LIVE – France-Argentina: no new case of virus among the blues

Almost 50,000 Argentine fans are expected at the Lusail stadium

According to our information, the organizers expect between 40,000 and 50,000 Argentine supporters to support the Albiceleste against France at the Lusail stadium (88,966 capacity). South American fans have planned to arrive with, in particular, 4,000 balloons, 6,000 flags and ten 40 meter long strips. Warm atmosphere in perspective.

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The biathlon before the final for Aimé Jacquet

The coach of the French 1998 team, Aimé Jacquet, is at Le Grand Bornand to take part in the biathlon world championships this Sunday. “A great passion”, said the coach of the world champions, who is faithful to the French biathlon stage, where he comes to every edition.

Aimé Jacquet then planned to leave the biathlon stadium at the end of the women’s mass start, around 15:00, to “watch the game properly”, but did not specify where he would watch this meeting.

Aimé Jacquet - Biathlon
Aimé Jacquet – Biathlon © RMC Sport

Julian Richard

The Blues have lunch

Same menu as in the quarter-finals for the blues who had lunch… the dish was composed according to your wishes: pasta or rice, mashed potatoes, chicken or fish. Now it’s time for a siesta.

Midday update on the state of form for the Blues

At noon, all is well for the French team, who have just had lunch. No new virus cases among the 24 players. Despite everything, the medical staff continues to be very caring, for the last small wounds, which probably do not prevent certain players from keeping their place.

PA and FH

Giroud, questions about his health before the final

Olivier Giroud’s health raises questions ahead of this afternoon’s final. According to our information, the AC Milan striker, like many of his partners, has suffered discomfort as a result of the series of very high-level matches since the start of the season. He is not the only one in this case, and it will not stop him from applying for employment.

The choice is up to Didier Deschamps. As revealed by RMC Sport on Saturday, the coach used two different animations yesterday in training. One with Olivier Giroud at the helm. The second with Marcus Thuram on the left and Kylian Mbappé in front.

Fabrice Hawkins with the French team cell

Macron will meet Infantino and the Emir of Qatar

Already present on Wednesday to participate in the semi-final of the World Cup 2022 against Morocco (2-0), Emmanuel Macron will also go to the final against Argentina on Sunday (16:00). The President of the Republic will meet at the Gianni Infantino stadium, the President of Fifa as well as the Emir of Qatar, Tamim Al Thani.

Loic Briley

Farrah El Dibany sings La Marseillaise tonight

Opera singer Farrah El Dibany will perform La Marseillaise in the final tonight. She arrived with the President’s delegation and will do tests at 10 at the Lusail stadium. She is known to the general public since she sang the national anthem during the re-election of the president on the Champ-de-Mars.


Riner: “We feel the tension rising”

Guest of BFMTV and present in Qatar to attend the France-Argentina final, Teddy Riner gave his opinion on this great meeting. “We feel the tension rising, even us who are just supporters, lovers of sport. How it must be in the dressing room, in the minds of the players. We are getting closer to a great final. France-Argentina, it is legendary … It is a dream. I’m used to big moments. We have to stay focused. It’s not because we have a great team that we have to win. Argentina has a great team. They are vindictive. In every sport where he takes part in a competition, takes they contact for having seen them in rugby. They will put their heart into it.”

The two-time Olympic champion and multiple world champion even made a prediction: “If I had to make a prediction, it would be 3-1 to France. I hope it will be in our favor.”

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Macron’s message to the Blues before the final

“Will we do it again?”, it is with these words that Emmanuel Macron encouraged the blues before the final. The President of the Republic will be present in Qatar to participate in France-Argentina, he who had already participated in the half against Morocco.

Benzema declined Macron’s invitation to attend the final

Will Karim Benzema be present this Sunday at the Lusail stadium to watch the final between France and Argentina? According to our information, the Real Madrid center forward did not want to board the presidential plane at the invitation of Emmanuel Macron.

“May the best win, may Messi win”, ignites the Argentine press

It is a mixture of fever and excitement that is driving the Argentine media as the 2022 World Cup final approaches this Sunday between France and the Albiceleste (4pm). Everyone dreams of a third world title and a unique joy for Lionel Messi.

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Pogba and Kanté in Macron’s delegation to the final

2018 world champions but forced to miss out on this 2022 edition, Presnel Kimbempe, N’Golo Kanté and Paul Pogba will be in Qatar on Sunday to watch the France-Argentina final. Several athletes and personalities have been invited by Emmanuel Macron on the one hand and the FFF on the other.

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How Scaloni led the Albiceleste to the final

Mocked during his inauguration in 2018, Lionel Scaloni can win a third star on Sunday and thus become the equal of César Luis Menotti and Carlos Bilardo, the architects of the coronation in 1978 and 1986, a legend.

Appointed four years earlier at the head of a team on the run, after elimination against France in the quarter-finals of the World Cup, which then took place in Russia, the ex-international (seven selections between 2003 and 2006) overcame the skepticism that surrounded his case, he, the newbie who had never been a head coach before, only assistant to Jorge Sampaoli in Seville and in the national team, after starting his career with the U-14s in an amateur club in Mallorca. His qualifications for the position did not seem obvious to everyone.

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These French rebels who support Argentina

At 4pm this Sunday, against Argentina, Didier Deschamps’ Blues will need all the support they can get to overcome Argentina’s Lionel Messi in the World Cup final. But some French, fans of the PSG striker, or in awe of the Albiceleste, prefer to line up behind the Argentines.

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Pogba’s message of support for Les Bleus

Paul Pogba sent a message to his French teammates: “Good guys, for the second time in a row in the World Cup final. I give you all my support, all my strength. A final, you know, it’s not played, it’s won! I wish you the best, cheers to you, go Blues!”

Gignac’s support for the Blues

At the RMC, before the Blues final, André-Pierre Gignac expressed his support for the French team. A response to echoes of remarks he had made earlier in the competition in which he expressed his admiration for Lionel Messi and that, in the event of the Blues’ elimination, he would like to see him lift the trophy.

Management, tactics, talks… how Deschamps became the best coach in the world

Aiming for a second World Cup win as coach on Sunday against Argentina (4pm), Didier Deschamps demonstrated in Qatar that he had lost none of his knowledge of the game and his management, achieving the feat of performing despite a hecatomb of packages. A success that makes the 54-year-old Basque the current best coach in the world.

>>> his lectures, his development in management, his tactics, we tell you about the Didier Deschamps method

Hello and welcome to this live

That’s it, here we are: there were 32 teams on the starting line, only 2 remain: the French defending champions and the seven-time Ballon d’Or team that has never won the finest trophies: Lionel Messi. Between France and Argentina, the story will necessarily be beautiful in the end, but necessarily more beautiful for us if France wins.

Few imagined a final victory for Argentina after their surprise first-leg defeat against Saudi Arabia, but after a win with tweezers and in nervousness against the Netherlands, a showdown against Croatia in the semi-final is the last step, the highest, the one Lionel Messi tripped over in 2014.

And once again he has to face a monster of realism, this time with the French team of Didier Deschamps, who bends but does not break as against England in the quarter-finals and then Morocco in the semi-finals, but has to deal with a virus that affects many leaders of the Blues.

The compositions will be known around 2:30 p.m. Kick-off at 4pm on BeIn Sport and TF1. To follow, of course, on RMC, official radio for the World Cup. And live commentary on the RMC Sport website and app.

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