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France looks sharp heading into World Cup

By Brian McMahon,
Despite an injury to start play Franck Ribéry, France will be tough to beat in Brazil

After an embarrassing performance in the 2010 World Cup, France looks like they could be legitimate contenders in Brazil.

The 2006 World Cup runners-up hammered Jamaica 8-0 in their last friendly before the tournament starts for them on June 15 versus Honduras.

France made it look easy, particularly in the second half when they scored five goals. Kareem Benzema scored two goals, a great sign for France, who will rely heavily on the Real Madrid forward in Brazil. Olivier Giroud who is coming off a terrific year with Arsenal, where he scored 16 goals with eight assists, also scored in the friendly.

France did not appear to be bothered that they will be without Franck Ribéry, who was ruled out of the Word Cup on Friday because of back problems, writes The Guardian.

Les Bleus do not have the easiest of groups, drawing Ecuador, Switzerland, and Colombia, who is considered by many the group's best team. However, of the group, France has the most players who have performed in Europe's top leagues. France will likely have to deal with crowds cheering for the opposing team when they play the two South American teams in the group.

In tournaments such as the World Cup, it is not always the best team who wins, but the team playing the best at the time of the tournament. France has now won their last three games by a combined score of 14-1, so there isn't a team in the world feeling more confident. France will not be taking anything for granted this time around, as they were in the news in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. France refused to train, according to The Telegraph.

France has the pedigree and skill to be a tough out in Brazil. I like them to make a run to the semifinals despite the injury to Ribéry.

 

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