2022 World Cup: the Blues with a virus before the final?


The 22nd FIFA World Cup will take place from November 20 to December 18, 2022 in Qatar. An event that will take place for the first time in autumn. It is therefore 32 teams that will oppose during this World Cup in Qatar. 64 matches in all for this competition which will take place in 8 stadiums and 4 cities.

A very controversial competition because of the problems and which has prompted numerous calls for a boycott from personalities in the world of football and politicians. Investigations for corruption, human rights, attacks on the environment, a ban on giant screen broadcasting in many towns… This FIFA World Cup in Qatar is a subject that has given rise to numerous debates.

“The fact of taking 25 players is that I consider that we have enough security to participate in this competition. From the moment the players are in the list, it is that they are supposed to be suitable”, assured Didier Deschamps this Wednesday, November 9, announcing the long-awaited list of players selected for this World Cup in Qatar. The French coach has confirmed the presence of Giroud, Mandanda or Saliba among the lucky ones. “I am focused on this competition. We have a huge challenge, it is to perform 4 years after the world title”, confided the coach of the Blues to Gilles Bouleau. Didier Deschamps also wanted to recall that “participating was not condoning” about the controversial competition.

Here is the detailed list of the 25 selected players:

It’s the 4th World Cup final for the French football team! By beating Morocco this Wednesday, December 14 in the semi-final (2-0), the Blues reached the final of the World Cup for the fourth time in seven editions (1998, 2006, 2018 and 2022). This is an unprecedented record compared to all other football countries over this same period. If they win against Leo Messi’s Argentina this Sunday, December 18, France will join Italy and Brazil, who are the only two countries to have managed to win two world titles in a row in history.

Two days before the final on Friday, December 16, five players were absent from training. Very worrying news since since the beginning of the week, several players have been sick, even forcing Didier Deschamps to do without Dayot Upamecano and Adrien Rabiot for the World Cup semi-final against Morocco. Now, the disease has spread in the locker room and now affects Kingsley Coman, Raphaël Varane and Ibrahima Konaté.

On Wednesday December 14, Didier Deschamps spoke of “febrile states” about Adrien Rabiot and Dayot Upamecano. “Dayot and Adrien had headaches and stomachaches,” Ousmane Dembélé told a press conference on Friday. Concordant sources within the entourage of the Blues, quoted by AFP, confirm that Raphaël Varane and Ibrahima Konaté suffer from the same type of symptoms. It remains to be hoped that this will not prevent them from playing in the final. “Les Bleus in full during the last training session, on the eve of the final against Argentina”, reassured a journalist from franceinfo on Twitter.

The Blues are in the semi-finals of the World Cup. This is the 8th World Cup semi-final contested by the France team in its history. The French team won the last quarter-final of the World Cup against England (2-1) this Saturday, December 10 in Al-Khor. It was once again Olivier Giroud who delivered the French team a goal with a header, thus scoring his 53rd goal in the selection, a record. He thus restored the advantage to the Blues while Harry Kane had brought the English back to equality on penalty after the opener signed Aurélien Tchouaméni in the 17th minute of the match.

The Blues will meet Morocco in the semi-finals on Wednesday December 14 at 8 p.m. The President of the Republic Emmanuel Macron will go there for the meeting. History is in motion and the Blues are now only two games away from a third star on the shirt. “Even a little closer to the absolute dream…”, wrote Kylian Mbappé on Twitter after the quarter-final. The contract is completed for Didier Deschamps who has reached the last four of the competition, the level required by the president of the French Football Federation to remain in his post until Euro 2024. “I have the hand, so I will decide,” Deschamps concluded after Saturday’s game.

The Blues are qualified for the quarter-finals! After coming out first in their group, France largely qualified for the quarter-finals of the 2022 World Cup this Sunday, December 4. Kylian Mbappé, author of a double, and Olivier Giroud (3-1) scored the three French goals against Poland. “Kylian is Kylian. He speaks with his feet and he speaks very well with them. He has the ability to change the course of a match at any time. France has needed and will always need a great Kylian , of course,” Didier Deschamps told L’Équipe after the match.

Olivier Giroud scored his 52nd national goal against Poland. This makes him the greatest scorer in the history of the France team and he overtakes Thierry Henry. “Scoring so many goals at international level, congratulations to him, to his longevity and to his partners, who allowed him to score all his goals,” said Didier Deschamps. Only downside: the Polish penalty in stoppage time at the very end of the game which had been stopped for the first time by Lloris and which was withdrawn by Lewandowski by arbitration decision.

The Blues seem united and will be favorites for their quarter-finals where they will face the winner of England-Senegal, which is played this Sunday at 8 p.m.

