Qatar world cup: Football World Cup 2022: France hopes to dispel concerns ahead of Qatar event. Here’s how

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As per reports, France, the defending world champions, is ready to set foot in Qatar for the 2022 Football World Cup. With their “Ballon d’Or” star Karim Benzema and head coach Didier Deschamps, the team is set to lift the trophy again. However, supporters are concerned about the team’s recent performance and frequent injuries.

Why are France supporters concerned about the World Cup in 2022?

Les Bleus” have won only one of their last six games, out of which two were against Denmark. That’s not all; they are facing constant injuries and disturbing off-field matters, and even their government is looking to investigate their federation due to ongoing mishaps.

Which players are out of the French line-up?

N’Golo Kante’s hamstring injury and Paul Pogba‘s knee injury have kept them out of any activity in the Arabian Peninsula. Wesley Fofana, Boubacar Kamara, Lucas Hernandez, Raphael Varane, and Anthony Martial are also prone to injuries.

Highlights of Ballon d’Or 2022: Benzema wins the Golden Ball

Highlights of Ballon d’Or 2022

​66th annual ceremony​

The 2022 Ballon d’Or was the 66th annual ceremony of the Ballon d’Or, presented by France Football, recognising the best footballers in the world in the 2021–22 season.

​Lionel Messi

Seven-time and reigning winner Lionel Messi was not nominated for the award for the first time since 2005.

Exception

This was also the first edition since the 2006 Ballon d’Or not to feature either Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo in the top three.

Karim Benzema

The Real Madrid striker, who netted over 40 goals for both club and country picked up the Golden Ball at the annual ceremony in Paris following his superb 2021-22 season.

Kamara tore his knee ligaments in September and was declared out. However, according to the Athletic, he might still travel to Qatar for rehabilitation.

FAQs:

  1. Was Paul Pogba charged in an extortion case?
    Paul Pogba was not charged with extortion, but his brother, Mathias Pogba, was charged with an alleged organised armed extortion attempt against his brother Paul. The latter plays for Juventus after he brought himself in for interrogation last week. He is in custody.
  2. Has any team won back-to-back world cups?
    France will become the second nation in history to successfully defend its title after Brazil, which won back-to-back World Cups in 1962.

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