France

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World Cup 2014 France National Team

  • FIFA country code: FRA
  • FIFA member since: 1907
  • Confederation: UEFA
  • Confederation member since: 1954
  • Association: Fédération Française de Football (FFF)
  • In English: French Football Federation (FFF)
  • Association founded: 1919
  • Most caps: Lilian Thuram (142)
  • Top scorer: Thierry Henry (51)
  • 1st World Cup win: 4-1 Mexico in Uruguay ’30
  • 1st World Cup goal scorer: Lucien Laurent (1930)
  • World Cup top scorer: Just Fontaine (13)
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World Cup 2014 France National Team

World Cup 2014 France Schedule Group E

MatchDateTimeCityCountryResultsCountry
915/0613:00Brasilia
World Cup Brazil 2014 Switzerland teamSwitzerland2-1EcuadorWorld Cup Brazil 2014 Ecuador team
1015/0616:00Porto AlegreWorld Cup Brazil 2014 France teamFrance3-0HondurasWorld Cup Brazil 2014 Honduras team
2520/0616:00SalvadorWorld Cup Brazil 2014 Switzerland teamSwitzerland2-5FranceWorld Cup Brazil 2014 France team
2620/0619:00Curitiba
World Cup Brazil 2014 Honduras teamHonduras1-2EcuadorWorld Cup Brazil 2014 Ecuador team
4125/0616:00ManausWorld Cup Brazil 2014 Honduras teamHonduras0-3SwitzerlandWorld Cup Brazil 2014 Switzerland team
4225/0617:00Rio De JaneiroWorld Cup Brazil 2014 Ecuador teamEcuador0-0FranceWorld Cup Brazil 2014 France team

France is the 30th country to have qualified for the World Cup Brazil on the 19th of November 2013. France was 1 of the 8 UEFA countries to play the continental play-offs. Their opponent was Ukraine which played in a World Cup once in 2006.Their first match ended in a surprising 2-0 for Ukraine. The World Cup 2014 France national team had to make some serious chances in order to qualify anyway for the 2014 World Cup. Somehow they did it! In their 2nd match France defeated Ukraine with 3-0 which were scored by Mamadou Sakho and Karim Benzema. An impressive comeback it was, resulting in an aggregate score of 2-3! France prevented themselves from missing a World Cup which happened for the last time in 1994.

 TeamMPWDLGFGAPts
World Cup Brazil 2014 France teamFrance3210827
World Cup Brazil 2014 Switzerland teamSwitzerland3201766
World Cup Brazil 2014 Ecuador teamEcuador3111334
World Cup Brazil 2014 Honduras teamHonduras3003180

World Cup 2014 France Players

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The 23 players who have been selected for the World Cup 2014 France national team are:

GoalkeepersDefendersMidfieldersForwards
Hugo Lloris
Stephane Ruffier
Mickaël Landreau
Mathieu Debuchy
Bacary Sagna
Laurent Koscielny
Mamadou Sakho
Raphael Varane
Eliaquim Mangala
Patrice Evra
Lucas Digne
Yohan Cabaye
Morgan Schneiderlin
Blaise Matuidi
Rio Mavuba
Paul Pogba
Moussa Sissoko
Mathieu Valbuena
Karim Benzema
Olivier Giroud
Antoine Griezmann
Remy Cabella
Loïc Rémy
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Head Coach: Didier Deschamps (French)
Captain: Hugo Lloris

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France World Cup History

How Many World Cups Played: 13

YearRoundPositionGPWDLGSGA
1930Group Stage7310243
1934First Round9100123
1938Quarter-Finals6210144
1954Group Stage11210133
1958Semi-Finals364022315
1966Group Stage13301225
1978Group Stage12310255
1982Semi-Finals473221612
1986Semi-Finals37421126
1998Champions17610152
2002Group Stage28301203
2006Semi-Finals2743093
2010Group Stage29301214
Best/TotalChampions1542511189668

GP=Games played, W=Wins, D=Draws, L=Losses, GS=Goals scored, GA=Goals against

Best Performance

1998 – Final: For the first and last time so far France reached the Final and won with 3-0 against Brazil.

Worst Performance

2010 – Group stage:  This was the 2nd World Cup so far where France wasn’t able to score any goals. France drew 1 match in group A, lost the 2 others group matches and ended up on the 29th position.

Did You Know France:

