In contrast to their fortunes over the last decade or so, France have got off to the perfect start during this World Cup and they look in great spirits as they prepare to face Ecuador in their final Group E match.
Four years ago in South Africa it was a completely different story, however, as France imploded both off and on the field. Nicolas Anelka was so insulting to the then-head coach Raymond Domenech that he was sent home, a decision that resulted in the rest of the players bizarrely leaving a training session to go on strike.
When the players did show up they did not exactly do themselves justice either – a goalless opening draw against Uruguay was followed by defeats to Mexico and the host nation, South Africa.
It was a miserable campaign that unfortunately for the French they have become all too familiar with seeing from their so-called stars over the years.
In 2002 they travelled to Japan and South Korea as world and European champions and absolutely capitulated, finishing bottom of a group featuring Senegal, Denmark and Uruguay.
In Portugal in 2004 Zinedine Zidane spectacularly fell out with Robert Pires and the team were sent home by the eventual winners Greece in the quarter-finals. Whilst in Euro 2008 the senior players fell out with the younger members of the squad and again France bombed out by finishing bottom of their group.
Even in 2006 when they reached the World Cup final Zidane reportedly did not speak to coach Domenech throughout the campaign.
France are an unpredictable nation at major tournaments to say the least, with woeful performances often pierced by occasional moments of brilliance. In the 13 major tournaments before this Les Blues had won just 17 matches - ten of those were in 1998 and 2006.
However this time around, under the guidance of Didier Deschamps, the squad is seemingly coherent and well-balanced in regards to quality and characters and they have blown away both Honduras and Switzerland.
It's frightening to think that this team is missing the injured Franck Ribery, voted the world's third best player just six months ago.
Samir Nasri, a Premier League winner with Manchester City, is also missing as he was deemed not needed by the France coach, an omission that perhaps epitomises the importance placed on assurance and morale among this group of players.
It is reported that Nasri was a disruptive influence during their disappointment of Euro 2012 and he has paid the ultimate price.
There is a harmony and camaraderie within this squad that is reflected in the cohesion they have demonstrated on the pitch so far, a unity that will strike fear into their opposition as they continue to progress further.
Maximum points from their first two games mean that France stand on the brink of reaching the knockout stages and they are currently the tournament’s top scorers with eight goals.
Their star man so far is the Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema, who has three goals to his name and is looking like he is relishing the challenge of leading the line for his nation.
However there is a lot more to this France team than a couple of star players, the strength and depth of their squad is incredible and they have a great blend of pace, power and guile that I believe will see them go far in Brazil.
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