These attackers who have experienced periods of scarcity in the France team

The months following the 1986 World Cup were difficult for Jean-Pierre Papin. From the trip to Mexico after only two selections, the one who then played for FC Bruges experienced a mixed World Cup, between his first goal for the Blues in the opening match against Canada (1-0 victory) and the three past knockout matches on the bench. Relaunched by Henri Michel during the small final against Belgium (4-2 victory), the Boulonnais scored the second French goal just before half-time.

Transferred to Olympique de Marseille during the summer, the striker will then experience a scarcity of more than two years in Blues. It was not until September 28, 1988, during a match against Norway (1-0) counting for the 1990 World Cup qualifiers, that Jean-Pierre Papin freed himself by converting a penalty obtained by Daniel Congratulations six minutes from time.

The delivery of Jean-Pierre Papin, author of his first goal in Blues for more than two years.  (M. Deschamps/The Team)

The delivery of Jean-Pierre Papin, author of his first goal in Blues for more than two years. (M. Deschamps/The Team)

Christophe Dugarry has come a long way when he scored the first goal for the French team at the 1998 World Cup against South Africa in front of “his” public at the Vélodrome. Returning to France a few months earlier after six extremely complicated months at Barça, the OM striker scored only one goal during the 1997-1998 season.

And yet, Aimé Jacquet decides to call him for this World Cup at home, which makes the two men the favorite targets of the French. It must be said that in the France team, the Girondin has been silent since June 10, 1996 and the victory of the Blues in their first Euro match against Romania (1-0). Holder against Saudi Arabia in the next match, Dugarry will be injured and will not return until the final against Brazil (3-0).

Christophe Dugarry exults after his goal against South Africa at the 1998 World Cup. (A. De Martignac/L'Équipe)

Christophe Dugarry exults after his goal against South Africa at the 1998 World Cup. (A. De Martignac/L’Équipe)

If there are only three months that separate the 31st and 32nd goals of Olivier Giroud in Blue, the time suddenly seems longer when you know that there was a World Cup between the two . Scorer on May 28, 2018 against Ireland in a friendly (2-0) then on September 9 in the League of Nations against the Netherlands (2-1), the Chelsea striker will not have scored a single goal in of the campaign of the Blues towards their “second star”. Not so serious for the Chambérien: “If I win this World Cup without scoring a single goal, I won’t care, it will be fine with me! » Of which act.

Olivier Giroud experienced a shortage in the France team at the worst of times.  (F. Faugère/The Team)

Olivier Giroud experienced a shortage in the France team at the worst of times. (F. Faugère/The Team)

Olivier Giroud was not the first goalscorer for Les Bleus not to score a single goal at a World Cup. Twenty years earlier, Stéphane Guivarc’h had also remained silent during the first world title. But unlike the AC Milan striker, who became the second top scorer in the history of the French team (48 goals), the one who was crowned best director in the French Championship two seasons in a row (1997 and 1998) never lived up to his status in the blue jersey. Scorer in his first cap during a friendly against South Africa on October 11, 1997 (2-1), the Breton will never score again in selection until his last match with the Blues, in November 1999.

Stéphane Guivarc'h failed to find the back of the net during the 1998 World Cup. (P. Boutroux/L'Équipe)

Stéphane Guivarc’h failed to find the back of the net during the 1998 World Cup. (P. Boutroux/L’Équipe)

“He scored, he scored! », can chant the Parc des Princes, a little lodger. Six minutes after coming into play in place of Olivier Giroud at half-time in a game with a river score against Australia (6-0), Karim Benzema has just put an end to a drought of 1,222 minutes, after cutting off a center from Franck Ribéry from the left at the near post.

We are October 11, 2013 and the Real Madrid striker had not scored with the Blues since June 5, 2012 in a friendly match against Estonia (4-0). Thumbs up in the direction of the stands before applauding the public, Benzema scored his sixteenth goal for the Blues that evening. He has twenty more today (36).

Franck Ribéry congratulates Karim Benzema, author of his first goal in 15 months in the jersey of the France team.  (B. Papon/The Team)

Franck Ribéry congratulates Karim Benzema, author of his first goal in 15 months in the jersey of the France team. (B. Papon/The Team)

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