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FIFA World Cup 2018: France team, records, fixtures

France’s Kylian Mbappe during a training session.   | Photo Credit: Reuters

The FIFA World Cup 2018 is scheduled to be held in Russia from June 14 to July 15, 2018. A total of 64 matches will be played in 12 venues located in 11 cities.

The final will be held at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

Current World Cup squad

Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur/ENG), Steve Mandanda (Marseille), Alphonse Areola (Paris Saint-Germain)

Defenders: Lucas Hernandez (Atletico Madrid/ESP), Presnel Kimpembe (Paris Saint-Germain), Benjamin Mendy (Manchester City/ENG), Benjamin Pavard (Stuttgart/GER), Adil Rami (Marseille), Djibril Sidibe (Monaco), Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona/ESP), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid/ESP)

Midfielders: N'Golo Kante (Chelsea/ENG), Blaise Matuidi (Juventus/ITA), Steven N'Zonzi (Sevilla/ESP), Paul Pogba (Manchester United/ENG), Corentin Tolisso (Bayern Munich/GER)

Forwards: Ousmane Dembele (Barcelona/ESP), Nabil Fekir (Lyon), Olivier Giroud (Chelsea/ENG), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid/ESP), Thomas Lemar (Monaco), Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain), Florian Thauvin (Marseille)

2018 FIFA World Cup

In Group C, France won two games against Australia and Peru and drew against Denmark. They topped the group with 7 points. Interestingly, the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system was used during the France-Australia match.

In the Round of 16, France beat Argentina 4-3, with Kylian Mbappe scoring two of those goals. In the quarter-final, France beat Uruguay 2-0 to reach World Cup semi-finals for the sixth time in their history.

Coach for 2018:

France's head coach Didier Deschamps.

France's head coach Didier Deschamps.   | Photo Credit: Reuters

Didier Deschamps

Fixtures:

FIFA World Cup 2018: France team, records, fixtures
 

June 16: vs Australia

June 21: vs Peru

June 26: vs Denmark

Past records

No. of times team has played in WC (number): 14

No. of matches played (number): 59

No. of matches won: 28

No. of matches lost: 19

No. of times lost in finals (Number): 1

No. of times world cup won (number): 1

No. of goals scored in WC: 106

Top 3 players to watch: Paul Pogba, Kylian Mbappé, Ousmane Dembélé

Road to WC (text): While it may have ultimately been in vain, Olivier Giroud’s volley against Sweden was a thing of beauty: a swirling, fierce strike that no goalkeeper in the world could have stopped.

Player who has played most world cups (appearances): Fabien Barthez, Thierry Henry - 17

Player who has scored most no. of goals (Player:No. of goals): Just Fontaine: 13


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