A look back at previous Blues finals, 1998, 2006 and 2018

What if France got used to playing in World Cup finals? Morocco won (2-0), Blues He qualified for the 4th time for the final of the world championship. Didier Deschamps’ men He will challenge Argentinathis Sunday, December 18 (4:00 p.m.), with the goal of “bringing the Cup home (again).”

68 years is a long time. But this is the time France has been waiting for (finally) to reach a World Cup final. And the country has certainly not forgotten this history July 12, 1998The Blues’ first finals day at the World Cup.

After this edition organized on the territory of France, the French team qualified for three finals out of six possible finals. No other national team has performed better during this period. There was 2006 then 2018 and therefore it will be 2022. Before we know the outcome of this match against Argentina, take a look at the Blues’ previous World Cup finals.

1998 – Double title winner

French team course.
Groups: win (3-0) – South Africa – win (4-0) – Saudi Arabia – France (2-1) – Denmark
Round of 16: victory (1-0, ap) Paraguay
Quarter-final: win (0-0, 4-3 on penalties) against Italy
Semi-final: Victory against Croatia (2-1).

The composition of the French team for the final match against Brazil.
Bartez – Thuram, Leboeuf, Desailly, Lizarazu – Karembeu, Deschamps, Petit – Zidane, Djorkaeff – Guivarc’h.

First time at this level of competition France tested Brazil, the reigning world champions and their star goalscorer Ronaldo, led by, but uncertain, the victim of a massive epileptic seizure just hours before this match. On the other hand, it is called a star Zinedine Zidane. Number 10 of the blue ones is answered by a scored a goal (27th) from the corner and launches the French perfectly.

Another great man, Fabien Bartholomew, depicted on the Blues side. The French keeper was challenged several times by the Seleção before Zidane’s goal, but he was exemplary on his line. His Aerial and acrobatic performance against Ronaldo remained popular. And just before the break (45th), this Zidane headed again from the corner finding its way to the nets and breathing fresh air into the blues.

Aimé Jacquet’s players went to the break. If Guivarc’h and Dugarry had been sharper at the finish, they could have had a more comfortable lead. And France was reduced to him after thatThe dismissal of Marcel Desailly for another yellow card, he still manages to keep the score. And then a counterattack led by Dugarry, Viera Concluded by Petit (90), ends this great night for France.

2006 – Failed header

French team course.
Groups: draw (0-0) – Switzerland – draw (1-1) – South Korea – win (2-0) – Togo
Round of 16: win (3-1) against Spain
1/4 final: victory against Brazil (1:0).
Semi-final: Victory against Portugal (1:0).

The composition of the French team for the final match against Italy.
Bartez – Sanol, Turam, Galas, Abidal – Vieira, Makélélé – Ribéry, Zidane, Malouda – Henry.

As in 2000 in the Euro finals, In the final, the French and the Italians meet again from a great competition. The departure of the Blues is exemplary. Florent Malouda broke in the Materazzi area. Helped by Transverse, Zidane takes the penalty kick (7th) legendary panenka. But Squadra Azzura is thankful to have turned the corner Materazzi (19th).

Dominating until half-time, Italy thought they could take the lead thanks to Toni. But Bartezi came to save Bartezi and his family. After the break, Thierry Henry calls the shots, but the score does not change. Heavy blow for the Blues, Patrick Vierathe injured must leave his place before the hour mark. And in the end, as in 2000, this Italy-France it goes to overtime.

During this time, the French team gets the biggest situations. But in the 108th minute Zidane was sent off for headbutting Materatsi’s chest. To add drama to this finale, which is not lacking, the verdict will be revealed at the end penalty shootout. Named No. 2 pitcher for the Blues, David Trezeguet sees his attempt blocked by the bar. The Italians are flawless in training and send Grosso’s last shot on goal Squadra Azzura on the roof of the football planet 4th time.

2018 – Rainy but Happy Holidays

French team course.
Groups: win (2-1) Australia – win (1-0) Peru – draw (0-0) – Denmark
Round of 16: victory (4-2) against Argentina
1/4 final: victory against Uruguay (2:0).
Semi-final: victory against Belgium (1:0).

The composition of the French team against Croatia.
Lloris – Pavard, Varane, Umtiti, Hernandez – Kante, Pogba – Mbappe, Griezmann, Matuidi – Giroud.

it happened Captain in 1998 French team. Twenty years later, Didier Deschamps is a coach. The goal, the blues against Croatia a 2nd coronation. When his mission started well a free kick Griezmann was deflected by Mandzukic It ends with Croatian nets (18th). But Perisic Hugo Lloris quickly leveled the two teams with a powerful shot that was very difficult to stop (28th).

This same Ivan Perisic, guilty of one side in his own area, offers the Blues a penalty. Griezmann does not tremble With Subasic (ranked 38), France are well ahead at the break. After returning from the dressing room, Pogba (59th) followed by Mbappé (65th) gives the tricolor selection almost certain success in its quest for a second World Cup title.

If Hugo Lloris proves himself guilty by fouling Mandzukic (69th) with a recovery error, the French team protects the result and its victory. When the final whistle sounded, Didier Deschamps and his players left They express their joy in the pouring rain in Moscow. On the Doha side this market, the rain should leave the French alone. Nevertheless, the Blues will be hoping to show the same, if not more, joy than four years ago…

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