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Euro 2012 Spotlight - France
Footytubeblog (Blog) 4 years ago

FIFA World Ranking

Tournament Odds

Key Players
Franck Ribéry – MF – 59 Caps, 9 Goals
Florent Malouda – MF - 76 Caps, 9 Goals
Karim Benzema – MF – 44 Caps, 13 Goals

Team Rating

C: England, France, Sweden, Ukraine

Notable Facts
  • Finished bottom of their group at Euro 2008 and WC 2010 scoring just 1 goal.

  • Have only 1 player with more than 9 international goals in their squad.

  • Have gone 21 international games undefeated.

France’s Chances
Having won the 1998 World Cup and 2000 European Championships France were the Spain of the last decade, but in the 12 years that have past since the national team has seen a dramatic fall from grace which might act as a warning sign to those who believe that reputation alone guarantees future success.

France went to the 2002 World Cup as double champions and caused one of the biggest shocks in World Cup history by being eliminated at the group stage without scoring a single goal and have struggled to regain their position amongst the world football elite ever since. Their journey in the last 10 years has included a number of surprising competitive game defeats including losing twice to Scotland and in the first knock out phase against Greece at Euro 2004. Whilst they did see a brief resurgence in the 2006 World Cup (finishing as runner up) that was followed by another poor showing at the Euro 2008 finals with no wins and only 1 goal being scored. Had it not been for “The Hand of Henry” goal against Ireland in the play off game for the 2010 World Cup they may have avoided another disastrous tournament.

Things got unimaginably worse at the World Cup 2010 Finals where a player revolt saw a complete French meltdown as the team where eliminated once again bottom of their group with just 1 goal being scored. That was the last straw for the crazy 6 year era of Raymond Domenech, who after 79 games in charge and the longest reign of any France manager in history had attained only 52% win record, he was replaced shortly after (though probably at least 4 years too late) by Laurent Blanc.

Blanc’s reign however has not been completely without drama, in their first qualifying game for Euro 2012 France were beaten at home by Belarus but since then the ship has been steadied and even though there have been a number of other suspect results like draws against Bosnia and Belarus (away) and a tally of just 15 goals in 10 qualifying games, France qualified top of their group nd have now gone 21 games undefeated. Whilst it seemed France still had a long way to go to gain back the respect of the football world and pride which was restored by friendly wins against Brazil, Germany and England in the last couple of years they were set back once again last week with more French antics of shooting yourself in the foot and surrendering before the main event, with Patrice Evra once again the culprit, this time filmed being caught so far short of the toilet and having forgotten his nappy at home, that he had to resort to wiping his bottom on the shirt of his national team. A footballing act of no less than treason.

There is potential for yet another French tragedy at this European Championships, and in recent memory France have fared badly in groups far weaker than one which includes depleted Englishmen, automatic qualifiers Ukraine and Sweden, whilst the expectation is for them to progress and probably win their group, coming bottom of the same group is not out of the question by any means.

The French squad includes only one player in Karim Benzema with more than 10 international goals to his name and only one with more than 60 caps. You would still expect a team with top class club players through out to perform better at international level, individually these French players should be a top 8 team in the world but for whatever reason excellent individuals such as Franck Ribéry, Samir Nasri and Florent Malouda have failed to gel in to a world beating team and that lack of togetherness could be France’s undoing as it has been on too many occasions in the recent past. Should they fail again a group stage elimination would not be that unlikely. The French have something to prove to the world and themselves once again and this alone should be enough motivation to drag them through the group stage.

“Araz Index”
Chance of qualifying from Group: 65%
Predicted Knock Out Stage: Quarter Final

“Matt Index”
Chance of qualifying from Group: 60%
Predicted Knock Out Stage: Quarter Final

Matt's Possibly True Trivia

  • After the Evra "incident" you will never see a French player kissing his badge EVER AGAIN.

  • Before each match the French team play "Paper, Scissor, Stone" or "Papier, Ciseaux, en Pierre" to decide if they will play well or not.

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Footytubeblog (Blog) 4 years ago
Achiox (Manchester United) 4 years ago
FifaXX (Napoli) 4 years ago
Haha! I can't believe he sniffed it afterwards. Havent these guys figured out that whatever they do during a game WILL be caught on camera?
Markodon (NK Dinamo Zagreb) 4 years ago
I don't get why you guys sometimes put an adjective instead of a coutry's name, like portuguesa, and now francaise. Not sure if trolling or just pure ignorance (in which case I would advise you to just stick to good ol' English)
Matt (Footytube Staff) 4 years ago
In both this and the Portugal spot the official country name was used in the {} minus République and República as it was assumed anyone from these countries would know it was a republic and there was not enough space in the graphic
Markodon (NK Dinamo Zagreb) 4 years ago
Ok. Thanks for explaining
Achiox (Manchester United) 4 years ago
Are France's odds really the same as England's? I'm also surprised as to why they're ranked 10 positions lower than England in the FIFA World Rankings....

There must be something I'm missing from watching England games in almost every competitive competition they've entered since the millennium.
Eezzee (Tottenham Hotspur) 4 years ago
England do phenomenal in qualifying a place decently in tourneys, , however fifa ranking is a lot more than just the senior mens national team
Markodon (NK Dinamo Zagreb) 4 years ago
Are you suggesting that there are other factors that determine the fifa ranking apart from the senior men's national team performance?
Shawkernator (Arsenal) 4 years ago
Do phenomenal? No one remembers Croatia knocking them out in the qualifying match last Euro cup with a 2-2 tie?
Markodon (NK Dinamo Zagreb) 4 years ago
Actually it was a 2-3 win at Wembley, not 2-2...
CheMaradona 4 years ago
I think France is going to shock all the critics who don't believe this team will amount to anything. Should be fun watching them play against England as fiFA is a bit unjust in their world rankings.

I hope to finally see the class this team is capable of
LumpOfCelery (Chelsea) 4 years ago
Fifa Rankings are about games played! They don't choose who goes where,
Whiplasher2 (Bayern München) 4 years ago
France is going to have a great tournament, I can feel it. After the disappointment of the 2010 WC, France not only has a great, talented squad, but are also hungry for success and to prove people wrong. Ribery is playing outstanding at the moment and can inspire the team to perform to their best potential. Benzema is also playing great at the moment.

Rankings don't matter, odds to win doesn't matter, what matters is who shows up on the day of the game. Any team could beat any team on any given day.

Good luck to France

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