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France 1998 World Cup winning side vs World XI
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  • France 1998 World Cup winning beat World XI side 3-2 in a one-off match
  • Zinedine Zidane and Thierry Henry were on the scoresheet for the French side
  • France begin their 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign against Australia

In latest Football news, a rather surprising football match took place on Tuesday night where France’s 1998 FIFA World Cup-winning winning side was reunited on the pitch as they beat Arsene Wenger’s World XI with Zinedine Zidane and Thierry Henry getting on the scoresheet for France. With FIFA World Cup 2018 just a day away, people in Paris were treated to this one-off match where we saw the 1998 World Cup winning side come together after 20 years. The only absentees from that team were Didier Deschamps and David Trezeguet who are with France’s national team in Russia ahead of their World Cup campaign.

Zidane and Henry scored for France against Wenger’s World XI

The recently retired Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane was unsurprisingly pulling the strings from midfield where he first fed Thierry Henry to finish a beautiful curling shot to level the game for France after Fernando Morientes had opened the scoring for the World XI. Zidane then took the center stage soon after half-time when he curled a free kick to the top corner to give France the lead. Vincent Candela was the third goalscorer for France as they defeated the World XI 3-2 which featured the likes of Edgar Davids, Samuel Eto’o, Christian Vieri, Hristo Stoitchkov, Slaven Bilic, Samuel Eto’o and surprisingly Usain Bolt who featured in the Unicef Socceraid match only 24 hours ago at Old Trafford.

France 1998 World Cup winning side vs World XI
World XI was managed by the former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

France 1998 World Cup winning side reunited

Managed by Aime Jacquet began, France saw 10 of the starting XI to be absolutely same as their 1998 World Cup final side against Brazil. France’s back-five consisted of Fabien Barthez, Lilian Thuram, Laurent Blanc, Marcel Desailly and Bixente Lizarazu. Midfield saw Christian Karembeu take the place of Didier Deschamps with Emmanuel Petit, Youri Djorkaeff, and Zinedine Zidane completing the midfield. Up front, Thierry Henry partnered Stephane Guivarc’h who came in for Trezeguet. With World Cup just 24 hours away, it was a rather satisfying rewind to the glory for the French fans as they saw their former hero remind them what is expected of their current crop of players.

France begin their 2018 World Cup campaign against Australia

In latest World Cup Football News for France, the 1998 Champions will begin their 2018 World Cup campaign against Australia on the back of some worrying news. Star forward Kylian Mbappe was forced out of training yesterday after he was clattered by Adil Rami in training. Mbappe suffered a bad stroke to his ankle and is likely to miss France’s opening game against Australia. Since the injury, Rami has suffered plenty of stick from France fans and the media but Mbappe for his part came out clarifying the injury is not that bad and people should leave Rami alone. French fans would hope that World Cup 2018 News brings better updates as France are widely expected to qualify beyond the group stage. Mbappe along with Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba, and Olivier Giroud will be the key players for Les Blues as they look to have a good 2018 World Cup campaign.

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