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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Arsenal Forward Spearheads France Under-17 World Cup Campaign

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On Monday 19 October, Jean-Claude Giuntini will guide his France under-17 side into their opening game of the World Cup in Chile. They take on New Zealand, Paraguay and Syria in Group F and will hope to at least progress through to the knockout stage. Top two teams advance, plus the four best third-place teams. The squad boasts players from Ligue […]

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Anthony Martial the Man as France Look United in Attack

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While teams such as Northern Ireland, Wales and Albania were experiencing euphoric highs of Euro 2016 qualification, France had to make do with two more low-octane friendlies. But two more positive victories – making it four in a row for the first time under Didier Deschamps’ reign – ensure that the dynamic remains positive at Clairefontaine. Defence Frankly, nothing worth […]

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Will the Real Karim Benzema Please Stand Up

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One of the recurring themes of recent years for followers of les Bleus – including this site – has been the enigma that is Karim Benzema. Consistently excellent for Real Madrid, the ex-Lyon frontman has consistently failed to come close to reaching those heights for his national team. Benzema – perhaps empowered by his six goals in six matches thus […]

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Positives as Matuidi and Valbuena give France reasons to be cheerful

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After three defeats in four matches at the tail-end of last season, this international break took on extra importance for France as they enter Euro 2016 season. Following a 1-0 win in Portugal and a 2-1 victory over Serbia in Bordeaux, Didier Deschamps and les Bleus’ fans will be feeling a lot more positive. Not everything went perfectly and there […]

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In Defence of Stephane Guivarc’h

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In a parallel universe somewhere, Stéphane Guivarc’h is a French national hero. After terrorising the Brazilian defence for the first 45 minutes of the 1998 World Cup final with his high-intensity, high-pressing game, the Auxerre striker is rewarded as a long ball from Lilian Thuram in the closing seconds of the half is misjudged by Junior Baiano. Quick as a […]

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France U19 Men Fall to Spain as Women Stand Strong

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It’s been a busy summer, and France can be rather happy with how things have turned out, overall. First, they won the U17 Euros, beating Germany 4-1 in a final that featured a hat-trick from PSG’s Odsonne Edouard. Then, the Toulon Tournament, where an U20 side came from a goal down against Morocco with an impressive second-half performance in the […]

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OL Pride: Youthful Lyon Ready to Roar Again

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While Monaco picked up ten players before the rest of the league had had a chance to even bookmark the LFP transfer page, and Marseille are shedding last season’s first team like they’ve got some form of bet on, things are a little bit different at the Stade Gerland. Yes, they’ve picked up Claudio ‘Air’ Beauvue from Guingamp and Jeremy ‘Free’ Morel […]

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