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France National Football Team

France’s domestic football only recently started competing at the same level as countries like Spain, England, and Italy, but the France National Football Team has always been among the best in the world.
A vast pool of French players compete across Europe, and when they come together to represent the national team, it can rarely be stopped.

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Tuesday November 22 –  France vs Australia (Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah; kick-off 8pm).

Friday November 25 –  France vs Denmark (Stadium 974, Doha; kick-off 5pm).

Wednesday November 30 –  Tunisia vs France (Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 4pm).

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Team History

Beginnings Of The Team

Founding Fifa

France National Football Team was founded in 1904, the same year they played their first game and the year in which FIFA was founded. Disputes between international and national institutions initially meant that France’s place in global football was uncertain. Two French national federations claimed to be the country’s representatives. In 1921 the dispute was put to rest when the USFSA finally merged with the FFF.

Riding The International Wave

France National Football competed in the first-ever World Cup in 1930 and won their opening game against Mexico 4-1. France’s opening goal was the first goal in World Cup history, but the team ultimately couldn’t get past the group stage. In 1931, a black player was selected for France for the first time when many other countries, including South America, still had predominantly white teams. Senegalese defender Raoul Diagne would be the first in a long list of superstars with African ancestry who would go on to be France’s pride and joy.

Post-war years

France was yet to see any real success on the pitch, but in the 1950s, the country’s first golden generation came through, but the best they could achieve was back-to-back semi-finals. However, Just Fontaine’s goal tally of 13 at the end of the tournament is a record that still stands.

Missed Opportunity

As the golden generation passed its peak, the national team’s fortunes started to fall further. The 1960s saw a string of particularly embarrassing performances and missed competitions.

Coming Back With A Vengeance

By the 1980s, though, another golden generation had come around. Midfielder Michael Platini led the way as France earned their first major tournament win after beating Spain 2-0 in the final of Euro 1984. They also took home gold at the Olympics that summer. They would still have to wait to get their hands on the World Cup.

By now, France National Football had started to think of itself as a consistently world-class team. Rather than golden generations coming and going, it constantly seemed like the batch players available to France could compete with any other line-up in the world.

First World Cup

In 1998 France finally got to lift the World Cup after they beat Brazil 3-0 in the final on home soil. Stars of the time include Zinedine Zidane, Marcel Desailly and Didier Deschamps. The same batch of players were instrumental as France then won Euro 2000 after beating Italy 2-1 in the final.

Ever since then, the France National Football Team has consistently gone far in major tournaments. They narrowly lost the 2006 World Cup final to Italy and were knocked out of Euro 2012 and Euro 2016 by each competition’s eventual winners.

France National Football Team Today

In 2018 France got their hands on the World Cup trophy for a second time after they beat Croatia convincingly in the final. Rapid forward Killian Mbappe wrote himself into the history books when he became only the second teenager to score in a World Cup final, after the legendary Pele.

The undeniable youth running through the 2018 team has French fans hoping that the current batch of players will bring much more success.

French Football Trivia

  • France’s most capped player is Lillian Thuram, who played for the team in their 1998 World Cup final victory over Brazil. He has a staggering 142 caps to his name.
  • No player has more goals for France than the legendary Thierry Henry. The former Arsenal superstar was just breaking into the France squad at the time of their 1998 World Cup victory.
  • While the score would leave people utterly baffled today, France suffered their biggest ever defeat in a 17-1 loss to Denmark in 1908.
  • Current France manager Didier Deschamps is one of only three men to have won the World Cup as both a player and a manager, and only the 2nd to do so as a captain.

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