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Thursday, October 1, 2015

France Men's National Soccer Team News


October 1, 2015 - roster named for Armenia and Denmark matches
  • Goalkeepers: Alphonse Areola (Villarreal), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Steve Mandanda (Marseille)
  • Defenders: Patrice Evra (Juventus), Christophe Jallet (Lyon), Eliaquim Mangala (Manchester City), Bacary Sagna (Manchester City), Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool), Benoit Tremoulinas (Bordeaux), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid), Kurt Zouma (Chelsea)
  • Midfielders: Yohan Cabaye (Crystal Palace), Lassana Diarra (Marseille), Blaise Matuidi (Paris Saint-Germain), Paul Pogba (Juventus), Morgan Schneiderlin (Manchester United), Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United)
  • Forwards: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Olivier Giroud (Arsenal), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Anthony Martial (Manchester United), Paul-Georges Ntep (Rennes), Mathieu Valbuena (Lyon)
September 7, 2015 - Blaise Matuidi scores brace in win over Serbia
"Blaise Matuidi's magnificent double helped UEFA EURO 2016 hosts France to a morale-boosting 2-1 victory over Serbia in Bordeaux. France made a blistering start, going two goals ahead inside 25 minutes thanks to two outstanding Matuidi finishes, the first on nine minutes a decisive header and the second a crunching volley. Aleksandar Mitrović reduced the arrears for Serbia before half-time, though France had the opportunities to win by a clearer margin." - UEFA

September 4, 2015 - Mathieu Valbuena scores in win over Portugal
"Portugal 0-1 France. Substitute Mathieu Valbuena gave France's supporters reason to smile again with a sublime free-kick winner in the Portuguese capital.... The two coaches started producing the usual changes, and one man from the bench came on to conjure the winning goal. Five minutes after replacing Moussa Sissoko, Valbuena brilliantly curled a free-kick with his right foot, giving Patrício no chance at all." - UEFA

August 27, 2015 - roster named for Portugal & Serbia matches
  • Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Steve Mandanda (Marseille), Stephane Ruffier (St Etienne) 
  • Defenders: Raphael Varane (Real Madrid), Mathieu Debuchy, Laurent Koscielny (both Arsenal), Patrice Evra (Juventus), Eliaquim Mangala, Bacary Sagna (both Manchester City), Benoit Tremoulinas (Sevilla), Kurt Zouma (Chelsea) 
  • Midfielders: Yohan Cabaye (Crystal Palace), Geoffrey Kondogbia (Inter Milan), Blaise Matuidi (Paris St Germain), Paul Pogba (Juventus), Morgan Schneiderlin (Manchester United), Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle), Mathieu Valbuena (Lyon) 
  • Forwards: Nabil Fekir (Lyon), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Anthony Martial (Monaco), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Olivier Giroud (Arsenal)
March 29, 2015 - Alexandre Lacazette & Olivier Giroud score in win over Denmark
"UEFA Euro 2016 hosts France outplayed Denmark in a convincing 2-0 win to bounce back in style from the midweek friendly defeat to Brazil. France were vibrant in attack and Alexandre Lacazette's first international goal, scored on the rebound in the 14th minute, came after some exquisite football. Olivier Giroud added a second in the 38th minute following great work by Geoffrey Kondogbia and Denmark threatened only sporadically, although Nicklas Bendtner did head against an upright on the half-time whistle." - UEFA

March 19, 2015 - roster named for Brazil & Denmark friendlies
  • Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Steve Mandanda (Olympique Marseille), Stéphane Ruffier (Saint-Etienne)
  • Defenders: Patrice Evra (Juventus), Christophe Jallet (Olympique Lyonnais), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), Bacary Sagna (Manchester City), Maamadou Sakho (Liverpool), Benoit Trémoulinas (Sevilla), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid), Kurt Zouma (Chelsea)
  • Midfielders: Maxime Gonalons (Olympique Lyonnais), Geoffrey Kondogbia (AS Monaco), Blaise Matuidi (Paris Saint-Germain), Dimitri Payet (Olympique de Marseille), Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton), Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United)
  • Forwards: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Nabil Fekir (Olympique Lyonnais), Olivier Giroud (Arsenal), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Alex Lacazette (Olympique Lyonnais), Mathieu Valbuena (Dynamo Moscow).
November 18, 2014 - Raphael Varane scores in win over Sweden
"Raphael Varane headed a late winner as Euro 2016 hosts France overcame a battling Sweden 1-0 in Marseille on Tuesday. France dominated for the majority of the contest at the Stade Velodrome, but were unable to find a way past goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson until Real Madrid defender Varane powered home Antoine Griezmann's corner at the near post after 84 minutes." - Goal

