Ribery: Disaster for World Cup, if France failed to qualify

The winger has insisted that it would be a huge blow if les Bleus were unable to beat Ukraine later this month in a play-off for Brazil 2014

01.11.2013 15:48:43

Bayern Munich star Franck Ribery believes it would be a "disaster" if France failed to qualify for next year's World Cup in Brazil. Didier Deschamps' men finished second behind Spain in Group I in World Cup qualifying and need to beat Ukraine in a two-legged play-off if they are to reach next summer's tournament. France last failed to qualify for the World Cup in 1994 and Ribery is eager to ensure that they avoid the same fate this time around. "I simply cannot imagine the France team not at the World Cup," he told German news agency SID. "It would be a disaster for us, for everyone, for all of France. "We have to play as always, do not be afraid and do not stress." France, who were crowned world champions in 1998, travel to Ukraine for the first leg of their play-off on November 15, before hosting Mykhaylo Fomenko's men four days later.

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