France have handed the captain’s armband to Patrick Vieira as they look ahead to the start of UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifying.
The 30-year-old has just joined FC Internazionale Milano on a four-year contract from Juventus and was the "logical choice", according to coach Raymond Domenech following the retirement of ZInédine Zidane. Vieira has captained Les Bleus on eight previous occasions, and the midfielder will skipper the team again when they travel to Sarajevo on 16 August for a friendly against Bosnia-Herzegovina. He has been capped 94 times.
Vieira was one of France's key performers as they reached the 2006 FIFA World Cup final, scoring twice in seven appearances. It came on the back of his one and only season with Juventus, where he played 31 league games after his departure from Arsenal FC. France begin their UEFA EURO 2008™ campaign on 2 September in Georgia before welcoming Italy, the team that beat them 5-3 on penalties in the World Cup final, to the Stade de France four days later.
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