France enter the men’s FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar looking to become the first nation to defend their title since Brazil in 1962. The France football team will be led by the goalkeeper Hugo Lloriswho also helped the French win the 2018 World Cup.
France (FRA) are the only team to have made the final of the FIFA World Cup three times since 1998. Les Bleus (The Blues) did not qualify for the 1990 and 1994 football World Cups.
While France exited the Euro 2020 last year in the round of 16, they won the UEFA Nations League this year and qualified for Qatar 2022 after finishing on top of their World Cup qualifying group.
Placed in Group D, the two-time world champions will play their opening match against Australia on November 22 (Qatar time). Les Bleus will face Euro 2020 semi-finalists Denmark on November 26 and then take on Tunisia four days later. All matches can be seen on live streaming in India.
Coach Didier Deschamps, who was the captain of the French World Cup-winning team in 1998 and coach in 2018, retained 11 players from the 2018 team in his 25-member squad selected for Qatar.
While much of the focus will remain on French forwards Kylian MbappeBallon d’Or winner Karim Benzema, Antoine Griezmann, and Olivier GiroudFrance’s opponents will look to exploit an untested midfield that will be without regular starters Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante due to injuries.
Manchester United defender Raphael Varane recovered just in time to make the cut for the football World Cup and will be expected to man the backline alongside Bayern Munich’s Benjamin Pavard and AC Milan’s Theo Hernandez.
FIFA World Cup 2022: France squad
Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris, Steve Mandanda, Alphonse Areola
Defenders: Lucas Hernandez, Theo Hernandez, Presnel Kimpembe, Ibrahima Konate, Jules Kounde, Benjamin Pavard, William Saliba, Raphael Varane, Dayot Upamecano
Midfielders: Eduardo Camavinga, Youssouf Fofana, Matteo Guendouzi, Adrien Rabiot, Aurelien Tchouameni, Jordan Veretout
Forwards: Karim Benzema, Kingsley Coman, Ousmane Dembele, Olivier Giroud, Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe, Christopher Nkunku
Where to watch France’s FIFA World Cup 2022 matches live in India
All of France’s matches in the FIFA World Cup 2022 will be telecast live on Sports18 and Sports18 HD TV channels in India. Live streaming will be available on the JioCinema app and website.
FIFA World Cup 2022: France match schedule and live India match start times
Times are in Indian Standard Time (IST).
November 23, Wednesday
France (FRA) vs Australia at Al Janoub Stadium – 12:30 AM IST
November 26, Saturday
France (FRA) vs Denmark at Stadium 974 – 9:30 PM IST
November 30, Wednesday
Tunisia vs France (FRA) at Education City Stadium – 8:30 PM IST
Round of 16
December 3, Saturday
Group A winner vs Group B runners-up at Khalifa International Stadium – 8.30 PM IST
December 4, Sunday
Group C winner vs Group D runners-up at Ahmed bin Ali Stadium – 12.30 AM IST
Group D winner vs Group C runners-up at Al Thumama Stadium – 8.30 PM IST
December 5, Monday
Group B winner vs Group A runners-up at Al Bayt Stadium – 12.30 AM IST
Group E winner vs Group F runners-up at Al Janoub Stadium – 8.30 PM IST
December 6, Tuesday
Group G winner vs Group H runners-up at Stadium 974 – 12.30 AM IST
Group F winner vs Group E runners-up at Education City Stadium – 8.30 PM IST
December 7, Wednesday
Group H winner vs Group G runners-up at Lusail Stadium – 12.30 AM IST
December 9, Friday
Quarter-final 1 at Education City Stadium – 8.30 PM IST
December 10, Saturday
Quarter-final 2 at Lusail Stadium – 12.30 AM IST
Quarter-final 3 at Al Thumama Stadium – 8.30 PM IST
December 11, Sunday
Quarter-final 4 at Al Bayt Stadium – 12.30 AM IST
December 14, Wednesday
Semi-finals 1 at Lusail Stadium – 12.30 AM IST
December 15, Thursday
Semi-final 2 at Al Bayt Stadium – 12.30 AM IST
*Third place match *
December 17, Saturday
At Khalifa International Stadium – 8.30 PM IST
December 18, Sunday
At Lusail Stadium – 8.30 PM IST