World Cup 2010: France

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May 20th, 2010
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FFF: Fédération Française de Football.

Main players: Thierry Henry (who scored the goal which put Brazil out of the World Cup 2006) and Franck Ribery (main responsible for taking Bayern Munich to the final of the Euro Champions League 2010).

FIFA ranking (April 2010): #8

France finished second in the first round of the European Qualifying, second to Serbia. France then had to go to a play-off against Ireland; France won the first match and was loosing the second one, until Henry scored an irregular goal and France qualified.

France will be in Group A of the World Cup 2010, and will play the first three matches against Uruguay (June 11th), Mexico (June  17th) and South Africa (June 22nd). France was not considered a seed for the drawing of groups (Netherlands took their place) but, luckly, was drawn to play against the weaker of the seeds, South Africa.

France team roster for the World Cup 2010:

france-badgeGoalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Lyon), Steve Mandanda (Olympique de Marseille), Cedric Carrasso (Bordeaux), Mickael Landreau (Lille)

Defense: Bacary Sagna (Arsenal/England), Patrice Evra (Manchester United/England), William Gallas (Arsenal/England), Eric Abidal (Barcelona/Spain), Rod Fanni (Rennes), Sebastien Squillaci (Sevilla/Spain), Adil Rami (Lille), Marc Planus (Bordeaux), Gael Clichy (Arsenal/England), Anthony Reveillere (Lyon)

Midfield: Lassana Diarra (Real Madrid/Spain), Alou Diarra (Bordeaux), Jeremy Toulalan (Lyon), Florent Malouda (Chelsea/England), Yoann Gourcuff (Bordeaux), Abou Diaby (Arsenal/England), Yann M’Vila (Rennes)

Forward: Thierry Henry (Barcelona/Spain), Nicolas Anelka (Chelsea/England), Andre-Pierre Gignac (Toulouse), Franck Ribery (Bayern de Munique), Sidney Govou (Lyon), Djibril Cisse (Panathinaikos/Greece), Hatem Ben Arfa (Olympique de Marseille), Mathieu Valbuena (Olympique de Marseille), Jimmy Briand (Rennes)

Coach: Raymond Domenech.

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