Relive the France glory days with Campo Retro

Relive the France glory days with Campo Retro

After the success of our competition with Campo Retro, they have kindly offered to try and soften the blow of France’s 1-0 defeat to Germany and subsequent elimination from the World Cup in Brazil. Until the end of the World Cup they are offering 10% off all their clothing to FFW readers. Wipe away those tears and get yourself something nice. Use Promo Code FFW10 when ordering to get your discount. Click here for their…

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Griez-the-mann as France set up showdown with Germany

Griez-the-mann as France set up showdown with Germany

Before this crunch match France manager Didier Deschamps was facing what one might call “a selection headache”. As is so often the way the majority of international coaches would jump at the opportunity to have the sort of dilemma that faced Deschamps but this was no laughing matter for the former World Cup-winning captain. The agonising decision he had to make was whether to start with Olivier Giroud of Arsenal or Real Sociedad’s Antoine Griezmann…

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World Cup 2014: France v Nigeria – Preview

World Cup 2014: France v Nigeria – Preview

France enter the knock-out phase well aware of the threat of the underdog after seeing both Brazil and the Netherlands struggle to make it through to the quarter-finals. Like both of those sides, France won their group and now face a runner-up but that doesn’t mean that the French should enter this match expecting an easy victory. Luckily for Didier Deschamps and his men, France’s last group match against Ecuador was the perfect example of…

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World Cup 2014: France v Ecuador– Preview

World Cup 2014: France v Ecuador– Preview

Many thought that the Swiss would put up the sternest test for the French in Group E. After 90 minutes that notion was well and truly blasted out of the water, and arguably the victory was actually achieved after the quickfire double before the 20-minute mark. Coach Didier Deschamps showed both tactical nous and the strength of the French squad by resting both Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann, and their replacements, Moussa Sissoko and Olivier Giroud,…

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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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