Preview: France vs Ireland – Euro 2016

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Well, if France are going to win their home Euros, they’re going to have to do it the hard way. After a workmanlike, unspectacular, but efficient group stage, Didier Deschamps’ men turn to the business of the knock-out rounds with, perhaps, a little regret that Bacary Sagna’s injury-time shirt-pull against Switzerland was not spotted; the 0-0 draw with the Swiss ensured […]

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Preview : France v Switzerland

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France will face arguably their toughest group stage match against Switzerland as the Swiss need a draw or a win to be sure of qualification. Both countries are in their discovery phase as Didier Deschamps now knows that his team is better with the likes of Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann, while Vladimir Petkovic has to decide whether to persist […]

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N’Golo Kante mixing style and steel for France

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N’Golo Kante came into the French national team squad on the back of an incredible English Premier League title-winning season with Leicester. He was the relentlessly mobile midfielder covering every blade of grass, plugging gaps in front of a resolute defence, then motoring the ball forward with intensity, playing decisive passes. An injury to Marseille’s Lassana Diarra left a space […]

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Match Report : France 2 – 0 Albania

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France are into the knock-out stages of Euro 2016 after two late goals from Antoine Griezmann and Dimitri Payet finally broke Albania’s resistance in the Stade Velodrome in Marseille. Griezmann was dropped to the bench along with Paul Pogba following his underwhelming performance against Romania but came on as a second-half substitute to head home Adil Rami’s cross to break the […]

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France Defence Fails to Convince Against Cameroon #Euro2016

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From the moment that France was eliminated from the 2014 World Cup by Germany, any progress from les Bleus was going to be difficult to gauge. Since that day in Rio de Janeiro, Didier Deschamps’ team have not played a competitive fixture. Monday’s friendly fixture against Cameroon in Nantes’ Stade de la Beaujoire again asked more questions than it answered, […]

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Dimitri Payet: France’s Not-So Secret Weapon

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Written by Sathesh Alagappan At the beginning of the season, few would have anticipated that Payet would feature in Didier Deschamps Euro 2016 plans. The Réunion born star had found himself in the international wilderness, with only a handful of international call-ups to his name. However, the 29-year-old has been in scintillating form for West Ham, and now looks set to […]

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France 2 – 1 Mali: Toulon 2016 – Bamba makes the difference

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France went into their third game of the tournament with two wins out of two, needing a point to guarantee a top two spot in Group A, and therefore a place on the final day. Mali had a mountain to climb with only one point after losing to the Czech Republic and then playing out a chaotic 3-3 draw against Mexico in the […]

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Preview: Coupe de France Final – Marseille v PSG

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This is it. The last game of the French football season, the last chance for silverware; PSG aiming for a second consecutive domestic quadruple, Marseille looking to defend their status as record cup-winners. Ooh. Marseille may not have had the most successful or stress-free league season but their cup run has been a bright note, featuring six different scorers (admittedly one […]

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