FIFA World Cup 2022 is all set to begin at the weekend. For the first time in the history of the tournament, a Middle Eastern nation in Qatar will host the perennial event.
Hosts Qatar will face Ecuador in the inaugural match of this edition FIFA World Cup. The match will start at 9.30 pm IST.
Two-time World Champions Argentina World cup squad are coming into the tournament as one of the favourites. The Argentine team are the defending Copa America champions. They have been drawn into Group C along with Mexico, Poland and Saudi Arabia.
Another huge favourite for the upcoming FIFA World Cup are France. France will arrive at the tournament as the defending champions. They have been drawn into Group D along with Australia, Denmark, and Tunisia. With both France and Argentina are big candidates for the World Cup, we might see them facing each other in the knockout stages.
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Argentina vs France Rivalry
France and Argentina do not have a direct rivalry. But both sides have been top football nations since the beginning and have won two World Cups each other. Both nations have their own footballing identity. Interestingly Argentina’s best player Lionel Messi currently plays for French Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint Germain.
Argentine and France have met each other quite a few times. At this moment La Albiceleste have an edge over the defending World Champions.
Argentina vs France Head-to-head Statistics
Argentina and France have faced each other twelve times. The Latin American sider have won six matches. Meanwhile, France have defeated Argentine three times so far. three matches between these two teams have ended in a draw.
France’s biggest victory against Argentina (by goal margin) came in 1986 when they defeated the South American team by 2-0. Argentina meanwhile have won against France by the same margin on two occasions (1971, 2009).
Argentina vs France Head-to-head Record
As mentioned earlier, France and Argentina have featured in 12 matches together. Argentina have a better record against Les Bleus.
The European side have got three victories while the South American team won six times. Three other matches have ended in a stalemate.
Both sides met each other in the World cup three times. Argentina have an edge over France in the FIFA World Cup matches. La Albiceleste defeated France during their first two meetings in 1930 and 1978. France finally got their first World Cup victory over Argentina during the last edition in Russia.
When Was the Last Time Argentina Played France in the World Cup?
The last time Argentine played France in the World Cup was during the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia. both sides met in the Round of 16. France came from behind to defeat Argentina 4-3. This was their first victory over Argentina in a World Cup and was arguably the match of the tournament.
How Many Times Did France Qualify for World Cup?
France world cup squad have qualified 16 times in the FIFA World Cup. They are one of the few teams who played the first World Cup back in 1930. Les Bleus lifted their first World Cup in 1998. Then after twenty years, they won they were once again victorious in Russia.
Have France ever missed the World Cup?
Defending World Champions France have failed to qualify for the World Cup six times in their history. Apart from 1950, 1962, 1970, 1974, 1990 and 1994 France have featured in all other editions of the World Cup.