The last time a meaningful Nations tournament was played in France the home team walked out as the winner. Once again France have a big chance to take over the football world when they host the 2016 Euro this upcoming summer.
The French haven’t won a European title since 2000 when they beat Italy with two late goals in a final played in Amsterdam. The oddsmakers at the online sportsbook Bodog made them second favorites just behind the World Champions, Germany (4.0), listed at 4.5 to win the Euro.
Unlike Germany, France haven’t proved us they can win anything with this new group. As far as we are concerned, they are just a talented young team with a lot to prove in June.
France was put in Group A for being the host of the tournament, and they were listed at 1.4 to win the group and advance to the next round. Alongside them are Switzerland, Albania and Romania; all trying to figure out a way to upset the host nation.
The Euro 2016 Odds have the French at 1.1 to qualify in any spot and at 26.0 if they end up eliminated right at the group stage.
The French manager, Didier Deschamps, is not a stranger of having success with Les Bleus. He won the 1998 World Cup at home and the 2002 European Championship as the captain, with generation led by Zinedine Zidane. Now is his time to do it as a manager.
His biggest question mark will go on whether he will pick Real Madrid striker, Karim Benzema, to be on the team for the tournament. Benzema is dealing with a sex-tape case that involves a lot of lying and several investigations.
“For the moment it’s not possible” for Benzema to play at next year’s championships hosted by France, Deschamps told Le Parisien newspaper. “He [Benzema] hasn’t appreciated the situation he’s in,” says Deschamps about Benzema’s angry reaction at being left out of the national squad.
“He’s made a mistake; that’s clear.”
If Benzema is not selected to play for France, the team will lean on Olivier Giroud to be the number one striker coming into the Euro 2016 tournament. He has played well at times with Arsenal in the Premier League, but he needs to step up this summer to carry with the National team.
Benzema is listed at 10.0 to finish as the best goalscorer in the competition, according to the Euro 2016 Odds; Antoine Griezmann (13.0) and Olivier Giroud (17.0) follows him.
The fact that France will play at home will undeniably help them. The problems will appear when they play against well-built opponents that can show the World their flaws on a big stage.