World Cup 2022: the Blues spin in the quarter, Giroud in history

Three more. Three games for a third star. If the course is still long, the Blues give themselves the right to dream. By beating Robert Lewandowski’s Poland 3 goals to 1, this Sunday, December 4, Didier Deschamps’ men join the quarter-finals of the World Cup in Qatar, and confirm their status as favorites.

For this round of 16, Didier Deschamps trusted the eleven men who beat Denmark (2 goals to 1) in the group stage. Jules Koundé and Raphaël Varane were therefore well established and the attacking quartet composed of Dembélé, Griezmann, Mbappé and Giroud, renewed.

If the first half was, in possession, to the advantage of the Blues, the Polish attackers gave cold sweats to the French defense. First by a bad back pass from defender Dayot Upamecano towards his goalkeeper Hugo Lloris (5th minute), then by a save from this same Lloris followed by a save in extremis from Raphaël Varane, on his line, at the end of a sequence of “billiards” in the three-color penalty area.

Giroud only top scorer

Stirred, the Blues pulled themselves together immediately and continued to attack. The accelerations of Kylian Mbappé and Ousmane Dembélé bent an aging Polish defense, without breaking it. Very quickly, we guessed that the fate of the match would begin to take shape in the second half, as the stakes seemed to paralyze both teams. France and Poland did not manage to relax completely.

Then came Olivier Giroud. On a millimeter pass from Kylian Mbappé, the French number 9 managed to deceive the Polish goalkeeper Wojciech Szczęsny, with a nice shot, just before the break (44th minute). By scoring his 52nd goal for the France team, the AC Milan striker frees his team and at the same time becomes the best scorer in the history of the Blues, ahead of Thierry Henry.

Blue dominance, deserved victory

In the second period, the Blues established their domination. In search of a second goal to ensure their qualification, Didier Deschamps’ men multiplied the attacks on the left and right flanks, playing on the speed of the attackers. After a cross from the right, the Polish goalkeeper Szczesny and Raphaël Varane remain on the ground, after a big contact in the air. Olivier Giroud scores – again – with an acrobatic gesture of which he has the secret, but too late, the referee had already whistled. Invalid goal.

Reassembled, the Blues do not stop there. They want to score. Above all, they want to avoid an unfortunate twist of fate, where the clearly dominated Poles would take advantage of a favorable counter to equalize. This was the case during the last Euro, against Switzerland, twice.

The France team knows its history well enough to protect itself. So much so that in the 75th minute, after an overflow from Ousmane Dembélé, Kylian Mbappé recovers the ball. He takes his time, adjusts his strike and seals the fate of the Poles, with a sure gesture (74th). Skylight. The mark of the greats.

The score will not stop there. Because Mbappé is hungry. His talent had burst into the eyes of the whole world, in 2018 in Russia, at the same stage of the competition against Argentina. Four years later, Kylian Mbappé is still not satisfied and probably needs to remind the football world of what caliber of players he belongs to. Served by Marcus Thuram, he gets on his right foot before striking. His ball arrives again in the skylight, but this time in the opposite skylight (89th).

The spell is sealed. The Poland team never seemed able to compete with their opponent of the day. The penalty obtained in stoppage time, initially missed by Robert Lewandowski then removed, and scored, will remain anecdotal. Enough to save honor for the valiant Poles.

In the quarter-finals, the reigning world champions will face the winner of the England – Senegal match (this Sunday, December 4 at 8 p.m.), to try to reach the last four for the seventh time in their history.



2022 World Cup: Olivier Giroud, top scorer in the blue jersey

Despite doubts and criticism, Olivier Giroud continues to prove that he is one of the greatest players to have worn the jersey of the France team. The AC Milan striker became Sunday, November 4 the player who scored the most goals in history with the Blues.

Olivier Giroud scored his 52nd goal against Poland in France’s round of 16 at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, after his brace against Australia in the opening match. He had then equaled the record previously held by Thierry Henry (51 goals). He is now ahead of the former Arsenal striker as well as his teammate Antoine Griezmann, Michel Platini and Karim Benzema.