November 10, 2014 - more roster updates
"Blaise Matuidi has been forced out of France's forthcoming friendlies with Albania and Sweden after breaking a bone in his hand in Paris Saint-Germain's 2-0 victory over Marseille. He will be replaced by Maxime Gonalons of Lyon, the French Football Federation announced on Monday. Gonalons, 25, earns a recall to the national squad two years after he last featured, in the 2-1 win over Italy. Matuidi is the second player to withdraw from coach Didier Deschamps' squad, after Sevilla's Benoit Tremoulinas pulled out with a foot injury and was replaced by 22-year-old Monaco defender Layvin Kurzawa, who wins his first call-up to the senior squad." - FIFA

November 6, 2014 - roster updates
"France boss Didier Deschamps handed an opportunity for several fringe players to impress when naming his squad on Thursday for friendlies against Albania and Sweden. The uncapped St Etienne defender Loic Perrin could make his international debut at the age of 29 after being included. There were also calls for Sevilla defender Benoit Tremoulinas, Wolfsburg midfielder Joshua Guilavogui and Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette. Euro 2016 hosts France play Albania on November 14 in Rennes, before tackling Sweden in Marseille four days later. Uncapped Rennes goalkeeper Benoit Costil may have the chance to perform in front of a home crowd after being selected alongside the established Hugo Lloris and Steve Mandanda. Monaco defender Layvin Kurzawa misses out, three weeks after an embarrassing episode on France Under-21 duty against Sweden." - Sky Sports

October 14, 2014 - Rémy, Gignac & Griezmann score in win over Armenia
"Goals from Loïc Rémy (7'), André-Pierre Gignac (55') and Antoine Griezmann (83') saw Les Bleus seal a comfortable 3-0 win at the Vazgen Sargsyan Republican Stadium in Yerevan on Tuesday.... Remy used his electric pace to sprint clear of his marker before cutting back onto his favoured right foot and steering home his seventh international goal (7').... Paul Pogba forced his way into the Armenia box before being hauled down by Varazdat Haroyan, and the referee had no choice but to point to the spot. Gignac duly stepped up and converted his fifth goal for Les Bleus, sending Berezovsky the wrong way for 2-0 (55').... Gignac played a perfectly weighted through-ball, and Griezmann sprinted clear before selling a dummy and rounding the 'keeper for a delightfully-taken third goal (83')." - Ligue1

October 11, 2014 - Karim Benzema & Paul Pogba score in win over Portugal
"France stretched their winning run against Portugal to nine matches with a 2-1 friendly victory on Saturday. The Euro 2016 hosts have not failed to beat Portugal since 1975 and the signs looked ominous from the off for the visitors to the Stade de France. Karim Benzema opened the scoring in the third minute when he reacted quickest after Portugal failed to clear their lines from an Antoine Griezmann cross.... Paul Pogba's tidy finish then doubled France's advantage in the 69th minute, before Ricardo Quaresma scored his side's only goal from the penalty spot." - Yahoo

October 3, 2014 - Jean-Jacques Marcel passes away
"Former international midfielder Jean-Jacques Marcel, who helped France to third in the 1958 World Cup, has died at the age of 83 years, his former club Marseille announced on Friday. Marcel started his career at French club Sochaux before joining Marseille in 1954 where he played 175 matches. Capped 44 times and captain of Les Bleus four times he competed in the 1954 and 1958 World Cup finals. In the 1954 tournament in Switzerland, France were beaten 5-2 by the Brazilian team of the legendary Pele, before finishing third." - Star Africa

