Lth world of all the controversies opens this Sunday in Qatar. Didier Deschamps’ band is putting their title on the line, won four years ago in Russia after a stifling final against Croatia (4-2). The Blues, decimated by injuries, are far from being the big favourites. Nevertheless, their entry into the competition, Tuesday in Al-Wakrah against Australia, arouses high expectations in the population.
François da Rocha Carneiro, historian specializing in the France team, author ofA history of France in crampons (Editions Le Détour, 2022), recounts in an interview with Point the story of the bond that unites the French and the national team.
Point : The French team is eagerly awaited in Qatar after its world title in Russia four years ago. Since when has the national team aroused such popular interest?
François da Rocha Carneiro, historian specializing in the France team. © Stephane Dubromel / Hans LucasFrancois da Rocha Carneiro : We have to go back to the 1980s. Shortly before this period, the France team was rather considered the world champion in friendly matches. She was very good at winning when there was no stake. Everything changed, however, in 1982, at the World Cup in Spain. The Blues, led by coach Michel Hidalgo and his captain Michel Platini, cross the towers and climb to the semi-finals. A feat. They will ultimately bow to West Germany […] Read more