France 2022 World Cup Guide | All you need know

Defending World Champions France are bidding to become just the third team to defend their World Cup crown after they emerged victorious in the 2018 showpiece in Russia.

Boosted by some of the big names in the world of football like Kylian Mbappe, Karim Benzema, and Hugo Lloris, the team has all the tools in its arsenal to go all the way and clinch glory. 

While injuries have seen some of their big names miss out, the French team has still the quality to go all the way, ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup here is all you need to know about the French National team.

The qualification campaign for France

Flawless throughout the qualifying campaign, the Les Blues went unbeaten and won their group convincingly to book their berth in the FIFA World Cup. They faced competition from Ukraine, Finland, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, but had no real issue in getting past them. France were one of the five teams in the qualification campaign to go unbeaten (Italy and Ukraine also went unbeaten in the group stage but lost in playoffs). 

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World Cup Group Details

Didier Deschamps’ side will start their World Cup campaign on Tuesday (November 22) and will play Australia at the Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah. The group will be no easy ride with potential banana skin fixtures on offer. They will then switch their base to the capital Doha where they lock horns against Euro semifinalists Denmark on Saturday (November 26).

France will then bring their Group D campaign to an end on Wednesday (November 30) against Tunisia at the Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan. If the first two fixtures don’t go according to plan then the fixture will have huge significance for France. 

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Squad for FIFA World Cup 2022

The Squad is yet to be announced

Players to watch out for France

Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain)

Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)

Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur)

Team Details

Nickname(s)Les Bleus (The Blues)
Head coachDidier Deschamps
CaptainHugo Lloris
Most capsLilian Thuram (142)
Top scorerThierry Henry (51)

World Cup history

Appearances16 (first in 1930)
Best resultChampions (1998, 2018)

FIFA Rankings

Current4 (6 October 2022)
Highest1 (May 2001 – May 2002, August – September 2018)
Lowest26 (September 2010)

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