► Olivier Giroud, new “record holder” with 52 goals

The new top scorer in the France team also became at 36 years old against Australia the oldest scorer with the Habs. Called up for the first time in 2011 by Laurent Blanc, Olivier Giroud scored his first goal with the Blues three months later against Germany on February 29, 2012.

Mute in front of goal during Euro 2012 (in a substitute role) and during the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the striker is often the target of criticism. He was nonetheless effective on several occasions, notably during qualifying for the 2014 World Cup, scoring a decisive goal against Sweden to allow France to fly to Brazil.

Indisputable holder under the Deschamps era, he was relegated to the background when the coach recalled Karim Benzema last year. The injury of the latter allows him to find a starting place at the forefront of the French attack during the 2022 World Cup.

► Thierry Henry, the revelation of 1998, 51 goals

Performing well with AS Monaco, Thierry Henry made his debut for the French team in 1997. In line with his good performances in the club, he was called up by Aimé Jacquet to compete in the World Cup in France in 1998 and was crowned champion at the outcome of the competition. Author of three goals in six games, he even finished top scorer for the France team in the World Cup. Two years later, he scored three times during Euro 2000 won by the Blues.

With the France team, he also participated in the 2006 World Cup (final) and was selected for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. The star striker of Arsenal and FC Barcelona remains the only French player to have played in the competition four times. He retired from international duty in 2010, with 123 caps and 51 goals on the clock.

► Antoine Griezmann, master of Deschamps, 42 goals

The 31-year-old Frenchman is playing his third World Cup in Qatar. Selected for the first time in February 2014 by Didier Deschamps, he honors his first tenure against the Netherlands (2-0 victory) with a goal. Combative and very active in defense, he is appreciated by the French coach who made him the leader of his offensive sector from Euro 2016.

World champion in 2018, he scored four goals during the competition. In the final against Croatia, the “Little Prince” was involved in three of France’s four goals. He now has 42 achievements in the blue jersey.

► Michel Platini, first French victory at the European Championships, 41 goals

Fourth goalscorer in the history of the France team (41 goals in 72 selections), Michel Platini marked his time with his decisive free kicks (11 goals). This is how he opened his counter in the France team against Czechoslovakia in 1976. The legend of Saint-Étienne and Juventus Turin participated in three World Cups.

He distinguished himself in particular during Euro 1984, during which he scored nine times in five games to allow the Blues to win their first international competition, including one in the final against Spain. He ended his career in 1987 during qualifying for Euro 1988.

► Karim Benzema, banned then recalled, 37 goals

Absent in Qatar due to injury, Karim Benzema (38 years old, 97 caps) sees his chances of wearing the blue jersey one last time in the World Cup slipping away. The career of the player trained in Lyon with the national team was marked by a long shortage, Didier Deschamps refusing to call on him between 2015 and 2021 following accusations of blackmail against his teammate Mathieu Valbuena.

Called up in 2007 by Raymond Domenech, he scored in his first match against Austria (victory against Austria 1-0). Silent at the 2008 and 2012 European Championships, shunned by his coach during the 2010 World Cup, he has so far only taken part in the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2021, during which he scored 4 goals.



World Cup 2022: Olivier Giroud, the mark of the copy

Him alone. Who knows, with this devil of a man? Olivier Giroud, 36, can afford the record for the number of goals scored in the France team. It is enough for him to shake the net against Denmark this Saturday, November 26, or later. He will then find himself alone at the top, which he shares today with Thierry Henry and their 51 achievements each, thanks to his double against Australia at the opening of the World Cup (4-1). This same Australia against which, one evening in October 2013, he had scored his first double blow in the national team, performing the second and third movements of a blue symphony (6-0).

