France's 2018 World Cup winning team - Who were the players and where are they now?

France 2018 World Cup win

France won their second World Cup title in 2018 beating Croatia 4-2 in the final at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia.

Les Bleus won six out of their seven World Cup games to be crowned champions. Their only draw was against Denmark in the group stages. They had defeated Argentina (4-3), Uruguay (2-0) and Belgium (1-0) in the round of 16, quarterfinal and semifinal respectively.

The final between France and Croatia that saw the champions take the lead in the 18th minute via Mario Mandzukic’s own goal. Croatia came back into the match with Ivan Perisic’s strike in the 28th minute though. 

France eventually took the match away from the Croatians when Antoine Griezmann converted a penalty in the 38th minute and then Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe scored in the 59th and 65th minute respectively. Mandzukic then scored a consolation goal for his side.

20 years after their first World Cup triumph at their own den, France lifted their second title in Russia under the leadership of Hugo Lloris. Didier Deschamps, the captain of France’s 1998 World Cup-winning side, was the manager of the team in 2018. 

Who were France’s World Cup-winning players and where are they now?

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    Hugo Lloris - Goalkeeper

    The World Cup-winning France national team goalkeeper has been playing for Tottenham Hotspur since 2012. Before joining Spurs, Lloris played for Ligue 1 sides Nice and Lyon. He is still the number one goalkeeper and the skipper of the national team.

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    Benjamin Pavard - Right-Back

    The 26-year-old full-back played for Lille and VFB Stuttgart before joining Bayern Munich in 2019 where he currently plies his trade. Pavard made his international debut in 2017.

  • Raphael Varane France World Cup 2018 kit

    Raphael Varane - Centre Back

    The French central defender joined Real Madrid from Lens in 2011 and spent 10 seasons at the club. In the summer of 2021, Varane moved to the Premier League to join Manchester United. Varane made his international debut for France in 2013 and was an integral part of the World Cup-winning side in 2018.

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    Samuel Umtiti - Centre Back

    The French defender currently plays for FC Barcelona whom he joined in 2016 from Lyon. Umtiti made his international debut in 2016 and last played for Les Bleus in 2019.

  • Lucas Hernandez France

    Lucas Hernandez - Left-Back

    The full-back made his professional debut for Atletico Madrid in 2014 and played for five seasons at the club before joining Bayern Munich in 2019. Hernandez made his international debut in 2018 for France.

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    Paul Pogba - Central Midfield

    The former Manchester United midfielder was an important part of France’s World Cup-winning team in 2018 and had scored a goal in his team’s 4-2 win over Croatia in the final.

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    N’Golo Kante - Central Midfield

    The midfielder played for Boulogne, Caen and Leicester City before joining Chelsea in 2016 where he currently plies his trade. Kante appeared in every match for France in the 2018 World Cup and he continues to remain a pivotal player for the national team.

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    Kylian Mbappe - Right Wing

    The recipient of the Best Young Player Award at the 2018 World Cup, Kylian Mbappe scored four goals for France in the tournament and was an important member of the World Cup-winning side. He had also scored France’s fourth goal in the final. After months of speculation linking him with Real Madrid, Mbappe has signed a new deal with PSG in 2022.

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    Antoine Griezmann - Attacking Midfielder

    The veteran attacker was the joint top goalscorer for France at the 2018 World Cup (4) along with Mbappe and played an important role in his team’s triumph. 31 now, the Atletico Madrid star continues to remain Les Bleus’ one of the most important players.

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    Blaise Matuidi - Left Wing

    The Frenchman played for clubs like Juventus, PSG and Saint Etienne in his professional career. Matuidi last played for MLS side Inter Miami until January 2022. He is currently without a club.

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    Olivier Giroud - Forward

    The second highest French goalscorer of all time in international football, Olivier Giroud is just three goals behind France legend Theirry Henry who scored 51 goals for his country. Giroud played for clubs like Montpellier, Arsenal and Chelsea during his professional career and currently is at AC Milan.

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    Steven Nzonzi - Substitute

    The defensive midfielder is now playing for Qatari club Al-Rayyan whom he joined in 2021 on a two-year deal. He made his debut for France 2017 and last played for the national team in 2019.

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    Nabil Fekir - Substitute

    The Lyon youth product played for the Ligue 1 giants for six seasons before joining Real Betis in 2019. He made his international debut for France in 2015.

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    Corentin Tolisso - Substitute

    The midfielder joined Bayern Munich from Lyon in 2017 and played for five seasons. In May 2022, his contract ended at Bayern and he has since left the club. Tolisso made his international debut for France in 2017.