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France national football
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Les Bleus ("The Blues")
L'Equipe tricolore ("The Tri-color Team")
Association Fédération Française
de Football
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Raymond Domenech
Asst coach Alain Boghossian
Pierre Mankowski
Captain Patrick Vieira
Thierry Henry (acting)
Most caps Lilian Thuram (142)
Top scorer Thierry Henry (51)
Home stadium Stade de France
FIFA code FRA
FIFA ranking 7
Highest FIFA ranking 1 (May 2001 – May 2002)
Lowest FIFA ranking 25 (April 1998)
Elo ranking 9
Highest Elo ranking 1 (December 1984-April 1985
August 1985
February-June 1986
July 1998-March 1999
June 2000-May 2002
September 2003-August 2004
August 2006-October 2006
February 2007
June 2007-July 2007)
Lowest Elo ranking 44 (May 1928
February 1930)
Home colours
Away colours
First international
Belgium Belgium 3–3 France France
(Brussels, Belgium; 1 May 1904)
Biggest win
France France 10–0 Azerbaijan Azerbaijan
(Auxerre, France; 6 September 1995)
Biggest defeat
Denmark Denmark 17–1 France France
(London, England; 22 October 1908)
World Cup
Appearances 12 (First in 1930)
Best result Winners, 1998
European Championship
Appearances 7 (First in 1960)
Best result Winners, 1984 and 2000
Confederations Cup
Appearances 2 (First in 2001)
Best result Winners, 2001 and 2003
Olympic medal record
Men's Football
Silver 1900 Paris Team
Gold 1984 Los Angeles Team

The France national football team represents the nation of France in international football. It is fielded by the French Football Federation and competes as a member of UEFA.

France was one of the four European teams that participated at the inaugural World Cup in 1930 and are one of seven national teams to have won the competition, which they did in 1998 when they hosted the Cup. They defeated Brazil 3–0 in the final. France and England share the record of having one World Cup victory. France has also won two UEFA European Football Championships, winning the first in 1984, led by Ballon d'Or winner Michel Platini, and the most recent in 2000, led by FIFA World Player of the Year Zinedine Zidane. Following France's 2001 Confederations Cup victory, they became, along with Argentina, the only national teams to win the three most important men's titles organized by FIFA: the FIFA World Cup, the FIFA Confederations Cup, and the Olympic Tournament.

France currently share a competitive rivalry with neighbors Italy, whom they first contested in 1910. The rivalry laid dormant for awhile, but re-ignited following the controversial circumstances surrounding Zinedine Zidane's sending-off in the 2006 World Cup final.

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History

The France national football team was created in 1904 around the same time of FIFA's foundation on 21 May 1904 and contested its first official international match on 1 May 1904 against Belgium, in Brussels, that ended in a 3–3 draw.[1] The following year, on 12 February 1905, France contested their first ever home match against Switzerland, played at the Parc des Princes in front of 500 supporters. Prior to the FIFA World Cup, France's major international competition was the Summer Olympics. At the 1908 Summer Olympics, France sent two teams to the competition, a rare occurrence, due to a disagreement between FIFA and the Union des Sociétés Françaises de Sports Athlétiques (USFSA), the country's sports union at the time. At the competition, both teams struggles with France B losing in the opening round and France A losing in the following round. Following the Olympics, on 9 May 1908, the French Interfederal Committee (CFI), a rival organization to the USFSA, ruled that FIFA would now be responsible for the club's appearances in forthcoming Olympics Games and not the USFSA. The USFSA disagreed, but due to disorganization in later years, became semi-affiliated with the CFI in 1913. In 1919, the CFI transformed themselves into the Fédération Française de Football or the French Football Federation. In 1921, the USFSA finally merged with the French Football Federation.

In July 1930, France appeared in the inaugural FIFA World Cup, held in Uruguay. In their first-ever World Cup match, France defeated Mexico 4–1 at the Estadio Pocitos in Montevideo. Lucien Laurent became notable in the match as he scored not only France's first World Cup goal, but the first goal in World Cup history. France later lost 0–1 to fellow group stage opponents Argentina and Chile resulting in the team bowing out in the group stage. The following year saw the first selection of a black player to the national team. Raoul Diagne, who was of Senegalese descent, earned his first cap on 15 February in a 1–2 defeat to Czechoslovakia. Diagne later played with the team at the 1938 FIFA World Cup, alongside Larbi Benbarek, who was the first player of North African origin to play for the national team. At the 1934 FIFA World Cup, France suffered elimination in the opening round. The group stage used in the first World Cup was discarded in favour of a straight knockout tournament. In the match, against Austria, France lost 2–3 following extra time goals from Anton Schall and Josef Bican. On the team's return to Paris, they were greeted as heroes by a crowd of over 4,000 supporters. Two years later, on 24 February 1936, Gaston Barreau was officially installed as the France's first manager. Barreau, who headed a player selection committee which officially headed the team, had unofficially managed the team since 1919.

France hosted the 1938 FIFA World Cup and reached the quarter-finals before losing 1–3 to the defending champions Italy, who later went on to defend their title. Due to the development of World War II, national team play was put on hold, returned, then was put on hold for a second time before finally returning on a permanent basis following the conclusion of the war. The first suspension of play lasted from 29 January 1940 until 8 March 1942 when France returned to play losing 0–2 to Switzerland. France contested one more match before play was suspended again on 16 March 1942. After over two and a half years of dormancy, France returned to play on Christmas Eve 1944 defeating Belgium 3–1 in Paris.

The 1950s saw France handed its first Golden Generation composed of players such as Just Fontaine, Raymond Kopa, Jean Vincent, Robert Jonquet, Maryan Wisnieski, Thadée Cisowski, and Armand Penverne. At the 1958 FIFA World Cup, France reached the semi-finals losing to Brazil, who won the match 5–2, courtesy of a hat trick from Pelé. In the third place match, France defeated West Germany 6–2 with Fontaine recording four goals, which brought his goal tally in the compeitition to 13, a World Cup record. The Just Fontaine 13-goal record still stands today. France hosted the inaugural UEFA European Football Championship in 1960 and, for the second straight international tournament, reached the semi-finals. In the round, France faced Yugoslavia and were shocked 4–5 despite being up 4–2 heading into the 75th minute. In the third place match, France were defeated 0–2 by the Czechoslovakians.

The 1960s and 70s saw France decline significantly playing under several different managers and failing to qualify for numerous international tournaments. Under Henri Guérin, France failed to qualify for the 1962 FIFA World Cup and the 1964 European Nations' Cup. The team did return to major international play following qualification for the 1966 FIFA World Cup. The team lost in the group stage portion of the tournament. Guérin was fired following the World Cup. He was replaced by José Arribas and Jean Snella, who worked as caretaker managers in dual roles. The two only lasted four matches and were replaced by former international Just Fontaine, who only lasted two. Louis Dugauguez succeeded Fontaine and, following his early struggles in qualification for the 1970 FIFA World Cup, he was fired. Dugauguez was replaced by Georges Boulogne, who couldn't get the team to the World Cup. Boulogne was fired following failure to failure to qualify for the 1974 FIFA World Cup. Boulogne also failed to get the team to UEFA Euro 1972. He was replaced by Romanian Stefan Kovacs, who became the first and, to this day, only international manager to ever manage the French national team. Kovács would also turn out to be a disappointment failing to qualify for the 1974 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 1976. After two years in charge, he was sacked and replaced with Michel Hidalgo.

Under Hidalgo, France flourished, mainly due to the accolades of playmaker Michel Platini, who, alongside Jean Tigana, Alain Giresse, and Luis Fernández formed the "carré magique" ("Magic Square"), which would haunt opposing defenses beginning in the 1982 FIFA World Cup, where France reached the semi-finals setting up a showdown with their rivals, West Germany. The semi-final match-up is considered one of the greatest matches in World Cup history and was marred with controversy. France eventually lost on penalties 5–4.[2]

France earned their first major international honour two years later, winning UEFA Euro 1984, which they hosted. Under the leadership of Platini, who scored a tournament-high nine goals, France defeated Spain 2–0 with Platini and Bruno Bellone scoring the goals. Following the Euro triumph, Hidalgo departed the team and was replaced by former international Henri Michel. France later completed the hat trick when they won gold at the 1984 Summer Olympics football tournament and, a year later, defeated Uruguay 2–0 to win the Artemio Franchi Trophy, which was an early precursor to the FIFA Confederations Cup. In a span of a year, France were holders of three of the four major international trophies. At the 1986 FIFA World Cup, France were favorites to win the competition, and for the second consecutive World Cup reached the semi-finals against West Germany in the semi-finals. Again, however, they lost. A 4-2 victory over Belgium gave France third place. A year later, Platini retired from both club and international football.

In 1988, the French Football Federation opened the Clairefontaine National Football Institute. Its opening ceremony was attended by then-President of France, François Mitterrand. Five months after Clairefontaine's opening, manager Henri Michel was fired and was replaced by Michel Platini, who failed to get the team to the 1990 FIFA World Cup. Platini did lead the team to UEFA Euro 1992 and, despite going on an impressive 19-match unbeaten streak prior to the competition, suffered elimination in the group stage. A week after the completion of the tournament, Platini stepped down as manager and was replaced by his assistant Gérard Houllier. Under Houllier, France and its supporters experienced a heartbreaking meltdown after having qualification to the 1994 FIFA World Cup all but secured with two matches to go, against last place Israel and Bulgaria, in their qualifying group with both matches being played at home. In the Israel match, France were upset 2–3 and, in the Bulgaria match, suffered an astronomical 1–2 defeat following a monumental and costly mistake by midfielder David Ginola in the last minute of play. The public outcry, following the defeat, led to the firing of Houllier. His assistant Aimé Jacquet was given his post.

France's triumphant years began during the late 1990s because of the generation of Zinédine Zidane. This team started off well by reaching the semi-finals of UEFA Euro 1996. After the competition, coach Aimé Jacquet adopted a very defensive strategy, which was often derided by supporters. The press also began to attack the team manager, calling his methods "Paleolithic," and claiming that the team had no hope in winning the upcoming 1998 FIFA World Cup, which would be hosted in their home country. There were even calls for Jacquet to resign following the teams underwhelming performance at the 1997 edition of the Tournoi de France. However, despite the constant criticism, Jacquet led the team to World Cup glory defeating Brazil 3–0 in the final, which was played at the Stade de France, the team's recently constructed national stadium.

