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2006 finalists France ended their last preparation match on a low as they suffered a 1-0 defeat to a lacklustre China. Raymond Domenech's men persisted with their recent 4-3-3 experiment, but were unable to beat goalkeeper Zeng Cheng, despite dominating possession. The Europeans were then undone Deng Zhuoxiang's dipping 68th minute free-kick, as China sealed…
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* Name: Thierry Henry * Position: Forward * Date of birth (age): 17/08/1977 (32) * Country: France * Club: Barcelona ( Spain ESP ) * Height: 188cm * Weight: 83kg * UEFA competition debut: * Club: UEFA Cup (First round) 12/09/95: Monaco 0 - 3 Leeds * National team: European Under-17 Championship (Qualifying round) 03/11/93:…
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* Name: Nicolas Anelka * Position: Forward * Date of birth (age): 14/03/1979 (31) * Country: France * Club: Chelsea ( England ENG ) * Height: 185cm * Weight: 83kg * UEFA competition debut: * Club: European Cup Winners' Cup (Second round) 17/10/96: Galatasaray 4 - 2 PSG * National team: European Under-17 Championship (Final…
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* Name: Patrice Evra * Position: Defender * Date of birth (age): 15/05/1981 (29) * Country: France * Club: Man. United ( England ENG ) * Height: 175cm * Weight: 74kg * UEFA competition debut: * Club: UEFA Champions League (Group stage) 17/09/03: PSV 1 - 2 Monaco * National team: European Under-21 Championship (Qualifying…
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* Name: Karim Benzema * Position: Forward * Date of birth (age): 19/12/1987 (22) * Country: France * Club: Real Madrid ( Spain ESP ) * Height: 183cm * Weight: 73kg * UEFA competition debut: * Club: UEFA Champions League (Group stage) 06/12/05: Lyon 2 - 1 Rosenborg * National team: European Under-17 Championship (Final…
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The positive spirit in the French camp has been praised by both Thierry Henry and goalscoring debutant Mathieu Valbuena following their 2-1 victory over Costa Rica. Both players were forced to watch from the bench during the first half as Franck Ribery's 22nd minute strike cancelled out Costa Rica's shock opener. Les Bleus coach Raymond…
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* Name: Yoan Gouffran * Position: Forward * Date of birth (age): 25/05/1986 (23) * Country: France * Club: Bordeaux ( France FRA ) * Height: 175cm * Weight: 70kg * UEFA competition debut: * Club: UEFA Champions League (Group stage) 16/09/08: Chelsea 4 - 0 Bordeaux * National team: European Under-19 Championship (First qualifying…
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France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris says the balls that are going to be used for SA2010 are a "disaster". The Lyon goalkeeper has first-hand experience after the balls were trialled in the French cup competition, and he found their movement difficult to contend with. "This ball is a disaster," the 23-year-old, who has played seven times…
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Laurent Blanc will take over from Raymond Domenech as . The French Football Federation (FFF) has agreed a compensation package of €1.5 million with Bordeaux, where Blanc was manager until he resigned last week. The FFF and its president, Jean-Pierre Escalettes, have reached agreement with the president and shareholders of FC Girondins de Bordeaux with…
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Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra sends out warning to World Cup rivals and declares Les Bleus's "big" intentions in South Africa. Patrice Evra launched a tirade against critics of coach Raymond Domenech's side and sceptics of their hopes of winning the World Cup this summer. Although the former Monaco and Nice defender admitted France must…
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Patrick Vieira, Karim Benzema and Samir Nasri have all been omitted from France's 30-man preliminary squad. Vieira returned to the Barclays Premier League from Inter Milan in January and recovered some of his form, but not enough to impress Les Bleus coach Raymond Domenech. Benzema, who has had a less than fruitful season with Madrid,…
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Thierry Henry hand goal, realy not a champions move.