The team maybe missing some of their most famous playersof the last decade such as Zinedine Zidane, Lilian Thuram, ClaudeMakelele and goalkeeper Cargo Elevators/Lifts Suppliers Fabien Barthez but there are a new set ofsenior players who've taken up the responsibility needed to guide thenewer players. The hopes of the French people will be resting heavilyon the sole survivor from their 1998 World Cup triumph, Theirry Henry,who will also be the captain for this French national team. AlongsideHenry will be Patrick Vieira who has recently gotten over his longdrawn injury issues. The midfield will be taken care of by LassanaDiarra and Jeremy Toulalan while William Gallas will be a strong forceat the back.
Raymond Domenech, who has now become the longestserving French National soccer team coach, will be hoping that thisWorld Cup campaign will be the time when he lifts his first cup sincehe took up the job in 2004. The coach who came into the team with a lotof public support in 2004 has seen the support die out after the teamfailed to perform well in the 2008 UEFA Euro Cup.
The World Cup bettingodds don't really favor the French but that is no different from thelast World Cup where they surprised all the bookies by reaching thefinals. The current World Cup betting odds places France on the 8thposition with odds of 20/1. These World cup betting odds are updateddaily depending on team results and performances.
Finally comingdown to the group that the French have been placed in, the Les Bluesfind themselves in a comfortable group which comprises of Mexico, hostsSouth Africa and underdogs Uruguay. While Mexico is a strong opponentwhich might pose problems for the French during their encounter on the17th of June, the other two teams don't seem to pose any grave threats.However, each team which has qualified for the World Cup has enoughpotential to upset any team in the tournament and that is why theFrench will not be taking South Africa and Uruguay very lightly andwill try their best to win these games with their best players on thefield.