Jacquet stepped down after France's World Cup triumph and was succeeded by assistant Roger Lemerre who guided them through UEFA Euro 2000. Zidane cemented his FIFA World Player of the Year form, scoring a direct free kick in the quarter-final against Spain and a golden goal penalty in the semi-final against Portugal. In the finals, France defeated Italy 2–1 in a come-from-behind victory. David Trezeguet scored the golden goal in extra time after an equalizing goal from Sylvain Wiltord in the fifth minute of injury time. This gave them the distinction of being the first national team to hold both the World Cup and Euro titles since West Germany did so in 1974, and it was also the first time that a reigning World Cup winner went on to capture the Euro. Following the result, France were inserted to the prestigious number one spot in the FIFA World Rankings.

France failed to maintain that pace in subsequent tournaments. Although they won the Confederations Cup in 2001, France suffered a stunning goalless first round elimination in the 2002 FIFA World Cup, possibly due in part to an injury to key playmaker Zidane. One of the greatest shocks in World Cup history condemned France to a 0–1 defeat to debutantes Senegal in the opening game of the tournament. After France finished bottom of the group, Lemerre was dismissed. A full strength team started out strongly in UEFA Euro 2004, but they were upset in the quarter-finals by the eventual winners Greece. Jacques Santini resigned as coach and Raymond Domenech was picked as his replacement.

France struggled in the qualifiers for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. This prompted Domenech to persuade "golden generation" members Claude Makélélé, Lilian Thuram, and Zinedine Zidane out of international retirement to help the national team qualify. This was France's first successful World Cup qualification since 1986 (France received automatic berths in 1998 and 2002, as hosts and defending champions). The team was greeted with modest expectations as it entered the World Cup tournament. The team had a slow start in the group stage and were in danger of being eliminated drawing their first two matches. However, France found their form and won their final group match to advance to the knockout rounds. There, Zidane scored or assisted in every game of the knockout rounds contributing to the team's appearance in the final. At home, when news came of France's victory, there were mass celebrations at the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. France took on Italy in the final and despite controversial disruptions in extra time, France failed to get on the score-sheet and Italy eventually won the penalty shoot-out 5–3 to be crowned 2006 World Champions.

France started its qualifying round for UEFA Euro 2008 strong and qualified for the tournament, despite two shocking defeats to Scotland. Despite high expectations from supports, France bowed out during the group stage portion of the tournament after having been placed in the group of death. France's performance at Euro 2008 effectively marked the end of its golden era with Patrick Vieira and Thierry Henry remaining with the team following the uneventful Euro performance. Despite pressure from supporters and world media, alike, to fire Domenech, the federation retained him as manager.

France's campaign for 2010 World Cup qualification got off to a disappointing start with the team suffering disastrous losses and earning uninspired victories. France eventually finished second in the group and earned a spot in the UEFA play-offs against the Republic of Ireland for a place in South Africa. In the first leg, France defeated the Irish 1–0 and in the second leg procured a 1–1 draw, via controversial circumstances, to qualify for the World Cup.

Home stadium

Panorama view of the Stade de France, France's national stadium.

During France's early run of existence, the team's national stadium alternated between the Parc des Princes in Paris and the Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir in Colombes. France also hosted matches at the Stade Pershing, Stade de Paris, and the Stade Buffalo, but to a minimal degree. As the years moved forward, France began hosting matches outside the city of Paris hosting matches at such venues as the Stade Marcel Saupin in Nantes, the Stade Vélodrome in Marseille, the Stade de Gerland in Lyon, and the Stade de la Meinau in Strasbourg, to name a few. Following the renovation of the Parc des Princes in 1972, which made the stadium the largest in terms of attendance, France moved into the venue permanently. The team still hosted friendly matches and minor FIFA World Cup and UEFA European Football Championship qualification matches at other venues.

In 1998, the Stade de France was inaugurated as France's national stadium ahead of the 1998 FIFA World Cup. Located in Saint-Denis, a Parisian suburb, the stadium has an all-seater capacity of 81,338. France's first match at the stadium was played on 28 January 1998 against Spain. France won the match 1–0 with Zinedine Zidane scoring the lone goal. Since that match, France has used the stadium for almost every major home game.

Media coverage

The national team currently has a broadcasting agreement with TF1 Group, who control the country's main national TV channel, TF1. The current agreement was set to expire following the 2010 FIFA World Cup. On 18 December 2009, the Federal Council of the French Football Federation agreed to extend its exclusive broadcasting agreement with the channel. The new deal grants the channel exclusive broadcast rights for the matches of national team, which include friendlies and international games for the next four seasons beginning in August 2010 and ending in June 2014. TF1 will also have extended rights, notably on the Internet, and may also broadcast images of the national team in its weekly program, Téléfoot.[3] The federation will receive 45 million a season, a €10 million decreased from the €55 million they received from the previous agreement reached in 2006.[4]

Kit

France's Zinedine Zidane number 10 home shirt

The France national team utilizes a tricolour system, composed of colors blue, red, and white. The team's three colors originate from the national flag of France, known as the drapeau tricolore. France have brandished the colors since their first official international match against Belgium in 1904. Since the team's inception, France normally wear blue shirts, white shorts, and red socks at home, while, when on the road, the team utilizes an all-white combination or wear red shirts, blue shorts, and blue socks with the former being the most current. Between the years 1909–1914, France wore a white shirt with blue stripes, white shorts, and red socks.

Beginning in 1972, France reached an agreement with German sports apparel manufacturer Adidas to be the team's kit provider. Over the next 38 years, the two would maintain a healthy relationship with France winning UEFA Euro 1984, the 1998 FIFA World Cup, and UEFA Euro 2000 while wearing the brand's famous tricolour three stripes. On 22 February 2008, the French Football Federation announced that they were ending their partnership with Adidas and signing with the American manufacturer Nike, effective 1 January 2011. The unprecedented deal is valued at 320 million over seven years (2011–2018) making France's blue shirt the most expensive ever in the history of football.[5][6]

Nickname

France is often referred to by the media and supporters as Les Bleus (The Blues), which is the nickname associated with all of France's international sporting teams due to the blue shirts each team incorporates. The team is also referred to as Les Tricolores or L'Equipe Tricolore (The Tri-color Team) due to the team's utilization of the country's national colors: red, blue, and white. During the 1980s, France earned the nickname the "Brazilians of Europe" mainly due to the accolades of the "carré magique" ("Magic Square"), who were anchored by Michel Platini. Led by coach Michel Hidalgo, France exhibited an inspiring, elegant, skillful, and technically advanced offensive style of football, which was strikingly similar to their South American counterparts.[7]

Representing multi-ethnic France

The French national football team has long reflected the ethnic diversity of the country. The first black player playing in the national team was Raoul Diagne in 1931, the son of the first African elected to the French National Assembly, Blaise Diagne. In the 1950s, the first French national team reaching international success with a semi-final at the World Cup 1958 already included many sons of immigrants such as Raymond Kopa, Roger Piantoni, Maryan Wisnieski and Bernard Chiarelli. This tradition continued through the 1980s, when such successful players as Michel Platini, Jean Tigana, Luis Fernández, Manuel Amoros or Eric Cantona all had foreign-born parents.

During the 1990s, the team was widely celebrated as an example of the modern multicultural French ideal.[8] On the 2006 French national team, 17 of the 23 players were members of racial minorities, including many of the most prominent players. The team featured players born in France's overseas departments and others who were immigrants or the children of immigrants from former French colonies. Zinédine Zidane was born in Marseille to Algerian immigrants. Vikash Dhorasoo — the first French player of Indo-Mauritian origin - played in the 2006 World Cup. Meanwhile, several players are of African and West Indian origin. Patrick Vieira immigrated as a child from Senegal, Bafétimbi Gomis has dual French-Senegalese nationality, and Claude Makélélé did likewise from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Lilian Thuram is from France's overseas department of Guadeloupe. Thierry Henry is the son of parents born in Guadeloupe and Martinique, while Louis Saha, Sylvain Wiltord, and Pascal Chimbonda all have parents who hail from Guadeloupe. Florent Malouda was born in French Guiana. Similarly, current starlets like Karim Benzema, Samir Nasri, and Hatem Ben Arfa were born to immigrant families from Algeria and Tunisia.

The multiracial makeup of the team has at times provoked controversy. In recent years, critics on the far right of the French political spectrum have taken issue with the proportional underrepresentation of white Frenchmen on the team. National Front politician Jean-Marie Le Pen protested in 1998 that the Black, Blanc, Beur team that won the World Cup did not look sufficiently French. In 2002, led by Ghanaian-born Marcel Desailly, the French team unanimously publicly appealed to the French voting public to reject the presidential candidacy of Le Pen and instead return President Jacques Chirac to office in a landslide. In 2006, Le Pen also resumed his criticism, charging that coach Raymond Domenech had selected too many black players.[9]

In 2005, French philosopher Alain Finkielkraut caused a controversy by remarking to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz that despite its earlier slogan, "the French national team is in fact black-black-black," adding "France is made fun of all around Europe because of that." He later excused himself for this comment, which he declared was not meant to be offensive.[10]

The Zidane-Materazzi headbutt incident in the 2006 World Cup final and its aftermath served as a symbol for the larger issue of Europe's struggle to integrate its non-white immigrant population: even though both players denied it,[11] international media speculated for days about the presence of a racist element in the exchange,[12] observing that the Italian team contained no ethnic minorities.[13]

The national team's overall impact on France's efforts to integrate its minorities and come to terms with its colonial past has been mixed, however. In 2001, France played a friendly match in the Stade de France, site of its 1998 World Cup triumph, against Algeria. It was France's first meeting with its former colony, with whom it had fought a war from 1954–1962, and it proved controversial. France's national anthem, La Marseillaise, was booed by Algerian supporters before the game, and following a French goal that made the score 4–1 in the second half, spectators ran onto the field of play and caused the game to be suspended. It was never resumed.

Current squad

The squad for friendly match against Spain on 3 March 2010.

Caps and goals as of 3 March 2010, subsequent to the friendly match against Spain.

