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Zidane, Mondial 82 … The history of the last France-Poland

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Back in the arena for the Blues this Sunday. Didier Deschamps’ troupe challenges Poland at 4 p.m. at the Al-Thumama stadium in Doha for a place in the quarter-finals of this 2022 World Cup. An opponent that the French will find for the 17th time in their history but that they have not more confronted for more than ten years. Back to some of the last oppositions between the two selections.

July 10, 1982: Poland ejects Les Bleus from the podium

The one and only Franco-Polish meeting during a World Cup. The Blues have just lost in the semi-final against Germany after a meeting as spectacular as it is chilling. In the dark night of Seville, while the two teams are fighting for a place in the final, the FRG goalkeeper Harald Schumacher violently collides with the French player Patrick Battiston. Jaw broken, the defender must be evacuated on a stretcher and France will finally bow on penalties after a score of 3 goals everywhere. It is therefore in this heavy context that the Blues, then led by Michel Hidalgo, are trying to grab third place in the world against Poland. Without success. The red and white won 3-2 despite goals from René Girard and Alain Couriol.

August 31, 1982: France sinking at the Parc des Princes

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In a three-quarters empty stadium, the France team found Poland just one month after this match for third place in the 1982 World Cup. Les Bleus suffered a humiliation at home (0-4). The next two years will be marked by a succession of matches without stakes for France, the host country of Euro 84 and therefore exempt from the playoffs.

February 23, 2000: Zidane’s jewelry gets the Blues out of the trap

Already qualified for the 2002 World Cup after its coronation in 1998, the French team is fine-tuning the final adjustments before Euro 2000, which it will win brilliantly. Nevertheless, that evening, the Blues were struggling at the Stade de France during this friendly against Poland. And it takes all the genius of Zinédine Zidane to get them out of the rut. In the 83rd minute of this padlocked encounter, Roger Lemerre’s men obtained a very well placed free kick. Zidane positions the leather but catapults his attempt into the wall. The ball comes back to him and he tries a volley with the right foot which, this time, will hit the mark. The Blues win 1-0 on the wire.

June 9, 2011: the Blues win in a tasteless friendly

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At the time, the Nations League had not yet come out of UEFA’s hat and European seasons usually ended with international friendlies. On June 9, 2011, a year after the bitter failure of the 2010 World Cup, the Blues, then led by Laurent Blanc, travel to Warsaw to challenge a Polish selection in full preparation for Euro 2012, which it will play at home. . An own goal from the unfortunate and misunderstood Tomasz Jodlowiec was enough for the happiness of the French team, which won 1-0 after a match that the world of football immediately forgot. Since then, the Habs have never crossed paths with Poland again.

Source: Europe1

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