Do You Want France To Go To Brazil?

22 October 2013 11:18
We could see three Newcastle players (or even four if Remy signs) in Brazil if France beat Ukraine in the play-offs. European World Cup Qualifying play-off draw:

Portugal v Sweden

Ukraine v France

Greece v Romania

Iceland v Croatia

No disrespect to those players, but Newcastle United would benefit if they had a holiday rather than training, playing and risking injury the entire summer period.

As for France, they will have to go one better than England and beat Ukraine - Roy Hodgson's men drew 0-0 away from home and only managed a 1-1 draw at Wembley.

France heach coach Didier Deschamps is relieved Les Bleus will be at home for the second leg, and said: "It will not be easy against a Ukrainian team which has now played seven games without defeat.

"Ukraine may not have superstars like Portugal or Croatia but they were seeded and it is important that we respect their quality."

One of football's superstars will miss out on the World Cup next year after Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal side were drawn against Zlatan Ibrahimovic's Sweden in the European play-offs for next year's finals.

The presence of stars such as Real Madrid's Ronaldo and Manchester United's Nani means Portugal will go into the play-offs as favourites but they struggled in what had looked a straightforward qualifying group, finishing runners-up to Russia.

Portugal coach Paulo Bento warned that in Paris St Germain forward Ibrahimovic, Sweden have a potential matchwinner.

Paulo Bento: "We have two tough games against a side that, as well as having one of the best strikers in the world, plays well as a team.

"Sweden finished second in a group that contained Germany, one of the contenders to win the whole tournament.

"The key is to be prepared, and to be confident that we have a real chance of reaching the finals."

Sweden gave a warning of their talents with a 4-4 draw against group winners Germany in qualifying.

Iceland have a great chance of making it to their first ever World Cup after being drawn against Croatia, perhaps least dangerous of the seeded sides, while unseeded Romania will face Greece.

The two-legged play-offs are to be played on November 15 and 19 to decide the four remaining European teams to go to the World Cup in Brazil next summer.

Source: Newcastle United Mad