It’s time to talk about the France National Team’s amazing second World Cup title, which came exactly a year ago after they defeated Croatia.
The France National Team entered its second Golden Era last year after winning their second World Cup title, it’s been a year since that happened.
We need to discuss the impact that this victory had over world football and several of France’s best players.
Nobody believed that this French National Team would bring a second title this soon.
The first time came during the 1998 tournament and a player who was born on that year was one of the competition’s best players.
Kylian Mbappe was only 19 years old during this tournament, he was one of the biggest revelations and he has only increased his level of performance ever since.
This young talent is still one of the best players in the world, he actually gave Lionel Messi a run for his money in the race to win the Golden Shoe this season.
With 33 goals in Ligue 1, Kylian almost became Messi’s nightmare for the second time in his career.
Lionel Messi was nowhere to be seen in that match, he was too occupied dealing with N’Golo Kante in this match.
The Chelsea midfielder was another one of the stars, he even spawned an anthem created by the players in his honor.
📆 1 Year Ago Today:
🇭🇷 Beating @HNS_CFF 4-2 in Moscow.
🏆🏆 'Champions Du Monde'. pic.twitter.com/Bowxrwx43S
— SPORF (@Sporf) July 15, 2019
World Cup glory in Moscow.
The World Cup quarterfinals against Uruguay were a lot more challenging than anybody expected, France struggled to score the goals but Varane and Griezmann managed to get them.
This French squad went on to play the semifinal against Belgium and won with a solitary goal from Samuel Umtiti.
The final against Croatia was actually easier than the rest of the competition, France won with a final 4-2 result.
Kylian Mbappe scored in this match again, with Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann also playing key roles in the game.
After a year since this happened, we are still wondering if this French generation of players will get to dominate the landscape for the next decade.
Having players like Paul Pogba or Kylian Mbappe on their side could secure that dominance, but these players need to maintain the same level that brought them there.
This same squad minus Mbappe also reached the 2016 Euros final, we believe things would’ve played out differently if the young forward played that game against Ronaldo’s Portugal.
Now that a full year is passed, we have to take a look at where the players who won this competition are today.
Each of them is going through interesting periods of their careers, let’s talk about them.
1 year ago today France won the World Cup & gave us the best trophy celebrations ever 😂 🇫🇷 pic.twitter.com/p0gdAzRvEw
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) July 15, 2019
Apart from fighting for the Golden Shoe this season, Kylian Mbappe also won his third consecutive Ligue 1 title and was named the tournament’s best player.
N’Golo Kante and Olivier Giroud won the UEFA Europa League for Chelsea, with Hugo Lloris reaching the same final with Arsenal but losing it.
Blaise Matuidi won the Serie A title with Juventus alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, and that’s about it as far as titles is concerned.
In regards to transfers, we have a lot of interesting things to tell you about the French players.
Paul Pogba’s future is still unclear, he wants to play for Real Madrid but Manchester United doesn’t want him to leave.
Both Benjamin Pavard and Lucas Hernandez signed a new contract with Bayern Munich.
And finally, Antoine Griezmann just arrived at Barcelona for a brand new adventure with the Catalan club.
The Euros 2020 will bring us more French flavor to this mix, we’ll see if they can reach the final again with the squad they have.
After a year from a new World Cup trophy, we still think this team will reach new and unsuspected heights over the next decade.
One year on for France’s world champions 🏆 pic.twitter.com/Qy6rem7BL0
— B/R Football (@brfootball) July 15, 2019
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