September 4, 2014 - Loic Remy scores in 1-0 win over Spain
"New Chelsea signing Loic Remy scored the only goal as 2014 World Cup quarter-finalists France overcame Spain in a friendly in Paris. Substitute Remy settled a competitive game with a sweetly struck 72nd-minute finish from 16 yards as Spain suffered a third defeat in four games." - BBC

August 13, 2014 - Franck Ribery retires
Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery has announced that he is no longer available for selection for France international duty. Ribery has won 82 senior caps for France since making his debut in 2006 but missed out on this summer's World Cup after failing to recover from a chronic back problem. The 31-year-old has now stated he feels the time is right to allow the younger players on the fringes of the senior side to make the step up as he looks to devote more time to Bayern Munich and his family. 'I find that this is the moment,' he told Kicker. 'I want to dedicate myself more to my family and concentrate on the tasks at Bayern, and also leave a place in the national team for the many great young players'." - Goal

August 10, 2014 - Samir Nasri retires
Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri has confirmed his retirement from international football with France. The 27-year-old dropped a strong hint last week that he had decided to cut short his chequered international career, having been omitted from the France squad that went to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ by coach Didier Deschamps. 'I will only be 29 in 2016 for the European Championship, but the French national team doesn't make me happy,' Nasri said in an interview with newspaper The Guardian. 'Every time I go there, there is just more trouble. I face accusations about me and my family suffers from it and I don't want to make them suffer, so it's better to stop it and focus on my club career.' Nasri made his France debut at the age of 19 in 2007 and has won 41 caps, scoring five goals, but his international career has been dogged by controversy. He clashed with senior players during the 2008 UEFA European Championship, while a verbal exchange with a journalist following France's elimination at EURO 2012 saw him receive a three-game ban. He was also left out of the France squad for the 2010 World Cup." - FIFA

June 30, 2014 - Paul Pogba scores in 2-0 win over Nigeria 
"Seeking to make up for their humiliating early exit four years ago, the French left it late in Brasilia to break down a hard-working Nigeria team, scoring twice in the last 11 minutes. 'Super Eagles' goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama, who had been excellent until then, flapped at a corner in the 79th minute, leaving Paul Pogba an open goal to head into after French pressure had been steadily building in the second half. "To score a goal for your country, especially in an important match like this to get into the World Cup quarter-finals, it's one of the best moments of my life," an elated Pogba said afterwards. 'Les Bleus' struck again at the death when Nigeria defender Joseph Yobo skewed a cross into his own goal." - Reuters 

June 20, 2014 - Giroud, Matuidi, Valbuena, Benzema & Sissoko score in win over Switzerland
"France truly blitzed Switzerland — midfielders, forwards, wing backs all surging downfield together. Winning 5-2, the French got their five goals from five different players: Olivier Giroud, Blaise Matuidi, Mathieu Valbuena, Karim Benzema and Moussa Sissoko.... In the final 10 minutes of the game, Switzerland managed to score two goals — by Blerim Dzemaili and Granit Xhaka — which will help them if goal difference becomes a factor in deciding who goes through to the next round....  France, now on top of the group with 6 points from two games, only need to tie Ecuador in their final match, next Wednesday, to get through." - New York Times

June 15, 2014 - Karim Benzema scores twice in win over Honduras
"France have coasted to a 3-0 victory over Honduras in their opening in World Cup Group E encounter in Porto Alegre, with Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema grabbing a brace and starring in the victory. Honduras' Wilson Palacios was sent off for a second bookable offence on 43 minutes after crashing into Paul Pogba, which resulted in a penalty that Benzema smashed home from the spot. France got a second through an own goal from Honduras keeper Noel Valladares, after the ball had ricocheted off the post and against his arm. Brazilian referee Sandro Ricci consulted the World Cup's new goal-line technology GoalControl and deemed that the ball had, in fact, crossed the line. Benzema put the victory beyond doubt when he hammered home a third from just outside the six-yard box on 72 minutes." - RTE

