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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Antoine Griezmann: France’s Most In-Form Striker

Antoine Griezmann: France’s Most In-Form Striker

Atlético Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann may just be the in-form player in La Liga at the moment. On Saturday, the Mâcon-born France international extended his recent run of scoring to a remarkable 8 in 7 as he netted a brace in the Vicente Calderon side’s routine 3-0 win against struggling Elche. The former Real Sociedad star now holds the record for the most goals scored by a Frenchman in a single La Liga season: Griezmann’s…

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Postmortem on Nabil Fekir’s decision to pick France over Algeria

Postmortem on Nabil Fekir’s decision to pick France over Algeria

A few months ago, Nabil Bentaleb spoke about his decision to play for the Algerian national team. Bentaleb explained, ‘When I was younger and I used to watch matches on TV and France lost, I didn’t cry. But when Algeria lost, I would cry for hours.’ In late February Nabil Fekir made a very different declaration. He said, ‘I’ll announce my decision (to play for a national team) at the end of March. I’ll choose what’s best…

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Les Espoirs: Refitted and Firing Into a Bright Future

Les Espoirs: Refitted and Firing Into a Bright Future

The senior team haven’t been the only ones playing friendlies over the recent interlull, and while their displays give some interesting clues as to how Didier Deschamps will be setting things up for France 2016, the performances of les Espoirs have also been very promising. France 6 – 0 Estonia The opening encounter couldn’t have gone better for a team introducing some new blood after the ultimately disappointing Euro qualifying campaign, losing to Sweden in the play-offs….

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Why Patrice Evra Deserves Place In Current France Squad

Why Patrice Evra Deserves Place In Current France Squad

Ever since the 2010 World Cup, Patrice Evra has divided the French public. Adam Digby, author of “Juventus: A History in Black and White” tells us why the left-back continues to deserve a place in France’s squad heading towards the 2016 European Championships. Putting aside their wonderful performance against Borussia Dortmund, the last three domestic fixtures contested by Juventus have each ended with the Bianconeri winning by a 1-0 scoreline. Sassuolo, Palermo and Genoa have…

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Aymeric Laporte leads France’s new-look Under-21 squad

Aymeric Laporte leads France’s new-look Under-21 squad

France Under-21 coach Pierre Mankowski has selected his 20-man squad for the upcoming friendlies against Estonia and Netherlands. Les Espoirs failed to qualify for the 2015 European Championships this summer, but the qualification process for the 2017 Championships in Poland starts in September. Mankowski has moved on to the 1994 born group of players, so the likes of Alphonse Areola, Samuel Umtiti, Gianelli Imbula, Jordan Veretout, Paul-Georges Ntep, Yaya Sanogo and Florian Thauvin are no…

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