1. France Undone by Inferior Collective Experience in Germany World Cup Defeat

    France are out of the FIFA World Cup in Brazil after a 1-0 defeat to Germany at Estadio do Maracana in Rio de Janeiro on Friday...

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  2. Why Paul Pogba Is Primed for Lead Role in World Cup Quarter-Final vs. Germany

    France’s Paul Pogba made the ultimate difference in Les Bleus ’ 2-0 FIFA World Cup last 16 win over Nigeria in Brasilia on Monday and is now set to play a key role in the quarter-final against Germany in Rio de Janeiro on Friday...

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  3. Hard-Fought Win vs. Nigeria Emphasises Mamadou Sakho's Key Role for France

    France have now kept three clean sheets in the four FIFA World Cup matches they have played in Brazil so far, yet the latest—a narrow 2-0 victory over a determined Nigeria side ...

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  4. Deschamps' Tinkering Not Enough to Undermine France Team Spirit vs. Nigeria

    France have reached the quarter-finals of the FIFA World Cup in Brazil, but they needed a better-late-than-never substitution from Didier Deschamps to overcome the coach's ineffective tinkering with the starting XI...

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  5. Ranking the France Players on Their World Cup Group-Stage Form

    With their first objective of finishing top of FIFA World Cup Group E now accomplished, France are looking towards the latter stages with optimism. Next up, in the last 16, are Group F runners-up Nigeria...

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  6. Ecuador vs. France: 6 Things We Learned

    France have qualified as the top team in the FIFA World Cup’s Group E after a 0-0 draw with Ecuador in Rio de Janeiro, and they will face Nigeria in the last 16...

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  7. How Far Can Happy and Uninhibited France Realistically Go at the World Cup?

    France have been one of the major surprises of the FIFA World Cup in Brazil so far. Not because they are missing supposed key players and therefore expectations were lowered—there ...

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  8. France World Cup Team Being Shaped in the Image of Didier Deschamps

    Famously once described as “un porteur d’eau” (a water carrier, per Goal.com ) by former French international teammate Eric Cantona, Didier Deschamps is now coaching ...

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  9. 5 Things for France Fans to Look Forward to in Wake of Win vs. Switzerland

    France’s 5-2 mauling of Switzerland has seen Didier Deschamp ’s men announce themselves as genuine contenders for the FIFA World Cup title in Brazil...

    Jonathan Johnson Written by Jonathan Johnson about 2 months ago 1,057 reads 0 comments

  10. Switzerland vs. France: 6 Things We Learned

    France thumped neighbours Switzerland 5-2 at Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador to secure an impressive second consecutive FIFA World Cup win to take total control of Group E...

    Jonathan Johnson Written by Jonathan Johnson about 2 months ago 5,157 reads 11 comments

  11. Ranking France's 5 Greatest Wingers of All Time

    With no Franck Ribery in Brazil this summer, France have been deprived of the talents of one of their greatest-ever wide men...

    Jonathan Johnson Written by Jonathan Johnson about 2 months ago 1,442 reads 7 comments

  12. 5 Things for France Fans to Look Forward to in Wake of Win vs. Honduras

    France opened their FIFA World Cup account with a 3-0 win over Group E minnows Honduras in Porto Alegre. Under pressure to perform in Brazil, Karim Benzema rose to the occasion to ...

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  13. France vs. Honduras: 6 Things We Learned

    PARIS—France got their FIFA World Cup campaign off to a fantastic start with a straightforward 3-0 win over Group E minnows Honduras in Porto Alegre...

    Jonathan Johnson Written by Jonathan Johnson about 2 months ago 3,259 reads 5 comments

  14. Why Karim Benzema Is Under Most Pressure for France at the World Cup

    With Franck Ribery missing for France in Brazil, Karim Benzema is now the most experienced member of Didier Deschamps’ 23-man squad...

    Jonathan Johnson Written by Jonathan Johnson about 2 months ago 6,290 reads 15 comments

  15. Why Blaise Matuidi Will Be France's Surprise Weapon at the World Cup

    France prepare to kick off their FIFA World Cup campaign against Honduras in Porto Alegre , Brazil, on Sunday and all eyes will be on star talents such as Karim Benzema , Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann ...

    Jonathan Johnson Written by Jonathan Johnson about 2 months ago 2,874 reads 6 comments

  16. France's Key Weapon and Achilles' Heel at 2014 World Cup

    France travel to Brazil for the FIFA World Cup buoyed with optimism after an 8-0 hammering of Jamaica last Sunday...

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  17. Why Antoine Griezmann Must Be Handed a World Cup Starting Spot for France

    Following last week’s news that Franck Ribery will miss the FIFA World Cup, per ESPN FC , the talk prior to France’s 8-0 mauling of Jamaica was of how coach Didier Deschamps would compensate for the absence of Les Bleus’ talisman...

    Jonathan Johnson Written by Jonathan Johnson about 2 months ago 8,883 reads 10 comments

  18. Karim Benzema and Mathieu Valbuena Show France There Is Life After Franck Ribery

    France finished their FIFA World Cup preparations in the best possible way with a thumping 8-0 win over Jamaica at Stade Pierre Mauroy in Lille on Sunday...

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  19. How Franck Ribery-Less France Will Line Up vs. Jamaica in International Friendly

    France take on Jamaica at Stade Pierre Mauroy on Sunday for the last of three FIFA World Cup warm-up matches...

    Jonathan Johnson Written by Jonathan Johnson about 3 months ago 5,644 reads 8 comments

  20. Why Karim Benzema Is France's Biggest World Cup Headache

    Real Madrid ’s Karim Benzema is yet to feature for France as they continue to prepare for this summer’s FIFA World Cup in Brazil...

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  21. Film Focus: Olivier Giroud's Frustration vs. Paraguay Exposed France's Limits

    Olivier Giroud put in a good individual performance in France’s 1-1 draw with Paraguay in their second FIFA World Cup warm-up match at OGC Nice ’s Allianz Riviera on Sunday...

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  22. France's Franck Ribery Injury Concerns Tempered by Antoine Griezmann's Emergence

    Prior to France’s 1-1 draw with Paraguay in their latest FIFA World Cup warm-up match at OGC Nice ’s Allianz Riviera, speculation was swirling regarding Bayern ...

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  23. Film Focus: Mathieu Valbuena Masterclass Reasserts France Credentials vs. Norway

    STADE DE FRANCE, PARIS— Olympique de Marseille ’s Mathieu Valbuena emphatically reasserted his claims to a starting berth for France at this summer’s ...

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  24. Why France Coach Didier Deschamps Will Regret Snubbing Samir Nasri

    When France national team coach Didier Deschamps announced his decision to leave Manchester City ’s Samir Nasri out of his 23-man FIFA World Cup squad—not ...

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  25. How France Will Line Up Against Norway in International Friendly

    Before departing for the FIFA World Cup in Brazil, France welcome Norway to the Stade de France for the first of three warm-up matches on Tuesday...

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