have had their last match, while in the European zone there are still games pending because Ukraine asked for a postponement. There are still 12 tickets for the final round that will be up for grabs.

World Cup Draw

The draw for the 2022 World Cup finals will take place April 1, 2022. The draw for the World Cup Final this time will be much different than before. This time, not all participant slots will be filled and only 29 slots are available from the 32 qualified teams.