Prior to this summer’s FIFA World Cup, little was expected of a France team that scraped past Ukraine 3-2 on aggregate in the play-offs after a heroic 3-0 second leg victory in Paris. Those low expectations enabled Didier Deschamps’ men and the French supporters to approach their Brazilian sojourn with optimism and perform without pressure.
The result of that for Les Bleus was a promising campaign that saw a number of players increase in value to Deschamps and stake an early claim for inclusion in the 45-year-old’s plans for the 2016 UEFA European Championship on home soil.
Few members of the French squad really saw their value plummet, with only Remy Cabella and Eliaquim Mangala—of the outfield players—not getting onto the pitch at all in Brazil.
Here are five France players who saw their stock rise considerably at the World Cup.