Can France Create a Dynasty?

Back in July of this year, France climbed football’s global summit for the second time in their rich history. After success on home soil back in 1998, Didier Deschamps become one of a select band of men who have won the World Cup as both players and managers.

But no sooner had the celebrations come to a close in Moscow before questions were already being asked. Not of how they won arguably one of the best international tournaments in recent history, but whether they can do it all again in two years time.

Looking at the current international football betting markets shows there is a lot of confidence in France to build on their success in Russia; they have been named as 5/1 favourites to win Euro 2020 before the qualifiers have even got underway.

The French squad that was assembled for world domination was the joint youngest in the competition alongside the group of young English lions that Gareth Southgate selected. This is something that could well point to this just being the first step of a string of major successes.

The next step for this young French side is to emulate what the previous generation did, that being following up a World Cup win with victory in the European Championships two years later – a feat they managed in 2000 when they beat Italy thanks to a David Trezeguet golden goal in extra time.

Many felt that the group of French stars around the turn of the millennium would go on to create a dynasty of their own, although it soon came to an abrupt end in 2002 as they were knocked out the following World Cup in the group stages after a forgettable defence of their title.

The accusation and perhaps the realisation here was that this was a squad of players who had reached the pinnacle of their careers and, from there, the only way was down. With the feeling that everything was achieved, there was nothing left to strive for.

However, even with that said, you get the feeling that this current crop of French players is a lot different. Perhaps it is to do with the fact that they are so young in comparison and they have a greater desire for future glories in the years to come.

You only have to look at their teenage superstar Kylian Mbappe. Without question, his performances in Russia saw him come of age as he became one of the game’s modern-day elite players. That’s something that perhaps is not that much of a surprise when you look at what he has done for Monaco and PSG in recent times.

However, you sometimes forget that he is just a 19-year-old, who not only has the world at his feet but is sitting on top of it. The worrying thing for the rest of the footballing fraternity is that he has only just begun and will undoubtedly get even better.

When you consider that most players wind down their international careers in their early 30s, we are set for at least another decade of Mbappe terrorising opposition defences. If his current trajectory continues in the way that it has, then surely he will be leading France to major tournament victories once more.

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