Jun 13, 2006

The baronial FRANCE

8 yrs ago, they were the underdogs and one 'ld have had his doubts about their capability of winning the WC, though hosting the tournament. If playing home in front of a racuous crowd is an advantage, then why didnt USA or KOREA or ITALY win their home WCs. There was some kind of spark in that French team who seemed invincible in the whole tournament. Lets have a look at EURO '00. 2-1 winners over the mighty Italians. That victory had cemented everyone's belief about France as a team.

Now when you look 6yrs down the line, they have achieved virtually nothing over this time. Are they ignited to win another WC, are they adept enough to win one more. Well, my verdict is "they are". They just need a bit of inspiration as well as some fortune to get pass all the barriers and win this years' world cup. Under the coach in Raymond Domenech, France is a complete team though their critiques would argue about the loss of Cisse. Along with Germany and Czech Republic, France is another team I back strongly to be crowned champions. Lets wish them all the fortunes they could ever get when they start their campaign today against the Swiss team.

1. LANDREAU Mickael

2. BOUMSONG Jean-Alain

3. ABIDAL Eric

4. VIEIRA Patrick

5. GALLAS William

6. MAKELELE Claude

7. MALOUDA Florent

8. DHORASOO Vikash

9. GOVOU Sidney

10. ZIDANE Zinedine

11. WILTORD Sylvain

12. HENRY Thierry

13. SILVESTRE Mikael

14. SAHA Louis

15. THURAM Lilian

16. BARTHEZ Fabien

17. GIVET Gael

18. DIARRA Alou

19. SAGNOL Willy


21. CHIMBONDA Pascal

22. RIBERY Frank

23. COUPET Gregory

Players to watch out in bold

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