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84% of France thinks Les Blues will not qualify for 2014 World Cup

Nov 18, 2013, 11:30 AM EST

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Gotta love the French.

As the nation looks to overturn a two goal play-off deficit against the Ukraine, French newspapers have been polling the public to gauge confidence.

Suffice to say, hopes aren’t very high. In fact, they are downright pessimistic.

As in 84% of the French public doesn’t believe Les Bleus will make it to Brazil 2014, those figures by virtue of 23,000 votes cast in Le Parisien.

A similar poll taken from 60,000 people in L’Equipe had nearly as hopeless a response with 61% of the public believing France won’t qualify for this summer’s World Cup. 

And, in what has to be the most troubling question and answer recorded, Le Parisien reports that only 16% of the country answered “yes” in regards to “Do you continue to support Les Bleus in spit of everything?” 

It’s a response that will give Didier Deschamps’ team little hope after a flat performance Friday in Kiev. That match saw a weak center-back pairing of Eric Abidal and Laurent Koscielny exposed, with the latter being sent off for two yellow cards. Hopes are that the Arsenal man will be spelled by Real Madrid center-back Raphael Varane, who faces a race to be fit.

France will look to UEFA Player of the Year, Franck Ribery, to inspire the side and expect the Bayern man to link up with Mathieu Valbuena following a dismal performance by Samir Nasri last Friday.

Bowing out to the Ukraine would be a massive blow to Les Bleus after years of recent turmoil concerning fractured player relations with the management staff and the French Football Federation. At World Cup 2010 Nicholas Anelka was kicked off the team for a profanity-laced tirade against coach Raymond Domenech prompting captain Patrice Evra to organize his teammates into a training boycott.

Those actions prompted controversy, suspensions and strong reactions from French fans that have since appeared to be on the mend. But with World Cup qualification in doubt the new confidence polls raises questions as to whether this nation has ever really healed from that incident.

  1. talgrath - Nov 18, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    Keep in mind, no only do France face a two goal deficit, but if Ukraine get a single score, then they have to pile on an two more or they lose. Away goals are the tie-breaker in World Cup qualifiers, so France has to keep a clean sheet and score 3 goals to outright win, or two goals and a clean-sheet to tie and force overtime and/or a shootout. If Ukraine gets a single goal, France needs to win 4-1 thanks to the away goal tie-breaker, two goals and France needs to win 5-2, you can see why this becomes dicey quickly. Personally, I think France misses the World Cup this cycle, but it is possible for them to pull it off.

  2. hightopandrocket - Nov 18, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    Kyiv, not Kiev

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