Archive for category: Les Bleus

Report: France 3 – 1 Russia, Women’s Euros

Report: France 3 – 1 Russia, Women’s Euros

So, it was a comfortable victory for Les Bleues, and the first of the tournament after Groups A and B drew everything, so that’s nice. But while at this stage, and this level of opponent, that’s fine, there are some issues that have been bubbling under for a while which […]

Monday Mercato Madness – ASM: Anims Abidal

Monday Mercato Madness – ASM: Anims Abidal

Right, things are starting to motor, as the money deals involving clubs without billionaire backing get hammered out. At time of writing, however, Bafe Gomis is still a Lyon player. More as we have it. Bastia – Jerome Rothen (MMs passés) is rejoining Caen, his first club. Sylvain Marchal has […]

Report: France 4 Uzbekistan 0 – Under 20 World Cup

Report: France 4 Uzbekistan 0 – Under 20 World Cup

France, second in group A behind Spain, met Uzbekistan, 3rd in group F behind Croatia and Uruguay, in what turned out to be a big mismatch. The Uzbeks were missing several key players due to injury and suspensions (particularly defenders Sardor Rakhmanov and Boburbek Yuldashov), and while their backline defended […]

Report: France 4 Turkey 1 – Under 20 World Cup

Report: France 4 Turkey 1 – Under 20 World Cup

Despite a spirited spell in the second half, Turkey could do nothing to stop a confident performance from a much improved French side as they cruised to a 4-1 victory in Gaziantep. First-half goals from Geoffrey Kondogbia and Jean-Christophe Bahebeck gave Pierre Mankowski his easiest half-time team talk to date, […]

Exit Music For A Film – Remembering Zidane’s Spectacular Finale

Exit Music For A Film – Remembering Zidane’s Spectacular Finale

Conor Kelly from The Final Third podcast writes about Zinedine Zidane’s final match and the lasting impression it left on him. Seven years ago this summer, Italy won their fourth World Cup amid the looming cloud of the Calciopoli match fixing scandal. While the Azurri defeated France on penalties after […]

More Mercato Madness – Nice Move Mendy, Marseille Pay Out for Payet

More Mercato Madness – Nice Move Mendy, Marseille Pay Out for Payet

Things started with a flurry of big-name signings courtesy of Monaco, but are starting to get more practical (if you don’t count the Djibril-Cisse-to-Montpellier thing, where the major thing we learned is that Louis Nicollin is not a fan of rinsin’ beats, and Cisse isn’t prepared to put up with […]

Report: Spain 2 France 1 – Under 20 World Cup

Report: Spain 2 France 1 – Under 20 World Cup

Having stuttered against USA, les Bleuets put in a more convincing performance in their final group game, but were ultimately undone by the superior technique of their opponents. Watch the highlights here. Paul Pogba was suspended after being booked in the first two games, and his presence was missed in […]

Report: France 1 USA 1 – Under 20 World Cup

Report: France 1 USA 1 – Under 20 World Cup

For 88 minutes France looked comfortable, too comfortable. Yaya Sanogo’s penalty just after the break gave Les Bleuets the lead they just about deserved, but their complacency and lackadaisical style in the end cost them dearly. The Americans never gave up, and when the ball fell kindly to substitute Daniel […]