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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5 things to look for in France’s warm-up games

5 things to look for in France’s warm-up games

Hope springs eternal, the World Cup is just around the corner. This is the time when teams dream big – no one is here to make up the numbers and everyone believes (well, in not finishing bottom anyway!). But let’s not get carried away, almost all 32 teams have issues – and France is no exception. So, with three warm-up games coming up in the next two weeks, here are five storylines to look out…

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France hoping to start winning summer in Toulon

France hoping to start winning summer in Toulon

Before the uncontrollable shaking begins, before you start trying to steal footballs off kids in the park, look at your TVs! Football is back already. The FFW calendar says today is the 21st of May, and that means we’ve been without competitive football for a whole FOUR days. We’re not sure how we have coped, but we are just really glad that the Toulon Festival of Football starts today, with France one of the top-teams…

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