A history of World Cup flops: Past upsets haunt defending champions France

Defending champions France enter the World Cup in Qatar hoping to break the curse that has plagued recent title holders – a jinx the French inaugurated in 2002 when their formidable armada of strikers…

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France face weight of history in bid to retain World Cup - The Malta Independent

Not since Brazil lost the 1998 final to France has the defending champion come close to retaining the title. Of the next five World Cup defending champions, four failed to reach the knockout stage and three finished ...

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Zidane headbutted Materazzi for insulting his sister. Zizou's reaction might have cost France the World Cup.

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Andres Iniesta was the hero for Spain in the 2010 World Cup Final. Doug McIntyre is a soccer writer for FOX Sports. Before joining FOX Sports in 2021, he was a staff writer with ESPN and Yahoo Sports and he has covered United States men's and women's ...

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Marco Tardelli was emotional after scoring the eventual game-winner for Italy in the 1982 World Cup Final.

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French superstar Zinedine Zidane stole the show in 1998 World Cup Final vs. Brazil.

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Sports News | France Faces Weight of History in Bid to Retain World Cup | LatestLY

France boasted Arsenal striker Thierry Henry, Juventus marksman David Trezeguet and rising talent Djibril Cisse in a glittering attack blending speed, skill and power. But the French flopped and, with an injured Zinedine Zidane unable to perform properly ...

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France faces weight of history in bid to retain World Cup

France has the weight of World Cup history to contend with at this year's tournament in Qatar. Good luck. Not since Brazil lost the 1998 final to France has the.

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France face the weight of history as they try to keep the World Cup

PARIS. In addition to dealing with injuries to key players once again, France has a weight in World Cup history to contend with in Qatar. Since Brazil lost in the 1998 final to France, the defending champion has not come close to retaining the title.

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