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France national football team

France national football team
National Football Team
NameFrance
Nickname Les Bleus (The Blues)
Les Tricolores (The Tri-colors) 
AssociationFédération Française
de Football
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachLaurent Blanc
Asst coachJean-Louis Gasset
Alain Boghossian
CaptainVacant
Most capsLilian Thuram (142)
Top scorerThierry Henry (51)
Home stadiumStade de France
FIFA codeFRA
FIFA ranking12
Highest FIFA ranking1 (May 2001 May 2002)
Lowest FIFA ranking27 (September 2010)
Elo ranking14
Highest Elo ranking1 (most recently July 2007)
Lowest Elo ranking44 (May 1928
February 1930)
World Cup Statistics
First internationalBelgium 3 3 France France
(Brussels, Belgium; 1 May 1904)
Biggest winFrance France 10 0 Azerbaijan
(Auxerre, France; 6 September 1995)
Biggest defeatDenmark 17 1 France France
(London, England; 22 October 1908)
Appearances13
First World Cup1930
Best resultWinners, 1998
Regional cup statistics
European Championship
Appearances7
First apps.1960
Best resultWinners, 1984 and 2000
Confederations Cup Statistics
Appearances2
First apps.2001
Best resultWinners, 2001 and 2003

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The France national football team ( ) represents the nation of France in international football. It is fielded by the French Football Federation ( ), the governing body of football in France, and competes as a member of UEFA, which encompasses the countries of Europe. The national team's traditional colours are blue, white and red, the colors of the national flag of France, known as the drapeau tricolore, and the coq gaulois is the symbol of the team. France is colloquially known as Les Bleus (The Blues), which is the name associated with all of the country's sporting national teams, due to the blue shirts each team incorporates.

France played its first official match in 1904, and today primarily plays its home matches at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, a suburb of Paris. The national team has won one FIFA World Cup title, two UEFA European Football Championships, an Olympic tournament, and two FIFA Confederations Cups. Following France's 2001 Confederations Cup victory, they became, along with Argentina, the only national teams to win the three most important men's titles organized by FIFA. France has a strong rivalry with neighbors Italy, and has historically also had important rivalries with Belgium, England, and Germany.

The national team has experienced much of its success during three major "golden generations": in the 1950s, 1980s, and 1990s, which resulted in numerous major honours. France was one of the four European teams that participated in the inaugural World Cup in 1930 and, although having been eliminated in the qualification stage six times, is one of only three teams that have entered every World Cup cycle. In 1958, the team, led by Raymond Kopa and Just Fontaine, finished in third place at the FIFA World Cup. In 1984, France, led by Ballon d'Or winner Michel Platini, won UEFA Euro 1984. Under the leadership of Didier Deschamps and three-time FIFA World Player of the Year Zinedine Zidane, France became one of eight national teams to win the FIFA World Cup in 1998 when it hosted the tournament. Two years later, the team triumphed again in UEFA Euro 2000 and became the top team in the FIFA World Rankings for the first time. France has since added a pair of Confederations Cup titles, in 2001 and 2003, as well as an appearance in the final of the 2006 FIFA World Cup, which it lost 5 3 on penalties to Italy.

Following the team's disastrous 2010 FIFA World Cup campaign, a major reconstruction within the federation resulted in the resignation of president Jean-Pierre Escalettes and the appointment of former international Laurent Blanc as manager. After dropping to 27th in the FIFA World Rankings in September 2010, its lowest ranking ever, France is currently ranked 12th.


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