With less than 50 days left until the Word Cup I thought I would add to the excitement by looking at who I think will qualify from Group A which contains France, Uruguay, Mexico and hosts South Africa.
Not everybody’s favourite team after their controversial play-off win over Ireland but the gods were shining on them when they were drawn in a favourable group. However, Coach Raymond Domenech is unpopular with fans and what looks like an impressive team on paper needs to stand up and be counted. They might be some people’s football tips to win the tournament, but I have a sneaky feeling they may crash and burn in this one.
They have a good record at qualifying from their group – but don’t go any further. They have been eliminated at the first knockout stage in their past four tournaments. They could have done with a kinder group though as their best players are also their oldest, take 37-year-old Chauthemoc Blanco for example. I predict they will go home with the wooden spoon.
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