France have been given a relatively kind draw for the 2018 World Cup, with Les Bleus drawn in Group C alongside Australia, Peru and Denmark.
Both Australia and Peru qualified for the World Cup via the intercontinental playoffs, with the Socceroos eliminating Honduras and Peru getting the better of New Zealand.
Denmark were in the same group as the French when Les Bleus last lifted the crown (back in 1998) Continue reading
Les Bleus are assured of atleast a playoff spot and can seal automatic qualification on the final match day after they beat Bulgaria away from home in the penultimate round. Blaise Matuidi’s early strike was enough for Dider Deschamps’ side to see off the Bulgarians, who, as old timers will remember, caused a major upset by ensuring France missed out on the 1994 World Cup. Continue reading
Young Schalke midfielder Amine Harit, capped by France at various youth levels (U18, U19, U20 and U21), has officially decided to pledge his international future to Morocco.
Harit, 20, revealed his decision via social media. Born in Pontoise, the medio came through the ranks at Nantes before transferring to the Royal Blues earlier this summer for 8 million euros. Continue reading
France U20 will face African champions Zambia in the last eight of the World Cup if they beat continental rivals Italy in the Round of 16. The Zambians came from behind to oust Germany 4:3 in extra time.
France won all three of their group stage games while the Italians’ solitary victory was against South Africa, with a draw against Italy and a loss to Uruguay seeing them finish with a total of 4 minutes.
France’s game against Italy U20 will be at the Cheonan Stadium and will have Polish referee Szymon Marciniak as the man in the middle. Continue reading
Manchester United are contemplating triggering Antoine Griezmann’s 85 million pound release clause at the end of the season. All players in Spain are required to have a release clause as per Spanish law and Griezmann is understood to be one of United’s main targets, although Romelu Lukaku and Kylian Mbappe are also said to be on manager Jose Mourinho’s radar. Continue reading
Algeria coach Georges Leekens has named three France based players in his final 23 man squad for CAN 2017. The trio are Rachid Ghezzal (Lyon), Ramy Bensebaini (Rennes) and Mehdi Abeid (Dijon)
France, Italy and England each have three players in the Algerian squad.