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
5 Strongest Candidate Countries to Win the 2022 World Cup in Qatar Argentina

Prediction of the 5 Strongest Candidate Countries to Win…

Prediction of the 5 Strongest Candidate Countries to Win the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, Are There Spain and England?

5 Strongest Candidate Countries to Win the 2022 World Cup in Qatar

About seven months from now the Qatar 2022 World Cup will begin. In welcoming the 2022 World Cup next November, FIFA has carried out group drawings for the finals of the prestigious four-year event.

The draw for the 2022 World Cup group phase will take place today, Friday (1/4/2022) at 23.00 WIB. Looking at the list of teams that have qualified for the 2022 World Cup, which team has the most chance of winning?

Here are 5 strong candidates for the 2022 World Cup:

1.Argentina

Argentina

Finally, there is the Argentine national team. This may be the last World Cup for Lionel Messi. He has had a difficult season with PSG, but has big ambitions to lead Argentina to glory in the 2022 World Cup.

Messi hopes to gain sweet results in the 2022 World Cup, as he just did with La Albiceleste -the nickname of the Argentine national team- in the 2022 Copa America. Messi’s ambitions will be supported by his teammates who are also quality players.

Yes, Lionel Scaloni has a very good squad. Evidently, Argentina are unbeaten in the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers. However, they have not been completely dominant. Even so, there was still time to improve his team.

In the group phase, Argentina itself is in Group C. There, they are in a group with Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Poland.

2. Spain

spain

In second place, there is the Spanish national team. Spain has dimmed in the last decade. However, La Furia Roja-the nickname of the Spanish national team-looks tough under the tutelage of Luis Enrique. They made it to the semifinals of Euro 2020 before being eliminated on penalties against Italy.

Spain then advanced to the final of the UEFA Nations League in October 2021. La Furia Roja ended Italy’s 37-match unbeaten run in the semifinals. However, they failed to win the title because they lost to France in the final.

Now, at the 2022 World Cup, Spain is ready to compete again. Their squad is sure to be star-studded with a great mix of experienced and young players. They have plenty of options in midfield from Sergio Busquets, Thiago Alcantara, Fabian Ruiz and Rodri to Pedri and Gavi.

Spain also has a formidable defense and a promising front line. Suffice to say, it will be very interesting to see how Luis Enrique’s men perform at the 2022 World Cup. But in the group stage, they are in a hellish group because they are in the same group as Germany and Japan. One more against the winner of IC playoff 2 (Costa Rica vs New Zealand).

Then there is the England national team. They are seen as one of the forces in the world of football. Unfortunately, England’s trophy count does not reflect the potential they have always had in the squad.

However, England performed well in the last World Cup. They were also outstanding at Euro 2020. England reached the final, despite losing to France.

Gareth Southgate has many world class players in his squad. With the quality and depth of their squad, they could become one of the favorites to win. England itself is in Group B in the 2022 World Cup Group stage. They are in a group with Iran, the United States, and the winners of the Euro playoffs.

3. Brazil

Brazil

Then there is the Brazilian national team. They are arguably the most dominant team in the CONMEBOL 2022 World Cup Qualifiers. They won 14 of the total 17 matches and remained unbeaten in the qualifiers.

This could be Neymar’s last World Cup. Brazil can also compete for the title because it has a squad studded with stars. They have some outstanding forwards like Vinicius Jr and Antony is widely expected to form a deadly attacking trio alongside Neymar.

Brazil have a solid midfield featuring the likes of Casemiro, Fabinho, Fred, Arthur and Lucas Paqueta. Now it is interesting to wait for Brazil’s journey in the 2022 World Cup. They will face Serbia, Switzerland and Cameroon in the group G stage.

4. France

France

In fourth place, there is France. They looked staggered at the 2020 European Cup. However, Les Bleus rose in the UEFA Nations League to win the title.

Now, they have ambitions to defend their title at the World Cup. With a squad that is almost the same as the 2018 World Cup, France is the favorite to win. Didier Deschamps still has many world-class players to rely on.

France itself is in Group D at the 2022 World Cup. They are in a group with Denmark, Tunisia, and also IC Playoff 1.

5. Portugal

portugal

The next team that is the favorite to win the 2022 World Cup is Portugal. The Selecao das quinas have to go through a dramatic road to get a position on the pitch of this prestigious event.

Become a favorite team because it has a squad filled with the best world-class players.

