In Defence of Stephane Guivarc’h

In Defence of Stephane Guivarc’h

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 flash Guivarc’h turns the defender, bursts into the area and, as the ball drops, hits…

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France U19 Men Fall to Spain as Women Stand Strong

France U19 Men Fall to Spain as Women Stand Strong

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 final to win 3-1. After that, things got less triumphant, with France knocked out of…

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OL Pride: Youthful Lyon Ready to Roar Again

OL Pride: Youthful Lyon Ready to Roar Again

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 from Marseille, and are shopping around for a centre-back, but as ever, it seems that…

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Belgium Defeat Raises More French Questions Than Answers

Belgium Defeat Raises More French Questions Than Answers

Another les Bleus game, another pointless friendly you might say. Well Sunday night’s Stade de France encounter with Belgium proved just how entertaining an end of season friendly can be (Ireland and England take note!!). The Red Devils demonstrated just why they are now ranked second in the world with a comfortable display, despite what the 3-4 scoreline will show. The defeat, Didier Deschamps’ second consecutive loss in Paris, certainly raised more questions than it answered….

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Toulon: All-change for France in 2-0 Victory Over Qatar

Toulon: All-change for France in 2-0 Victory Over Qatar

France took control of Group A on Friday evening, beating Qatar 2-0 in Hyeres. Adrien Hunou’s early goal separated the two sides, but Younes Kaabouni stole the show with a stunning second half strike. Francis Smerecki made nine changes to the side that beat USA 3-1 on Wednesday, but it only strengthened France’s chances of winning the tournament, showing the depth in class they have to offer. In a prematch interview he stressed that with games…

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Gardiens of the Galaxy: Options for Euro 2016

Gardiens of the Galaxy: Options for Euro 2016

The position of back-up goalkeeper is often one that sees limited opportunities but huge responsibility when their time in the spotlight comes. France it seems has been blessed with a large number of excellent goalkeepers in recent times and the friendly matches against Brazil and Denmark at the end of March gave les Bleus’ coach Didier Deschamps a chance to try out a couple of his deputies in the absence of captain Hugo Lloris. With…

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France Run Rampant Over Scotland in Under-17 Victory

France Run Rampant Over Scotland in Under-17 Victory

France kicked off their Under-17 European Championship campaign with a rampant 5-0 victory over Scotland in Stara Zagora. After a tough and even start for Jean-Claude Giuntini’s side, it was Paris Saint-Germain’s Nanimato Ikone that opened the scoring after 18 minutes – he would stun the Scottish side by making it 2-0 just minutes later after dancing through the Scottish defence. His club teammate, Odsonne Edouard scored the pick of the goals when his cute…

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France about to start Under-17 journey in Bulgaria

France about to start Under-17 journey in Bulgaria

The Under-17 European Championships began in Bulgaria on Wednesday, and France’s competition begins against Scotland on Thursday afternoon. We will bring you coverage of the young team’s progress on FFW. SQUAD Goalkeepers: Numan Bostan (Toulouse FC), Luca Zidane (Real Madrid/Spa) Defenders: Bradlay Danger (Le Havre), Mamadou Doucoure (PSG), Alec Georgen (PSG), Christ-Emmanuel Faitout Maouassa (AS Nancy), Issa Samba (AJ Auxerre), Dayot Upamecano (Valenciennes FC) Midfielders: Bilal Boutobba (Marseille), Timothé Cognat (Lyon), Nicolas Janvier (Rennes), Jean-Victor…

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