# Name DOB Club Caps Goals Debut
Goalkeepers
1 Hugo Lloris December 26, 1986 (1986-12-26) (age 23) France Lyon 9 0 v  Uruguay; 19 November 2008
16 Steve Mandanda March 28, 1985 (1985-03-28) (age 24) France Marseille 12 0 v  Ecuador; 27 May 2008
23 Cédric Carrasso December 30, 1981 (1981-12-30) (age 28) France Bordeaux 0 0
Defenders
2 Bacary Sagna February 14, 1983 (1983-02-14) (age 27) England Arsenal 17 0 v  Slovakia; 22 August 2007
3 Michaël Ciani April 6, 1984 (1984-04-06) (age 25) France Bordeaux 1 0 v  Spain; 3 March 2010
4 Julien Escudé August 17, 1979 (1979-08-17) (age 30) Spain Sevilla 13 0 v  Faroe Islands; 11 October 2006
5 Jean-Alain Boumsong December 14, 1979 (1979-12-14) (age 30) France Lyon 27 1 v  Japan; 20 June 2003
13 Patrice Evra May 15, 1981 (1981-05-15) (age 28) England Manchester United 27 0 v  Bosnia and Herzegovina; 18 August 2004
18 Adil Rami December 27, 1985 (1985-12-27) (age 24) France Lille 0 0
20 Aly Cissokho September 15, 1987 (1987-09-15) (age 22) France Lyon 0 0
21 Rod Fanni December 6, 1981 (1981-12-06) (age 28) France Rennes 4 0 v  Tunisia; 14 October 2008
Midfielders
6 Lassana Diarra March 10, 1985 (1985-03-10) (age 25) Spain Real Madrid 27 0 v  Lithuania; 24 March 2007
7 Moussa Sissoko August 16, 1989 (1989-08-16) (age 20) France Toulouse 2 0 v  Faroe Islands; 10 October 2009
8 Yoann Gourcuff July 11, 1986 (1986-07-11) (age 23) France Bordeaux 17 1 v  Sweden; 11 August 2008
14 Jérémy Toulalan September 10, 1983 (1983-09-10) (age 26) France Lyon 31 0 v  Faroe Islands; 11 October 2006
15 Florent Malouda June 13, 1980 (1980-06-13) (age 29) England Chelsea 51 3 v  Poland; 17 November 2004
17 Benoît Cheyrou May 3, 1981 (1981-05-03) (age 28) France Marseille 0 0
22 Franck Ribéry April 1, 1983 (1983-04-01) (age 26) Germany Bayern Munich 42 7 v  Mexico; 27 May 2006
Strikers
9 Djibril Cissé August 12, 1981 (1981-08-12) (age 28) Greece Panathinaikos 38 9 v  Belgium; 18 May 2002
10 Sidney Govou July 27, 1979 (1979-07-27) (age 30) France Lyon 43 10 v  Tunisia; 22 August 2001
11 Hatem Ben Arfa December 5, 1987 (1987-12-05) (age 22) France Marseille 7 1 v  Faroe Islands; 13 October 2007
12 Thierry Henry August 17, 1977 (1977-08-17) (age 32) Spain Barcelona 118 51 v  South Africa; 11 October 1997
19 Loïc Rémy January 2, 1987 (1987-01-02) (age 23) France Nice 1 0 v  Nigeria; 2 June 2009
39 Nicolas Anelka March 14, 1979 (1979-03-14) (age 31) England Chelsea 64 14 v  Sweden; 22 April 1998
Louis Saha August 8, 1978 (1978-08-08) (age 31) England Everton 18 4 v  Belgium; 18 February 2004
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Recent call-ups

Name DOB Club Caps Goals Most recent callup
Goalkeepers
Nicolas Douchez April 22, 1980 (1980-04-22) (age 29) France Rennes 0 0 v  Austria; 14 October 2009
Yohann Pelé November 4, 1982 (1982-11-04) (age 27) France Toulouse 0 0 v  Uruguay; 18 November 2008
Defenders
William Gallas August 17, 1977 (1977-08-17) (age 32) England Arsenal 78 4 v  Republic of Ireland; 18 November 2009
Éric Abidal September 11, 1979 (1979-09-11) (age 30) Spain Barcelona 52 0 v  Republic of Ireland; 18 November 2009
Sébastien Squillaci August 11, 1980 (1980-08-11) (age 29) Spain Sevilla 18 0 v  Republic of Ireland; 18 November 2009
Gaël Clichy July 26, 1985 (1985-07-26) (age 24) England Arsenal 3 0 v  Austria; 14 October 2009
Philippe Mexès March 30, 1982 (1982-03-30) (age 27) Italy Roma 13 0 v  Turkey; 5 June 2009
Mikaël Silvestre August 9, 1977 (1977-08-09) (age 32) England Arsenal 40 2 v  Uruguay; 18 November 2008
Midfielders
Alou Diarra July 15, 1981 (1981-07-15) (age 28) France Bordeaux 24 0 v  Republic of Ireland; 18 November 2009
Abou Diaby May 11, 1986 (1986-05-11) (age 23) England Arsenal 2 0 v  Republic of Ireland; 18 November 2009
Patrick Vieira June 23, 1976 (1976-06-23) (age 33) England Manchester City 107 6 v  Turkey; 5 June 2009
Samir Nasri June 26, 1987 (1987-06-26) (age 22) England Arsenal 15 2 v  Lithuania; 1 April 2009
Rio Mavuba March 8, 1984 (1984-03-08) (age 26) France Lille 6 0 v  Lithuania; 1 April 2009
Mathieu Flamini March 7, 1984 (1984-03-07) (age 26) Italy Milan 3 0 v  Serbia; 10 September 2008
Strikers
Karim Benzema December 19, 1987 (1987-12-19) (age 22) Spain Real Madrid 27 8 v  Republic of Ireland; 18 November 2009
André-Pierre Gignac December 5, 1985 (1985-12-05) (age 24) France Toulouse 10 4 v  Republic of Ireland; 18 November 2009
Bafétimbi Gomis August 6, 1985 (1985-08-06) (age 24) France Lyon 5 2 v  Austria; 14 October 2009
Guillaume Hoarau March 5, 1984 (1984-03-05) (age 26) France Paris Saint-Germain 0 0 v  Lithuania; 1 April 2009
Peguy Luyindula May 25, 1979 (1979-05-25) (age 30) France Paris Saint-Germain 6 1 v  Lithuania; 1 April 2009
Jimmy Briand August 2, 1985 (1985-08-02) (age 24) France Rennes 3 0 v  Argentina; 11 February 2009
Florent Sinama-Pongolle October 20, 1984 (1984-10-20) (age 25) Portugal Sporting 1 0 v  Tunisia; 14 October 2008

Recent results

Date Competition Location Home Team Result Away Team French Scorers
28 March 2009
2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
Kaunas, Lithuania Lithuania Lithuania
0 – 1
France France
Ribéry Goal 67'
1 April 2009
2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
Saint-Denis, France France France
1 – 0
Lithuania Lithuania
Ribéry Goal 76'
2 June 2009
Friendly
Saint-Étienne, France France France
0 – 1
Nigeria Nigeria
5 June 2009
Friendly
Lyon, France France France
1 – 0
Turkey Turkey
Benzema Goal 39' (pen.)
12 August 2009
2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
Tórshavn, Faroe Islands Faroe Islands Faroe Islands
0 – 1
France France
Gignac Goal 42'
5 September 2009
2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
Saint-Denis, France France France
1 – 1
Romania Romania
Henry Goal 48'
9 September 2009
2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
Belgrade, Serbia Serbia Serbia
1 – 1
France France
Henry Goal 31'
10 October 2009
2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
Guingamp, France France France
5 – 0
Faroe Islands Faroe Islands
Gignac Goal 34', Goal 39', Gallas Goal 53', Anelka Goal 86', Benzema Goal 88'
14 October 2009
2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
Saint-Denis, France France France
3 – 1
Austria Austria
Benzema Goal 18', Henry Goal 26' (pen.), Gignac Goal 66'
14 November 2009
2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
Dublin, Ireland  Republic of Ireland
0 – 1
 France
Anelka Goal 72'
18 November 2009
2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
Saint-Denis, France  France
1 – 1
 Republic of Ireland
Gallas Goal 103'
3 March 2010
Friendly
Saint-Denis, France  France
0 – 2
 Spain

Forthcoming fixtures

Date[14] Competition Location Home Team Result Away Team French Scorers
26 May 2010
Friendly
Lens, France  France
 Costa Rica
30 May 2010
Friendly
Radès, Tunisia  Tunisia
 France
4 June 2010
Friendly
Saint-Pierre, Réunion  France
 China PR
11 June 2010
2010 FIFA World Cup
Cape Town, South Africa  Uruguay
 France
17 June 2010
2010 FIFA World Cup
Polokwane, South Africa  France
 Mexico
22 June 2010
2010 FIFA World Cup
Bloemfontein, South Africa  France
 South Africa
11 August 2010
Friendly
Oslo, Norway  Norway
 France
3 September 2010
UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
TBD, France  France
 Belarus
7 September 2010
UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
TBD, Bosnia and Herzegovina  Bosnia and Herzegovina
 France
8 October 2010
UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
TBD, France  France
 Romania
12 October 2010
UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
TBD, France  France
 Luxembourg
17 November 2010
Friendly
London, England  England
 France
9 February 2011
Friendly
Saint-Denis, France  France
 Brazil
25 March 2011
UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
TBD, Luxembourg  Luxembourg
 France
29 March 2011
Friendly
Saint-Denis, France  France
3 June 2011
UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
TBD, Belarus  Belarus
 France
2 September 2011
UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
TBD, Albania  Albania
 France
6 September 2011
UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
TBD, Romania  Romania
 France
7 October 2011
UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
TBD, France  France
 Albania
11 October 2011
UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
TBD, France  France
 Bosnia and Herzegovina

Coaching staff

As of 4 January 2009.[15]
Position Name Nationality
Manager Raymond Domenech  French
Assistant manager Pierre Mankowski  French
Assistant manager Alain Boghossian  French
Goalkeeper coach Bruno Martini  French
Assistant goalkeeper coach Fabrice Grange  French
Fitness coach Robert Duverne  French
Doctor Alain Simon  French
Kinesiotherapy Michel Brohan  French
Kinesiotherapy Joffrey Martin  French
Kinesiotherapy Patrick Bordier  French
Managing Director Jean-Louis Valentin  French