  • Has the following nicknames: Les Bleus (The Blues) and Les Tricolores (The Tri-colors)
  • Is rivals with Italy, Germany and England
  • Has reflected ethic diversity of the country for a long time which has been praised many times, connecting this reflection with social integration (first black player was Raoul Diagne, included in 1931)
  • Is the 7th country to win the World Cup (1998)
  • Is the 6th country to win a World Cup on home soil
  • Was 1 of the 4 European teams to participate in the first World Cup in 1930 in Uruguay
  • Played the first World Cup match where extra time had to be played (against Austria in 1934)
  • Player Lucien Laurent scored the first ever World Cup goal in the 19th minute, during the group match against Mexico in 1930
  • Goalkeeper Alex Thépot became the first player in World Cup history who has been replaced by a different player (Augustin Chantrel) in the 1930 World Cup group match against Argentina (due to injury)
  • Player Lucien Laurent and his brother Jean Laurent played together in the 1930 World Cup
  • Player Roger Rio played in the 1934 World Cup and his son Patrice Rio in the 1978 World Cup
  • Played against Italy in 1938 for the first time in World Cup history
  • Player Just Fontaine scored 13 goals in 1 World Cup, the highest amount so far in a World Cup (1958)
  • Player Just Fontaine was the all-time World Cup top scorer with 13 goals for 16 years, but was beaten by German striker Gerd Muller in the 1974 World Cup with 14 goals
  • Striker Just Fontaine is the 3rd player in World Cup history to have scored in every match (1958)
  • Striker Just Fontaine is the 2nd player in World Cup history to have scored 2 World Cup hat-tricks, both were scored in the 1958 World Cup
  • Played against West Germany in 1958 for the first time in World Cup history
  • Played against England in 1966 for the first time in World Cup history
  • Had to play in the kit of the local Kimberly club (vertical green and white stripes) in a 1978 World Cup match since both France and opponent Hungary only brought their white kit
  • Is the first country which played all 3 goalkeepers in 1 World Cup (1978)
  • Midfielders Michel Platini, Jean Tigana, Alain Giresse and Luis Fernández formed the ‘Carré magique” (Magic Square) in the 1982 World Cup which was hard to beat by their opponents
  • Midfielder Alain Giresse took the first penalty of the first penalty shootout in World Cup history against West Germany and scored (1982)
  • Lost 1 of the greatest matches in history which was the 1982 World Cup Semi-Final against West Germany, which ended in a penalty shootout
  • Scored 2 goals in succession in extra time during the 1982 World Cup Semi-Final before West Germany did the same, resulting in a 3-3 score
  • Player Patrick Battiston got knocked out ugly in this 1982 Semi-Final by German keeper Harald Schumacher, resulting in a damaged vertebra, lost teeth and a short-term coma
  • Lost twice against West Germany in both the 1982 and 1986 World Cup Semi-Finals
  • Attacking midfielder Zinedine Zidane is the first French player in World Cup history to have received the red card (in the 1998 World Cup first round match against Saudi Arabia)
  • Defender Laurent Blanc is the first player in World Cup history to have scored a golden goal, in the 113th minute in the World Cup 1998 Round of 16 match against Paraguay
  • Defender Lilian Thuram has a record of 142 caps, but scored his only 2 goals in the 1998 World Cup Semi-Final match against Croatia (2-1)
  • Goalkeeper Fabien Barthez is the first goalkeeper to have only conceded 2 goals before becoming World Cup champion
  • Goalkeeper Fabien Barthez became the 2nd goalkeeper to have a record clean sheet of 10 matches (1998-2006)
  • Defender Jean Djorkaeff has a son who played in the 1998 and 2002 France team: Youri Djorkaeff
  • Player Zinedine Zidane became the 2nd player to have been sent off in 2 different World Cups (1998,2002)
  • Is the 3rd country which didn’t make it to the 2nd round (2002 World Cup) after having won the previous World Cup (1998)
  • Attacking midfielder Zinedine Zidane was involved in an event that is considered as the greatest ever World Cup shock: the headbutt against Italian Marco Materazzi in the 2006 World Cup Final
  • Player Zinedine Zidane received together with Brazilian player Cafu the highest amount of cards: 4 yellow cards and 2 red cards in total (1998-2006)
  • Striker Nicolas Anelka was dismissed from the team in the 2010 World Cup due to an ugly dispute during half time of the match against Mexico, with then trainer Raymond Domenech
  • Players, federal officials and coaching staff were everything but harmonious since Nicolas Anelka’s dismissal, which resulted in the team boycotting 2010 World Cup training sessions
  • 1930 World Cup player Lucient Laurent was the only surviving French player to have witnessed France winning the 1998 World Cup
  • Will be based in Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo during the 2014 World Cup

World Cup Awards

WhenWhatWho
1958Bronze BallJust Fontaine
1958Golden Boot (13 goals)Just Fontaine
1958All-Star TeamRaymond Kopa
Just Fontaine
1982Best Young Player AwardManuel Amoros (age 21)
1982All-Star TeamMichel Platini
1986All-Star TeamManuel Amoros
Jean Tigana
Michel Platini
1998Bronze BallLilian Thuram
1998Yashin AwardFabien Barthez
1998FIFA Fair Play TrophyFrance
1998Most Entertaining TeamFrance
1998All-Star TeamFabien Barthez
Marcel Desailly
Lilian Thuram
Zinedine Zidane
2006Golden BallZinedine Zidane
2006All-Star TeamLilian Thuram
Patrick Vieira
Zinedine Zidane
Thierry Henry

Curious which place FIFA gave France in their official ranking? Find out now! Or do you want to know more about the World Cups France has played? Increase your World Cup history knowledge now!

France in Action

France Defeats West Germany With 3-6 in the match for the Third Place – 1958 World Cup

France Defeats Hungary With 3-1 – 1978 World Cup

France Defeats Kuwait With 4-1 – 1982 World Cup


France Defeats Northern Ireland With 1-4 in the Second round – 1982 World Cup

France Loses Memorable Semi-Final Against West Germany – 1982 World Cup

France Defeats Italy With 0-2 in the Round of 16 – 1986 World Cup

France Defeats Brazil With 3-4 in the Quarter-Final – 1986 World Cup


France Defeats Belgium With 4-2 in the Match for the Third Place – 1986 World Cup

France Defeats South Africa With 3-0 – 1998 World Cup

France Defeats Paraguay With 1-0 in the Round of 16 – 1998 World Cup

France Defeats Italy With 3-4 in the Quarter-Final – 1998 World Cup

France Defeats Croatia With 2-1 in the Semi-Final – 1998 World Cup

France Defeats Brazil With 0-3 in the Final – 1998 World Cup

France Defeats Spain With 1-3 in the Round of 16 – 2006 World Cup

France Defeats Brazil With 0-1 in the Quarter-Final – 2006 World Cup

France Defeats Portugal With 0-1 in the Semi-Final – 2006 World Cup

France Loses Memorable Final Against Italy – 2006 World Cup

France Qualified For World Cup Brazil

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Qx1Xfwv2U8

France: 2014 World Cup Profile

2014 World Cup Team Profile: FRANCE

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