France is a young and powerful team that twice stole the WC lead from previous winner Germany, causing the home defence a host of problems with the sheer speed of their intelligent counterattacks. During a penalty shootout, Les Bleus lost the WC 2006 to Italy, and again to Germany in the WC 2014 quarterfinals. The team also came close to a victory in the finals of the Euro 2016 event, coming up as favourites against Portugal.
Deschamps has helped France to become a highly competitive side with a good fieldside strategy and performance, but the coach has not delivered a trophy yet. This year, reaching the semi-finals of the WC is the minimum goal for the 49 year old coach, who himself is a former midfielder who led France to a victory during Euro 2000 and the WC 1998 in France.
France was 1 of 4 European football teams to participate in the very first WC event back in 1930, and has played in 14 of the Cup events since. The team is 1 of 8 national sides to have claimed at least 1 WC trophy.
The team won its first – and only – WC title in 1998, with the tournament taking place on home soil and France beating Brazil 30 in the last match. The WC was also hosted in France in 1938, when the team was eliminated by Italy in the quarterfinals. Back in 2006, the team was also named runner up to Italy after losing 53 on penalties. Furthermore, France has also claimed two third place wins in 1958 and 1986, and one fourth place in in the WC of 1982 in Spain.
Designed by Nike, France’s 2018 home shirt will revive the ‘hooped’ look that the team made famous back in 2012 and 2014, albeit in a fresh set of colours. The side’s away jersey for the WC 2018 will be easy to spot in white and navy when they play in Russia