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Jun 22

World Cup Betting - Can France will a second World Cup

By gaitanjerry21 Posted in: MartellWebster, MarcusCamby
World Cup Betting - Can France will a second World Cup

http://www.livesoccertv.com/world-cup-2006/images/teams/medium/FRA.jpgCan France do it for a Second Time in the World Cup?

The French National soccer team has been one of the few teams in the FIFA World Cup campaigns that has had an extremely talented team with very few results to show for. Their only World Cup success came in 1998 when the World Cup was being hosted by the French and they went onto beat the former World Cup champions Brazil 3-0 in the final match. Apart from this sole tournament victory 12 years ago the French World Cup hopes have run dry every time. In fact, this is only the first time in FIFA World Cup history that the French national team has qualified for the FIFA World Cup tournament four times in a row.

Even though the French national team hasn't won as many World Cup tournaments as some of the other teams, they've always posed a threat and looked like a team which may lift the Cup. The closest they came to victory was in the last FIFA World Cup tournament in 2008 where they lost to Italy in the finals during the penalty shootouts.

Their road to this year's World Cup wasn't as glamorous as Brazil's but they did the job which was needed to be done, which was to qualify for the World Cup. Many would say that the team may not win this year's cup based on their pre-World Cup campaign but even before the last World Cup in Germany the French had flirted with disaster before being qualified and then they went on to reach the finals and almost lift the Cup for the second time.

The team maybe missing some of their most famous players of the last decade such as Zinedine Zidane, Lilian Thuram, Claude Makelele and goalkeeper Fabien Barthez but there are a new set of senior players who've taken up the responsibility needed to guide the newer players. The hopes of the French people will be resting heavily on the sole survivor from their 1998 World Cup triumph, Theirry Henry, who will also be the captain for this French national team. Alongside Henry will be Patrick Vieira who has recently gotten over his long drawn injury issues. The midfield will be taken care of by Lassana Diarra and Jeremy Toulalan while William Gallas will be a strong force at the back.

Raymond Domenech, who has now become the longest serving French National soccer team coach, will be hoping that this World Cup campaign will be the time when he lifts his first cup since he took up the job in 2004. The coach who came into the team with a lot of public support in 2004 has seen the support die out after the team failed to perform well in the 2008 UEFA Euro Cup.

The World Cup betting odds don't really favor the French but that is no different from the last World Cup where they surprised all the bookies by reaching the finals. The current World Cup betting odds places France on the 8th position with odds of 20/1. These World cup betting odds are updated daily depending on team results and performances.

Finally coming down to the group that the French have been placed in, the Les Blues find themselves in a comfortable group which comprises of Mexico, hosts South Africa and underdogs Uruguay. While Mexico is a strong opponent which might pose problems for the French during their encounter on the 17th of June, the other two teams don't seem to pose any grave threats. However, each team which has qualified for the World Cup has enough potential to upset any team in the tournament and that is why the French will not be taking South Africa and Uruguay very lightly and will try their best to win these games with their best players on the field.

The French national team will kick start their FIFA World cup campaign on the 11th of June when they play against Uruguay in Cape Town.

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