Archive for category: Les Bleus

Valbuena & Pogba: French football’s bright lights set to shine

Valbuena & Pogba: French football’s bright lights set to shine

Just over three years ago on the 22nd June 2010, France were humiliated by South Africa in Les Bleus’ final group game of the 2010 World Cup by two goals to one. It capped a miserable campaign for the French national team who had seen incidents such as the players’ […]

Deschamps and France: Searching for an identity

Deschamps and France: Searching for an identity

It’s no exaggeration to say that France has some soul-searching to do.  The World Cup qualifying play-offs are looming large on a sea that is anything but calm.  The qualifying campaign has been fairly efficient considering France was matched with trophy-magnet Spain, but it has hardly been inspiring stuff.  Going […]

No thrills, No attitude, Just Thuram

No thrills, No attitude, Just Thuram

We all have that one player we always wanted to be, the one player we always followed, the one player who made us fall in love with football, in my case, French football.  For me, that player was the great Lilian Thuram. His CV speaks for itself.  His career spanned […]

“Take advantage of your 20s”: an open letter to Florian Thauvin

“Take advantage of your 20s”: an open letter to Florian Thauvin

On Thursday, Cédric Rouquette, editor-in-chief of eurosport.fr, published a superb open letter to Florian Thauvin, who is currently on strike and refusing to train with new club Lille, in order to engineer a move, preferably to Marseille. Cédric has kindly given us permission to translate and publish his letter:   […]

One Ntep Beyond: Beware the explosive talents of Paul-Georges Ntep

One Ntep Beyond: Beware the explosive talents of Paul-Georges Ntep

Following a strong 2012/13 campaign, young Auxerre attacker Paul-Georges Ntep suddenly came onto the radar of a couple of Ligue 1 clubs. Nantes were one name said to be keeping a ‘close eye’ on him during the summer but they didn’t pounce. Maybe they wished they had now, because Ntep […]

Anthony’s not-so-Modeste claims for France?

Anthony’s not-so-Modeste claims for France?

I’m going to put it out there. Anthony Modeste should be part of France coach Didier Deschamps’ squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and Belarus when he names it on Thursday August 29. One year ago this notion would have been scoffed at by many, not least a […]

The Philippe Auclair Interview: Part III – The Future of Ligue 1

The Philippe Auclair Interview: Part III – The Future of Ligue 1

In the third and final part of the interview, Philippe and Jeremy talk about Arsenal’s current contingent of Wenger, Koscielny, Giroud, Diaby and Sanogo, about the France Under-20s’ World Cup victory and les Bleus’ future prospects, and about his expectations for the coming Ligue 1 season. JS: Wenger for PSG? PA: I don’t […]

The Philippe Auclair Interview: Part II – Thierry Henry and France

The Philippe Auclair Interview: Part II – Thierry Henry and France

In this part, Philippe and Jeremy talk about Henry’s controversial history with Les Bleus, including the Hand of Gaul and Knysna. JS: Why is he loved in England and, maybe, reviled in France? PA: The funny thing is that, in France, outside the football world, he still has a positive […]