World Cup 2014: France – Key Players

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Franck Ribéry

Ribery

Age

31

Club

Bayern Munich

Position

Winger

Int. Caps

81

Int. Goals

16

 

One of the vilified figures following France’s World Cup embarrassment in 2010, Franck Ribéry has now managed to completely transform his image and is arguably France’s key player heading into the 2014 World Cup.

The 31-year old has enjoyed a couple of magnificent campaigns for German side Bayern Munich over the last few years and was even nominated for the Balon d’or award this year.

Electrifying pace with a wonderful change of direction, Ribery is most defenders’ nightmare and if he is on form in Brazil, France will surely enjoy a good tournament.

Blaise Matuidi

Matuidi

Age

27

Club

Paris Saint-Germain

Position

Midfielder

Int. Caps

20

Int. Goals

1

 

Blaise Matuidi is a late bloomer at international stage but is surely one of France’s key men heading into the World Cup. Matuidi has risen to prominence as one of the finest midfield players around in Europe following his wonderful performances for club side Paris Saint-Germain.

The 27-year old was arguably the most integral part of the PSG side in helping the French giants lift the league title on two consecutive occasions and despite the Parisians lavish spending, Matuidi remains a fixture in Laurent Blanc’s side.

A midfielder with bundles of energy, tackling prowess and vision, Matuidi is the complete midfielder and he will be running the show from the middle of the park for France during the World Cup.

Hugo Lloris (Captain)

Lloris

Age

27

Club

Tottenham Hotspur

Position

Goalkeeper

Int. Caps

57

Int. Goals

0

 

In Hugo Lloris, France possess arguably the best goalkeeper in the world. Although his club side Tottenham Hotspur have endured a couple of disappointing campaigns over the last few years, Lloris has been a pillar of consistency for Spurs and has proven that he is one of the best custodians around in the game at the moment.

A fine shot stopper who is brilliant at sniffing danger, Lloris is also good with his feet and at times plays as a sweeper for his side. The 27-year old will be leading the French national team at the World Cup and he is surely set to be one of the inspirational figures for his side in Brazil.

World Cup Key Players –

Group A – BrazilCroatiaMexicoCameroon

Group B –  SpainNetherlandsChileAustralia

Group C – ColombiaGreeceIvory CoastJapan

Group D – UruguayCosta RicaEnglandItaly

Group E – SwitzerlandEcuadorFranceHonduras

Group F – ArgentinaBosnia & HerzegovinaIran,  Nigeria

Group G – GermanyPortugalGhanaUnited States

Group H – BelgiumAlgeriaRussiaSouth Korea

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