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FIFA World Cup 2022: France - World Cup Records and Stats

In this article, take a look at the France World Cup Records and Stats. The two-time FIFA World Cup winners France are now considered as one of the strongest teams in the football world.

Sandipan Ghosh
Last updated: 20.11.2022
France World Cup Records and Stats

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The two-time FIFA World Cup winners France are now considered as one of the strongest teams in the football world. 

The UEFA side France will begin the FIFA World Cup 2022 as the defending champions. According to many experts, they are one of the favourites for this forthcoming tournament.   

Before the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar, let’s check out some crucial FIFA World Cup records and stats for France.

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Note: All the records are till FIFA World Cup 2018

(Team Records)

Contents

  • Brief records

  • Hosts

  • Best Result

  • Final place in every edition

  • Last records

  • Match records (Top 3)

> Biggest winning margin

> Biggest losing margin

  • Fair Play Trophy


France’s brief records in FIFA World Cup history

Participation

Matches

Won

Drawn*

Penalty shootout

Lost

Winning %*

Won

Lost

15/21

66

34

13

2

2

19

51.52

(Drawn: including penalty shootout matches; Winning %: excluding penalty shootouts)

Hosts: 1938 (Quarter-finals) and 1998 (Champions)

Best Result: Champions (1998 and 2018)


France’s final place in every FIFA World Cup

Year

Host(s)

Last position

1930

Uruguay

Group Stage

1934

Italy

First Round (Round of 16)

1938

France

Quarter-finals

1950

Brazil

Withdrew

1954

Switzerland

Group Stage

1958

Sweden

Third Place

1962

Chile

Did not qualify

1966

England

Group Stage

1970

Mexico

Did not qualify

1974

West Germany

Did not qualify

1978

Argentina

Group Stage

1982

Spain

Fourth Place

1986

Mexico

Third Place

1990

Italy

Did not qualify

1994

USA

Did not qualify

1998

France

Champions

2002

South Korea & Japan

Group Stage

2006

Germany

Runners-up

2010

South Africa

Group Stage

2014

Brazil

Quarter-finals

2018

Russia

Champions

 

Last time in FIFA World Cup for France:


Last Champions: 2018

Last Runners-up: 2006

Last Finalists: 2018

Last Third Place: 1986

Last Fourth Place: 1982

Last Semi-finals exit: 1986

Last Quarter-finals exit: 2014

Last Round of 16 exit: 1934

Last Group Stage exit: 2010

Last Failed to Qualify: 1994


France’s match records in FIFA World Cup (Top 3)

Biggest winning margin

Biggest losing margin

7-3 vs Paraguay in 1958

5-2 vs Brazil in 1958

4-0 vs Northern Ireland in 1958

3-1 vs Italy in 1938

4-0 vs Saudi Arabia in 1998

3-1 vs England in 1982

 

France’s FIFA Fair Play Trophy

1998 (jointly with England)


(Players’ Records)

Contents

  • Most FIFA World Cup editions

  • Top 5 most appearances

  • Top 5 most goals

  • World Record

  • Awards (only official competition awards)

 

Most FIFA World Cup editions for France

Thierry Henry (1998, 2002, 2006 and 2010) experienced 4 FIFA World Cup editions. 


Top 5 most appearances for France in FIFA World Cup

Player

Appearances

Fabien Barthez

17

Thierry Henry

17

Lilian Thuram

16

Maxime Bossis

15

Michel Platini

14

 

Top 5 most goals for France in FIFA World Cup

Player

Goals

Just Fontaine

13

Thierry Henry

6

Michel Platini

5

Zinedine Zidane

5

Antoine Griezmann

*

4

*Still Playing


World Record from France

Most goals in a single edition of the FIFA World Cup: In FIFA World Cup 1958, Just Fontaine scored 13 goals. It is the World Record for most goals in a single edition of the FIFA World Cup.

Goalkeeper with most FIFA World Cup matches without conceding a goal: Along with English goalie Peter Shilton, Fabien Barthez also holds the record for most FIFA World Cup matches without conceding a goal (10 matches).


France’s FIFA World Cup Awards (only official competition awards)

Manuel Amoros (FIFA Young Player Award 1982)

Fabien Barthez (Lev Yashin Award (currently known as Golden Glove) 1998)

Lilian Thuram (Bronze Ball 1998)

Zinedine Zidane (Golden Ball 2006)

Antoine Griezmann (Silver Boot 2018; Bronze Ball 2018)

Paul Pogba (FIFA Young Player Award 2014)

Kylian Mbappe (FIFA Young Player Award 2018)

Benjamin Pavard (Goal of the Tournament 2018)

 

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