Presentation of the World Cup groups: can Denmark maintain out in opposition to France in Group D?

Every day we’ll current you with a abstract of the totally different teams of the FIFA World Cup. Coach, star, ambition and statistics to recollect, every staff is scrutinized. At present, heading to group D with France, Denmark, Tunisia and Australia. Three of those 4 groups had been already in the identical group on the Russian World Cup. Reigning world champions, the French are aiming for first place with their spectacular squad regardless of the defections of vital gamers like Pogba and Kanté. Denmark, semi-finalist on the Euro intends to play the spoilsports whereas Tunisia and Australia might should accept the crumbs.


Coach: Didier Deschamps

If anybody was underneath hearth after the final European Championship, it was definitely Didier Deschamps. And too unhealthy if he had taken the Blues to the world title three years earlier. France missed out on their match and failed to provide glowing soccer regardless of their myriad stars. She packed up within the 1/eighth finals after the penalty shootout in opposition to Switzerland. If Deschamps’ males discovered their colours by successful the Last 4 of the Nations League (notably by making a small comeback in opposition to Belgium), this yr’s version has revived different doubts in French minds. France completed solely third of their group, behind Croatia and Denmark, a staff they’ll meet once more of their first spherical in Qatar. The tricolor coach confirmed a sure resignation on the finish of this final marketing campaign: “June was a really tough month. We did not have sufficient power and the freshness was lacking”. The previous worldwide, additionally world champion in 1998 on the garden, will due to this fact have to search out options to win a 3rd star. And it’s not the standard that’s missing inside a gaggle which can nonetheless be disadvantaged of two of the heroes of the victorious marketing campaign in Russia.

The star: Kylian Mbappé

Kylian Mbappe has a date with historical past. His shot on purpose in opposition to Switzerland on the final European Championship was stopped by Yann Sommer and sadly concluded a failed match, and not using a single purpose scored. The striker will due to this fact have just a few issues to be forgiven for in Qatar. The prolonged negotiations for his contract extension at PSG precipitated him complications final summer season. The turmoil round this engagement for an astronomical sum continued to agitate the start of autumn. Was he linked so long as introduced with Paris? Did he not wish to depart due to doubts concerning the high quality of the workforce? In info and public bulletins, KM7 needs to afford a double World Cup and Champions League. The latter continues to be lacking from his listing in contrast to the primary. And reaching this double would enable him to write down his identify much more in gold letters within the ledger of French soccer. However beware, this improbable double (along with successful the golden ball) might be realized lengthy earlier than by Karim Benzema. The return to the France staff since final yr has already received the Cup with huge ears final Could.

After a failed Euro which resulted in a missed shot on purpose in opposition to Switzerland, Kylian Mbappé goals to supply France a 3rd star by being the star of the match, which was not but totally the case in 2018 (Picture by Jean Catuffe/Getty Photographs)

The ambition: a 3rd star

France clearly broke our hearts in 2018 and it is at all times exhausting to be optimistic together with her, particularly since she drove the nail house over the last Last 4 of the League of Nations. However let’s be sincere, it is exhausting to not elevate a staff that may subject Mbappé, Benzema and Antoine Griezmann on the rating sheet. However watch out, it will likely be essential to do with a deforced midfielder of two main items. And above all, the followers anticipate extra engaging soccer given the standard of the nationwide pool.

The determine: 436 million

As of November 1 of this yr, “Convey the cup house” had already been considered 436 million instances on Youtube. The Vegedream hit was the French victory music in 2018 and has been the unofficial anthem of the nationwide staff ever since. Bye Bye Gloria Gaynor.


Coach: Kasper Hjulmand

Kasper Hjulmand led Denmark into the final 4 on the final European Championship. After the center assault of his star participant Christian Eriksen, within the first recreation in opposition to Finland, Hjulmand nonetheless managed to remobilize his staff for the remainder of the match. The fitting facet Joakim Maehle praised his coach’s motion: “He dared to indicate his emotions after what occurred with Christian. What we went via introduced us nearer due to the way in which he dealt with the scenario. He is an efficient coach and now additionally a buddy.”. This optimistic momentum continued for the Danes within the Nations League as they completed second of their group, behind Croatia however forward of France and Austria. And say that Kasper Hjulmand might have completed on the Anderlecht bench earlier than administration set their sights on Fred Rutten…

The star: Christian Eriksen

The world of soccer fell silent as one man when the center of Christian Eriksen stopped beating on the garden of the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen. Countless minutes of ready with this concern of seeing the Danish strategist not get well. Whereas it was thought that this incident would maybe minimize brief his profession, Eriksen has since returned to the pitch and a very good stage of play. He returned to the lawns in Brentford as a result of he might now not play on the Inter with a defibrillator. The midfielder needs to proceed taking part in soccer for just a few extra years, which he now does in a Manchester United shirt. He nonetheless stays that elegant footballer who appears to string collectively intelligent passes effortlessly.

