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Ribéry's five finest France moments

Published: Thursday 14 August 2014, 12.09CET
Franck Ribéry has retired from international football after 81 caps and correspondent Christian Châtelet picks out the winger's five best moments in a France shirt.
by Christian Châtelet
from Paris

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Published: Thursday 14 August 2014, 12.09CET

Ribéry's five finest France moments

Franck Ribéry has retired from international football after 81 caps and correspondent Christian Châtelet picks out the winger's five best moments in a France shirt.

France winger Franck Ribéry announced his international retirement at the age of 31 on Wednesday after 81 caps and 16 goals in an eight-year career. UEFA.com picks out his five key moments in a Bleus shirt.

27 May 2006: France 1-0 Mexico, Saint-Denis, friendly
A surprise call-up by Raymond Domenech for France's FIFA World Cup squad after a superb first season with Olympique de Marseille, a 23-year-old Ribéry replaced David Trezeguet on 73 minutes at the Stade de France. Ribéry's mazy runs delighted the crowd and justified his selection.

27 June 2006: Spain 1-3 France, Hanover, FIFA World Cup round of 16
A starter with Les Bleus, Ribéry scored his first national-team goal in dramatic circumstances as France trailed the Spain side that would dominate football in the coming years. Just before half-time he collected Patrick Vieira's through ball and beat Iker Casillas, launching a crazy celebration that involved the whole bench and kick-started France's road to the final, along which Ribéry was ever-present. "Incredible feelings," he would say.

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Franck Ribéry scores against Iceland

27 May 2012: France 3-2 Iceland, Valenciennes, friendly
In France's first warm-up game prior to UEFA EURO 2012, Ribéry was at home in his native Valenciennes. In front of family and fans, his delicate 84th-minute chip over the visiting goalkeeper brought Les Blues back to 2-2, his first international goal since 2009 ensuring there would be no embarrassing defeat.

10 September 2013: Belarus 2-4 France, Gomel, FIFA World Cup qualifier
After several years in which he was unable to reproduce his stellar FC Bayern München form on the national-team stage, Ribéry struck two equalisers to inspire a key victory en route to Brazil. "I revel in this team, I'm sure we can go far in Brazil," he said.

19 November 2013: France 3-0 Ukraine, Saint-Denis, FIFA World Cup play-off second leg
In his last competitive match with France, Ribéry – now considered an absolute star in Germany and the reigning UEFA Best Player in Europe – partially erased the mixed memories of UEFA EURO 2012 and especially the 2010 World Cup by helping France turn around a tie they trailed 2-0 at kick-off.

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