11 WORLD CHAMPIONS 2018
Deschamps less conservative than Lemerre
To set out to conquer a third star, Didier Deschamps, who has to deal with the injury of several executives (Pogba, Kanté), has chosen to call 11 2018 world champions (Lloris, Areola, Mandanda, Pavard, Varane, L. Hernandez, Kimpembe, O. Dembélé, Giroud, Griezmann, Mbappé), including his three goalkeepers and no midfielder. In 2002, 14 world champions 1998 flew away with Roger Lemerre for the defense of the title. In the meantime, it is true, they had been crowned European champions in 2000.
26 YEARS AND 18 DAYS
Blues older than in 2018
The average age of the 25 players selected by Didier Deschamps for Qatar is 26 years and 18 days. That’s a year longer than in 2018 when the average of the list of 23 was 25 years and 17 days when it was published.
At 37, Steve Mandanda is the dean of the selection. (F. Faugère/The Team)
36 AVERAGE SELECTIONS
Players more capped than in 2018
The cap average of the 25 players selected by Didier Deschamps for Qatar is 36.8 selections. In 2018, when the roster for Russia was released, it was 24.1 caps.
13 BLUE HAVE ALREADY PLAYED IN THE FINAL STAGES
More experienced players than in 2018
13 of the 25 players leaving for Qatar have already played at least one match in the final phase of the World Cup or the Euro (164 games, or 6.5 on average for the 25). In 2018, they were 9 out of 23 (99 games, or 4.3 games on average for the 23).
Antoine Griezmann has participated in the last 67 matches of the Blues, a record. (Alnoche/Sports Press)
6 L1 PLAYERS
Ligue 1 caught up by La Liga
The five major European championships are the only ones on Didier Deschamps’ list for his third World Cup on the bench. Ligue 1 and La Liga are the winners of the day with 6 players each. They are ahead of the Premier League and the Bundesliga (5). Serie A (3) brings up the rear.
In 2018, Ligue 1 was the most represented Championship with 9 players, followed by La Liga (6), Premier League (5), Bundesliga (2) and Serie A (1). For the 1998 title, in a list of 22 players, Ligue 1 was still the best served (9) ahead of the powerful Serie A (7) of the time, the Premier League (4), the Bundesliga (1) and La Liga (1)
Contrary to the lists of the first two stars of the French team, the club providing the most players does not play in Ligue 1 but in the Bundesliga with Bayern Munich (4 Blues). Follow Real Madrid (3) and only after French clubs PSG and OM with two representatives just like Barcelona and AC Milan. The other clubs with a single element: Rennes, Monaco, Tottenham, West Ham, Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool, Atlético, Leipzig and Juventus.
Kingsley Coman and Lucas Hernandez, two of the four Bavarians called up for the World Cup. (L. Preiss/Sports Press)
In 2018, PSG and OM won the prize (3 players each) ahead of Barcelona, Monaco, Chelsea and Atlético (2) then Manchester City, Manchester United, Stuttgart, Bayern, OL, Juventus, Betis Sevilla and Real (1).
In 1998, it was again a Ligue 1 duo, Monaco and Auxerre, which dominated Aimé Jacquet’s list with 3 selected, ahead of OM, Arsenal and Juventus (2), then Metz, West Ham, Chelsea, Rome, AC Milan, Parma, Inter, Sampdoria, Bayern and Real Madrid.