Christian Eriksen, the ghost, will once more be the engine and the center of the Danish recreation. (Picture by Jean Catuffe/Getty Photographs)

The ambition: get out of the group after which depend on exploits

Denmark can secretly dream of a gaggle victory. He’s in glorious kind and has already overwhelmed France just lately within the Nations League. Why could not he repeat this feat? The continuation of the match will rely on the flexibility to forge exploits. However through the Euro, we might see their psychological energy.

The determine: 27

Denmark have collected 27 factors in 10 World Cup qualifying matches. Solely Germany has performed as properly. The Danes solely misplaced 2-0 in Scotland on the ultimate day, with qualification lengthy overdue.


Coach: Jalel Kadri

Jalel Kadri was nonetheless Tunisia’s assistant coach within the final African Cup, however after a disappointing quarter-final elimination, he took over as supervisor of the staff after the dismissal of Mondher Kebaier. Since he has held the keys to the truck, Tunisia has been doing properly. Kadri’s staff received the Kirin Cupa match involving 4 international locations, together with Japan, Ghana and Chile, as just lately as June.

The star: Dylan Bronn

Featured might be a giant phrase. Tunisians do not actually have any of their core, so we have highlighted an previous acquaintance from our Professional League. Dylan Bronnex-buffalonow wears the colours of Salernitana in Sequence A. The 27-year-old defender is without doubt one of the few Eagles of Carthage to play in a European competitors. He stands out within the nationwide staff by the expertise he brings.

Dylan Bronn just isn’t an absolute star of Tunisia however he particularly handed via our great Jupiler Professional League. (Picture by Jean Catuffe/Getty Photographs)

The ambition: to keep away from the final place of the group

Tunisia aren’t a high nation and have fallen right into a tough group. It must impose itself and hope that the opposite international locations will lose factors. When Kirin Cup, she proved what she might do. However just a few months earlier, on the finish of December 2021, Kadri’s males had been overwhelmed 5-1 by Brazil.

The determine: 2004

That yr, Tunisia received the best triumph in its historical past. She received the African Cup of Nations, which she organized, beating Morocco within the closing. Within the World Cup, the Eagles of Carthage by no means made it previous the group stage.


Coach: Graham Arnold

Graham Arnold has been Australia’s nationwide coach for 4 years. He succeeded the Dutch Bert van Marwijk after the World Cup in Russia. In qualifying for Qatar, Arnold made a dramatic change. Through the play-off in opposition to Peru, he did “one thing Louis Van Gaal by altering his goalkeeper simply earlier than the penalty shootout. Mathew Ryan, who prior to now defended the poles of FC Bruges and Genk, didn’t appear to have one of the best references within the train. The coach due to this fact launched Andrew Redmayne within the battle and the latter turned a nationwide hero after saving the decisive penalty.

The star: Aaron Mooy

Aaron Mooy has been an absolute certainty within the Australian staff for a few years. Along with his expertise in Premier Leaguehe has turn out to be the metronome on the coronary heart of the sport. Final summer season, Mooy joined Celtic Glasgow after an unique journey at Shanghai Port in China, the place he performed underneath a sure Ivan Leko. With Chinese language soccer nonetheless underneath covid restrictions, the Australian midfielder was prone to lacking his nation’s closing qualifying matches because of quarantine guidelines. So he determined to go away his membership and transfer to Scotland.

Aaron Mooy will probably be within the highlight in Qatar. (Picture by Albert Perez/Getty Photographs)

The ambition: to keep away from final place

Australia’s qualification for the knockout stage looks like mission unimaginable. The Socceroos clearly lack high quality of their attacking division. Nonetheless, they confirmed, throughout their qualifying marketing campaign, that they had been able to responding when the stakes demanded it. However will it’s sufficient to rock international locations of the standard of France and Denmark?

The determine: 37

At 37, Danny Vukovic is the oldest participant within the Australian staff. The previous KRC Genk goalkeeper is third within the hierarchy and above all performs an vital function within the dressing room.

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