Pour faire progresser le football francais

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The post-mortems have started after France’s defeat in the final of Euro 2016. In the semi-final, they beat Germany in a competitive match for the first time since 1958, before going on to lose for the first time ever in a competitive fixture to Portugal, in a tournament arguably featuring more karma than quality. So, what is to be done? I […]

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France 2016 : highlights and happier times

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So, that happened. As we come to terms with France’s defeat in the Euro 2016 final to Portugal, it’s important to remember the good stuff. Team FFW have finished the bottle, pulled themselves together, dabbed the tearstains off their wallcharts, and put together a few moments that remind us of happier times. Best Goal Dimitri Payet’s winner against Romania, group game […]

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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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Preview: France v Albania – EURO2016

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France will be aiming to make it two wins from two against Albania tonight and put themselves in pole position to qualify for the knock-out stages. Les Bleus got off to a winning start in their opening Group A fixture against Romania, an Olivier Giroud header and a cracker from Dimitri Payet sealing a 2-1 victory in the Stade de France. Giroud […]

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Preview: France v Romania – EURO2016

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The waiting is over and the 2016 European Champions are finally here. On Friday, Group A favourites France open the tournament against Romania this Friday and it would be a national scandal if Les Bleus didn’t progress out the group and they are full expected to win at least two of their three group games. By finishing in 1st place, […]

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