France National Football Team – Everything there is to Know

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The France National Football Team has had an illustrious footballing history, having won the World Cup on two occasions. The team is known for its stylish play and at one point was considered among the best in the world.

France was the first European team to win a World Cup outside of Europe when they defeated Brazil 3-0 in 1998. Twelve years later, they would repeat their victory over Brazil by defeating them again this time 4-2 with Kylian Mbappe scoring twice and Paul Pogba also contributing two goals including one from a penalty kick which sealed his place as the hero of Les Bleus’ second victory. France’s first title came back in 1984 when they beat West Germany 3-1 thanks to Michel Platini.

The France national football team commonly referred to as the French Team or FFF is the national football team of France and is controlled by the Fédération française de football (French Football Federation), more commonly known as FFF.

The coq gaulois is the team’s symbol and the colors are blue, white, and red. France is commonly known as “Les Bleus” (The Blues). They are presently the reigning world champions, having won the most recent World Cup final in 2018.

France plays in the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, Île-de-France, and its manager is Didier Deschamps. They have won two FIFA World Cups, two UEFA European Championships, two FIFA Confederations Cups, one Artemio Franchi Trophy, and one UEFA Nations League title.

During the 1980s, late 1990s/early 2000s, and late 2010s, France experienced a lot of success in three different periods. In 1930, France was one of the four European teams to participate in the inaugural World Cup. Twenty-eight years later, Raymond Kopa and Just Fontaine led the team to third place in 1958.

France’s international success began in 1984, when Michel Platini’s squad won UEFA Euro 1984 (its first recognized title) and the Artemio Franchi Trophy (1985), as well as reaching another two World Cup semi-finals (1982 and 1986). However, from the 1990s onward, with the creation of INF Clairefontaine, France began to revitalize its national team through the hiring of footballing greats such as Didier Deschamps, Zinedine Zidane, Patrick Vieira, Thierry Henry, and David Trezeguet to name a few.

France is home to one of the finest international football academies in the world, INF Clairefontaine. Moreover, France won the FIFA World Cup in 1998 and UEFA Euro 2000 while captained by Didier Deschamps, with Zinedine Zidane on the pitch.

They also claimed the FIFA Confederations Cup in 2001 and 2003. Three years later, France went all the way to the final of the 2006 FIFA World Cup, where they lost. The team has gone on to win the FIFA World Cup four consecutive times, most recently in 2018. They lost 1–0 to Portugal in extra time during the final of the UEFA European Championship ten years ago.

France won the 2018 FIFA World Cup two years later, defeating Croatia 4–2 in the final. Finally, the French team became the first European national team to have won all possible senior FIFA and confederation titles after winning the UEFA Nations League in October 2021.

History of The France National Football Team

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The French National Team has had a long and illustrious history. The team is known for its stylish play and at one point was considered among the best in the world. France was the first European team to win a World Cup outside of Europe when they defeated Brazil 3-0 in 1998.

The France national football team was founded in 1904, around the same time as FIFA, on 21 May. On 1 May 1904, France played their first official international against Belgium in Brussels, which ended in a 3–3 draw. On 12 February 1905, France hosted Switzerland for their first home game.

The decisive match for the French championship was held at Parc des Princes before 500 spectators. Gaston Cyprès scored France’s only goal in a 1–0 win over the hosts. Due to disputes between FIFA and the Union des Sociétés Françaises de Sports Athlétiques (USFSA), France had trouble forming the team.

In May 1908, the French Interfederal Committee (CFI), a rival organization to the USFSA, ruled that FIFA would now be in charge of Paris Saint-Germain’s Olympic appearances instead of the USFSA. The CFI changed its name to the French Football Federation (FFF) in 1919.

In the inaugural FIFA World Cup, which took place in Uruguay in July 1930, France made their debut. At the Estadio Pocitos in Montevideo, Mexico, France defeated Mexico 4–1 – becoming the first nation to do so. Lucien Laurent scored not only France’s first World Cup goal but also the first goal in World Cup.

