France are looking to become the first men’s national team to retain the FIFA World Cup since Brazil in 1962 when they take to Qatar this winter.
Didier Deschamps’ men bounced back from their defeat in the Euro 2016 final to conquer the globe in 2018 with the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann all turning on the style.
And while Les Bleus might have been dealt a crushing reality check with defeat to Switzerland at Euro 2020, the world champions still boast one of the most frighteningly dense squads in the international game.
France ahead of Qatar 2022
With the likes of Dayot Upamecano, Eduardo Camavinga, Ousmane Dembele, Ferland Mendy and Ibrahima Konaté not guaranteed to make each senior squad, you just know that Deschamps’ side will be there or thereabouts in Qatar.
Well, other than the World Cup winners’ curse, that is, which always seems to ensure that the previous tournament’s champions go onto exit in the group stages four years later.
But even if France do indeed continue the trend set by Italy, Spain and Germany over the last 12 years or so, replicating their 2002 woes in the process, they can at least fall back on the fact that they’ll look absolutely fire while doing so.
2022 World Cup shirts
‘Why?’ we hear you ask. Well, that’s because France look set to be sporting one of the most stunning kits that has either been leaked or released for the 2022 World Cup so far.
As the tournament in Qatar creeps over the horizon, more and more jerseys set to be on display for the world to see have been leaked by the ever-reliable football kit experts over at Footy Headlines.
Whether that’s giving a sneak peek of England’s stunning away design or providing a heads up for Portugal’s shocking home strip, they’ve been Johnny-on-the-spot when it comes to previewing this year’s World Cup threads.
France’s World Cup home kit
And they’ve once again delivered when it comes to France’s new home strip, revealing the full Nike design to the world on Thursday to a roaring reception from fans.
A ‘Midnight Navy’ base with ‘Metallic Gold’ logos makes for a dreamy colour combination, while the subtle button on the collar and leaf patterning on the trimmings rounds off a real beauty.
So be sure to join all the other supporters drooling over the design because you could well see it very often on your television screens this winter if France live up to all their potential, and squad depth.
Get a load of that.
A stellar design
Interestingly, the jersey actually uses the same Nike template that Chelsea‘s divisive new home kit was created within, but it’s clear that the trimmings deployed for France have proven to be a lot more popular.
Instead of an over-egged lion collar that paled in comparison to a similar flourish on England’s Euro 2020 strip, Nike have nailed the France design with a level of subtly that makes the final product look so classy and smart.
So while we’ll have to wait and see whether or not France can make history by retaining the World Cup later this year, at least they know that they already have a jersey that’s fit for world champions.