Manchester United defender Raphael Varane has retired from his international role in France

Raphael Varane has announced his retirement from service in France at the age of 29. The Manchester United defender won the World Cup with France in 2018 and helped them reach the final in last year’s tournament. Varane said on his Instagram: “Representing our great country for a decade has been one of the greatest honors of my life. “Every time I wore that very special blue jersey I felt so proud, with a duty to give it all, to stir my heart and to win every time we played.…

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Didier Deschamps signs a contract extension until 2026

France coach Didier Deschamps has signed a contract extension until 2026. The 54-year-old’s contract was due to expire after the 2022 World Cup, but he has committed his future to the French national team for another four years. “The French Football Federation and its president, Noel Le Graet, are pleased to announce the extension of Didier Deschamps’ contract as president of the French national team until June 2026,” the French Football Federation said in a statement on Saturday. Deschamps has been managing France since 2012. He led them to win…

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Kylian Mbappe is unfazed by Emiliano Martinez’s ‘useless’ taunting at the World Cup

Kylian Mbappe said he would not “waste his energy on such useless things” when asked about Argentina’s taunts after the 2022 World Cup final. Argentina beat France on penalties to win the World Cup after a thrilling 3-3 draw, in which 24-year-old Mbappe scored a hat-trick. After the match, Argentine goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez called for a minute of silence in front of Mbappe during his team’s celebrations in the dressing room. Later, he poses with a puppet portraying the player. “The celebrations are not my problem,” Mbappe told RMC Sport…

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Mbappe’s speech in France at half-time – “Either we let them play us like fools or we change things!”

Kylian Mbappe led France’s halftime speech during Sunday’s World Cup final, urging the team to take advantage of the “match of a lifetime”. France were trailing 2-0 at the time after goals from Lionel Messi and Ángel Di Maria, and did not shoot in the first half. Mbappe helped France stage a thrilling comeback, but scored in both the 80th and 81st minutes to take the match into extra time. He completed a hat-trick in extra time to level the score at 3-3, but France lost 4-2 on penalties despite…

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Didier Deschamps is waiting to make a decision on France’s future after losing the World Cup

Didier Deschamps said he would meet with the French Football Federation before deciding whether to continue managing the national team after Sunday’s painful World Cup final loss to Argentina. Argentina won the World Cup after beating defending champions France 4-2 on penalties, following a dramatic 3-3 draw after extra time in one of the greatest matches in the tournament’s history. Emiliano Martinez saved a penalty for Kingsley Coman and Aurelien Choameni fired a long shot to give Argentina their first World Cup win since 1986 and their third overall. France…

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Lionel Messi vs Kylian Mbappe in the race for the Golden Boot: World Cup top goalscorers history

Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe go head-to-head at the Lusail Stadium today, with both the 2022 World Cup and Golden Boot up for grabs. Both men have scored five goals at the tournament in Qatar. Mbappe has a better goal per game ratio — at one every 95.4 minutes compared to Messi’s 114 — but Messi is currently leading the race because he has registered one more assist (3). Whoever comes out on top will join an illustrious list of players, which includes Brazil’s Ronaldo and Germany’s Gerd Muller, which…

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World Cup 2022 prize money: What return will France or Argentina get for winning in Qatar?

The World Cup isn’t the only prize on offer when Argentina and France meet in Qatar on Sunday. World Cup winners also receive one of the most generous payments offered in football. The 2022 tournament will award a record prize pool, with all 32 nations that played in Qatar receiving compensation from FIFA. Here’s what you need to know about the prize money at the 2022 World Cup and how it has changed over the years. What is the World Cup award? When looking at the prize money for the…

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France’s illness before the World Cup final clarified: Who is sick? Who has any doubts? And what is the reason?

Didier Deschamps would have liked to have spent the past two days perfecting a plan to contain Lionel Messi in Sunday’s World Cup final between France and Argentina. Instead, he was busy answering questions about the outbreak in France in a timely manner. France are not the only team to contract an illness while in Qatar. Brazilian Anthony blamed the cold on air conditioning, while Switzerland coach Murat Yakin pointed to illness due to his team’s 6-1 knockout defeat by Portugal. But the mistake affecting the world champions was the…

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Morocco started with a 5-4-1 formation that cost them their shot at the World Cup final

Ahead of Morocco’s semi-final match with France, Walid Regragui made a surprising decision. Having led Morocco more than any other African team in World Cup history with a 4-5-1 formation, they decided to start this competition with a 5-4-1. Much of this is due to his defenders’ fitness problems. Nayef Ajord withdrew just before kick-off, Romain Sayes lasted 20 minutes, and Nosair Mazraoui did not reach the second half. With concerns about the mobility of these defenders, and facing France’s fast wingers, Regragui opted to load another defender. On paper,…

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Lionel Messi is ‘a great player’ but France ‘will do everything’ to stop him – Olivier Giroud

Olivier Giroud said Lionel Messi is a “fantastic player” but that France “won’t let him enjoy” the World Cup final because they “will try everything to stop him”. France beat Morocco 2-0 on Wednesday and will try to become the first country to retain the World Cup for 60 years when they take on Argentina, who beat Croatia to reach the final. Messi was in great shape in that match, scoring one goal and assisting two more, and Giroud said France would work on a special plan with coach Didier…

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