On the other hand, after losing 1–0 against Argentina in their group stage match, France became the first squad to not score in a game. Another loss to Chile resulted in the team’s elimination from the tournament.

The national team’s first black player, Raoul Diagne, debuted in a 2–1 defeat of Czechoslovakia on 15 February 1960. Raoul Diagne later played with the team at the 1938 World Cup, alongside Larbi Benbarek, who was one of the country’s first players of North African background to participate.

The national team of France has lost three times at the World Cup, in 1934, 1938, and 2018. In the first round at the 1934 World Cup, France was beaten 3-2 by Austria. On their return to Paris, they were greeted as heroes by a crowd of over 4,000 fans.

The 1950s were a golden era for French football, with Just Fontaine, Raymond Kopa, Jean-Vincent, Robert Jonquet, Maryan Wisnieski, Thadée Cisowski, and Armand Penverne forming the first Golden Generation. At the 1958 World Cup in Sweden, France reached the semi-finals before losing to the Germans.

From the 1960s through the early 1980s, France lost ground rapidly, playing under several managers and failing to qualify for numerous international tournaments. On April 25, 1964, Henri Guérin was installed as the team’s first manager. France failed to qualify for the 1962 World Cup and European Nations’ Cup under Guérin’s guidance.

After qualifying for the 1966 World Cup, the side did not compete in a major international event until 2002. The team was eliminated from the competition on the group stage. Following the World Cup, Guérin was relieved of his duties. Arribas and Snella, who served as caretaker managers in dual roles, were replaced by José Arrib.

The two-legged tie between Belgium and Czechoslovakia was won by the first round. It was followed by a one-off meeting between the national teams of Spain, Mexico, Germany, Chile, and Portugal (called the Moscardo Cup). The other three matches were lost by Czechoslovakia. After Just Fontaine’s four games ended.

Following his failure to qualify for the 1974 World Cup, Boulogne was dismissed and replaced by the Romanian Ștefan Kovács, who became the first international manager to take charge of the national team. He also proved a dud, failing to qualify for the 1974 World Cup and UEFA Euro 1976.

The names of all those who perished during the World Trade Center attacks were displayed on the players’ shirts before a moment of silence ahead of the start of the France-Austria friendly match on 10 May 2002. On 15 June, Russia will be holding its biggest sports event ever, the FIFA World Cup. Australia defeated the hosts, 2-1.

The record has yet to be broken. In 1960, France hosted the first UEFA European Football Championship, and for the second time in a row, they advanced to the semi-finals of an international tournament.

Despite having a 4–2 lead at halftime against Yugoslavia, France was beaten 5–4 in the round after losing 4–2 in regulation time. In September 1960, France began its UEFA Euro qualification campaign with a 7-1 victory over the Republic of Ireland.

The last international victory for the France national team was against Australia at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, where they beat them 2-1 in Group C during the first round. In 1938, France hosted Italy and won 4–2, which resulted in their coming in second that year.

As of 2017, the top-earning female player was Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid, who made $93 million. In November 2018, France defeated Germany with a 2–1 score in a friendly game. In 2016, Antoine Griezmann of Atletico Madrid was the highest-paid football player in France, earning $24 million over.

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France was one of the four European nations that took part in the inaugural World Cup in 1930 and has appeared in 15 FIFA World Cups, tying for sixth place with England. France is one of eight countries to have won at least one FIFA World Cup title. The 1998 FIFA World Cup was the country’s first victory.

In 2006, France finished as runners-up, losing 5-3 on penalties to Italy. The team has also finished in third place twice, in 1958 and 1986, and fourth once in 1982. In 2002, the team’s worst performance was a first-round elimination.

Both the 2002 and 2010 Czech Republic sides failed to score in the group stage, with the squad suffering a devastating defeat against Senegal in 2002 before withdrawing from the competition without scoring a goal, while a French team devastated by conflict between players and staff lost two of three games and drew the third in 2010.

In 2014, France advanced to the quarterfinals before falling to eventual champion Germany 1–0. In 2018, France beat Croatia 4–2 in the World Cup final, securing its second title.

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