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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)
Coach:
Didier Deschamps
Leading scorer:
all time – Thierry Henry (51); current – Karim Benzema (27)
Most appearances:
all time – Lilian Thuram (142); current – Karim Benzema (81)
Association formed:
1919
Nickname: Les Bleus (The Blues)
Where they play: Stade de France, Saint-Denis

Five best goals from France's friendly campaign

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 and the 2014 World Cup.

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 and Spain (both three) to have won the UEFA European Championship more than once.

*Last updated 17/11/15

Last updated: 11/12/15 14.46CET

Related information

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Match log

HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 17/06/2017 14:20 CET
1 September 2016 01 Sep - Friendlies 2016-18
Italy1-3France
Referee: not available Stadium: San Nicola, Bari (ITA)
10/11/2016 17:11:57
6 September 2016 06 Sep - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group A)
Belarus0-0France
Referee: Ovidiu Haţegan (ROU) Stadium: Borisov-Arena, Borisov (BLR)
03/27/2017 09:33:42
7 October 2016 07 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group A)
France4-1Bulgaria
Referee: Luca Banti (ITA) Stadium: Stade de France, Saint-Denis (FRA)
10/08/2016 01:59:43
10 October 2016 10 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group A)
Netherlands0-1France
Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN) Stadium: Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam (NED)
06/06/2017 10:33:35
11 November 2016 11 Nov - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group A)
France2-1Sweden
Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB) Stadium: Stade de France, Saint-Denis (FRA)
11/12/2016 14:13:37
15 November 2016 15 Nov - Friendlies 2016-18
France0-0Côte d'Ivoire
Referee: not available Stadium: Stade Bollaert-Delelis, Lens Agglo (FRA)
11/16/2016 08:25:36
25 March 2017 25 Mar - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group A)
Luxembourg1-3France
Referee: Andris Treimanis (LVA) Stadium: Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg (LUX)
07/28/2017 12:35:21
28 March 2017 28 Mar - Friendlies 2016-18
France0-2Spain
Referee: not available Stadium: Stade de France, Saint-Denis (FRA)
03/28/2017 22:08:17
2 June 2017 02 Jun - Friendlies 2016-18
France5-0Paraguay
Referee: Artur Dias (POR) Stadium: Stade de la Route-de-Lorient, Rennes (FRA)
06/02/2017 21:53:22
Sweden2-1France
Referee: Martin Atkinson (ENG) Stadium: Friends Arena, Solna (SWE)
08/11/2017 10:21:29
13 June 2017 13 Jun - Friendlies 2016-18
France3-2England
Referee: not available Stadium: Stade de France, Saint-Denis (FRA)
06/13/2017 21:58:17
31 August 2017 31 Aug - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group A)
FranceNetherlands
Referee: TBD Stadium: Stade de France, Saint-Denis (FRA)
08/02/2017 17:08:31
3 September 2017 03 Sep - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group A)
FranceLuxembourg
Referee: TBD Stadium: Stadium de Toulouse, Toulouse (FRA)
08/02/2017 17:08:16
7 October 2017 07 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group A)
BulgariaFrance
Referee: TBD Stadium: Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski, Sofia (BUL)
07/10/2017 15:26:41
10 October 2017 10 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group A)
FranceBelarus
Referee: TBD Stadium: Stade de France, Saint-Denis (FRA)
07/10/2017 15:26:35

General info

  • Founded : 1919
  • Currently playing : Friendly matches 2014/2016, European Championship 2014/2016, World Cup 2016/2018

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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