June 8, 2014 - beaucoup scoring in win over Jamaica
"France heads to Brazil with its confidence high after rounding off its World Cup warm-up matches by thrashing Jamaica 8-0 on Sunday, with striker Karim Benzema scoring two and creating two in an impressive display of attacking football. Benzema picked out Oliver Giroud for France's fourth goal and also created the second for midfielder Blaise Matuidi, who in turn set up Benzema's second.... Giroud set up the opener for midfielder Yohan Cabaye, left back Patrice Evra crossed for Matuidi's second of the night, and Antoine Griezmann came off the bench to score two clinical goals." - USA Today

June 6, 2014 - Ribery & Grenier out, Cabella & Schneiderlin in
"France have announced that Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery will not feature at this year's World Cup in Brazil. The 31-year-old attacker has been struggling with a back problem in recent weeks, and Didier Deschamps, the head coach of Les Bleus, confirmed during a press conference on Friday afternoon that the Ballon d’Or nominee’s situation has worsened. 'This morning Ribery stopped during a run. Now, he cannot train,' Deschamps explained. 'Tests have confirmed a worsening of the situation. He cannot play. We must stay ambitious, but of course we would have been stronger with Ribery at 100%.' Ribery’s injury was the second blow that France suffered on Friday, as Clement Grenier aggravated a thigh problem, which had plagued him in the latter part of the season, leading to the Olympique Lyonnais playmaker also withdrawing from the squad. Deschamps revealed that he has already called up two replacements in the form of Montpellier’s Remy Cabella and Southampton’s uncapped Morgan Schneiderlin." - Goal

June 1, 2014 - Antoine Griezmann scores in draw with Paraguay
"Antoine Griezmann's first international goal was not enough for France as they were held 1-1 by Paraguay on Sunday. The Real Sociedad forward, winning only his third cap, looked to have secured a fourth successive victory for France with an 82nd-minute strike in Nice. However, there was still time for Paraguay to level through a header from captain Victor Caceres, denying Didier Deschamps' men another success ahead of the FIFA World Cup. Deschamps, who was still without the injured Franck Ribery, watched on as Loic Remy wasted good opportunities in the opening half." - Soccerway

May 27, 2014 - Olivier Giroud scores twice in win over Norway
"Olivier Giroud scored two goals — including one stunner — as France routed Norway 4-0 in a one-sided friendly in Paris on Tuesday. Six minutes after halftime the forward controlled Mathieu Valbuena's pass on the edge of the box and struck a volley high into the net for his sixth international goal, as the hosts thumped their ragged opponents in the Stade de France. Didier Deschamps' men were already one to the good at that point, Paul Pogba having headed in Valbuena's pinpoint cross in the 15th minute as the home side made a bright start to proceedings. Loic Remy, on as a substitute for Antoine Griezmann, scored just after coming on in the 67th minute after being played through by a glorious first-time pass from Mathieu Debuchy. Giroud added his second and France's fourth two minutes later, adjusting his body to head home after another assist from Valbuena, as the first of France's three pre-tournament friendlies ended in comfortable victory." - Goal

May 13, 2014 - World Cup roster named

Goalkeepers
  • Mickael Landreau (Bastia)
  • Hugo Lloris (Tottenham)
  • Steve Mandanda (Marseilles)
Defenders
  • Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle)
  • Lucas Digne (Paris Saint-Germain)
  • Patrice Evra (Manchester United)
  • Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal)
  • Eliaquim Mangala (Porto)
  • Bacary Sagna (Arsenal)
  • Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool)
  • Raphael Varane (Real Madrid)
Midfielders
  • Yohan Cabaye (Paris Saint-Germain)
  • Clement Grenier (Lyon)
  • Blaise Matuidi (Paris Saint-Germain)
  • Rio Mavuba (Lille)
  • Paul Pogba (Juventus)
  • Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle)
  • Mathieu Valbuena (Marseille)

Forwards
  • Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)
  • Olivier Giroud (Arsenal)
  • Antoine Griezmann (Real Sociedad)
  • Loic Remy (Newcastle)
  • Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich)

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