France is the first country to qualify for the knockout stage of the World Cup. The Blues have indeed validated their ticket for the round of 16 on Saturday November 26 in Doha (2-1) against Denmark. After their big victory against Australia (4-1), the French team managed to chain a second consecutive success in Group D against Denmark thanks to a brace from PSG striker Kylian Mbappé. Kylian Mbappé has thus equaled Zinédine Zidane in the ranking of the top scorers in the history of the French team with 31 goals. “We said to ourselves that they had hit us twice this season [in the League of Nations], so we had the knife between our teeth and we wanted to show another face,” the midfielder told reporters after the match. French pitch Aurélien Tchouaméni.

A title holder qualified in the round of 16 is a first since 2010 since the reigning champions were eliminated in the group stages. The French in 2002, but also the Spaniards and the Italians had paid the price. “I wasn’t worried, I’m never worried. Even though the environment isn’t always the most peaceful, I had no anxiety about those stats. At one point, they were meant to be contradicted”, assures the coach of the France team.

It’s a terrible hard for Karim Benzema and the whole team of France. While he has just been crowned Ballon 2022 and could reach the peak of his career in this World Cup in Qatar, the fate is hounding the 34-year-old Real Madrid striker. Indeed, injured in training and suffering from the quadriceps of the left thigh, the attacker suffered a muscle tear this Saturday in Doha. The French Football Federation quickly announced its package for the competition in the evening. “In my life I have never given up but tonight I have to think of the team as I have always done so reason tells me to leave my place to someone who can help our group to make a beautiful World Cup. Thank you for all your messages of support”, shared late in the evening Karim Benzema. The beautiful story of KB9 e French team therefore ends in the cruellest of ways.

After Karim Benzema’s withdrawal, Didier Deschamps, the coach of France, finally decided not to replace the Real Madrid striker. The list of Blues for the World Cup will therefore remain composed of 25 players.

Didier Deschamps will reveal the list of players selected for the next World Cup in Qatar on Wednesday November 9 at 8 p.m. on TF1. The coach of the French team will put an end to the suspense on TF1 and will give his list of 23 or 26 players. “I have time to think about this, I have a certain margin between 23 and 26. At the Euro (in June 2021) we were 26 […] that’s not why we will be stronger However, there are still eleven places left in the field. I don’t have all the data”, assured Didier Deschamps in September during the Blues match against Denmark.

After the fifteen injured announced at the last gathering of the Blues in September, the suspense is at its height. Among them, there was in particular captain Hugo Lloris, the brothers Lucas and Theo Hernandez, Presnel Kimpembe, N’N’Golo Kanté, Paul Pogba or even Karim Benzema, recently elected Ballon d’Or 2022. lips of all the supporters, it is above all to know if Paul Pogba and Olivier Giroud, world champions 2018, will be present. “Today Olivier Giroud is here and you will have the answer in two months,” kicked Didier Deschamps into touch on September 15.

According to information from RMC SPORT released on November 6, Olivier Giroud will be on the list of the Blues to play in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. “The possibility of playing in a third World Cup is very important. For me, it’s a goal to keep this title”, assured Olivier Giroud on Saturday evening on DAZN, after allowing the victory to the Milanese against La Spezia. “We have a great team, we have a lot of hopes with all the talents that France has. But I don’t want to think about the World Cup now, we’ll see on Wednesday when Didier Deschamps communicates his list”.

As reported by the newspaper L’Équipe, the opening match of this first fall World Cup in Qatar will pit Senegal against the Netherlands and will take place on Monday, November 21 at 11 a.m. The competition will end with the final which will take place on Sunday, December 18 at 4 p.m.

Sunday, November 20:

Monday November 21:

Tuesday, November 22:

Wednesday, November 23:

Thursday, November 24:

Friday, November 25:

Saturday November 26:

Sunday November 27:

Monday, November 28:

Tuesday, November 29:

Wednesday, November 30:

Thursday, December 1:

Friday, December 2:

Are you going to have to get up in the middle of the night to watch Les Bleus matches? Despite the distance and the great difference in climate and temperature between France and Qatar, you should know that in reality, there is only one hour time difference between France and Qatar. Thus, the matches will take place:

“Without us”, headlined the front page of the newspaper Le Quotidien de La Réunion on September 13th. The newspaper was the first French media to officially declare that it was going to boycott the 2022 World Cup, organized in Qatar from November 20 to December 18. The argument of ecological disaster has been raised many times with seven of the eight stadiums which will host the matches which will be air-conditioned in the open air. As a reminder, Qatar is one of the main gas exporters in the world and holds the world record for CO2 emissions per capita.

Several mayors of large cities, all political colors combined, wished to no longer organize the broadcasting of matches on large screens after the declaration this Saturday, October 1 of the socialist mayor of Lille Martine Aubry, who had described the event as “nonsense with regard to human rights, the environment and sport”. In Marseille, the socialist mayor Benoît Payan notably judged that this competition had “gradually transformed into a human and environmental disaster, incompatible with the values ​​that we want to see carried through sport and in particular football”.