France started their World Cup campaign with a convincing win over Honduras. In Didier Deschamp’s starting XI were two youngsters from the LFP, Raphäel Varane and Antoine Griezmann.
In March 81,000 people witnessed Griezmann's debut with the national side at the Stade de France. The Real Sociedad wide man played for 67 minutes and make a good impression. The post denied him a debut goal on his first World Cup goal, but he was the perfect foil for Karim Benzema, who bagged a brace.
The Frenchman played 50 times for Real Sociedad last season and scored 20 goals, 16 of which came in Liga BBVA – a new personal best. He was also the youngest player amongst the competition's top scorers.
Aged only 21, Varane has had a difficult time of it since he got injured in May 2013 against RCD Espanyol. However he finished the season in the best way possible, starting the Champions League final against Atlético Madrid. After winning the 'Décima', Varane takes on a new challenge at the heart of the French backline. In his first game he looked unfazed by the occasion, making seven tackles.
This afternoon the leaders of Group E will be decided. At the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, 'Les Bleus' take on Switzerland, who also won their first game against Ecuador. They showed at the last World Cup they are capable of beating any team, downing Spain in their first game in South Africa.
The two sides have met 36 times, with a balance of 12 Switzerland wins, 15 French wins and nine draws, with 120 goals scored. The last game between the two sides came in the group stages at the World Cup in 2006. The result there was 0-0 and both sides made it through to the last 16, Switzerland as top of the group.
In this time up to five players who played in Liga BBVA last term will meet: for France there is Varane, Griezmann and Benzema, whilst for Switzerland Háris Seferovic, Grizemann’s teammate at Real Sociedad, and Phillippe Senderos, who was on loan at Valencia CF for the second half of the season.