Euro 2024 Qualifiers – France vs Holland: What to remember about the draw for the Blues?

Six weeks before the World Cup, it is impossible to move towards qualifying for Euro 2024. However, this Sunday, France inherited the Netherlands, Ireland, Ireland and Gibraltar on the way to Germany. What should we think of this group? Is the qualification won early? Today is a big blur surrounding the campaign that will start next March.

Which French team?

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This is the central question. What will the French team be like when they start their qualifying campaign next March? Today nobody has the answer. Didier Deschamps’ contract expires after the World Cup in Qatar and a real mystery surrounds his future. “I don’t even ask myself the question, he said this Sunday. It will be for after the World Cup. The most important thing for me, the players, my staff, is what awaits us in November.” Everything, of course, will depend on the Doha course. If they don’t reach the semifinals, one year after the Euro fiasco, the Blues would logically have to change coach. Especially since the days of Noël Le Graët, Deschamps’ main support, at the helm of the FFF seem numbered. How could the president resist the events that are upsetting his institution today …

Zinedine Zidane does not hide it: he wants to become the coach of France one day

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Even on the pitch, the Blues could make drastic changes. After the World Cup, some executives (Hugo Lloris, Karim Benzema, Olivier Giroud) may be tempted to announce the end of their international career. A mishap in Qatar could spell the end of a generation, especially in the event of a change of coach and the arrival of Zinedine Zidane, for example. In short, it is now very difficult to measure the competitiveness of the Blues in 2023 as their future is not clear.

Who is the favorite of the group?

The vagueness surrounding the future of the Blues obviously envelops the hierarchy of this group. Nevertheless, two great nations stand out very clearly: France, therefore, but also the Netherlands. Who is the big favorite? Difficult to say. On the dynamics the Dutch are untouchable. Undefeated by the arrival of Louis van Gaal after a failed Euro 2021, they fielded 15 unbeaten games including 11 victories. Unlike the Blues, tossed about by headwinds in 2022, the Netherlands exudes real collective strength around strong individuals and a formidable Van Dijk – De Jong – Depay backbone.

Kylian Mbappé and Matthijs De Ligt during Holland – France – Nations League 2018

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But the great uncertainty in the position of the goalkeeper (four goalkeepers used by van Gaal, Pasveer, the owner, is 39 years old) can weigh down their ambitions. France, on the other hand, focuses on its individual skills and its offensive power, undoubtedly the best on the planet, with the trio Griezmann – Mbappé – Benzema. And she likes more playful teams like Holland. Therefore, it is difficult to decide between them. We will know more in two months …

How much are Eire, Greece and Gibraltar worth?

Respectively 47th, 55th and 200th in the FIFA rankings, Eire, Greece and Gibraltar appear, a priori, light years away from Blues and Oranje. Eighth finalist at Euro 2016, its best result in competition, Eire has since returned to the standings, unable to qualify for the latest international deadlines. He painfully ended his campaign in League B of the League of Nations, far behind Scotland and Ukraine, and even suffered a defeat against Armenia. And while he had aroused great concern for the Blues in the round of 16 of Euro 2016, his current generation lacks talent.

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The observation is almost the same for Greece, because the 2004 European champion is no longer one of the great European nations. From the round of 16 to the 2014 World Cup, he has not played in any international tournament and is going through a real generational crisis. Falling back into the third division of the League of Nations, its good course is to be put into perspective by the level of adversity (Kosovo, Northern Ireland, Cyprus). Aside from Kóstas Tsimíkas, the Liverpool defender, Greece lacks players with solid European credentials. As for Gibraltar, last of the third division of the League of Nations (with only one point), it seems destined to last in the group.

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