Competitive record

World Cup record

Year Result Position GP W D* L GS GA
Uruguay 1930 Round 1 7 3 1 0 2 4 3
Italy 1934 Round 1 9 1 0 0 1 2 3
France 1938 Quarterfinals 6 2 1 0 1 4 4
Brazil 1950 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Switzerland 1954 Round 1 11 2 1 0 1 3 3
Sweden 1958 Third place 3 6 4 0 2 23 15
Chile 1962 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
England 1966 Round 1 13 3 0 1 2 2 5
Mexico 1970 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Germany 1974 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Argentina 1978 Round 1 12 3 1 0 2 5 5
Spain 1982 Fourth place 4 7 3 2 2 16 12
Mexico 1986 Third place 3 7 4 2 1 12 6
Italy 1990 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
United States 1994 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
France 1998 Champions 1 7 6 1 0 15 2
South KoreaJapan 2002 Round 1 28 3 0 1 2 0 3
Germany 2006 Final 2 7 4 3 0 9 3
South Africa 2010 Qualified - - - - - - -
Total 13/19 1 Title 51 25 10 16 95 64

European Championship record

Year Result Position GP W D* L GS GA
France 1960 Semifinals 4 2 0 0 2 4 7
Spain 1964 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Italy 1968 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Belgium 1972 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Yugoslavia 1976 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Italy 1980 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
France 1984 Champions 1 5 5 0 0 14 4
West Germany 1988 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Sweden 1992 Round 1 6 3 0 2 1 2 3
England 1996 Semifinals 4 5 2 3 0 5 2
BelgiumNetherlands 2000 Champions 1 6 5 0 1 13 7
Portugal 2004 Quarterfinals 5 4 2 1 1 7 5
AustriaSwitzerland 2008 Round 1 15 3 0 1 2 1 6
Total 7/13 2 Titles 28 14 7 7 46 34

Confederations Cup record

Year Result Position GP W D* L GS GA
Saudi Arabia 1997 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Mexico 1999 Withdrew - - - - - - -
South KoreaJapan 2001 Champions 1 5 4 0 1 12 2
France 2003 Champions 1 5 5 0 0 12 3
Germany 2005 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
South Africa 2009 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Total 2/8 2 Titles 10 9 0 1 24 5
*Draws include knockout matches decided by penalty shootout.
**Gold background colour indicates that the tournament was won. Red border colour indicates tournament was held on home soil.

Titles

Preceded by
1994 Brazil 
World Champions
1998 (First title)
Succeeded by
2002 Brazil 
Preceded by
1999 Mexico 
Confederations Cup Winners
2001 (First title)
2003 (Second title)
Succeeded by
2005 Brazil 
Preceded by
1980 West Germany 
European Champions
1984 (First title)
Succeeded by
1988 Netherlands 
Preceded by
1996 Germany 
European Champions
2000 (Second title)
Succeeded by
2004 Greece 
Preceded by
Inaugural Event
Artemio Franchi Trophy
1985 (First title)
Succeeded by
1993 Argentina 
Preceded by
1993 Hungary 
Kirin Cup Champions
1994 (First title)
Succeeded by
1995 Japan 
Preceded by
1996 Croatia 
King Hassan II Cup Winners
1998 (First title)
2000 (Second title)
Succeeded by
Incumbent

Minor titles

  • Gold Medal (1): 1984 Olympics 1984
  • Silver Medal (1): 1900 Olympics 1900

Players

Most capped French players

     Still active national team players are highlighted

# Name Career Caps Goals
1 Lilian Thuram 1994–2008 142 2
2 Thierry Henry 1997–present 118 51
3 Marcel Desailly 1993–2004 116 3
4 Zinedine Zidane 1994–2006 108 31
5 Patrick Vieira 1997–present 107 6
6 Didier Deschamps 1989–2000 103 4
7 Laurent Blanc 1989–2000 97 16
Bixente Lizarazu 1992–2004 97 2
9 Sylvain Wiltord 1999–2006 92 26
10 Fabien Barthez 1994–2006 87 0

Last updated: 9 January 2010
Source: RSSSF

Top France goalscorers

     Still active national team players are highlighted

# Player Career Goals Caps Average
1 Thierry Henry 1997–present 51 118 0.43
2 Michel Platini 1976–1987 41 72 0.57
3 David Trezeguet 1998–2008 34 71 0.47
4 Zinedine Zidane 1994–2006 31 108 0.28
5 Just Fontaine 1953–1960 30 21 1.42
Jean-Pierre Papin 1986–1995 30 54 0.55
7 Youri Djorkaeff 1993–2002 28 82 0.34
8 Sylvain Wiltord 1999–2006 26 92 0.28
9 Jean Vincent 1953–1961 22 46 0.47
10 Jean Nicolas 1933–1938 21 25 0.84

Last updated: 9 January 2010
Source: RSSSF

Managers

Prior to 1936, French football players were managed by a selection committee with Gaston Barreau, head of committee, acting as the unofficial manager of the team. Barreau managed the team, unofficially, from 1919 to 1936. On 24 February 1936, Barreau was officially installed as manager after the French Football Federation eliminated the selection committee. Barreau's match record below begins from when he was officially inaugurated as manager in 1936. In total with the national team, Barreau managed the team in 197 matches.

Manager France career Played Won Drawn Lost Win % Major Honours
France Barreau, GastonGaston Barreau 1936–1955 &0000000000000084.00000084 &0000000000000039.00000039 &0000000000000013.00000013 &0000000000000032.00000032 &0000000000000046.40000046.4
France Batteux, AlbertAlbert Batteux 1955–1962 &0000000000000056.00000056 &0000000000000024.00000024 &0000000000000014.00000014 &0000000000000018.00000018 &0000000000000042.90000042.9
France Guérin, HenriHenri Guérin 1962–1966 &0000000000000028.00000028 &0000000000000007.0000007 &0000000000000008.0000008 &0000000000000013.00000013 &0000000000000025.00000025.0
FranceSpain Arribas, JoséJosé Arribas and France Snella, JeanJean Snella 1966 &0000000000000004.0000004 &0000000000000002.0000002 &-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1.0000000 &0000000000000002.0000002 &0000000000000050.00000050.0
France Fontaine, JustJust Fontaine 1967 &0000000000000002.0000002 &-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1.0000000 &-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1.0000000 &0000000000000002.0000002 &0&-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1.0000000.0
France Dugauguez, LouisLouis Dugauguez 1967–1968 &0000000000000009.0000009 &0000000000000002.0000002 &0000000000000003.0000003 &0000000000000004.0000004 &0000000000000022.20000022.2
France Boulogne, GeorgesGeorges Boulogne 1969–1973 &0000000000000031.00000031 &0000000000000015.00000015 &0000000000000005.0000005 &0000000000000011.00000011 &0000000000000048.40000048.4
Romania Kovács, ŞtefanŞtefan Kovács 1973–1975 &0000000000000015.00000015 &0000000000000006.0000006 &0000000000000004.0000004 &0000000000000005.0000005 &0000000000000040.00000040.0
France Hidalgo, MichelMichel Hidalgo 1975–1984 &0000000000000075.00000075 &0000000000000041.00000041 &0000000000000016.00000016 &0000000000000018.00000018 &0000000000000054.70000054.7 Winner of Euro 84.
France Michel, HenriHenri Michel 1984–1988 &0000000000000036.00000036 &0000000000000016.00000016 &0000000000000012.00000012 &0000000000000008.0000008 &0000000000000044.40000044.4
France Platini, MichelMichel Platini 1988–1992 &0000000000000029.00000029 &0000000000000016.00000016 &0000000000000008.0000008 &0000000000000005.0000005 &0000000000000055.20000055.2
France Houllier, GérardGérard Houllier 1992–1993 &0000000000000012.00000012 &0000000000000007.0000007 &0000000000000001.0000001 &0000000000000004.0000004 &0000000000000058.30000058.3
France Jacquet, AiméAimé Jacquet 1994–1998 &0000000000000053.00000053 &0000000000000034.00000034 &0000000000000016.00000016 &0000000000000003.0000003 &0000000000000064.20000064.2 Winner of 1998 World Cup.
France Lemerre, RogerRoger Lemerre 1998–2002 &0000000000000053.00000053 &0000000000000034.00000034 &0000000000000011.00000011 &0000000000000008.0000008 &0000000000000064.20000064.2 Winner of Euro 2000 and
2001 Confederations Cup
France Santini, JacquesJacques Santini 2002–2004 &0000000000000028.00000028 &0000000000000022.00000022 &0000000000000004.0000004 &0000000000000002.0000002 &0000000000000078.60000078.6 Winner of 2003 Confederations Cup
France Domenech, RaymondRaymond Domenech 2004–present &0000000000000073.00000073 &0000000000000040.00000040 &0000000000000022.00000022 &0000000000000011.00000011 &0000000000000054.80000054.8 2006 World Cup finalist.
Managers in italics were hired as caretakers

Previous squads

See also

References

  1. ^ France v. Belgium 1904 Match Report
  2. ^ France v. Germany 1982 Match Report
  3. ^ TF1, diffuseur exclusif des matches de l'Equipe de France de football, jusqu'en 2014
  4. ^ TF1 restera le diffuseur de l’équipe de France de football entre 2010 et 2014.
  5. ^ Nike prochain équipementier
  6. ^ You Are All Invited to the France-Nike Wedding, the Couple is Registered for €320m
  7. ^ One-On-One: Michel Platini
  8. ^ "A Multi-Hued National Team Thrills Racially Uneasy France". Washington Post. 7 July 2006. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/07/06/AR2006070601742.html. Retrieved 2006-08-17. 
  9. ^ "The Sword is Mightier than Le Pen". ESPN. 7 July 2006. http://soccernet.espn.go.com/columns/story?id=373084&root=worldcup&cc=5901. Retrieved 2006-08-17. 
  10. ^ "Finkielkraut sur Europe 1". Le Nouvel Observateur. 25 November 2005. http://archquo.nouvelobs.com/cgi/articles?ad=societe/20051125.OBS6590.html&host=http://permanent.nouvelobs.com/. Retrieved 2005-11-25. 
  11. ^ "Zidane and Materazzi fined and banned by FIFA". Reuters. 20 July 2006. http://today.reuters.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=tsunamiNews&storyID=2006-07-20T132638Z_01_L19626990_RTRUKOC_0_UK-SOCCER-ZIDANE.xml&archived=False. Retrieved 2006-07-20. 
  12. ^ Hughes, Matt (2006-07-10). "Read my lips: the taunt that made Zidane snap". London: The Times. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,28783-2263995,00.html. Retrieved 2006-07-11. 
  13. ^ "Race card trumps head-butt". Toronto Sun. 2006-07-15. http://torsun.canoe.ca/News/Columnists/Coren_Michael/2006/07/15/1685724.html. Retrieved 2006-08-12.  "The Head Butt Furor: A Window on Europe's Identity Crisis". TIME Magazine. 2006-07-13. http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1213502,00.html. Retrieved 2006-07-13.  It should be noted that Italy, historically an emigrant nation, has a small non-European population, whereas France has become a multiracial country due to substantial non-European immigration, chiefly from its former colonial empire.
  14. ^ Les rendez-vous à venir
  15. ^ L'encadrement des Bleus

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The France national football team (French: Equipe de France) represents the nation of France in international football. It is fielded by the French Football Federation (French: Fédération Française de Football) and competes as a member of UEFA.

