Rebuilding the Maginot: France vs. Germany

On the 4th of July, European powerhouse teams France and Germany will meet in the Estadio de Maracana of Rio de Janeiro. Germany came into the tournament highly ranked at 2nd. The French team, on the other hand, came in ranked by FIFA as the 17th best team, below the United States. Looking at the past history of these two teams might explain the gap in these rankings.

Since the 2006 World Cup, in which they finished 2nd after the infamous Zinedine Zidane headbutt, France has struggled to get results on the field. In the 2008 UEFA European Cup as well as the 2010 World Cup, they were eliminated in the group stages without even winning a game. 

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