French team: goals, tenure, longevity … the year 2020 in figures

The Blues turned their backs on 2020 by signing, this Tuesday, their 6th success in 8 games (for a draw and a defeat), against Sweden (4-2). If we therefore except the unexpected failure, on November 11, against modest Finland (0-2), Lloris’ partners have largely fulfilled their contract by brilliantly winning their qualification for the finals of the League of Nations in October 2021 in a group which included Portugal, reigning European champion and Croatia, vice-world champion. Return by the figures on a singular year.

0. Lucas Hernandez (14 wins, 4 draws) becomes the first player not to have lost any of his first 18 games played with the France team, starting from Florent Malouda in September 2006 (20)

2. Benjamin Pavard scored, against Sweden, his second goal for the French team after the famous one of June 30, 2018, in the round of 16 of the World Cup against Argentina. He had since attempted 15 shots without success.

4. The France team had not scored 4 goals for its last match of the calendar year since 2000 and a great success in Turkey (4-0).

5. Didier Deschamps launched 5 new players in 2020. They are Dayot Upamecano, Houssem Aouar, Edouardo Camavinga, Marcus Thuram and Ruben Aguilar. The coach has called 90 different players since taking office in August 2012 against Uruguay (0-0).

5. Olivier Giroud finishes top scorer for the Blues in 2020 with 5 achievements. It has become a good habit for the Chelsea striker. This is indeed the 5th time in the last 6 years that he has achieved such a performance after 2015, 2016 (with Griezmann), 2017 and 2019.

8. Antoine Griezmann and Olivier Giroud are the only players to have participated in the 8 meetings of the Blues in 2020.

26. Entered in the second half against Sweden, Kylian Mbappé is now involved in 26 goals in 39 selections with the Blues (16 goals and 10 assists). Tuesday evening, he delivered a caviar for Olivier Giroud.

43. Holder against Sweden, this Tuesday, Antoine Griezmann chained his 43rd game in a row with the Blues. In the history of the France team, only Patrick Vieira has done better, with 44 games in a row between 1999 and 2004.

3016. Didier Deschamps is since Tuesday the coach of the Blues holder of the greatest longevity. He is 3016 days since his first match against Uruguay, August 15, 2012. He precedes Michel Hidalgo (3014 between March 27, 1976 and June 27, 1984).

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