France was one of the four European teams that participated at the inaugural World Cup in 1930 and are one of eight national teams to have won the competition, which they did in 1998 when they hosted the Cup. They defeated Brazil 3–0 in the final. France has also won two UEFA European Football Championships, winning the first in 1984, led by Ballon d'Or winner Michel Platini, and the most recent in 2000, led by three time FIFA World Player of the Year Zinedine Zidane. Following France's 2001 Confederations Cup victory, they became, along with Argentina, the only national teams to win the three most important men's titles organized by FIFA: the FIFA World Cup, the FIFA Confederations Cup, and the Olympic Tournament.

France currently share a competitive rivalry with neighbors Italy, whom they first contested in 1910. The rivalry lay dormant for a while, but re-ignited following the controversial circumstances surrounding Zinedine Zidane's sending-off in the 2006 World Cup final.

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History

The France national football team was created in 1904 around the time of FIFA's foundation on 21 May 1904 and contested its first official international match on 1 May 1904 against Belgium, in Brussels, which ended in a 3–3 draw.[2] The following year, on 12 February 1905, France contested their first ever home match against Switzerland. The match was played at the Parc des Princes in front of 500 supporters. France won the match 1–0 with the only goal coming from Gaston Cyprès. Prior to the FIFA World Cup, the country's major international competition was the Summer Olympics. At the 1908 Summer Olympics, France sent two teams to the competition, a rare occurrence, due to a disagreement between FIFA and the Union des Sociétés Françaises de Sports Athlétiques (USFSA), the country's sports union. At the competition, both teams struggled with France B (USFSA) losing in the opening round and France A (FIFA) losing in the following round. Following the Olympics, on 9 May 1908, the French Interfederal Committee (CFI), a rival organization to the USFSA, ruled that FIFA would now be responsible for the club's appearances in forthcoming Olympics Games and not the USFSA. The USFSA disagreed, but due to disorganization in later years, became semi-affiliated with the CFI in 1913. In 1919, the CFI transformed themselves into the French Football Federation. In 1921, the USFSA finally merged with the French Football Federation.

In July 1930, France appeared in the inaugural FIFA World Cup, held in Uruguay. In their first-ever World Cup match, France defeated Mexico 4–1 at the Estadio Pocitos in Montevideo. Lucien Laurent became notable in the match as he scored not only France's first World Cup goal, but the first goal in World Cup history. France later lost 1–0 to fellow group stage opponents Argentina and Chile resulting in the team bowing out in the group stage. The following year saw the first selection of a black player to the national team. Raoul Diagne, who was of Senegalese descent, earned his first cap on 15 February in a 2–1 defeat to Czechoslovakia. Diagne later played with the team at the 1938 FIFA World Cup, alongside Larbi Benbarek, who was the first player of North African origin to play for the national team. At the 1934 FIFA World Cup, France suffered elimination in the opening round. The group stage used in the first World Cup was discarded in favor of a straight knockout tournament. In the opening round match, against Austria, France lost 3–2 following extra time goals from Anton Schall and Josef Bican. On the team's return to Paris, they were greeted as heroes by a crowd of over 4,000 supporters.

France hosted the 1938 FIFA World Cup and reached the quarter-finals before losing 3–1 to the defending champions Italy, who later went on to defend their title. Due to the development of World War II, national team play was put on hold, returned, then was put on hold for a second time before finally returning on a permanent basis following the conclusion of the war. The first suspension of play lasted from 29 January 1940 until 8 March 1942 when France returned to play losing 2–0 to Switzerland. France contested one more match before play was suspended again on 16 March 1942. After over two and a half years of dormancy, France returned to play on Christmas Eve 1944 defeating Belgium 3–1 in Paris.

The 1950s saw France handed its first Golden Generation composed of players such as Just Fontaine, Raymond Kopa, Jean Vincent, Robert Jonquet, Maryan Wisnieski, Thadée Cisowski, and Armand Penverne. At the 1958 FIFA World Cup, France reached the semi-finals losing to Brazil, who won the match 5–2, courtesy of a hat trick from Pelé. In the third place match, France defeated West Germany 6–2 with Fontaine recording four goals, which brought his goal tally in the competition to 13, a World Cup record. The record still stands today. France hosted the inaugural UEFA European Football Championship in 1960 and, for the second straight international tournament, reached the semi-finals. In the round, France faced Yugoslavia and were shocked 5–4 despite being up 4–2 heading into the 75th minute. In the third-place match, France were defeated 2–0 by the Czechoslovakians.

The 1960s and 70s saw France decline significantly playing under several different managers and failing to qualify for numerous international tournaments. On 25 April 1964, Henri Guérin was officially installed as the team's first manager. Under Guérin, France failed to qualify for the 1962 FIFA World Cup and the 1964 European Nations' Cup. The team did return to major international play following qualification for the 1966 FIFA World Cup. The team lost in the group stage portion of the tournament. Guérin was fired following the World Cup. He was replaced by José Arribas and Jean Snella, who worked as caretaker managers in dual roles. The two only lasted four matches and were replaced by former international Just Fontaine, who only lasted two. Louis Dugauguez succeeded Fontaine and, following his early struggles in qualification for the 1970 FIFA World Cup, was fired. Dugauguez was replaced by Georges Boulogne, who couldn't get the team to the World Cup. Boulogne was later fired following failure to qualify for the 1974 FIFA World Cup. Boulogne also failed to get the team to UEFA Euro 1972. He was replaced by the Romanian Stefan Kovacs, who became the first and, to this day, only international manager to ever manage the national team. Kovács also turned out to be a disappointment failing to qualify for the 1974 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 1976. After two years in charge, he was sacked and replaced with Michel Hidalgo. [[File:|thumb|230px|left|Michel Platini guided France to their first ever major tournament title at Euro 84.]] Under Hidalgo, France flourished, mainly due to the accolades of playmaker Michel Platini, who, alongside Jean Tigana, Alain Giresse, and Luis Fernández formed the "carré magique" ("Magic Square"), which would haunt opposing defenses beginning at the 1982 FIFA World Cup, where France reached the semi-finals setting up a showdown with their rivals, West Germany. The semi-final match-up is considered one of the greatest matches in World Cup history and was marred with controversy. France eventually lost the match on penalties 5–4.[3]

France earned their first major international honor two years later, winning UEFA Euro 1984, which they hosted. Under the leadership of Platini, who scored a tournament-high nine goals, France defeated Spain 2–0 with Platini and Bruno Bellone scoring the goals. Following the Euro triumph, Hidalgo departed the team and was replaced by former international Henri Michel. France later completed the hat trick when they won gold at the 1984 Summer Olympics football tournament and, a year later, defeated Uruguay 2–0 to win the Artemio Franchi Trophy, an early precursor to the FIFA Confederations Cup. In a span of a year, France were holders of three of the four major international trophies. At the 1986 FIFA World Cup, France were favorites to win the competition, and, for the second consecutive World Cup, reached the semi-finals where they faced West Germany. Again, however, they lost. A 4–2 victory over Belgium gave France third place. A year later, Platini retired from both club and international football.

In 1988, the French Football Federation opened the Clairefontaine National Football Institute. Its opening ceremony was attended by then-President of France, François Mitterrand. Five months after Clairefontaine's opening, manager Henri Michel was fired and was replaced by Michel Platini, who failed to get the team to the 1990 FIFA World Cup. Platini did lead the team to UEFA Euro 1992 and, despite going on an impressive 19-match unbeaten streak prior to the competition, suffered elimination in the group stage. A week after the completion of the tournament, Platini stepped down as manager and was replaced by his assistant Gérard Houllier. Under Houllier, France and its supporters experienced a heartbreaking meltdown after having qualification to the 1994 FIFA World Cup all but secured with two matches to go, which were against last place Israel and Bulgaria. In the match against Israel, France were upset 3–2 and, in the Bulgaria match, suffered an astronomical 2–1 defeat following a monumental and costly mistake by midfielder David Ginola in the last minute of play. The public outcry, following the defeat, led to the firing of Houllier. His assistant Aimé Jacquet was given his post.

File:Didier
Didier Deschamps captained the French team that won both the 1998 FIFA World Cup and Euro 2000.

Under Jacquet, the national team experienced its triumphant years. The squad composed of Didier Deschamps, Laurent Blanc, Emmanuel Petit, Marcel Desailly, and Bixente Lizarazu that failed to reach the 1994 FIFA World Cup were joined by influential youngsters Lilian Thuram, Zinédine Zidane, Patrick Vieira, Thierry Henry, Claude Makélélé, and David Trezeguet. The team started off well reaching the semi-finals of UEFA Euro 1996 where they lost 6–5 on penalties to the Czech Republic. After the competition, coach Jacquet adopted a very defensive strategy, which was often derided by supporters. The press also began to attack the team manager, calling his methods "Paleolithic", and claiming that the team had no hope in winning the 1998 FIFA World Cup, which would be hosted in their home country. However, despite the constant criticism, Jacquet and his strategy led the team to World Cup glory defeating Brazil 3–0 in the final at the Stade de France. Jacquet stepped down after the country's World Cup triumph and was succeeded by assistant Roger Lemerre who guided them through UEFA Euro 2000. Led by FIFA World Player of the Year Zidane, France defeated Italy 2–1 in the final. Trezeguet scored the golden goal in extra time after Sylvain Wiltord drew the match in the fifth minute of injury time. The victory gave the team the distinction of being the first national team to hold both the World Cup and Euro titles since West Germany did so in 1974, and it was also the first time that a reigning World Cup winner went on to capture the Euro. Following the result, France were inserted to the prestigious number one spot in the FIFA World Rankings.

