Posted June 09, 2012 on AP on Fox
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Karim Benzema has an opportunity to emulate French greats Zinedine Zidane and Michel Platini and become his country's new icon by shining at the European Championship. France has systematically failed since Zidane's retirement six years ago - Les Bleus haven't won a match in two major tournaments since 2006 - and only since the emergence of Benzema have things really improved. The dynamic striker has come into his own in a breakthrough season at Real Madrid, where he scored 21 league goals, and he's the player his nation is counting on before the Group D opener against England on Monday. ''I don't know if I'm in the form of my life. I'm only 24, I hope there will be other times,'' said Benzema, who scored two in the recent 4-0 win over Estonia in a Euro 2012 warm-up match. ''But I do feel really good. I've gained belief in myself, both with Real Madrid and with France.'' While England coach Roy Hodgson says he has studied ''three or four videos'' of a France team which is unbeat...
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