Les Bleus : France v Holland

On Thursday, Didier Deschamps announced his squad for tonight’s friendly against Holland. This has been seen as the final opportunity for players seeking a first call-up to have a chance to play in Brazil, as the May friendlies (against Norway, Paraguay and Jamaica) will no doubt be used to sort out first v second choices from the established list. One player getting a debut on the 24-man list, Antoine Griezmann, was available for selection after…

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France Espoirs ready to roll past Belarus

France Espoirs ready to roll past Belarus

France’s U21 side take on Belarus tonight at the MMArena in Le Mans, hoping to make it six wins out of six in their quest for European Championship qualification. Belarus sit bottom of Group 10 and France will be hoping they can repeat the 2-1 win from back in September. Rennes forward Paul-Georges Ntep scored both goals in the victory, and the young player will be hoping to get on the score sheet again tonight….

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Interview: Arsenal legend Robert Pires – The International Years

Interview: Arsenal legend Robert Pires – The International Years

In Part III, Robert talks about the controversial end to his international career, his thoughts on the current Arsenal and France teams, his opinions on Ligue 1 and his post-professional career. Speaking of coaches… we have to go two years back in time from 2006… to 2004 and the French national side… Right, everyone says to me “Robert Pirès is the nicest person in football”… Well you have to thank the people who have said…

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Interview: France legend Robert Pires – The Arsenal Years

Interview: France legend Robert Pires – The Arsenal Years

In this second part of our three part series, Robert talks about the peak of his career, for club and country, the twin disappointments of missing the 2002 World Cup and his 2006 Champions League final substitution, and that penalty for Arsenal… So after, let’s say six months, there’s the explosion, especially with Vieira, with Henry, with Wiltord. And I’d say that from the beginning of 2001 until March 2002 are your best years – for Arsenal and…

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Interview: Arsenal’s Robert Pires – The Early Years

In the recent ITV4 show Keane & Vieira: Best of Enemies, the two great midfielders attempted to agree on their era’s combined Arsenal-Manchester United dream team. Some proposed players were the subject of heated debate, but one player who was included with no argument was Robert Pirès. His inclusion in the team is an indication of the respect in which the former Arsenal and France midfielder is held, not only by Keane and Vieira but also…

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Southampton’s Schneiderlin could be Deschamps’ Brazil wildcard

Recently we were lucky enough to publish an interview that our friends over at French Radio London conducted with French national team boss Didier Deschamps. During the interview Deschamps was asked about the prospect of players outside the current national set-up being called up to his World Cup squad. Of course Deschamps played it very cool, but one name that was mentioned was Morgan Schneiderlin of Southampton, a player whose continuing international exclusion seems totally…

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Didier Deschamps – Taking les Bleus to Brazil

On 20 January our friends at French Radio London aired an exclusive interview with France’s World Cup winning captain and current coach Didier Deschamps. His hopes for the upcoming World Cup, what the tournament means to him, his responsibilities as coach, his connections with English football… La Deche spoke honestly, openly and with good humour about a range of subjects, giving us an insight into the most decorated player in French football history. You can listen…

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An Audience with… Didier Deschamps

An Audience with… Didier Deschamps

This coming Monday 20 January, tune into our good friends at Sports FRL on French Radio London. The programme’s special guest will be Didier Deschamps, the manager of France’s national team. Samir Nasri’s injury, Franck Ribéry and the Ballon d’or, the responsibilities of a coach, his objectives for the World Cup, his relationship with France’s next generation, Didier Deschamps’ London… the ex-captain of les Bleus replied in depth to the Sports FRL team’s questions. Tune…

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