Now, with well-orchestrated teamwork, the "golden generation" is determined to fight for the championship. The attitude of the players was brilliant and we couldn't ask for anymore.
According to The Mirror, nine of the last 12 semi-finals have been 0-0 at half-time.
But with their King Philippe watching from the stands, there was to be no coronation.
Given how the voting usually goes, he nearly surely won't win the player of the tournament award, but he deserves more consideration, especially if France lifts the trophy on Sunday.
Not scoring the first goal meant it was always going to be hard with the way that France were set up. He said after that match that there he was disappointed that they were done in by a set-piece. "We weren't in control two years ago against Argentina".
But then, solid defending by Vincent Kompany, Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen for Belgium, and France's Benjamin Pavard, Raphael Varane, Umtiti and Lucas Hernandez also helped to keep the game goalless.
The Belgian team leads the tournament in goals with 14, while France has scored the least with 9.
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He then played for a series of foreign teams, including Israeli team Ironi Nes Ziona, and Turkish team Anadolu Efes. Honeycutt began his career at University of California, where he was named co-MVP for 2011.
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While the man himself was admirably reserved in his own reflections, manager Gareth Southgate had no reason to dial down his praise.
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In any case, it's instructive to see how the crowdsourced engineering exercise unfolded over the course of just a couple of days. Dark clouds and fog shrouded the area around the cave as a steady rain began falling in the early afternoon.
However, in saying all these french words, It was the Belgium team who shook the world off its axis when they out-danced the Samba Boys in emphatic fashion.
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The Chelsea star interchanged positions with Kevin de Bruyne in the opening minutes and the French backline scrambled to negotiate the incoming raids.
"When you go to a club overseas and play one from your own country, you are part of the enemy team", Deschamps said. We don't have the resources, the infrastructure, the money that other countries have.
The French will have a chance to win their second-ever World Cup title and first since their 1998 victory on home soil.
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Long considered the a lesser footballing nation than its neighbour the Netherlands - whose orange-clad teams have reached three World Cup finals and lost them all - this Belgium team has at least dispelled the Dutch shadow.