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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Dimitri Payet: France’s Not-So Secret Weapon

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Written by Sathesh Alagappan At the beginning of the season, few would have anticipated that Payet would feature in Didier Deschamps Euro 2016 plans. The Réunion born star had found himself in the international wilderness, with only a handful of international call-ups to his name. However, the 29-year-old has been in scintillating form for West Ham, and now looks set to […]

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Arsenal Forward Spearheads France Under-17 World Cup Campaign

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On Monday 19 October, Jean-Claude Giuntini will guide his France under-17 side into their opening game of the World Cup in Chile. They take on New Zealand, Paraguay and Syria in Group F and will hope to at least progress through to the knockout stage. Top two teams advance, plus the four best third-place teams. The squad boasts players from Ligue […]

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Anthony Martial the Man as France Look United in Attack

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While teams such as Northern Ireland, Wales and Albania were experiencing euphoric highs of Euro 2016 qualification, France had to make do with two more low-octane friendlies. But two more positive victories – making it four in a row for the first time under Didier Deschamps’ reign – ensure that the dynamic remains positive at Clairefontaine. Defence Frankly, nothing worth […]

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Will the Real Karim Benzema Please Stand Up

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One of the recurring themes of recent years for followers of les Bleus – including this site – has been the enigma that is Karim Benzema. Consistently excellent for Real Madrid, the ex-Lyon frontman has consistently failed to come close to reaching those heights for his national team. Benzema – perhaps empowered by his six goals in six matches thus […]

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Positives as Matuidi and Valbuena give France reasons to be cheerful

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After three defeats in four matches at the tail-end of last season, this international break took on extra importance for France as they enter Euro 2016 season. Following a 1-0 win in Portugal and a 2-1 victory over Serbia in Bordeaux, Didier Deschamps and les Bleus’ fans will be feeling a lot more positive. Not everything went perfectly and there […]

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