Benjamin Pavard, from Fan Zone to the World Cup Semifinal Game

Benjamin Pavard, from Fan Zone to the World Cup Semifinal GameBenjamin Pavard is now preparing to appear for the French match in the 2018 World Cup semifinals. Just two years ago he still had to watch Les Bleus in the fan zone.

22-year-old footballer became one of the young players who stole the attention in the World Cup in Russia so far. In addition to regular appearances, Pavard had already made one goal.

Pavard became the top choice of coach Didier Deschamps to escort France’s right-sided sector at the 2018 World Cup. The only time he did not enter the starting XI was when France balanced 0-0 against Denmark in the last group phase match. At that time passes have been secured tickets, so a number of major players were kept by Deschamps.

One goal from Pavard at the 2018 World Cup so far has been printed when France beat Argentina 4-3 in round 16. Kick from outside the penalty box in the 57th minute to make the skin rolled twist to enter the opponent’s goal in the score 2-2.

It is interesting to note that Pavard is actually counting the new kid in the French squad. The new Pavard was elected to the French squad on November 6, 2017, to then make his debut with the national team four days ago in a 2-0 win over Wales. He signed in for Christophe Jallet at the turn of the round. Including matches in the World Cup, Pavard also had only 10 caps.

Pavard’s success in the French squad for the World Cup is not out of slick performance with VfB Stuttgart. Joining Stuttgart in 2016, Pavard immediately helped the German club win promotion. The second season was undertaken in the Bundesliga.

Before an adventure in Germany, Pavard pioneered a soccer career at the Lille football academy. Pavard’s talent made Lille give him a debut in Ligue 1 in January 2015, when he was 18 years old.

“When he used to work hard, he did it very seriously, but outside he was a funny person and sometimes he would adjust his 1980s music collection with a loud voice,” said one of his colleagues at Lille’s Corentin academy Halucha, told AFP.

Halucha also revealed that only two years ago himself and Pavard still regularly visited the fan zone in the city of Lille to watch the French parties in the 2016 European Cup.

For Pavard, the situation is now much different; he was directly on the pitch with a French national team player. He is even preparing to play on the grand scale of the top four of the World Cup – perhaps also the top party.

No matter what happens to Les Bleus, Pavard’s performance has made big clubs glance. It is said that one of them is Bayern Munich.

“Football is about chance, the train has come, he is on it, and now he is enjoying the journey by being in first grade,” Halucha said.