France failed to maintain that pace in subsequent tournaments. Although, the team won the Confederations Cup in 2001, France suffered a stunning goalless first round elimination at the 2002 FIFA World Cup. One of the greatest shocks in World Cup history saw France condemned to a 1–0 defeat to debutantes Senegal in the opening game of the tournament. After France finished bottom of the group, Lemerre was dismissed and was replaced by Jacques Santini. A full strength team started out strongly in UEFA Euro 2004, but they were upset in the quarter-finals by the eventual winners Greece. Santini resigned as coach and Raymond Domenech was picked as his replacement.

at the 2006 FIFA World Cup.]]

France struggled in the early qualifiers for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. This prompted Domenech to persuade members Makélélé, Thuram, and Zidane out of international retirement to help the national team qualify, which they accomplished following a convincing 4–0 win over Cyprus on the final day of qualifying. The team was greeted with modest expectations as it entered the tournament and began slowly drawing with both Switzerland and the Korea Republic in their first two matches. Following a respectable 2–0 win over Togo, France found their form and advanced all the way to the final defeating the likes of Spain, Brazil, and Portugal along the way. At home, when news came of France's victory over Portugal in the semi-finals, there were mass celebrations at the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. France took on Italy in the final and despite controversial disruptions in extra time, France failed to get on the score-sheet and Italy eventually won the penalty shoot-out 5–3 to be crowned champions of the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

France started its qualifying round for UEFA Euro 2008 strong and qualified for the tournament, despite two shocking defeats to Scotland. Despite high expectations from supporters, France bowed out during the group stage portion of the tournament after having been placed in the group of death. France's performance at Euro 2008 effectively marked the end of its golden era with Patrick Vieira and Thierry Henry remaining with the team following the uneventful Euro performance. Despite pressure from supporters and world media, alike, to fire Domenech, the federation retained him as manager. Just like the team's previous World Cup qualifying campaign, the 2010 campaign got off to a disappointing start with the France suffering disastrous losses and earning uninspired victories. France eventually finished second in the group and earned a spot in the UEFA play-offs against the Republic of Ireland for a place in South Africa. In the first leg, France defeated the Irish 1–0 and in the second leg procured a 1–1 draw, via controversial circumstances, to qualify for the World Cup.

In the 2010 FIFA World Cup, France continued to perform under expectations drawing 0–0 in the team's opening match against Uruguay, despite playing against 10 men for the latter part of the second half. In the team's next match against Mexico, they were soundly defeated 2–0. The next day, striker Nicolas Anelka was dismissed from the national team after reportedly having a dispute, in which obscenities were passed, with team manager Raymond Domenech during half-time of the team's loss to Mexico.[4] The French Football Federation condemned the actions of Anelka and, following a meeting with the player, Domenech, and team captain Patrice Evra, agreed to send Anelka home.[5] The following day, Evra got into a heated confrontation with team trainer Robert Duverne with latter having to be restrained by Domenech. The resulting confrontation led to the players returning to the team bus and cancelling practice.[6] The team's managing director, Jean-Louis Valentin, announced his resignation from his position and the federation the same day stating he was "sickened and disgusted" by the actions of the team.[7] The team, through Domenech, later released a statement criticizing the federation for sending Anelka home based on reports from the media. The federation responded to the statement by declaring the players' boycott "unacceptable" and apologizing to the world for the conduct of the players. The federation also announced that following the World Cup, the Federal Council would convene to discuss the current state of the team.[8] On 21 June 2010, the national team returned to training without incident. The following day, France were defeated 2–1 by the hosts South Africa. The result eliminated the team from the competition. The negative publicity the national team received during the competition led to further repercussions back in France. The day after the team's elimination, it was reported by numerous media outlets that the President of France Nicolas Sarkozy would meet with team captain Thierry Henry to discuss the issues associated with the team's meltdown at the World Cup. The meeting was requested by Henry.[9] On 23 July 2010, following a meeting by the Federal Council of the French Football Federation, all 23 players in the World Cup squad were suspended for the team's upcoming 11 August friendly match against Norway on request of new coach Laurent Blanc.[10]

On 6 August, five players; captain Patrice Evra, vice-captain Franck Ribéry, striker Nicolas Anelka, midfielder Jérémy Toulalan, and defender Éric Abidal, were summoned to attend a hearing held by the Disciplinary Committee of the French Football Federation in order to determine each player's disciplinary action for their involvement in the World Cup strike.[11] On 17 August 2010, at the disciplinary hearing, for their roles in the strike, Anelka was banned for 18 games, Evra for five, Ribéry for three, and Toulalan for one. Abidal escaped punishment.[12][13]

Home stadium

File:Panorama stade de
Panorama view of the Stade de France, France's national stadium.

During France's early run of existence, the team's national stadium alternated between the Parc des Princes in Paris and the Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir in Colombes. France also hosted matches at the Stade Pershing, Stade de Paris, and the Stade Buffalo, but to a minimal degree. As the years moved forward, France began hosting matches outside the city of Paris hosting matches at such venues as the Stade Marcel Saupin in Nantes, the Stade Vélodrome in Marseille, the Stade de Gerland in Lyon, and the Stade de la Meinau in Strasbourg, to name a few. Following the renovation of the Parc des Princes in 1972, which made the stadium the largest in terms of attendance, France moved into the venue permanently. The team still hosted friendly matches and minor FIFA World Cup and UEFA European Football Championship qualification matches at other venues.

In 1998, the Stade de France was inaugurated as France's national stadium ahead of the 1998 FIFA World Cup. Located in Saint-Denis, a Parisian suburb, the stadium has an all-seater capacity of 81,338. France's first match at the stadium was played on 28 January 1998 against Spain. France won the match 1–0, with Zinedine Zidane scoring the lone goal. Since that match, France has used the stadium for almost every major home game.

Team image

Media coverage

The national team currently has a broadcasting agreement with TF1 Group, who control the country's main national TV channel, TF1. The current agreement was set to expire following the 2010 FIFA World Cup. On 18 December 2009, the Federal Council of the French Football Federation agreed to extend its exclusive broadcasting agreement with the channel. The new deal grants the channel exclusive broadcast rights for the matches of national team, which include friendlies and international games for the next four seasons beginning in August 2010 and ending in June 2014. TF1 will also have extended rights, notably on the Internet, and may also broadcast images of the national team in its weekly program, Téléfoot.[14] The federation will receive €45 million a season, a €10 million decrease from the €55 million they received from the previous agreement reached in 2006.[15]

Kit

File:Maillot
France's Zinedine Zidane number 10 home shirt

The France national team utilizes a tricolour system, composed of colors blue, red, and white. The team's three colors originate from the national flag of France, known as the drapeau tricolore. France have brandished the colors since their first official international match against Belgium in 1904. Since the team's inception, France normally wear blue shirts, white shorts, and red socks at home, while, when on the road, the team utilizes an all-white combination or wear red shirts, blue shorts, and blue socks with the former being the most current. Between the years 1909–1914, France wore a white shirt with blue stripes, white shorts, and red socks. In a 1978 World Cup match against Hungary in Mar del Plata, both teams arrived at Estadio José María Minella with white kits, so France played in green-and-white striped shirts borrowed from Club Atlético Kimberley.[16]

Beginning in 1972, France reached an agreement with German sports apparel manufacturer Adidas to be the team's kit provider. Over the next 38 years, the two would maintain a healthy relationship with France winning UEFA Euro 1984, the 1998 FIFA World Cup, and UEFA Euro 2000 while wearing the brand's famous tricolour three stripes. On 22 February 2008, the French Football Federation announced that they were ending their partnership with Adidas and signing with the American manufacturer Nike, effective 1 January 2011. The unprecedented deal is valued at €320 million over seven years (2011–2018) making France's blue shirt the most expensive ever in the history of football.[17][18]

Nickname

France is often referred to by the media and supporters as Les Bleus (The Blues), which is the nickname associated with all of France's international sporting teams due to the blue shirts each team incorporates. The team is also referred to as Les Tricolores or L'Equipe Tricolore (The Tri-color Team) due to the team's utilization of the country's national colors: red, blue, and white. During the 1980s, France earned the nickname the "Brazilians of Europe" mainly due to the accolades of the "carré magique" ("Magic Square"), who were anchored by Michel Platini. Led by coach Michel Hidalgo, France exhibited an inspiring, elegant, skillful, and technically advanced offensive style of football, which was strikingly similar to their South American counterparts.[19]

Representing multi-ethnic France

The France national team has long reflected the ethnic diversity of the country. The first black player to play in the national team was Raoul Diagne in 1931. Diagne was the son of the first African elected to the French National Assembly, Blaise Diagne. Seven years later, Diagne played on the 1938 FIFA World Cup team that featured Larbi Benbarek, Abdelkader Ben Bouali, and Michel Brusseaux, who were the first players of North African descent to play for the national team. At the 1958 FIFA World Cup, in which France reached the semi-finals, many sons of immigrants such as Raymond Kopa, Just Fontaine, Roger Piantoni, Maryan Wisnieski and Bernard Chiarelli were integral to the team's success. The tradition has since continued with successful French players such as Michel Platini, Jean Tigana, Manuel Amoros, Eric Cantona, Patrick Vieira, David Trezeguet, Claude Makélélé, Samir Nasri, Hatem Ben Arfa, and Karim Benzema all having either one or both of their parents foreign-born.

During the 1990s, the team was widely celebrated as an example of the modern multicultural French ideal.[20] The 1998 FIFA World Cup-winning team was celebrated and praised for inspiring pride and optimism about the prospects for the "French model" of social integration.[21] Of the 23 players on the team, the squad featured players who could trace their origins to Armenia, Algeria, Guadeloupe, New Caledonia, Argentina, Ghana, Senegal, Italy, French Guyana, Portugal, Spain, Martinique and the Basque Country with the patriarch of the team being Zinédine Zidane, who was born in Marseille to Algerian immigrants.

