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France likely to upset few top rank teams in Hockey World Cup
Sportslogon Team November 22nd 2018

Bhubaneswar : Almost after 28 years the France field hockey team arrived here at Biju Patnaik International Airport on Thursday to take part in the Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup at Kalinga Stadium from November 28 to December 16.

France has been in hibernation at the world stage in men's field hockey. The European nation's previous appearance at the Summer Olympics in hockey came way back in 1972. They last played in a World Cup in 1990 and they last earned a place in the Champions Trophy back in 1992.

However in 2018, France has been ranked last (20th) in the FIH Men's Hockey standings. With the 2018 World Cup being expanded to 16 teams, France had a shot of qualifying for the Finals through the FIH World Hockey Series Semi-finals.

The French has been placed in Group A where they are up against Olympic champions Argentina, Spain, and New Zealand, but their draw against New Zealand last year means they are not a team to be taken lightly.
<>br> We are nothing to lose in this World Cup as we are the lowest ranked team. But our team definitely upset few top rated teams. Our boys are pretty young to handle the pressure, said chief coach Jeroen Delmee.

Regarding facing the Olympic Champion Argentina in the group stage matches, Jeroen expressed they were champion in the year 2016, many things has been changed in last two years. We are in a plan to upset a team in the group stage, which will help us to reach among the top 10 teams of the World, added Jeroen.

France Squad: Artur Thieffry, Corentin Saunier, Pieter van Straaten, Tom Genestet, Hugo Genestet, Blaise Rogeau, Victor Lockwood, Charles Masson, Nicolas Dumont, Gaspard Baumgarten, Francois Goyet, Cristoforo Peters-Duetz, Jean-Baptiste Forgues, Etienne Tynevez, Victor Charlet, Aristide Coisne, Maximillien Branicki, Timothee Clement, Head Coach: Jeroen Delmee .
This news was added and updated on : November 22nd 2018
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