Of these amazing coincidences, the career of Olivier Giroud tales a thousand and one, with its real rebounds and its false starts, a crazy story and more and more beautiful as he adds more. Who bet a token on an extra chapter in Qatar when, last year, the international seemed to belong to the world of exes, thank you for everything. It was understood: the long parenthesis of the absence of Karim Benzema closed, his advantageous lining could get dressed, definitively.

A career start without fanfare

Who believed in another spell? Him, of course. Arsène Wenger, who brought him to make the gunners of Arsenal talk about the gunpowder (from July 2012 to January 2018), once underlined: “He is strong whenever he is challenged. » In other words, almost non-stop, and from the start. Olivier Giroud is Ligue 1 late at age 23 (in Montpellier, in 2010), with before, as a way of discovering the professional world, a yoyo between Ligue 2 and National (Grenoble, Istres, Tours). We know of a more fanfare start.

The sequel tells of the competition in the big clubs, at Arsenal then, then at Chelsea and AC Milan today, with goals as if it were raining but also periods of drought. Like early 2016 at Arsenal, months without scoring. “Arsenal need to buy a world-class goalscorer to become champions again”, then tackles a Thierry Henry reconverted in the severe television commentary. Olivier Giroud would be the industrious talent; not natural, therefore not very shiny. He cashes in, as usual, and hands over the heating blue.

As a result, he is therefore credited with a steel mind as the main quality. “Essential to last”he recently pointed out in an interview with Figaro. Adding: “My Christian faith helps me a lot with that. And they never gave me the things ready-made, I went to get them. Then you reap the fruits of your labor. »

In the shadow of Benzema

The harvest, he has not yet quite finished with the Blues, eleven years of work in the shadow of Benzema. It was written from the outset: first tenure in February 2012 in place of Karim Benzema with a groin injury, and first goal in the absence of the boss (2-1 against Germany). Well done but insufficient. Especially since Laurent Blanc, then coach, does not tactically plan to play the two men side by side. Olivier Giroud will be chomping at the bit throughout Euro 2012.

The two on the meadow, it will be at the 2014 World Cup, an hour lasting in 8e final against Nigeria (2-0). Without the slightest spark. Nothing passes between them. Benzema or Giroud, the non-existent dilemma will no longer arise during the years of disgrace of the first. For Giroud, a chance as much as a ball, the incessant comparison weighing on his shoulders, rarely in his favor.

He lived with that for a long time, infuriated to have gone through the 2018 World Cup without finding the way to the goals, but treating the doubt, then, at the booster shot. I mark therefore I am, even when no one believes in it anymore.

The return to grace of Karim Benzema could extinguish his flame. She staggered after Euro 2020. Olivier Giroud dared to mention some frustrations. His selection no longer remained obvious. He fought to impose it. The only way he knows how. By showing. Its form, its determination, its desire. In extremis, he was able to pack his bags for Qatar. With the injury of Karim Benzema, here he is again on the front of the stage. “I enjoy, but the most important thing is the team”, he blurts out. This guy is incredible, and his career is exemplary.


Serial goalscorer

VSagainst Australia at 36 years and 53 days, Olivier Giroud is the oldest goalscorer in Les Bleus history.

Of his 51 goals, 23 have been scored in competition, 28 in friendlies.

He should know against Denmark his 116e selection in the French team.

In 2017 he was awarded the Pusk Prizeas awarded by the International Federation (Fifa) to the player who scored the best goal of the season, a spectacular pigeon wing volley against Crystal Palace. Olivier Giroud is the only Frenchman to have been awarded since the prize was created in 2009.



France team: Giroud not summoned with the Blues

Didier Deschamps chose Thursday August 26 to do without the services of Olivier Giroud for the resumption of qualifying for the World-2022 in early September, the coach of the Blues offering a first call to Théo Hernandez, Aurélien Tchouaméni, Jordan Veretout and Moussa Diaby.

