Archive for category: Les Bleus

No thrills, No attitude, Just Thuram

No thrills, No attitude, Just Thuram

We all have that one player we always wanted to be, the one player we always followed, the one player who made us fall in love with football, in my case, French football.  For me, that player was the great Lilian Thuram. His CV speaks for itself.  His career spanned […]

“Take advantage of your 20s”: an open letter to Florian Thauvin

“Take advantage of your 20s”: an open letter to Florian Thauvin

On Thursday, Cédric Rouquette, editor-in-chief of eurosport.fr, published a superb open letter to Florian Thauvin, who is currently on strike and refusing to train with new club Lille, in order to engineer a move, preferably to Marseille. Cédric has kindly given us permission to translate and publish his letter:   […]

One Ntep Beyond: Beware the explosive talents of Paul-Georges Ntep

One Ntep Beyond: Beware the explosive talents of Paul-Georges Ntep

Following a strong 2012/13 campaign, young Auxerre attacker Paul-Georges Ntep suddenly came onto the radar of a couple of Ligue 1 clubs. Nantes were one name said to be keeping a ‘close eye’ on him during the summer but they didn’t pounce. Maybe they wished they had now, because Ntep […]

Anthony’s not-so-Modeste claims for France?

Anthony’s not-so-Modeste claims for France?

I’m going to put it out there. Anthony Modeste should be part of France coach Didier Deschamps’ squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and Belarus when he names it on Thursday August 29. One year ago this notion would have been scoffed at by many, not least a […]

The Philippe Auclair Interview: Part III – The Future of Ligue 1

The Philippe Auclair Interview: Part III – The Future of Ligue 1

In the third and final part of the interview, Philippe and Jeremy talk about Arsenal’s current contingent of Wenger, Koscielny, Giroud, Diaby and Sanogo, about the France Under-20s’ World Cup victory and les Bleus’ future prospects, and about his expectations for the coming Ligue 1 season. JS: Wenger for PSG? PA: I don’t […]

The Philippe Auclair Interview: Part II – Thierry Henry and France

The Philippe Auclair Interview: Part II – Thierry Henry and France

In this part, Philippe and Jeremy talk about Henry’s controversial history with Les Bleus, including the Hand of Gaul and Knysna. JS: Why is he loved in England and, maybe, reviled in France? PA: The funny thing is that, in France, outside the football world, he still has a positive […]

France v Serbia – U19 European Championship Preview

France v Serbia – U19 European Championship Preview

It’s final time in Lithuania as France prepare to meet Serbia in Thursday’s U19 Euro final after Les Bleus dumped out two-time defending champions Spain 2-1 after extra-time in Monday’s semi-final. In a replay of last Friday’s group stage meeting, which ended in a 1-1 draw, the French will seek […]

France advance through the group stage – U19 Euro Finals

France advance through the group stage – U19 Euro Finals

France 0 – 0 Georgia After Serbia beat Turkey 2-1 in the other Group B game to open the tournament, France and Georgia played out a goalless game with few clear chances and a lot of good defending. The stats say that France got seven shots on target to their […]