Belarus 2-4 France: Match Report

France ended their recent barren spell in style by beating Belarus thrillingly 4-2 finish on Tuesday, despite going behind twice. Franck Ribery hit equalisers in either half after Egor Filipenko and Timofei Kalachev had each edged the home side ahead.  Samir Nasri and Paul Pogba then added the extras to guarantee France

Brazil 3-0 France: Match Report

Brazil earned their second win in their seventh game under Luiz Felipe Scolari with a timely 3-0 win over France at the Arena do Gremio. The Selecao struggled during the early exchanges but a tactical change from the coach saw them begin to control proceedings. Early in the second half they finally opened the

Benzema downplays whistles

Karim Benzema has downplayed the negative reception he received from France fans during last nightÔÇÖs defeat to Spain. The Real Madrid striker, who has endured criticism in his homeland for his form with the national team, yesterday surpassed 1,000 minutes of game-time with Les Bleus since last scoring. When substituted during the

France vs Spain: the statistics

Spain and France will meet in their 33rd encounter, with La Roja currently edging the fixture with the most wins. Vicente del BosqueÔÇÖs side head into tonightÔÇÖs must-win clash with Les Bleus with the stronger record of 14 wins, to FranceÔÇÖs 11, whilst there have been seven draws between the teams

Blaise Matuidi: Spain still the best

Blaise Matuidi has reflected that despite FranceÔÇÖs advantage heading into Tuesday evening, Spain remain ÔÇÿthe best team in the worldÔÇÖ. La Roja are two points and a place down on World Cup qualification Group I leaders France heading into their direct clash this midweek. ÔÇ£It is important to know that winning or

European World Cup qualifiers roundup

Spain dropped two priceless points in their World Cup qualifying campaign as they were held to a shock draw with Finland at the El Molinon stadium in Gijon. Sergio Ramos gave Vicente Del Bosque's side the lead shortly into the second half but Teemu Pukki made the most of a rare

Varane and Benzema make France squad

Real MadridÔÇÖs Raphael Varane and Karim Benzema have been called up to the France squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers. ÔÇÿLes BleusÔÇÖ will take host Georgia at the Stade de France in Paris on March 22 before taking on Spain at the same venue four days later. While Benzema has not

France 1-2 Germany: Match Report

France's 26-year unbeaten record over Germany has ended as the visitors came from behind to win 2-1 in an entertaining international friendly at the Stade de France. Marseille's Mathieu Valbuena opened the scoring following Karim Benzema's free-kick which cannoned off the bar, before Thomas Muller restored parity soon after the break.

Germany call-up Bender for France

Germany will be without five first-choice players for Wednesday's international friendly against France in Paris after striker Miroslav Klose became the latest withdrawal. Klose joined the list of walking wounded on Monday and Germany coach Joachim Loew called up Dortmund defensive midfielder Sven Bender, who has won three caps, as cover. The

Zidane cautioned on managerial career

Michel Platini has warned Zinedine Zidane against starting his coaching career with the French national side, and suggested Samir Nasri should now return to the international fold. The UEFA president, 57, replaced the sacked Henri Michel as France boss in November 1988 less than six months after hanging up his boots

PSG beaten by nine man Stade Rennais

In what is turning out as a shocking weekend for some teams, PSG displaced Chelsea as the team with the biggest upset as they were trounced 2-1 by nine man Stade Rennais. Despite playing around 40 minutes with only nine men, Stade Rennais upset Paris Saint-Germain at the Parc des Princes,

Verratti in line for Pirlo’s crown

The cynics would have you believe that there is nothing to be gained from international friendlies, and a defeat in such a fixture often only adds further fuel to their fire. But ItalyÔÇÖs 2-1 reverse toFrance in Parma on Wednesday showed the viewing public that the AzzurriÔÇÖs future is in

“Beating Italy isn’t nothing” – Deschamps

Didier Deschamps has voiced his delight with France's 2-1 win over Italy in Wednesday evening's international friendly at the Ennio Tardini in Parma. Stephan El Shaarawy gifted the Azzurri a 1-0 lead after 35 minutes of play, but goals from Mathieu Valbuena and Bafetimbi Gomis meant that the Bleus eventually came