Colombia registered their first ever win over France as Didier Deschamps’ side squandered a two goal lead to lose in a five goal thriller. A beautiful passing move resulting in a goal for Olivier Giroud, and another for Liverpool and United target Thomas Lemar had put Les Bleus 2-0 ahead, but they were stunned by a fantastic fightback from Los Cafetaros, who drew level thanks to goals from Muriel and Falcao and then won it at the end through Quintero’s penalty after a foul from Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti
Colombia’s win over France was another example of South American teams beating European opposition in their respective friendlies, with Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina and Peru also winning in this round.
France XI: Lloris; Sidibe, Varane, Umtiti, Digne Mbappe, Kante, Matuidi, Lemar; Griezmann, Giroud Continue reading
Here are two brand new kits for France’s World Cup 2018 campaign, unveiled by Nike today, just two months before the beginning of the big quadrennial extravaganza- a navy home strip and a white away kit that incorporates the colours of the French national flag.
France reached the finals of Euro 2016 on home soil before losing to Portugal, and will be hoping to go one step further and emulate the class of 98 by lifting the trophy this summer in Russia Continue reading
Italian Serie A outfit Benevento have moved to sign defender Bacary Sagna on a free transfer. Sagna, 34, was without a club after leaving Man City last summer and has penned a short term deal till the end of the 2017/18 season with the Campania based outfit. The contract includes the option for a year’s extension, should both parties so desire.
Benevento were promoted to Serie A at the end of the 2016/17 season but look destined for an immediate return to the second tier- they’ve only got seven points from 22 games so far. One of those points was secured thanks to a stunning last minute equaliser by their goalkeeper against AC Milan and the other six were picked up at home against Chievo and Sampdoria.
Sagna, capped 65 times by France, will be available to Roberto De Zerbi from next week, meaning that the former Arsenal right back’s league debut for his new club could come at the Olimpico against Roma, rather than this weekend’s fixture at home against Napoli Continue reading
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