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France captain Lloris and manager Deschamps back decision to play England friendly

France's headcoach Didier Deschamps (L) and France's captain and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris discuss the decision to proceed with friendly match against England. JUSTIN TALLIS GettyFrance captain Hugo Lloris hopes Tuesday's friendly against England will be a show of solidarity as well as a chance to "escape" from the drama affecting his homeland.Didier Deschamps' side made the trip to...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

With Benzema out, France coach Deschamps considers options

CLAIREFONTAINE, France (AP) France's upcoming matches against Germany and England have extra significance in the absence of first-choice striker Karim Benzema. The friendly games offer coach Didier Deschamps a glimpse of how competitive his side is going to be without Benzema, who is out injured but was also charged last week with conspiracy to blackmail. The Real Madrid forward...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Valbuena left off France squad by Deschamps amid Benzema case

Deschamps could have picked Valbuena but said Thursday that he prefers to "give him a breather" considering the media scrutiny. FRANCK FIFE GettyPARIS -- France coach Didier Deschamps left out winger Mathieu Valbuena for friendly matches against Germany and England amid an ongoing police investigation involving international teammate Karim Benzema.Benzema was charged Thursday with...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

France coach Deschamps leaves out Valbuena amid Benzema case

PARIS (AP) France coach Didier Deschamps left out winger Mathieu Valbuena for friendly matches against Germany and England amid an ongoing police investigation involving international teammate Karim Benzema. Benzema was charged Thursday with conspiracy to blackmail and participating in a criminal group as part of an investigation over a sex tape involving Valbuena - a regular in...
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World Cup: France shouldn’t feel disappointed with World Cup campaign

France have some thinking to do after their World Cup campaign ended against Germany France’s World Cup campaign ended in heartbreak as they lost to Germany 1-0 thanks to an early goal from Mats Hummels. France rarely gave the Germans a chance to attack, while attacking ruthlessly toward the German defense. But, the Germans capitalized on the early mistake that France made and...
July 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Didier Deschamps, France and the Rebirth of Les Bleus

In 2010, France was the laughing stock of the World Cup. With a dismal performance, Nicolas Anelka being sent home, the team opposing the coach, and then the so-called “strike”, France was doomed. But if anyone knows French national team football, France seems to go through cycles. In 1998 and 2006, France played exceptionally well. In 2002 and 2010, they were extremely embarrassing...
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June 21, 2014  |  Discuss

World Cup: France in cruise control as they dominate Swiss

The French team was able to dominate the game in a comfortable fashion against Switzerland, gaining all three points in a 5-2 victory. France manager, Didier Deschamps, decided to change the dynamic of his team for this game, opting to go with Oliver Giroud as the central striker while going with Moussa Sissoko in the midfield. Moussa Sissoko provides Deschamps another box-to-box...
June 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Antoine Griezmann called up in France squad

France coach Didier Deschamps has called up forward Antoine Griezmann for a friendly against the Netherlands. Griezmann has scored 15 goals for Real Sociedad this season, behind only Cristiano Ronaldo and Diego Costa in the Spanish league. Another surprise addition to the squad is Paris Saint-Germain left back Lucas Digne, while defenders Eric Abidal and Gael Clichy were dropped...
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February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

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