France Wants to Avoid Curse of Defending World Cup Champion

SINCE the World Cup began in 1934, only Italy and Brazil have been able to win twice in a row. Italy did so in 1934 and 1938 and Brazil in 1958 and 1962.

After that, no country has been able to match the achievements of Italy and Brazil. Since Brazil won in 1962, no champion has been able to defend the title they won in the previous edition of the World Cup.

At the Qatar 2022 World Cup, France will appear with the title of defending champion. However, Les Bleus are determined to avoid the curse of the reigning World Cup champions when the team’s performance is in doubt ahead of competing in Qatar 2022.

France have been underwhelming in recent months having won just one of their last six matches. Didier Deschamps’ side finished third in League A Group 1 of the UEFA Nations League after losing to Denmark and Croatia and drawing with Austria.

Perhaps the most worrying thing is that they have been beaten twice by Denmark, their potential group stage opponents at the Qatar World Cup. France are also joined by Australia and Tunisia in Group D.

“We are the reigning world champions. When you are at the top it is difficult to do better. It is very normal for a team to be a little less successful, but France remains a very competitive force and are among the top teams in Europe and the world,” said Deschamps.

France once felt the curse of being a World Cup champion after winning the 1998 tournament when it hosted it. In the final match, they beat Brazil 3-0 through two goals from Zinedine Zidane and Emmanuel Petit. However, France failed to repeat its impressive performances at the 2002 World Cup in Japan and Korea.

Status as the defending champion, France, which was coached by Roger Lemere, had to run aground in the group stage. From three matches, Les Bleus picked up only one point in a goalless draw against Uruguay and lost 0-2 to Denmark and 0-1 to Senegal. (OL-15)