Injured, exiled, on trial… what occurred to the 2018 world champions who weren’t chosen in 2022?

They’re solely eleven. Eleven 2018 world champions, out of 23, who will attempt to hold the Grail in Qatar. A really slight minority since, earlier than the rule licensed 26, it was 23 gamers who went to win in Russia. In 4 years, a bit of greater than half of the France crew has subsequently modified. What in regards to the others? Umtiti, Rami, Sidibé, Mendy, Pogba, Tolisso, Kanté, Matuidi, Nzonzi, Lemar, Fekir and Thauvin all had various fortunes.

Samuel Umtiti, a star for a knee. The story is thought however it’s nonetheless so unhappy. In 2018, Samuel Umtiti may have performed the World Cup with a fragile knee. A double-edged choice: on the tails facet, the one who was then a possible holder at Barça was decisive within the conquest of the world title; on the face facet, he by no means regained his degree, had a number of lengthy accidents and is struggling at the moment to get again on the facet of Lecce in Serie A (Italy). At solely 28 years outdated, if he’s removed from the top of his historical past with soccer, he’s sadly considerably forgotten.

Adil Rami, changed by the brand new technology. The presence of Adil Rami within the French group in 2018 was already a singularity. His communicative good humor and his function as a binder within the locker room of the Blues may have lastly made him a sympathetic character, however who has not stood the take a look at of time. In 2018, Rami was already 32 years outdated. Since then, boys like Jules Koundé, Ibrahima Konaté, William Saliba or Dayot Upamecano have emerged and brought his place. After brief galleys in Turkey after which in Russia, Rami is now taking part in at ESTAC in Ligue 1 on the age of 36. He will even be a guide for TF1 throughout the World Cup.

Djibril Sidibé, a damaged promise. Ready the place France is nonetheless sorely missing in power, the fitting facet Djibril Sidibé has by no means managed to win. In 2018, he’s already the understudy of the brand new child Benjamin Pavard. After the World Cup, he additionally regularly misplaced his place at AS Monaco earlier than leaving on the finish of this summer time, freed from any contract. Now 30, he performs for AEK Athens.

Benjamin Mendy, shame. The story of the Manchester Metropolis facet, nonetheless below contract with the English membership till 2023, is, sadly, the most effective recognized. Accused by seven ladies of a number of rapes, tried rapes and sexual assaults, he’s at present on trial after spending a number of months in jail between the top of 2021 and the start of 2022. He has not performed a soccer match since August 15, 2021.

Paul Pogba, accidents. This World Cup would have been a possibility for Paul Pogba to revive, lastly. After a summer time rotten by an harm which lastly price him this place in Qatar, but in addition and above all after the previous few weeks disturbed by the case regarding him and involving his brother Mathias, indicted in mid-September for extortion in an organized gang in in opposition to him. Paul Pogba has not performed in an official match because the finish of April, with Manchester, and has solely worn the Juventus jersey, which he joined this summer time, for under 45 brief minutes in a pleasant.

Corentin Tolisso, a return with out impact. Some will say that Corentin Tolisso made the fitting alternative this summer time, returning to Olympique Lyonnais the place it began for him. Drowned below competitors at Bayern Munich, the midfielder was capable of finding a very good place there. With the carnage within the midfield, the one who was already hoping to seek out the Blues in September might feed the dream of a call-up, like at Euro 2021. It finally didn’t happen.

N’Golo Kanté, the cracked pillar. With out an operation following a hamstring harm and a long-term bundle, N’Golo Kanté would have held his place for the World Cup and wouldn’t have damage a devastated Blues midfielder. the paper. However the Chelsea pocket midfielder, who has not dropped in degree since 2018 and was even the nice architect of the Blues’ Champions League conquest in 2021, will be unable to carry his place. It’s a actual talisman who flies away for the Blues: in 53 alternatives since 2016, Kanté has solely misplaced… 6 ​​video games with the Blues.

Blaise Matuidi, nearly retired? The previous PSG midfielder will not be but formally retired. However because the finish of final season in MLS, the participant is not actually a part of the group of Inter Miami. In latest weeks, we’ve been capable of meet him within the Paris area, performing throughout arbitration days or along with his affiliation which helps the struggle in opposition to sickle cell illness. One factor is definite: if he’s nonetheless below contract till December 31 with Miami, he has not set foot on land for over a 12 months.

Steven Nzonzi, removed from the radars. The story of the midfielder who performed at Sevilla FC in 2018 is that of many worldwide footballers: between 2017 and 2020, he was there at the most effective of instances. Because the Moscow ultimate, Nzonzi has modified golf equipment 4 instances: a switch to Rome, then a mortgage to Galatasaray, one other to Rennes and at last, final summer time, an exile… to Qatar, to Al-Rayyan, the place he rolls his bump on the present pink lantern of the “Qatar Stars League”.

Thomas Lemar, repositioned however not chosen. In the summertime of 2018, Thomas Lemar was dwelling a double dream: from Russia the place he would find yourself world champion, he signed up with Atlético Madrid for his first expertise overseas. Underneath the orders of Diego Simeone, the Frenchman was moved to many positions, from central midfielder to attacking midfielder by means of the wings, proper or left. With the Blues, if he was within the Euro when he was going by means of a wonderful part, his final name dates again to September 2021.

Nabil Fekir, sufferer of competitors. Nabil Fekir is much from being the least outstanding French participant in Europe. Since signing for Actual Betis in 2019 from OL, the attacking midfielder has shined recurrently in Spain and on the European scene. However his capricious physique and particularly the emergence of a younger technology of ultra-efficient French attackers may have been proper in his place. Since 2020, he has been absent from the lists of Didier Deschamps.

Florian Thauvin, Mexican exile. He made this alternative to show a web page, for peace and likewise, little doubt, to know the loopy expertise that his pal André-Pierre Gignac goes by means of: in the summertime of 2021, Florian Thauvin left OM for Mexico. , and the UANL Tigers. It had already been two years since he had been known as by Didier Deschamps, who had continued to name him till a couple of months after the World Cup. Immediately, like many French gamers who’ve left to play in distant championships, he lives extra peaceable days, however even farther from a French crew the place, in his sector, the highway appears to be blocked anyway.

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