The multiracial makeup of the team has, at times, provoked controversy. In recent years, critics on the far right of the French political spectrum have taken issue with the proportional under-representation of white Frenchmen within the team. National Front politician Jean-Marie Le Pen protested in 1998 that the Black, Blanc, Beur team that won the World Cup did not look sufficiently French. In 2002, led by Ghanaian-born Marcel Desailly, the French team unanimously and publicly appealed to the French voting public to reject the presidential candidacy of Le Pen and, instead, return President Jacques Chirac to office. In 2006, Le Pen resumed his criticism charging that coach Raymond Domenech had selected too many black players.[22] In 2005, French philosopher Alain Finkielkraut caused controversy by remarking to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz that despite its earlier slogan, "the French national team is in fact black-black-black," and also adding that "France is made fun of all around Europe because of that." He later excused himself from the comments declaring that they were not meant to be offensive.[23]

The Zidane-Materazzi headbutt incident in the 2006 FIFA World Cup Final and its aftermath served as a symbol for the larger issue of Europe's struggle to integrate its non-white immigrant population. Even though both players denied racism was involved in the exchange, the international media speculated for days about the presence of a racist element in the provocation from Materazzi observing that the Italian team contained no ethnic minorities.[24][25][26]

The national team's overall impact on France's efforts to integrate its minorities and come to terms with its colonial past has been mixed. In 2001, France played a friendly match at the Stade de France, site of its 1998 World Cup triumph, against Algeria. It was the country's first meeting with its former colony, with whom it had fought a war from 1954–1962, and it proved controversial. France's national anthem, La Marseillaise, was booed by Algerian supporters before the game, and following a French goal that made the score 4–1 in the second half, spectators ran onto the field of play, which caused play to be suspended. It was never resumed.

Players

For a complete list of French international football players with a Wikipedia article, see here.

Current squad

The following players have been called up to participate in UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying matches against Romania and Luxembourg to be played on 9 October and 12 October 2010, respectively.[27] On 4 October, Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna dropped out of the squad after suffering a muscle injury to his left thigh during training. He was replaced by Lyon defender Anthony Réveillère.[28] Three days later, Bordeaux defender Benoît Trémoulinas dropped out of the selection due to injury and was replaced by his left-sided counterpart Aly Cissokho of Lyon.[29] On 9 October, Bordeaux midfielder Alou Diarra was named as captain for both of the matches.

Caps and goals as of 12 October 2010, after the match against Luxembourg.

# Pos. Player Date of Birth (Age) Caps Goals Club
1 GK Hugo Lloris 26 December 1986 (1986-12-26) (age 24) 18 0 Lyon
16 GK Steve Mandanda 28 March 1985 (1985-03-28) (age 25) 13 0 Marseille
23 GK Cédric Carrasso 30 December 1981 (1981-12-30) (age 29) 0 0 Bordeaux
2 DF Anthony Réveillère 10 November 1979 (1979-11-10) (age 31) 8 0 Lyon
3 DF Mamadou Sakho 13 February 1990 (1990-02-13) (age 20) 0 0 Paris Saint-Germain
4 DF Adil Rami 27 December 1985 (1985-12-27) (age 25) 5 0 Lille
5 DF Philippe Mexès 30 March 1982 (1982-03-30) (age 28) 18 0 Roma
12 DF Aly Cissokho 15 September 1987 (1987-09-15) (age 23) 1 0 Lyon
22 DF Gaël Clichy 28 July 1985 (1985-07-28) (age 25) 9 0 Arsenal
6 MF Lassana Diarra 10 March 1985 (1985-03-10) (age 25) 28 0 Real Madrid
8 MF Yoann Gourcuff 11 July 1986 (1986-07-11) (age 24) 24 3 Lyon
11 MF Samir Nasri 27 June 1987 (1987-06-27) (age 23) 18 2 Arsenal
14 MF Dimitri Payet 29 March 1987 (1987-03-29) (age 23) 2 0 Saint-Étienne
15 MF Florent Malouda 13 June 1980 (1980-06-13) (age 30) 61 5 Chelsea
17 MF Yann M'Vila 29 June 1990 (1990-06-29) (age 20) 4 0 Rennes
18 MF Alou Diarra 15 July 1981 (1981-07-15) (age 29) 29 0 Bordeaux
19 MF Abou Diaby 11 May 1986 (1986-05-11) (age 24) 11 0 Arsenal
20 MF Mathieu Valbuena 28 September 1984 (1984-09-28) (age 26) 6 1 Marseille
21 MF Blaise Matuidi 9 April 1987 (1987-04-09) (age 23) 1 0 Saint-Étienne
7 FW Loïc Rémy 2 January 1987 (1987-01-02) (age 24) 5 1 Marseille
9 FW Guillaume Hoarau 5 March 1984 (1984-03-05) (age 26) 3 0 Paris Saint-Germain
10 FW Karim Benzema 19 December 1987 (1987-12-19) (age 23) 31 10 Real Madrid
13 FW Kevin Gameiro 9 May 1987 (1987-05-09) (age 23) 1 0 Lorient

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called up for France within the past 12 months. Players that have retired from the national team and are not available for selection anymore are not displayed.

Pos. Player Date of Birth (Age) Caps Goals Club Latest Callup
GK Nicolas Douchez 22 April 1980 (1980-04-22) (age 30) 0 0 Rennes v.  Norway, 11 August 2010
GK Stéphane Ruffier 27 September 1986 (1986-09-27) (age 24) 1 0 Monaco v.  Norway, 11 August 2010
GK Mickaël Landreau 14 May 1979 (1979-05-14) (age 31) 11 0 Lille v.  Costa Rica, 26 May 2010
DF Benoît Trémoulinas 28 December 1985 (1985-12-28) (age 25) 0 0 Bordeaux v.  Romania, 9 October 2010
DF Bacary Sagna 14 February 1983 (1983-02-14) (age 27) 25 0 Arsenal v.  Romania, 9 October 2010
DF Rod Fanni 6 December 1981 (1981-12-06) (age 29) 5 0 Rennes v.  Norway, 11 August 2010
DF Mathieu Debuchy 28 July 1985 (1985-07-28) (age 25) 0 0 Lille v.  Norway, 11 August 2010
DF Éric Abidal 11 September 1979 (1979-09-11) (age 31) 57 0 Barcelona 2010 FIFA World Cup
DF William Gallas 17 August 1977 (1977-08-17) (age 33) 84 5 Tottenham Hotspur 2010 FIFA World Cup
DF Marc Planus 3 July 1982 (1982-07-03) (age 28) 1 0 Bordeaux 2010 FIFA World Cup
DF Patrice Evra 15 May 1981 (1981-05-15) (age 29) 32 0 Manchester United 2010 FIFA World Cup
DF Sébastien Squillaci 11 August 1980 (1980-08-11) (age 30) 21 0 Arsenal 2010 FIFA World Cup
DF Michaël Ciani 6 April 1984 (1984-04-06) (age 26) 1 0 Bordeaux v.  Spain, 3 March 2010
DF Julien Escudé 17 August 1979 (1979-08-17) (age 31) 13 0 Sevilla v.  Spain, 3 March 2010
DF Jean-Alain Boumsong 14 December 1979 (1979-12-14) (age 31) 27 1 Panathinaikos v.  Spain, 3 March 2010
MF Yohan Cabaye 14 January 1986 (1986-01-14) (age 25) 1 0 Lille v.  Belarus, 3 September 2010
MF Moussa Sissoko 16 August 1989 (1989-08-16) (age 21) 3 0 Toulouse v.  Norway, 11 August 2010
MF Charles N'Zogbia 26 May 1986 (1986-05-26) (age 24) 1 0 Wigan Athletic v.  Norway, 11 August 2010
MF Franck Ribéry 7 April 1983 (1983-04-07) (age 27) 48 7 Bayern Munich 2010 FIFA World Cup
MF Jérémy Toulalan 10 September 1983 (1983-09-10) (age 27) 36 0 Lyon 2010 FIFA World Cup
MF Benoît Cheyrou 3 May 1981 (1981-05-03) (age 29) 0 0 Marseille v.  Spain, 3 March 2010
FW Jimmy Briand 2 August 1985 (1985-08-02) (age 25) 4 0 Lyon v.  Bosnia and Herzegovina, 7 September 2010
FW Jérémy Menez 7 May 1987 (1987-05-07) (age 23) 2 0 Roma v.  Bosnia and Herzegovina, 7 September 2010
FW Louis Saha 8 August 1978 (1978-08-08) (age 32) 19 4 Everton v.  Bosnia and Herzegovina, 7 September 2010
FW Hatem Ben Arfa 7 March 1987 (1987-03-07) (age 23) 8 2 Newcastle United v.  Norway, 11 August 2010
FW Djibril Cissé 12 August 1981 (1981-08-12) (age 29) 40 9 Panathinaikos 2010 FIFA World Cup
FW Sidney Govou 27 July 1979 (1979-07-27) (age 31) 49 10 Panathinaikos 2010 FIFA World Cup
FW André-Pierre Gignac 5 December 1985 (1985-12-05) (age 25) 16 4 Marseille 2010 FIFA World Cup
FW Bafétimbi Gomis 6 August 1985 (1985-08-06) (age 25) 5 2 Lyon v.  Austria, 14 October 2009

Previous squads

World Cup squads

European Championships squads

Confederations Cup squads

Results

Friendly

UEFA Euro 2012 qualification

Friendly

UEFA Euro 2012 qualification

Friendly

UEFA Euro 2012 qualification

Friendly

UEFA Euro 2012 qualification

Last updated: 19 July 2010
Source: Calendar

Coaching staff

As of 1 July 2010.[30]
File:Laurent Blanc
Laurent Blanc, the current manager of the France national football team.
Position Name Nationality
Manager Laurent Blanc  French
Assistant manager Jean-Louis Gasset  French
Assistant manager Alain Boghossian  French
Goalkeeper coach Franck Raviot  French
Fitness coach Philippe Lambert  French
Doctor Fabrice Bryand  French
Kinesiotherapy Alain Soultanian  French
Kinesiotherapy François Darras  French
Kinesiotherapy Jacques Thébault  French
Managing Director Marino Faccioli  French

Competitive record

For single-match results of the national team, see French football single-season articles.

