From Moscow to Doha, the eventful four years of the French world champion team


Karim Benzema celebrates his equalizer against Switzerland during Euro 2021. The France team will be eliminated in the round of 16 of the competition. FRANCK FIFE/AFP

NARRATIVE – The sluggish return to school in September 2021 did not help matters for a French team affected by injuries and which gives the impression of sinking slowly.

July 15, 2018, Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow. In the locker room of the Blues, now world champions after the victory against Croatia (4-2), the jubilation is total and the whole of the France group begins to sing songs with as singular spectators… Emmanuel Macron and Vladimir Poutine . Since that day, blessed by the gods for France with the gain of a second star, time has passed. At full speed. Unthinkable today to imagine such a scene with regard to the international context. Among the Blues too, time has done its work. In large widths. Band leader at the previous World Cup, on and off the field, Paul Pogba had to give up due to injury. Ditto for N’Golo Kanté, whose song The Champs-Élysées, diverted from Joe Dassin, still resonates in everyone’s mind. Others have disappeared from circulation (Umtiti, Matuidi, Sidibé, Nzonzi, Rami, Thauvin…), are injured (Kimpembe, Tolisso), and Benjamin Mendy is currently on trial for rape in England…

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