Euro 2016 - France team profile

France will held the UEFA Euro 2016. They haven't missed a final tournament since 1988. They will have the chance to win the trophy in front of their fans.

They will face: Romania, Switzerland and Albania.

Brief History at the Euros

The history of the France national football team (Les Bleus) dates back to 1904 and the first official match played against Belgium was on 1 May 1904, in Brussels, which ended in a 3–3 draw.

France hosted the inaugural edition of the European Championship in 1960. On home soil they have reached the semi-finals. In the semi-finals France faced Yugoslavia and were shocked 5–4 despite being up 4–2 heading into the 75th minute. In the third-place match, France were defeated 2–0 by the Czechoslovakians.

After the inaugural European Championship France declined significantly and they didn't qualify for the next five editions(1964, 1968, 1972, 1976, 1980).

France was selected as hosts for the 1984 European Championship and because of this fact they were automatically qualified for the final tournament. Led by the legendary Michel Platini France impressed on home soil winning all five matches in the tournament beating Spain in the final with 2-0. Michel Platini scored an impressive 9 goals, a record which is still standing.

Euro 1984 - France team

For the next edition (1988) France didn't qualify again after a disastrous qualifier.
But since 1988 France haven't miss a final tournament. In 1992 they were eliminated in the group stage, despite the fact that they were 19 games unbeaten before the competition.

In 1996 European Championship France reached the semi-finals and were eliminated by Czech Republic on penalties(6-5).

In 2000 after their World Cup success, they reached the final again where they played against Italy. France earned their second European Championship beating Italy 2-1 in the final, after Trezeguet's golden goal.

Trezeguet Euro 2000

Since 2000, France didn't have much success at the final tournaments, even though they qualified for each one. In 2004 they reached the quarter-finals where they were kicked out by the eventual Euro winners Greece.

In 2008 they were placed in the group of death, playing against Italy and Netherlands and they exited the competition early, after the group stage.

In 2012 they reached the quarter-finals again, but they were kicked-out by the eventual champions Spain.

France friendlies before Euro 2016

As hosts, France were automatically qualified to the final tournament. While other teams were playing games in the qualifiers France played friendlies preparing for the Championship.

Their friendlies in 2015 and 2016:

Home Result Away
1 - 3 Brazil
2 - 0 Denmark
3 - 4 Belgium
1 - 0 France
0 - 1 France
2 - 1 Serbia
4 - 0 Armenia
1 - 2 France
2 - 0 Germany
2 - 0 France
2 - 3 France
4 - 2 Russia

France Euro 2016 squad and group

Goalkeepers: Benoit Costil (Rennes), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Steve Mandanda (Marseille).

Defenders: Lucas Digne (Roma), Patrice Evra (Juventus), Christophe Jallet (Lyon), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), Eliaquim Mangala (Manchester City), Samuel Umtiti (Olympique Lyonnais), Bacary Sagna (Manchester City), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid).

Midfielders: Yohan Cabaye (Crystal Palace), Lassana Diarra (Marseille), N'Golo Kante (Leicester), Blaise Matuidi (Paris Saint-Germain), Paul Pogba (Juventus), Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle), Dimitri Payet (West Ham).

Forwards: Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich), Andre-Pierre Gignac (Tigres), Olivier Giroud (Arsenal), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Anthony Martial (Manchester United).

France is part of group A at the European Championship. They will face Romania, Switzerland and Albania.

Group A

France will play against Romania in the opening game of the Euro 2016, the last times the two teams met were in 2010 and 2011 in the Euro 2012 qualifiers, France won the first game 2-0, then in Romania the two teams draw 0-0. France didn't lost to Romania since 1972, and has a 10 game unbeaten run against them.

The second game will be against Albania. The two teams met recently in 2014 and 2015 in international friendlies, surprisingly Albania coming out on top, winning one encounter, the one in 2015 with 1-0, and the one in 2014 the two teams draw 1-1.

Their third game will be against Switzerland, against whom they have a six game unbeaten run. The last time the two teams met was in 2014 at the World Cup, which was a thrilling encounter and finished 5-2 for France.

France All Time Records

The top 5 players with the most appearances:

# Name Career C
1 Lilian Thuram 1994–2008 142
2 Thierry Henry 1997–2010 123
3 Marcel Desailly 1993–2004 116
4 Zinedine Zidane 1994–2006 108
5 Patrick Vieira 1997–2009 107

The top 5 players with the most goals:

# Name Career G
1 Thierry Henry 1997–2010 51
2 Michel Platini 1976–1987 41
3 David Trezeguet 1998-2008 34
4 Zinedine Zidane 1994–2006 31
5 Just Fontaine 1953–1960 30

Check out:
Romania team profile
Albania team profile
Switzerland team profile

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