France national football team has experienced a lot of good results through three major "golden generations": within the 50s, 80s, together with 90s, which in turn led to several major honors. France was in fact among the four European teams that took part in the first World Cup in 1930 and, even though being eliminated in the qualification phase 6 times, is one of only 3 teams which have entered every single World Cup cycle. In 1958, France football team, directed by Raymond Kopa together with Just Fontaine, ended in 3rd place at the FIFA World Cup. Back In 1984, France, directed by Ballon d'Or winner Michel Platini, triumphed in UEFA Euro 1984. Under the management of Didier Deschamps together with three-time FIFA World Player of the Year Zinedine Zidane, France became one of 8 nation's to triumph in the FIFA World Cup in '98 when the World CUp was hosted by their side. Two years afterwards, they won once again in UEFA Euro 2000 and have become the top team in the FIFA World Rankings the very first time. France has since added 2 Confederations Cup titles, in 2001 and also in 2003, also as an appearance in the final in the '06 FIFA World Cup, which they lost 5-3 on penalties to Italy.
Following the team's terrible '10 FIFA World Cup campaign, a major reconstruction inside the federation led to the resignation of president Jean-Pierre Escalettes along with the appointment of ex- international Laurent Blanc as manager. After falling to 27th in the FIFA World Rankings in September 2010, it's lowest ranking ever, France is now ranked 14th.
Fifa ranking: 14.
Nickname: Les Bleus, Les Tricolores
Top scorer: Thierry Henry (51)
Most caps ever: Lilian Thuram (142))
Head coach: Laurent Blanc
|Star Player: Karim Benzema
One of the best strikers in the world, Karim Benzema, is truly the biggest star in France national football team. He simply exploded this season playing under guidance of Jose Mourinho in Real Madrid. He’s the clubs second best scorer this season.
Fast, strong, good in the air and being fairly high for football player with 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in), you would suspect that his primarily role would be as a target man. But he’s control of the ball takes him one level up, and makes him great natural striker. The one that comes down low to collect the ball, and the one that can put his teammates in scoring opportunities with his great passes.
How would we play with them based on their roster
Goalkeeper: normal role
Full backs: DR - support DL - attacking/automatic
Central defenders: both limited defenders stopper/cover
Midfielders: central midfielder set as a support/defending
Wingers: attacking, WR - cut inside
Attacking midfielder: advanced playmaker/attacking duty
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