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France team profile

Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 9.00CET
France have been ever present in the EURO finals since missing out in 1988 and will hope to maintain their happy habit of fulfilling expectations on home soil at UEFA EURO 2016.

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Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 9.00CET

France team profile

France have been ever present in the EURO finals since missing out in 1988 and will hope to maintain their happy habit of fulfilling expectations on home soil at UEFA EURO 2016.

Best result: Winners (1984, 2000)
Didier Deschamps
Leading scorer:
all time – Thierry Henry (51); current – Karim Benzema (18)
Most appearances:
all time – Lilian Thuram (142); current – Franck Ribéry (80)
Association formed:
Nickname: Les Bleus (The Blues)
Where they play: Stade de France, Saint-Denis

Les Bleus have a happy habit of fulfilling expectations on home soil. They won the 1984 UEFA European Championship, when Michel Platini drove them to victory with a record-breaking final tournament haul of nine goals, and claimed the FIFA World Cup for the one and only time in 1998 when another famous No10, Zinédine Zidane, inspired them to victory with two goals in the final against Brazil (3-0). Also winners at UEFA EURO 2000, and World Cup runners-up to Italy in 2006, France have struggled to make the same impact at recent major tournaments, falling at the group stage in 2008 and 2010 and exiting in the quarter-finals of UEFA EURO 2012.

EURO pedigree
Matches played
Overall: P134 W74 D34 L26 F255 A124
Final tournament: P32 W15 D8 L9 F49 A39
Qualifying: P102 W59 D26 L17 F206 A85

France have been ever present in the EURO finals since missing out in 1988, an early end to the defence of the trophy they had lifted on home turf four years earlier. Their second victory came at UEFA EURO 2000, Roger Lemerre's side becoming only the second team after West Germany (1972, 1974) to hold the world and European titles at the same time.

It was a close-run thing. Zidane's extra-time penalty settled a tense semi-final against Portugal before Sylvain Wiltord saved them from a showpiece loss to Italy with a last-gasp equaliser, setting the scene for David Trezeguet's golden-goal winner. Automatic qualifiers as hosts, France will attempt to join Spain on three EURO titles in 2016, having suffered a 2-0 defeat by La Roja in the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter-finals.

Memorable EURO matches
02/07/2000: France 2-1 Italy (aet), UEFA EURO 2000 final

A breathtaking comeback was capped by Trezeguet's first-time finish, a golden-goal decider.

27/06/1984: France 2-0 Spain, 1984 UEFA European Championship final
Platini's ninth goal of the finals set the hosts on the way to their first major trophy.

23/06/1984: France 3-2 Portugal (aet), 1984 UEFA European Championship semi-final
With a penalty shoot-out looming, Platini struck the decisive blow in a thrilling match.

Did you know?
France are the only country apart from Germany (three) and Spain (two) to have won the UEFA European Championship more than once.

*Last updated 07/01/14

Last updated: 13/02/14 23.05CET

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Match log

The home team is listed first.Last updated: 06/03/2014 00:53 CET
15 August 2012 - Friendlies 2012-14
Referee: Daniele Orsato (ITA)
06/12/2013 08:56:17
Referee: Craig Thomson (SCO) – Stadium: Olympic Stadium, Helsinki (FIN)
04/18/2013 09:06:26
11 September 2012 - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group I)
Referee: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR) – Stadium: Stade de France, Paris (FRA)
04/18/2013 09:12:26
12 October 2012 - Friendlies 2012-14
Referee: William Collum (SCO)
06/12/2013 08:56:17
Referee: Felix Brych (GER) – Stadium: Estadio Vicente Calderón, Madrid (ESP)
04/18/2013 09:19:11
14 November 2012 - Friendlies 2012-14
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP)
06/12/2013 08:56:27
6 February 2013 - Friendlies 2012-14
Referee: Paolo Silvio Mazzoleni (ITA) – Stadium: Stade de France, Paris (FRA)
06/12/2013 08:56:08
Referee: Ivan Bebek (CRO) – Stadium: Stade de France, Paris (FRA)
05/28/2013 11:07:35
Referee: Viktor Kassai (HUN) – Stadium: Stade de France, Paris (FRA)
05/28/2013 11:06:50
5 June 2013 - Friendlies 2012-14
Referee: not available
06/12/2013 08:57:28
9 June 2013 - Friendlies 2012-14
Referee: not available – Porto Alegre
06/12/2013 12:38:23
14 August 2013 - Friendlies 2012-14
Referee: Craig Thomson (SCO) – Stadium: Roi Baudouin, Brussels (BEL)
08/20/2013 15:18:30
Referee: Fırat Aydınus (TUR) – Stadium: Boris Paichadze National Stadium, Tbilisi (GEO)
09/06/2013 21:07:41
10 September 2013 - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round
Referee: Daniele Orsato (ITA) – Stadium: Tsentralny, Gomel (BLR)
09/11/2013 07:12:36
11 October 2013 - Friendlies 2012-14
Referee: not available – Stadium: Parc des Princes, Paris (FRA)
10/28/2013 14:36:44
Referee: Michael Koukoulakis (GRE) – Stadium: Stade de France, Paris (FRA)
12/16/2013 13:36:25
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR) – Stadium: NSK Olimpiyskyi, Kyiv
12/16/2013 12:43:08
Aggregate: 3-2
Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN) – Stadium: Stade de France, Paris (FRA)
12/16/2013 12:43:08
05 March 2014 - Friendlies 2010-12
France - Netherlands
Referee: TBD
27 May 2014 - Friendlies 2012-14
France - Norway
Referee: TBD
02/26/2014 04:25:54
1 June 2014 - Friendlies 2012-14
France - Paraguay
Referee: TBD
03/04/2014 17:06:07
8 June 2014 - Friendlies 2012-14
France - Jamaica
Referee: TBD
03/04/2014 17:06:07
Referee: TBD – Stadium: Estadio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre (BRA)
01/10/2014 15:33:08
Referee: TBD – Stadium: Mangabeira, Salvador De Bahia (BRA)
01/10/2014 15:35:56
Referee: TBD – Stadium: Maracana, Rio de Janeiro (BRA)
01/10/2014 15:38:08

General info

  • Founded : 1919
  • Currently playing : World Cup 2012/2014, Friendly matches 2012/2014

Trophy cabinet

Team record in UEFA competitions

  • Biggest win:
    06/09/1995, France 10-0 Azerbaijan, Auxerre
  • Biggest defeat:
    24/04/1968, Yugoslavia 5-1 France, Belgrade
  • Appearances in UEFA European Football Championship: 15
  • Player with most appearances: 47
    Lilian Thuram (FRA)
  • Top scorers: 18
    Thierry Henry (FRA)
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