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08 / 19 / 2013

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France

France are a team with a great history, although they have only won the World Cup once in 1998 they have regularly been a team who go into any major tournament as a favourite and they regularly do make it into the knockout stages of any tournament. However, as of late, perhaps similar to Brazil, France have not only gone through a transformation as a team they have also struggled in recent major tournaments and are long odds at 25/1. No one needs reminding of the disastrous World Cup campaign that France experienced in 2010 and the controversy that followed them around for a lot of time after the tournament. As a team however, France have not dipped as far as most would have thought in the FIFA rankings where they are currently 18th.

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Regardless of the negativity that has surrounded France in recent times they are still a very good side. They have experienced a major reconstruction not only in management but also in how football in France is actually operated domestically, which arguably has proved to be very good for the national team. Domestically, the type of football played in France is perhaps at an all-time high, teams have purchased some of the leading international players across the globe, which exposes the French youth to a better level of football at the top level and so this exposure will perhaps improve the youth of France in time for the World Cup. You just have to look at the strength of France’s squad to appreciate that in reality, they are a team that you should not underestimate. They have Benzema upfront who has a fantastic goal scoring reputation but also France are strong in midfield, having Payet and the solid Matuidi regulate matters demonstrates that France really do have some real footballers. On balance, admittedly France will not be many people’s favourite to win the World Cup but regardless of this they stand a strong chance. If their squad finds some form they will be a huge danger for any team.