Friday, December 9, 2022

Raphaël Varane: on the bench and still injured for the start of the World Cup?

A questionable state of health. Raphael Varane, injured for several weeks with Manchester United, will not start the match against Australia on Tuesday 22 November. However, the former Real Madrid player trained normally for the second consecutive time on Monday, November 21. Didier Deschamps himself indicated that the Frenchman was available. However, we are heading towards a Konaté – Upamecano hinge, a contradictory sign?

With Karim Benzema’s package, spared for several weeks before being integrated into the group to finally get injured, the specter of a new big injury could potentially worry the staff of the France team who do not want to take risks. The World Cup does not start until tomorrow for the France team and the road is still long, a 100% Raphaël Varane for the final phase would be a real plus.

His journey in blue

Revealed at his 17th birthday in Lens, Raphaël Varane was called up to the French team at the end of 2012 following the assumption of duty by Didier Deschamps. He will have to wait until March 22 of the following year to know his first selection, being established alongside Mamadou Sakho against Georgia. From then on, he will no longer leave the France group and will marry the mandate of the coach. Holder during the 2014 World Cup, he was at fault in the quarter-finals on the goal of Mats Hummels which eliminated the Blues. If he remains a basic element of the tricolor defense, injuries will deprive him of the Euro in 2016. In May, he injured his thigh and had to give up the tournament organized in France and saw his partners from afar fail in the final against Portugal (0-1 ap). In 2018, he is well suited and forms with Samuel Umtiti a complementary and solid central hinge. This team will help the Blues to fly over the competition and go get their second star 20 years later. Varane distinguished himself by scoring one of the two goals in the quarter-finals against Uruguay (2-0). Due to the pandemic, he must wait until 2021 to discover the Euro but can do nothing to avoid defeat in the round of 16 against Switzerland (3-3, 4-5 tab). He will console himself in the fall by winning a second trophy in selection with the League of Nations, against Spain (2-1).

In 2022, he played only two matches with the Blues, missing three in June for a
contracted hamstring injury, and a fourth on September 25, Deschamps preferring the
leave on the bench against Denmark (0-2). Uncertain for the World Cup again affected in the end hamstrings
October, Varane is finally fit, his injury being less serious than he feared, and will be
trip to Qatar.

His potential for the World Cup

His playing career

Raphaël Varane was born on April 25, 1993 in Lille. From the age of 9, Raphaël Varane was spotted by Racing Club de Lens, which he joined in 2002. Earlier than the other recruits, in 2010 he signed a three-year professional contract with the club. He then participates in the French Amateur Championship, and is a member of the French under-18 team.
It was only 17 years old that Raphaël Varane turned professional. He is tenured in Ligue 1, and selected for the France U23 team. While Lens was relegated to Ligue 2, he joined Real Madrid on the advice of Zinedine Zidane for the sum of 10 million euros. He signs with the Spanish club for six years. He plays his first match in September, and plays his role perfectly with impressive calm and maturity. Three days later, again tenured, he scored a goal. In the
following days, Varane took part in his first Champions League match. In 2011, he will take part in nine matches in the Spanish league, four in the Champions League and two in the Spanish Cup. In 2012 and 2013, he gained in consistency and playing time at Real Madrid to the point of appearing as a regular alternative to Pepe and Sergio Ramos, and earned his starting stripes in the Champions League, at the same time as he discovered The french team. 2014 will be a paradoxical year with several errors which cost him his starting lace but a consecration on the European scene where he started in the C1 final won by the Merengues against Atletico de Madrid. On this occasion, he becomes the youngest French winner of the competition at 21 years old. The sequel sees the native of Lille fight to make his place in eleven Madrid. It will take him two seasons to really settle down and relegate Pepe to the hierarchy. In 2017, Varane achieved the Champions League – La Liga double for the first time in his career. The following season, Real Madrid retained their European title, despite a complicated season domestically. A blessed year for the defender who also won the World Cup with the Blues. The return to reality will be more difficult even if in 2020, the people of Madrid conquer a new title of champion of Spain. In 2021, he came to a standstill with Real Madrid, winning no trophies, a first since 2015. Wishing to discover another championship and take on a new challenge, he left the White House in the summer after 10 years and joined Manchester United for four seasons in exchange for around 40 million euros. Holder in the Mancunian defense, he has not yet won anything with the Red Devils.

For the little story…

At 29, Raphaël Varane is preparing to be a father for the third time. Married to Camille Tygat since the spring of 2015, after having met her in high school, the Manchester United defender already has a boy Ruben, born on March 9, 2017 and a daughter named Anaïs who was born in the fall of 2020. We do not know again the sex of the future child. One more member in a well-stocked family since the Northerner is the 3rd of a family of 4. He is also not the only one known to the general public. Indeed, in 2019, her sister Annabelle participated in the Miss France election, as Miss Nord-Pas-de-Calais. A competition where she will qualify among the 12 semi-finalists, without managing to go further.

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