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Paris, Russia, to turn French for World Cup semifinals

Paris, Russia, to turn French for World Cup semifinals”

"I would be proud to show Titi that he chose the wrong camp", Giroud said yesterday, referring to Henry by his nickname.

But Henry is neither the first nor will be the last footballer to represent one country as a player and coach another.

France manager Didier Deschamps insists that his side need striker Olivier Giroud despite the fact that he is yet to score at this World Cup. They have so far scored the most goals in the tournament.

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Just like players are free to choose which country or club they want to play for provided they abide by the law, similarly former players can not be judged by which country they decide to coach.

"He can be unsafe for us but we are going to try and stop him from playing". Not everyone in Paris is pro-France, though.

"We know that Belgium are a top team".

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The group stage of the 2018 World Cup is coming to a close, and the knockout bracket is coming into focus. He added: "We would have loved to have beaten Spain - that was why we came here".

UFF president Andriy Pavelko, wearing a Croatia shirt and scarf, tells Ukrainian broadcaster 112 that he and other members of the UFF management offered to pay the fine and help Vukojevic with legal costs if he wants to appeal the ruling.

The most important role Giroud plays in the French attack is winning balls in the air, drawing defenders to him and taking up space in the middle to allow Mbappe to work on the right wing and Antoine Griezmann to find spots between the frontline and midfield.

The World Cup semifinal stage is beginning with the all-European lineup being celebrated by soccer's governing body on the continent.

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Giroud will be fighting to shatter the World Cup dreams of his club team-mate Courtois by opening his goal account when the two nations clash in a blockbuster semi-final in St Petersburg on Tuesday. He might not have the flamboyant style but the team needs him even if he doesn't score.



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