FIFA World Cup 2014: France Have a Point to Prove; Lionel Messi Set for Action

France had an on-off run at the last four World Cups, reaching the finals twice (champions in 1998 and runners-up in 2006) and going out in the group stage twice without winning a match (2002 and '10). If the pattern continues, it'll be a good month for Les Bleus in Brazil.

updated: June 15, 2014 14:21 IST
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France are preparing for their first World Cup match since leaving South Africa in disgrace four years ago following a player strike and a group-stage exit.

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Didier Deschamps' inexperienced squad needs to perform on the sport's biggest stage to win back supporters and is expected to beat Honduras on Sunday, which only compounds the pressure.

Some of the favorites have had a tough time in the first few days in Brazil, with defending champions Spain thrashed 5-1 by Netherlands and Costa Rica upsetting Uruguay, semifinalists four years ago.

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