Les Bleus Nouveaux: France in 5-2 Destruction of Switzerland

Les Bleus Nouveaux: France in 5-2 Destruction of Switzerland

A target man who clears a corner from his own box before galloping the length of the pitch to lay on an inch-perfect assist. A tiny midfielder who plays everywhere at once, never slowing down as he creates perpetual rage in opponents, goals for teammates, and delight in fans. A striker pushed out wide, back to the days of his youth at Lyon, scoring and creating goals with the ease of a kid imagining what the…

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World Cup 2014: France v Switzerland – Preview

World Cup 2014: France v Switzerland – Preview

After beating Honduras 3-0 the French national side are raring to go again as they prepare to face Switzerland in their second group match. Didier Deschamps’ men know that a victory over the Swiss will mean that they will only need a draw against Ecuador in their final group game to go through as the winners. Last time out against Honduras the French looked remarkably untroubled, in fact the entire campaign has been beset by a…

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Yohan Cabaye the architect in France’s 3-0 win over Honduras

Yohan Cabaye the architect in France’s 3-0 win over Honduras

It can be said now: the big question about France’s opening game in the 2014 World Cup was never really about winning or losing, but rather how convincingly Les Bleus could play and triumph against Group E’s clear underdogs, Honduras. And it is fair to say that although the difference in quality was obvious from kick-off, and despite what the comfortable scoreline suggests, France’s 3-0 victory turned out to be a real test of character…

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World Cup 2014: France v Honduras – Preview

World Cup 2014: France v Honduras – Preview

After having to sit and watch the first three days of World Cup action, finally France get their tournament under way on Sunday evening. Honduras are the opponents as they do battle for Group E superiority. Having watched Brazil kick off with a win and Spain dismantled by Netherlands, Les Bleus will be hoping for a confident and collected performance in Porte Alegre. France are traditionally slow starters and not since 1998 have they won the…

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Roundtable: 2014 World Cup – The Experts discuss Les Bleus

Roundtable: 2014 World Cup – The Experts discuss Les Bleus

Football constantly generates considerable amounts of discussion and the World Cup is the culmination of the arguments, opinions and lively debates that permeate blogs, homes, pubs, schools and workplaces around the world. Well, things are no different here at FFW towers! So, we’ve cobbled together FIVE key questions about Les Bleus and have picked five of our experts to dissect each one for your reading pleasure. In no particular order we have: Jeremy Smith: French-British (poor guy),…

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Now is the time for Karim Benzema to shine for France

Now is the time for Karim Benzema to shine for France

France take on Jamaica on Sunday at the Stade Pierre Mauroy. It is the last of the pre-World Cup friendlies and the last chance for some of the squad to stake a claim for a starting spot against Honduras on June 15th. One player who will be hoping to get back into international form is Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema, and it will be important that he is firing on all cylinders before going to Brazil…

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Why the World Cup is so important for Raphael Varane

Why the World Cup is so important for Raphael Varane

Anyone who has watched Raphael Varane play will know that he possesses the ability to one day become a star. The young centre half quite simply commands the pitch from the back whenever he plays. Incredibly quick across the ground as well as being dominant aerially, the Frenchman is perfectly designed for his position. This summer’s World Cup comes at a vital time in the young player’s career, despite him being only 21 years of…

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Les Bleuets reach final of Toulon Tournament

Les Bleuets reach final of Toulon Tournament

France rounded off the group stages of the Toulon Tournoi with a 2-1 win against Portugal, to win a place in the final against Brazil. Their first match, against Chile, was the traditional game of two halves. While pressing well without the ball, France’s longer-ball tactics weren’t working in the wind, and passes were going astray. With Chile also pressing high and fast, as Mexico would also later do, Nardi kept France in it with…

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