Like the tough veteran defender Pepe. Meanwhile, in the middle of Fernando Santos’ team, there are agile and agile players Bruno Fernandes and Bernardo Silva.

 

Defending World Cup Champion FIFA

Defending World Cup Champion, Will France Continue Myth of…

Defending World Cup Champion, Will France Continue Myth of Curse in 2022 Qatar?

Defending World Cup Champion

The reigning champions of the 2018 World Cup, will France continue the curse myth at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar?

France has the status of defending champion at the Qatar 2022 World Cup, because France was the champion of the previous edition of the World Cup, in 2018.

Every edition of the World Cup, including the Qatar 2022 World Cup, always presents an interesting story in it.

Not yet held, the Qatar 2022 World Cup has given birth to many interesting stories, one of which is the failure of several major countries to qualify for the World Cup.

The myth of the curse has occurred since the 1998 World Cup, when France was the champion.

France, who won the 1998 World Cup, automatically holds the defending title at the next World Cup, the 2002 World Cup.

After that, the myth of the reigning champion’s curse continues to this day.

Italy, who won the 2006 World Cup, had to crumble as badly as they could at the 2010 World Cup.

After that, it was Germany’s turn to win the 2014 World Cup, also devastated at the 2018 World Cup.
Then the 2018 World Cup winner, France, will they continue the curse myth at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar?

Previously France experienced the curse of the reigning champion. France, who at that time won the 1998 World Cup, had to be destroyed in the 2002 World Cup.

The mystery of the Curse made the defending champion fail in the next competition, proven at least during the last 3 World Cup events.

Zinedine Zidane’s CS squad felt that way when his team couldn’t do much in the group phase. Roosters surprisingly lost to Senegal 1-0 in the opener.

Of course, the story and dark moments that France wants to avoid at the 2022 World Cup later. Especially now that France has a team that is qualified and star-studded as well. Starting from Kylian Mbappe, Karim Benzema, Paul Pogba, Raphaël Varane, N’golo Kante and Griezmann.

Meanwhile, the UAE, Australia, and Peru, even though they lack star players, one of them could be a dark horse.

Then France will meet Denmark on Saturday (26/3/2022), then meet Tunisia on Wednesday (30/11/2022).

Favorite Team to Win the 2022 World Cup Argentina

Favorite Team to Win the 2022 World Cup

This is the Favorite Team to Win the 2022 World Cup, 6 of these teams are the most powerful, 2 of them in the Hell Group?

 

Favorite Team to Win the 2022 World Cup

1. France – Les Blues
Les Blues come to Qatar with their heads held high. He failed in the 2020 European Cup. He managed to become a champion in the 2020/2021 UEFA Nations League after defeating Spain 2:1 in the final.

In his last 9 matches he scored 26 goals, 7 wins and 2 draws. And only conceded 6 goals.

Apart from that score, France also has a fairly complete squad, including Raphael Varane, Kylian Mbappe, N’Golo Kante, and Aurelien Tchouameni, plus Karim Benzema and Theo Hermandez.

2. Germany – Die Mannschaft
To be an outstanding team with promising young players.

3. Spain – La Furia Roja

Spain is one of the favorite teams to win the 2022 World Cup. Together with Louis Enriqe, Spain is optimistic that they can appear prime and promising.

Louis strengthened his care team with young players such as Pedri, Gavi, Dani Olmo, Ferran Torres to Unai Simon.

4. Argentina – Albicaleste
In the Argentine camp, the name Lionel Messi is certainly the name that is most highlighted.

Moreover, the 2022 World Cup will be Lionel Messi’s last match, so he will try to reach the highest position to make it a beautiful ending.

In addition to him, there were also several players who strengthened the squad such as Lucas Martinez, Nicolas Gonzalez, Juan Foyth, Angel Di Maria, Nicolas Otamendi.

Argentina are unbeaten in 31 games, including the 2021 Copa America champions.

5. Brazil as a country that is always championed every World Cup event.

He qualified for the 2022 World Cup by finishing top of the qualifiers in the Conmebol Zone.
With a record 17 matches unbeaten, this clearly shows the strength of Brazil today.

6. Portugal
Portugal became one of the most powerful teams in the 2022 World Cup because it has the potential of the players.

In particular, reliable young players such as Joao Felix, Diogo Costa, Diogo Jota, and Cristiano Ronaldo, who still have the mentality and leadership that are clearly needed.