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Know your facts: The French football team 2010

By Rebecca Connell
15/06/2010

Apparently there’s this big football thing going on at the moment?

I don’t know if you’ve heard about it, it’s happening in South Africa: The World Cup something or other…

In truth, we at France in London are only too aware that World Cup Season is upon us; it’s just that, after France’s rather embarrassing first performance, we haven’t really felt like shouting about it.

But what must be done must be done, and so for your sake we are going to take a closer look:
If you have already decided to support “Les Bleus” then you probably are aware of the various team members. For those of you who are reading this to learn a bit more about your opposition, we have decided to give you a little overview of the players. This is, in no way, to give you an advantage, but rather to warn you that, contrary to what you may have thought after watching them play on Friday, they are actually a force to be reckoned with!

# Name DOB Club Caps Goals Debut
Goalkeepers
1 Hugo Lloris 26 December 1986 (age 23) France Lyon 12 0  Uruguay; 19 November 2008
16 Steve Mandanda 28 March 1985 (age 25) France Marseille 13 0  Ecuador; 27 May 2008
23 Cédric Carrasso 30 December 1981 (age 28) France Bordeaux 0 0  
Defenders
2 Bacary Sagna 14 February 1983 (age 27) England Arsenal 21 0  Slovakia; 22 August 2007
3 Éric Abidal 11 September 1979 (age 30) Spain Barcelona 56 0  Bosnia and Herzegovina; 18 August 2004
4 Anthony Réveillère 10 November 1979 (age 30) France Lyon 6 0  Israel; 11 October 2003
5 William Gallas 17 August 1977 (age 32) England Arsenal 82 5  Slovenia; 12 October 2002
6 Marc Planus 7 March 1982 (age 28) France Bordeaux 1 0  Tunisia; 30 May 2010
13 Patrice Evra 15 May 1981 (age 29) England Manchester United 31 0  Bosnia and Herzegovina; 18 August 2004
17 Sébastien Squillaci 11 August 1980 (age 29) Spain Sevilla 20 0  Bosnia and Herzegovina; 18 August 2004
22 Gaël Clichy 26 July 1985 (age 24) England Arsenal 4 0  Serbia; 10 September 2008
Midfielders
7 Franck Ribéry 7 April 1983 (age 27) Germany Bayern Munich 46 7  Mexico; 27 May 2006
8 Yoann Gourcuff 11 July 1986 (age 23) France Bordeaux 21 1  Sweden; 11 August 2008
10 Sidney Govou 27 July 1979 (age 30) France Lyon 47 10  Tunisia; 22 August 2001
14 Jérémy Toulalan 10 September 1983 (age 26) France Lyon 35 0  Faroe Islands; 11 October 2006
15 Florent Malouda 13 June 1980 (age 30) England Chelsea 55 3  Poland; 17 November 2004
18 Alou Diarra 15 July 1981 (age 28) France Bordeaux 25 0  Republic of Ireland; 9 October 2004
19 Abou Diaby 11 May 1986 (age 24) England Arsenal 6 0  Lithuania; 24 March 2007
20 Mathieu Valbuena 28 September 1984 (age 25) France Marseille 2 1  Costa Rica; 26 May 2010
Strikers
9 Djibril Cissé 12 August 1981 (age 28) Greece Panathinaikos 39 9  Belgium; 18 May 2002
11 André-Pierre Gignac 5 December 1985 (age 24) France Toulouse 14 4  Lithuania; 1 April 2009
12 Thierry Henry 17 August 1977 (age 32) Spain Barcelona 122 51  South Africa; 11 October 1997
21 Nicolas Anelka 14 March 1979 (age 31) England Chelsea 68 14  Sweden; 22 April 1998

 

Franck Ribéry showing off his footwork
Franck Ribéry showing off his footwork

Recent call-ups

Name DOB Club Caps Goals Most recent callup
Goalkeepers
Mickaël Landreau 14 May 1979 (age 31) France Lille 11 0  Costa Rica; 26 May 2010
Nicolas Douchez 22 April 1980 (age 30) France Rennes 0 0  Austria; 14 October 2009
Defenders
Rod Fanni 6 December 1981 (age 28) France Rennes 4 0  Costa Rica; 26 May 2010
Adil Rami 27 December 1985 (age 24) France Lille 0 0  Costa Rica; 26 May 2010
Aly Cissokho 15 September 1987 (age 22) France Lyon 0 0  Spain; 3 March 2010
Michaël Ciani 6 April 1984 (age 26) France Bordeaux 1 0  Spain; 3 March 2010
Julien Escudé 17 August 1979 (age 30) Spain Sevilla 13 0  Spain; 3 March 2010
Jean-Alain Boumsong 14 December 1979 (age 30) France Lyon 27 1  Spain; 3 March 2010
Philippe Mexès 30 March 1982 (age 28) Italy Roma 13 0  Turkey; 5 June 2009
Midfielders
Lassana Diarra 10 March 1985 (age 25) Spain Real Madrid 27 0  Costa Rica; 26 May 2010
Yann M'Vila 29 June 1990 (age 19) France Rennes 0 0  Costa Rica; 26 May 2010
Benoît Cheyrou 3 May 1981 (age 29) France Marseille 0 0  Spain; 3 March 2010
Moussa Sissoko 16 August 1989 (age 20) France Toulouse 2 0  Spain; 3 March 2010
Patrick Vieira 23 June 1976 (age 33) England Manchester City 107 6  Turkey; 5 June 2009
Strikers
Hatem Ben Arfa 7 March 1987 (age 23) France Marseille 7 1  Costa Rica; 26 May 2010
Jimmy Briand 2 August 1985 (age 24) France Rennes 3 0  Costa Rica; 26 May 2010
Karim Benzema 19 December 1987 (age 22) Spain Real Madrid 27 8  Spain; 3 March 2010
Loïc Rémy 2 January 1987 (age 23) France Nice 1 0  Spain; 3 March 2010
Louis Saha 8 August 1978 (age 31) England Everton 18 4  Spain; 3 March 2010
Bafétimbi Gomis 6 August 1985 (age 24) France Lyon 5 2  Austria; 14 October 2009

The Results so far…

2010 FIFA World Cup qualification

Friendly

2010 FIFA World Cup

 

Their titles:

 

Preceded by
1994 Brazil 
World Champions
1998 (First title)
Succeeded by
2002 Brazil 
Preceded by
1999 Mexico 
Confederations Cup Winners
2001 (First title)
2003 (Second title)
Succeeded by
2005 Brazil 
Preceded by
1980 West Germany 
European Champions
1984 (First title)
Succeeded by
1988 Netherlands 
Preceded by
1996 Germany 
European Champions
2000 (Second title)
Succeeded by
2004 Greece 
Preceded by
Inaugural Event
Artemio Franchi Trophy
1985 (First title)
Succeeded by
1993 Argentina 
Preceded by
1993 Hungary 
Kirin Cup Champions
1994 (First title)
Succeeded by
1995 Japan 
Preceded by
1996 Croatia 
King Hassan II Cup Winners
1998 (First title)
2000 (Second title)
Succeeded by
Incumbent

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