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“It is simply a sporting choice of the moment, compared to a list of 23 (players) and the competition”, with in particular the return of Anthony Martial in the group, justified the coach about Giroud, new center-forward of AC Milan (34 years old) who moved away from the France team at 15 months of the World Cup in Qatar.

The absence of Giroud, “It’s my choice today. It is up to Olivier to continue to be efficient, he is always available ”, added the coach, recalling that “His situation changed with his transfer to AC Milan where he found a lot more playing time”.

First call-up for four players

Didier Deschamps also called for the first time defender Théo Hernandez (AC Milan), brother of Lucas Hernandez, midfielders Aurélien Tchouaméni (Monaco) and Jordan Veretout (AS Rome), striker Moussa Diaby (Bayer Leverkusen).

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The technician also recalled two players absent from the last lists, striker Anthony Martial (Manchester United), injured before the Euro and defender Dayot Upamecano (Bayern Munich).

After the failure of the Euro, stopped in the round of 16 at the end of June, the France team made its comeback against Bosnia on 1er September in Strasbourg, before going to Ukraine on the 4th and receiving Finland three days later in Lyon.



Football: the Blues of Olivier Giroud unfold against Ukraine

The Blues offered a cocktail of experience and fatal recklessness to the Ukrainians (7-1), Wednesday in a friendly in Saint-Denis, with Olivier Giroud, exemplary captain for his 100th selection of a young guard with long teeth at the image of Eduardo Camavinga, a prodigy scorer at 17.

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In his garden at the Stade de France, where the love affair with the Blues began in 2011, Giroud donned the captain’s armband at the same time as the costume of the second top scorer in history, which he wears snatched from the former owner Michel Platini with a double in the first period (24th, 34th).

Young plants

For this warm-up round before receiving Portugal from Cristiano Ronaldo, Sunday in the League of Nations, Didier Deschamps had aligned a team mainly of “hairdressers” (substitutes) and young shoots, supervised by the dean Steve Mandanda (35 years) in goals and the irremovable Giroud, therefore, associated with Anthony Martial in attack.

Excluding Giroud and his 34 years old, the Blues present at the kickoff had a little more than 16 selections on average on the clock, a figure that the young Dayot Upamecano (21 years old), Houssem Aouar (22 years old) and Eduardo Camavinga ( 17 years) have pulled down sharply.

Football: the Blues of Olivier Giroud unfold against Ukraine

The young promises got off to a good start in the October sprint that the coach is facing, with his three games in one week.

Camavinga’s first goal

Upamecano has indeed shown itself to be more solid than during its first two outings in September, Aouar has multiplied the initiatives for its first appearance in the France group and Camavinga has given a little more depth to its image of phenomenon, of a first goal in the blue jersey which launched the offensive festival.

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As a symbol, the Rennes midfielder took advantage of a Giroud header pushed back by the keeper to become, at 17 years and 10 months, the youngest French goalscorer of the post-war period. And what a goal! With his back to the Ukrainian cage, he lodged the ball in the nets of a subtle return (9th), tearing a broad smile from the coach.

Football: the Blues of Olivier Giroud unfold against Ukraine

The satisfaction of Didier Deschamps continued with the doubling of his favorite striker, a long shot curled from the left (24th) then a diving header (34th) by exploiting a shot from Aouar repelled by the keeper.

The young OL midfielder showed himself to his advantage, a month after a positive Covid-19 test which had forced him to give up a first summons. He tried his luck from afar, found the small net (45th) and applied the corners with application, like the one which led to the goal against his camp of Mykolenko (39th).

Next match against Portugal

Everything was not perfect despite everything, especially in the second half when the blue machine was somewhat seized. The Ukrainians, although weakened in recent days by a slew of injuries and Covid-19 contaminations, regained strength and confidence by Tsygankov, scorer (53rd) a minute before Oleksandr Zubkov found the right post Mike Maignan (1st selection), successor to Mandanda’s break, physically hampered.

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The Blues now have four days to prepare the revenge against Portugal, their executioner in the final of Euro-2016 in the same Stade de France.