The French national football team played their 1st match in 1904 and has had some periods of great success.

Since the 1st ever FIFA World Cup in 1930 they are the only team to have entered every tournament, and have only been eliminated at the qualification stage on 6 occasions.

The next round will be held in Brazil next summer and it has been an uncertainty as to whether the France soccer jersey will feature.

In 2011 Nike took over the manufacturing of the France soccer jersey after a long standing agreement with Adidas came to an end.

Inspiration for their kits comes from the colors of the French national flag. The traditional blue shirt, white shorts and red socks replicate the 3 stripes on the French flag.

This is an iconic kit recognised as one of only 8 teams to have won the World Cup trophy.

The World Cup is organised by FIFA, it is the most watched sporting event around the globe and is the pinnacle of footballing success.

The elite soccer players that star for the top clubs around the world proudly wear their international football shirts as they aim to win success for their home country.

32 successful teams make it through the qualifying stages and make it to the finals.

The 20th World Cup will be held in Brazil in the summer of 2014. The host nation enjoys automatic qualification; the remaining 31 spots are allocated between the 6 FIFA confederations.

Each team play's a series of qualifying matches, within each confederation the winning teams go on to the final tournament.

Wearing an international football shirt is a great honor as is playing in the World Cup, particularly one that is held in Brazil.

As part of the UEFA confederation the team that wear the France soccer jersey were placed in qualifying group I alongside Spain, Finland, Georgia and Belarus.

This was a tough group to be placed in, only the top placed team secures automatic qualification, the 2nd place enters the play offs.

Spain as the reigning World Cup and European champions, ranked as the FIFA number 1 team were always going to be the favorites.

Each team played 8 games, a home and away match against every other team in the group.

The players wearing the France soccer jersey produced some good results, winning 5 of their 8 games.

They lost to Spain at home and secured draws in the Spain and Georgia away matches.

This gave them 17 points, 8 more than closest rivals Finland, however, Spain finished with 20 points securing their qualification and leaving France to navigate the play-offs.

The play-off draw was held on 21st October; according to FIFA rankings the team wearing the France soccer jersey was unseeded.

France was drawn against Ukraine and would play a 2-legged match, on 15th and 19th November.

The overall aggregate winner after the final whistle would progress to the finals in Brazil 2014, the losing team's dreams of World Cup success would be over.

For the 1st match the French team travelled with their international football shirts to Ukraine.

It was a disappointing evening for the France players and supporters, they lost the match 2-0.

This put them in a drastic position as no European team has ever achieved qualification after losing the 1st play-off game with a score line of 2-0.

They had a lot to do at the home leg if they were to make it to Brazil next year.

The Ukraine team went into this match having not lost a game in 2013, the manager of the team that wear the France soccer jerseys Didier Deschamps asked his team for an "exceptional" match and that is what he got.

Sakho opened the scoring for France in the 22nd minute boosting the team's confidence, Benzema added a 2nd on 34 minutes.

Already buoyed just after half time Ukraine player Khacheridi was sent off. Against 10 men Sakho added a third making the score 3-2 on aggregate.

This stunning performance guarantees the France team and kit will feature in Brazil next summer alongside 31 other great international football shirts.

France is by no means favourites but more performances like that against the Ukraine may see them lift the World Cup for the 2nd time in their history.

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