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Belgium star Hazard: I used to support France growing up

Shannon Reynolds | 11 July, 2018, 04:54

Let's assume though that it won't finish 0-0. Raphael Varane & Samuel Umtiti were tight at the back, and this points to a wider defensive stability, the only blot on their copybook was the three goals conceded to Argentina in the round of sixteen.

Among the notable matchups, Chelsea have Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and captain Eden Hazard up against N'Golo Kanté and Olivier Giroud, who are certain to start for France.

Maybe Belgium will have a trick up their sleeves against their European rivals?

Belgium coach Roberto Martinez says his French assistant Thierry Henry is the missing ingredient his team need in their World Cup bid, as the two nations prepare to meet in Tuesday's semi-final.

While Henry might be France's all time top scorer his infamous "hand of frog" handball to help France get o the World Cup in 2010 only to help orchestrate a players' strike once there means he is not quite the most loved of France's 1998 World Cup winning side.

The world now gets to see France's luxury squad, collectively valued in excess of $1 billion and headlined by teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe, in another major final.

"It is weird", said Deschamps, "because he is French and that he will be on the bench of the opposition. Probably", he said. "I have made sure my players are prepared for any scenario at the beginning of the match and during the match if it changes".

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But I'd be proud to show Titi that he chose the wrong side. " Thierry Henry brings that as an ex-footballer of elite thoughts". He speaks to us, we can talk about football as we can talk about other things with Thierry.

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The boys, ages 11-16, and their 25-year-old became stranded when they went exploring in the cave after a practice game. They eventually found a dry landing spot, where they waited for nine days before being found by two British divers.

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She took a Finnair flight from Beijing to Berlin at 11:00 local time (03:00 GMT) on Tuesday, a friend, Ye Du, told news agencies. Liu Xiaobo died of liver cancer last July while under government custody, prompting renewed calls for Liu Xia's release.

Yet now the hidden Henry, who has hinted at his ambitions for a senior management career one day, is about to spend an evening as just about the most scrutinised third-down-the-pecking-order coach in history.

"I hope that I'll stay undefeated through 31 games and that we'll lift this cup", said the defender, who has been linked with Bayern Munich in recent days. With a haul of 86.5 points last time out against Uruguay, thanks to a clean sheet and superb defensive performance, the Stuttgart full-back has been one of France's most consistent performances, earning 47.5, 62 and 36.5 points in his other tournament appearances so far. Blaise Matuidi was suspended for France's 2-0 quarterfinal win over Uruguay, but he is expected to return to the lineup.

Sports Illustrated: "Calling this one is immensely hard". Both teams were among the favorites during the "pre-tournament" analysis. It's going to be a thrilling match no doubt and don't be surprised if this one ends up going the full distance.

This combination of pictures shows Belgium´s forward Eden Hazard (L) on July 2, 2018 and France´s forward Antoine Griezmann on June 21, 2018.

Two evenly-matched teams with a lot of star power, two teams with a lot of similarities in the make-up of their squads and both who know each other pretty well. "But if they [Belgium] play their style of football they can play the role of the capable underdog and beat the mighty French team and book a spot in the final".

Kompany looked shaken by Brazil's speed in the second half of the quarter-final, which will give Mbappe confidence. "Before the tournament I fancied France but Belgium have the momentum and I think they will win it, 2-1".

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