Current FIFA Rankings: 7
World Cup appearance: 15th time in 2018
World Cup 2014: Quarter Final
France, the champion of 98 World cup, was always on top of the list of football superpowers. But for some unknown reason, the football goddess turns the face from them in the bigger occasions like the World Cup. However, in this year, La Blues is going to Russia with the appropriate qualification to appease the football goddess.
France has got Russia’s ticket as the top choice for Europe’s qualifying group A. But they were well tested by group’s second placeholder Sweden. However, La Blues won the last match of the qualifiers then pocketed the ticket quite easily.
The French side of 5 midfielders and 7 forwards will tell you how strong the attack department of this team is. Griezmann, Giroud and Dembele will go for the attack alongside with rising talent like Mbappe. The midfield area will be surrounded by players like Pogba, Kante and Matuidi.
Soldiers like Umtiti and Raphael Varane will handle the defences. Experienced Hugo Lloris, who will be the watchman under their goal post. Although few spectators were surprised by Ream Madrid man Benjama’s dropout, Boss Didier Deschamps consider it as quite a reasonable decision.
In fact, this French team is so balanced that coach Didier Deschamps had to face a pretty sweet problem like ‘whom should I take, whom should I left’.
France World Cup squad
COACH: Didier Deschamps
GOALKEEPERS: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur), Steve Mandanda (Marseille), Alphonse Areola (Paris Saint-Germain)
DEFENDERS: Lucas Hernandez (Atletico Madrid), Presnel Kimpembe (Paris Saint-Germain), Benjamin Mendy (Manchester City), Benjamin Pavard (Stuttgart), Adil Rami (Marseille), Djibril Sidibe (Monaco), Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid)
MIDFIELDERS: N’Golo Kante (Chelsea), Blaise Matuidi (Juventus), Steven N’Zonzi (Sevilla), Paul Pogba (Manchester United), Corentin Tolisso (Bayern Munich)
FORWARDS: Ousmane Dembele (Barcelona), Nabil Fekir (Lyon), Olivier Giroud (Chelsea), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Thomas Lemar (Monaco), Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain), Florian Thauvin (Marseille)
The fact is, you don’t have to be a football expert to put this French team’s name in the list of favourites for the World Cup. All you have to know is the recent form of those listed names above.
Current FIFA Rankings: 10
World Cup appearances: 5th time in 2018
World Cup 2014: Did not qualify
Peru is going to Russia for the World Cup after a long period of 36 years. And apart from Iceland and Panama, the first time qualifiers of World Cup, Peru is getting the taste of the World Cup games after most days. In fact, the taste of playing in the World Cup for the Peruvians was much like the history of their lost Inca civilization.
In fact, this Peru is one of the biggest phenomena of the drama of Latin American qualifiers. And the drama ends up with their playoff wins against New Zealand.
One of the finest craftsmen behind Peru’s success was the nifty midfielder, Edison Flores. Jointly, he was the highest goal scorer of the team by 5 goals in the qualifiers. Goalkeeper Pedro Gallese was so impressive under the post that the Argentine goalkeeper was included in the team with Peruvian nationality.
The enormous bad news for Peru had come before the playoff games. Paolo Guerrero, the all-time highest scorer in country’s history, went out of the tournament with a positive result in the dope Test. In his absence, the responsibility of the experienced striker Jefferson Farfan has also increased a lot. At the meantime, coach Ricardo Gareca’s another trump card will be Feyenoord’s midfielder, Renato Tapia.
Peru World Cup squad
COACH: Ricardo Gareca
GOALKEEPERS: Pedro Gallese (Veracruz-MEX), Carlos Caceda (Veracruz-MEX) and Jose Carvallo (UTC).
DEFENDERS: Aldo Corzo (Universitario), Luis Advincula (Lobos BUAP-Mexico), Miguel Araujo (Alianza Lima), Alberto Rodriguez (Junior-Colombia), Christian Ramos (Veracruz-Mexico), Anderson Santamaria (Puebla-Mexico), Luis Abram (Velez Sarsfield-Argentina) and Miguel Trauco (Flamengo-Brazil).
MIDFIELDERS: Renato Tapia (Feyenoord), Pedro Aquino (Lobos BUAP), Yoshimar Yotun (Orlando City), Sergio Pena (Granadan), Edison Flores (Aalborgk), Paolo Hurtado (Vitoria de Guimaraes), Wilder Cartagena (Veracruz), Nilson Loyola (Melgar), Christian Cueva (Sao Paulo), Andre Carrillo (Watford).
FORWARDS: Jefferson Farfan (Lokomotiv), Andy Polo (Portland Timbers), Raul Ruidiaz (Morelia).
Peru’s final victory over the World Cup games was 40 years ago and now they are the member of one of the toughest group, group C in this year’s World Cup. If they get to taste another win in match in this World Cup, Los Incas will have to give more than their 100%, that’s for sure.