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 workforce is scrutinized. Right now, heading to group D with France, Denmark, Tunisia and Australia. Three of those 4 groups have 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 necessary gamers like Pogba and Kanté. Denmark, semi-finalist on the Euro intends to play the spoilsports whereas Tunisia and Australia could must accept the crumbs.


Coach: Didier Deschamps

If anybody was below 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 event 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 profitable the Ultimate 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 workforce 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 troublesome month. We did not have sufficient vitality 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 isn’t the standard that’s missing inside a bunch which can nevertheless 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 aim in opposition to Switzerland on the final European Championship was stopped by Yann Sommer and sadly concluded a failed event, with no single aim scored. The striker will due to this fact have a number of issues to be forgiven for in Qatar. The prolonged negotiations for his contract extension at PSG triggered 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 need to go away due to doubts concerning the high quality of the workforce? In details and public bulletins, KM7 needs to afford a double World Cup and Champions League. The latter remains to be lacking from his listing in contrast to the primary. And reaching this double would permit him to put in writing his title much more in gold letters within the ledger of French soccer. However beware, this incredible double (along with profitable the golden ball) might be realized lengthy earlier than by Karim Benzema. The return to the France workforce since final yr has already received the Cup with massive ears final Could.

After a failed Euro which led to a missed shot on aim in opposition to Switzerland, Kylian Mbappé goals to supply France a 3rd star by being the star of the event, which was not but absolutely the case in 2018 (Photograph by Jean Catuffe/Getty Photos)

The ambition: a 3rd star

France clearly broke our hearts in 2018 and it is all the time onerous to be constructive along with her, particularly since she drove the nail dwelling over the past Ultimate 4 of the League of Nations. However let’s be sincere, it is onerous to not elevate a workforce that may discipline Mbappé, Benzema and Antoine Griezmann on the rating sheet. However watch out, it is going to be essential to do with a deforced midfielder of two main items. And above all, the followers count on extra enticing soccer given the standard of the nationwide pool.

The determine: 436 million

As of November 1 of this yr, “Deliver the cup dwelling” had already been seen 436 million occasions on Youtube. The Vegedream hit was the French victory tune in 2018 and has been the unofficial anthem of the nationwide workforce ever since. Bye Bye Gloria Gaynor.


Coach: Kasper Hjulmand

Kasper Hjulmand led Denmark into the final 4 on the final European Championship. After the guts assault of his star participant Christian Eriksen, within the first sport in opposition to Finland, Hjulmand nonetheless managed to remobilize his workforce for the remainder of the event. The appropriate aspect Joakim Maehle praised his coach’s motion: “He dared to indicate his emotions after what occurred with Christian. What we went by way of introduced us nearer due to the way in which he dealt with the scenario. He is an efficient coach and now additionally a pal.”. This constructive 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 may 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 guts 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 may not play on the Inter with a defibrillator. The midfielder needs to proceed taking part in soccer for a number of 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 guts of the Danish sport. (Photograph by Jean Catuffe/Getty Photos)

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

Denmark can secretly dream of a bunch victory. He’s in wonderful kind and has already crushed France just lately within the Nations League. Why could not he repeat this feat? The continuation of the event will rely upon the flexibility to forge exploits. However in the course of the Euro, we may see their psychological energy.

The determine: 27

Denmark have collected 27 factors in 10 World Cup qualifying matches. Solely Germany has executed as nicely. 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 workforce after the dismissal of Mondher Kebaier. Since he has held the keys to the truck, Tunisia has been doing nicely. Kadri’s workforce received the Kirin Cupa event 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 Collection A. The 27-year-old defender is among the few Eagles of Carthage to play in a European competitors. He stands out within the nationwide workforce by the expertise he brings.

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

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

Tunisia should not a prime nation and have fallen right into a troublesome group. It should impose itself and hope that the opposite international locations will lose factors. When Kirin Cup, she proved what she may do. However a number of months earlier, on the finish of December 2021, Kadri’s males have been crushed 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 ultimate. 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 the perfect references within the train. The coach due to this fact launched Andrew Redmayne within the battle and the latter grew to become a nationwide hero after saving the decisive penalty.

The star: Aaron Mooy

Aaron Mooy has been an absolute certainty within the Australian workforce 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 below a sure Ivan Leko. With Chinese language soccer nonetheless below covid restrictions, the Australian midfielder was prone to lacking his nation’s ultimate qualifying matches on account of quarantine guidelines. So he determined to depart his membership and transfer to Scotland.

Aaron Mooy will likely be within the highlight in Qatar. (Photograph by Albert Perez/Getty Photos)

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. Nevertheless, they confirmed, throughout their qualifying marketing campaign, that they have 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 workforce. The previous KRC Genk goalkeeper is third within the hierarchy and above all performs an necessary function within the dressing room.

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