We meet once again. As at the World Cup in Egypt two years ago and behind closed doors and there is a stack at the Euro in Hungary, the France team will meet Sweden in the semi-finals of the World Cup. The match will take place this Friday, January 27, at 8:30 p.m.
We just have to hope that the famous “never two without three” is not also a proverb used in Sweden. Because the previous two times, the Scandinavians sent the Blues home. In Egypt, Sweden won 32-26 ahead of a tired Blues. Rebelote 12 months ago even if the match was tighter: 34-33 for Sweden. In the aftermath, Guillaume Gille’s players had twice lost the small final.
After several years of scarcity, Sweden has once again become a major nation in this game invented by the Germans. Behind France and its six world titles, Sweden and its 4 titles (1954, 1958, 1994, 1999) is, with Romania, the most successful nation in a World Cup. The oldest remember for example that France – Sweden (28-25) was the poster for the final of the World Championship at Bercy in 2001 won by the Barjots. At that time, beating reigning world champions Sweden was a feat.
This Friday in front of them, the Parisians of the France team Nikola, Luka Karabatic and Elohim Prandi will find a goalkeeper they know well. Andreas Palicka, the goalkeeper of the Swedish European champions is also since the start of the season, that of PSG. Sweden is also the team of center half Jim Gottfridsson, one of the best players in the world at the moment. He plays in Germany, in Flensburg and he is formidable.
But the main danger that awaits the Blues around the corner is not there. No: this Friday, the France team will play its semi-final seven against eight. This Thursday morning, the day after the victory over Germany, captain Luka Karabatic’s partners are leaving Poland, which has been hosting them for two weeks and the start of the unnecessarily long group stages. Direction Stockholm, in other words the Swedish capital. In the ultra-modern “Tele 2 Arena”, a wild yellow tide is already waiting for the blue wave. Over 10,000 raging fans will pit the European champions against the Olympic champions. The Blues fortunately feast on these torrid atmospheres. They will be served.
“We have revenge to take on Sweden, launched just after the victory against Germany Kentin Mahé on BeIN Sports. From now on, we are thinking about Sweden and hoping to have a great match. “His coach engages:” An incredible shock against Sweden awaits us. We are going to prepare it with a lot of passion. On to the final fight! »