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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

Team profiles

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Match log

HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 16/11/2016 09:25 CET
France2-1Romania
Referee: Viktor Kassai (HUN) Stadium: Stade de France, Saint-Denis (FRA)
06/16/2016 10:49:18
France2-0Albania
Referee: William Collum (SCO) Stadium: Stade Vélodrome, Marseille (FRA)
06/17/2016 10:08:43
Switzerland0-0France
Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN) Stadium: Stade Pierre Mauroy, Villeneuve d'Ascq (FRA)
08/03/2016 17:21:15
26 June 2016 26 Jun - UEFA EURO, Round of 16
France2-1Republic of Ireland
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA) Stadium: Stade de Lyon, Décines (FRA)
08/25/2016 10:41:28
3 July 2016 03 Jul - UEFA EURO, Quarter-finals
France5-2Iceland
Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED) Stadium: Stade de France, Saint-Denis (FRA)
07/05/2016 10:07:59
7 July 2016 07 Jul - UEFA EURO, Semi-finals
Germany0-2France
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA) Stadium: Stade Vélodrome, Marseille (FRA)
07/09/2016 10:07:34
10 July 2016 10 Jul - UEFA EURO, Final
Portugal1-0France
Portugal win after extra time (aet)
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (ENG) Stadium: Stade de France, Saint-Denis (FRA)
07/12/2016 10:07:38
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)
10/31/2016 09:33:48
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)
10/11/2016 09:59:10
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)
LuxembourgFrance
Referee: TBD Stadium: Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg (LUX)
11/22/2016 14:07:38
9 June 2017 09 Jun - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group A)
SwedenFrance
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:08:15
31 August 2017 31 Aug - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group A)
FranceNetherlands
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:08:16
3 September 2017 03 Sep - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group A)
FranceLuxembourg
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:08:32
7 October 2017 07 Oct - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group A)
BulgariaFrance
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:08:43
10 October 2017 10 Oct - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group A)
FranceBelarus
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:08:00

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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