The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup begins on June 7 and for the following month we will be watching teams from 24 countries gearing up for the event in France.
The French team consists of some of the players from Lyon, which is currently the best club in Europe. The Corinne Diacre’s side will need to deal with the pressure which comes with hosting the big event.
The France women’s national team, also known as Les Blues, were defeated by Germany at the quarter-final stage in the 2015 World Cup in Canada. This time around they are coming in the World Cup with an aim of lifting the trophy.
A look into the French squad
France’s defenders are Wendie Renard and Griedge Mbock who form a great central duo. They play for Lyon together with Amel Majri who is a successful player in counter-attacking.
The midfield will be led by the captain Amandine Henry, who took over from Wendie Renard after being named a captain by the Les Bleues’ boss Corinne Diacre. Elise Bussaglia, who plays for Dijon, is the oldest midfielder in the French squad at 33 years old.
The forwards are Eugenie Le Sommer (Lyon), Gaetane Thiney (Paris FC), Viviane Asseyi (Bordeaux), Delphine Cascarino (Lyon), Kadidiatou Diani (PSG), Valerie Gauvin (Montpellier), Emelyne Laurent (Guingamp). They are experienced strikers from top European clubs, who grouped together could help the French national team win the World Cup.
The goal stoppers are Solene Durand (Guingamp), Pauline Peyraud-Magnin (Arsenal) and Sarah Bouhaddi (Lyon).
French Coach Corinne Diacre
The 44-year-old Diacre is the current manager for France women’s national football team. Diacre was a captain of the French national team before starting her career as a coach. She has coached men’s side Clement Foot for three seasons in France Ligue 2.
Diacre became the women’s team coach in 2017 and had helped her side with 21 games since April losing two times against Germany 4-0 and 1-0 respectively. Her side also lost once to England at the SheBelieves Cup in 2018 when they were thrashed 4-1.
Diacre’s management style resembles former coach Didier Deschamps’ style. While choosing her players, just like Deschamps, she went for those who have the highest potential to win the World Cup, not the best players. Diacre left Barcelona’s midfielder Kheira Hamraoui and PSG Marie Katoto out of her selection. After a year of testing new players, the coach confidently knows which player fits her squad best.
Amandine Henry is the star attraction
The 29-year-old from Lille is the current captain of Les Bleues and has fitted well as a natural leader. Henry has played football for Lyon for 10 years and joined Portland Thorns in 2016.
Henri was signed by PSG in 2017 after having a corrective surgery, but she returned to Portland Thorns after two months. Henri played as a defensive midfielder for Lyon in the UEFA Women’s Champions League final. She has won the UEFA Women’s Champion League four times, the Coupe de France Feminine for six times and Division 1 Feminine for nine seasons with Lyon.
In the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, Henri was awarded the Silver Ball. She was also named FIFPro Women’s World XI award winner. Henri will play a key role in mobilizing her teammates to give the best they can and win this year’s tournament.
The 33-year-old Bussaglia plays for Dijon club in Division 1 Feminine as a midfielder. Bussaglia is an experienced football player. This is the third time she will be appearing in the World Cup and probably her last tournament.
Bussaglia is a teacher at the National Sports Institute for young athletes. The midfielder taught while playing for PSG in 2011 and prior to signing her first football contract. Bussaglia is a physical and multi talented midfielder with an ability to score from the middle distance. Her wish is to go back to her teaching profession after she retires from active football.
Bussaglia’s experience together with other players’ skills will help the France squad achieve the goal of winning the World Cup.
The 22-year-old forward Delphine Cascarino currently plays for Olympique Lyon. Cascarino was selected to play for the France women’s national under-17 football team and 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup winning campaign.
Cascarino has a 10 major football titles record to her name with Lyon: three Champions Leagues, three Coupes De France and four French League titles. She has a twin sister Estelle Cascarino who plays for Paris F.C. The energetic young player may pull a surprise in this year’s World Cup taking advantage of her uncontrolled speed in Lyon’s home ground stadium.
Will France lift the World Cup trophy?
The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup will be both thrilling and entertaining to watch as the best women’s teams in the world will be coming to France with the aim of taking the trophy home.
France women national team have the advantage of playing the match in home soil. Le Bleues will do all they can to win the World Cup to avoid the embarrassment which comes with losing a game at home.
The French have the most experienced players in the world who have a history of winning in the competitions. There is no doubt that French women’s team will lift the World Cup trophy given their players’ experience and eagerness to win.
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