FIFA World Cup record

France was one of the four European teams that participated at the inaugural World Cup in 1930 and have appeared in 13 FIFA World Cups, tied for fifth-best. The national team is one of eight national teams to have won at least one FIFA World Cup title. The France team won their first and only World Cup title in 1998. The tournament was played on home soil and France defeated Brazil 3–0 in the final match. In 2006, France finished as runners-up losing 5–3 on penalties to Italy. The team has also finished in third place on two occasions in 1958 and 1986 and in fourth place once in 1982. The team's worst result in the competition was a first-round elimination in 2002 and 2010. In 2002, the team suffered an unexpected loss to Senegal and departed the tournament without scoring a goal, while in 2010, France suffered defeats to Mexico and South Africa and earned a point from a draw with Uruguay.[31][32]

Year Result Position GP W D* L GS GA
1930Group Stage7th310243
File:Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg 1934First Round9th100123
1938Quarter-Final6th210144
File:Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg 1950Did not qualify
1954Group Stage11th210133
1958Third Place3rd64022315
1962Did not qualify
1966Group Stage13th301225
1970Did not qualify
1974
1978Group Stage12th310255
1982Fourth Place4th73221612
1986Third Place3rd7421126
1990Did not qualify
1994
1998Champions1st7610152
Template:Country data South Korea Template:Country data Japan 2002Group Stage28301203
2006Runners-Up2nd743093
2010Group Stage29301214
2014
Total13/191 Title542511189668

UEFA European Championship record

France is one of the most successful nations at the UEFA European Football Championship having won two titles in 1984 and 2000. The team is tied with Spain and only trails Germany who have won three titles. France hosted the inaugural competition in 1960 and have appeared in seven UEFA European Championship tournament, tied for fourth-best. The team won their first title on home soil in 1984 and were led by Ballon d'Or winner Michel Platini. In 2000, the team, led by FIFA World Player of the Year Zinedine Zidane, won its second title in Belgium and the Netherlands. The team's worst result in the competition was a first-round elimination in 1992 and 2008.

Year Result Position GP W D* L GS GA
1960Fourth Place4th200247
1964Did not qualify
1968
File:Flag of Belgium (civil).svg 1972
1976
1980
1984Champions1st5500144
1988Did not qualify
1992Group Stage6th302123
1996Semi-Final4th523052
File:Flag of Belgium (civil).svg 2000Champions1st6501137
2004Quarter-Final5th421175
2008Group Stage15th301216
2012Qualification in progress
2016Qualified
Total7/132 Titles2814774634

FIFA Confederations Cup record

France have appeared in two of the five FIFA Confederations Cups contested and won the competition on both appearances. The team's two titles place in second place only trailing Brazil who have won three. France won their first Confederations Cup in 2001 having appeared in the competition as a result of winning the FIFA World Cup in 1998 . The team defeated Japan 1–0 in the final match. In the following Confederations Cup in 2003, France, appearing in the competition due to winning UEFA Euro 2000 and because of their duties as host, won the competition beating Cameroon 1–0 after extra time.

Year Result Position GP W D* L GS GA
1992Did not qualify
1995
1997
1999Withdrew
Template:Country data South Korea Template:Country data Japan 2001Champions1st5401122
2003Champions1st5500123
2005Did not qualify
2009
2013
Total2/72 Titles10901245

*Draws include knockout matches decided by penalty shootout.
**Gold background colour indicates that the tournament was won. Red border colour indicates tournament was held on home soil.

Titles

Preceded by
1994 Brazil 
World Champions
1998 (First title)
Succeeded by
2002 Brazil 
Preceded by
1999 Mexico 
Confederations Cup Winners
2001 (First title)
2003 (Second title)
Succeeded by
2005 Brazil 
Preceded by
1980 West Germany 
European Champions
1984 (First title)
Succeeded by
1988 Netherlands 
Preceded by
1996 Germany 
European Champions
2000 (Second title)
Succeeded by
2004 Greece 
Preceded by
Inaugural Event
Artemio Franchi Trophy
1985 (First title)
Succeeded by
1993 Argentina 
Preceded by
1993 Hungary 
Kirin Cup Champions
1994 (First title)
Succeeded by
1995 Template:Country data JPN
Preceded by
1996 Croatia 
King Hassan II Cup Winners
1998 (First title)
2000 (Second title)
Succeeded by
Incumbent

Minor titles

  • Gold Medal (1): 1984
  • Silver Medal (1): 1900

Statistics

Most capped French players

     Still active national team players are highlighted

# Name Career Caps Goals
1 Lilian Thuram 1994–2008 142 2
2 Thierry Henry 1997–2010 123 51
3 Marcel Desailly 1993–2004 116 3
4 Zinedine Zidane 1994–2006 108 31
5 Patrick Vieira 1997–2009 107 6
6 Didier Deschamps 1989–2000 103 4
7 Laurent Blanc 1989–2000 97 16
Bixente Lizarazu 1992–2004 97 2
9 Sylvain Wiltord 1999–2006 92 26
10 Fabien Barthez 1994–2006 87 0
Last updated: 22 June 2010
Source: RSSSF

Top France goalscorers

# Player Career Goals Caps Average
1 Thierry Henry 1997–2010 51 123 0.42
2 Michel Platini 1976–1987 41 72 0.57
3 David Trezeguet 1998–2008 34 71 0.47
4 Zinedine Zidane 1994–2006 31 108 0.28
5 Just Fontaine 1953–1960 30 21 1.42
Jean-Pierre Papin 1986–1995 30 54 0.55
7 Youri Djorkaeff 1993–2002 28 82 0.34
8 Sylvain Wiltord 1999–2006 26 92 0.28
9 Jean Vincent 1953–1961 22 46 0.47
10 Jean Nicolas 1933–1938 21 25 0.84
Last updated: 22 June 2010
Source: RSSSF

Managers

Manager France career Played Won Drawn Lost Win %
Guérin, HenriHenri Guérin 1964–1966 &000000000000001500000015 &00000000000000050000005 &00000000000000040000004 &00000000000000060000006 &000000000000003329999933.3
Arribas, JoséJosé Arribas and Snella, JeanJean Snella 1966 &00000000000000040000004 &00000000000000020000002 &00000000000000000000000 &00000000000000020000002 &000000000000005000000050.0
Fontaine, JustJust Fontaine 1967 &00000000000000020000002 &00000000000000000000000 &00000000000000000000000 &00000000000000020000002 &0&00000000000000000000000.0
Dugauguez, LouisLouis Dugauguez 1967–1968 &00000000000000090000009 &00000000000000020000002 &00000000000000030000003 &00000000000000040000004 &000000000000002219999922.2
Boulogne, GeorgesGeorges Boulogne 1969–1973 &000000000000003100000031 &000000000000001500000015 &00000000000000050000005 &000000000000001100000011 &000000000000004839999948.4
Kovács, ŞtefanŞtefan Kovács 1973–1975 &000000000000001500000015 &00000000000000060000006 &00000000000000040000004 &00000000000000050000005 &000000000000004000000040.0
Hidalgo, MichelMichel Hidalgo 1976–1984 &000000000000007500000075 &000000000000004100000041 &000000000000001600000016 &000000000000001800000018 &000000000000005470000054.7
Michel, HenriHenri Michel 1984–1988 &000000000000003600000036 &000000000000001600000016 &000000000000001200000012 &00000000000000080000008 &000000000000004439999944.4
Platini, MichelMichel Platini 1988–1992 &000000000000002900000029 &000000000000001600000016 &00000000000000080000008 &00000000000000050000005 &000000000000005520000055.2
Houllier, GérardGérard Houllier 1992–1993 &000000000000001200000012 &00000000000000070000007 &00000000000000010000001 &00000000000000040000004 &000000000000005829999958.3
Jacquet, AiméAimé Jacquet 1994–1998 &000000000000005300000053 &000000000000003400000034 &000000000000001600000016 &00000000000000030000003 &000000000000006420000064.2
Lemerre, RogerRoger Lemerre 1998–2002 &000000000000005300000053 &000000000000003400000034 &000000000000001100000011 &00000000000000080000008 &000000000000006420000064.2
Santini, JacquesJacques Santini 2002–2004 &000000000000002800000028 &000000000000002200000022 &00000000000000040000004 &00000000000000020000002 &000000000000007859999978.6
Domenech, RaymondRaymond Domenech 2004–2010 &000000000000007900000079 &000000000000004100000041 &000000000000002400000024 &000000000000001400000014 &000000000000005189999951.9
Blanc, LaurentLaurent Blanc 2010– &00000000000000050000005 &00000000000000030000003 &00000000000000000000000 &00000000000000020000002 &000000000000006000000060.0
Managers in italics were hired as caretakers

See also

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Simple English

France
Association French Football Federation
Confederation UEFA
Coach Laurent Blanc
Most caps Lilian Thuram (142)
Top scorer Thierry Henry (48)
FIFA ranking 11
First game 1 May 1904
Belgium (3-3)
Largest win 6 September 1995
Azerbaijan (10-0)
Largest loss 22 October 1908
Denmark (1-17)
World Cup
Appearances 13
First Apps 1930
Best result Champions (1998)

France national football team is the national football team of France. It won the World Cup in 1998.

Most appearances

PosPlayerAppsGoalsCareer
1Lilian Thuram14221994-2008
2Marcel Desailly11631993-2004
3Thierry Henry109481997-present
4Zinedine Zidane108311994-2006
5Patrick Vieira10661997-present
6Didier Deschamps10341989-2000
7Laurent Blanc97161989-2000
7Bixente Lizarazu9721992-2004
9Sylvain Wiltord92261999-2006
10Fabien Barthez8701994-2006

Top scorers

PosPlayerGoalsAppsCareer
1Thierry Henry481091997-present
2Michel Platini41721976-1987
3David Trézéguet34711998-2008
4Zinédine Zidane311081994-2006
5Jean-Pierre Papin30541986-1995
5Just Fontaine30211953-1960
7Youri Djorkaeff28821993-2002
8Sylvain Wiltord26921999-2006
9Jean Vincent22461953-1961
10Jean Nicolas21251933-1938


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