We are less than a month away from the start of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. As a nation France are getting ready for the tournament, and no one is quite sure what to expect from Les Bleus. They are not one of the favourites and are being deemed a dark horse for the event, which is something they are not quite used to.
Didier Deschamps named his 23-man squad for the tournament on Tuesday night and there were not many big surprises—the main talking point being the omission of Manchester City’s Samir Nasri—but anyone following the prospects of Les Bleus could have predicted this.
Going into this summer’s tournament, there are a number of interesting stories that could either turn into fairytales or nightmares, but the main accomplishment for France will be to leave Brazil with their heads held high and wiping away the memories of South Africa 2010.
Before we get to the Group E games, there are still plenty of stories to be told this summer. Here are 10 of the lesser publicised tales that are set to shape France’s World Cup campaign that starts June 15.