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Laurens: Euro 2016 hosts impress

France Sep 4, 2014

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Oct 11, 2014

Raphael Varane shines as France defeat Portugal in Paris friendly

Goals from Karim Benzema and Paul Pogba helped France to a 2-1 win over Portugal.

France's preparations for the 2016 UEFA European Championship on home soil continued with a routine 2-1 win over Portugal at the Stade de France on Saturday.

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Didier Deschamps' men beat Spain at home before drawing in Serbia last time out and they put in another positive performance in their own backyard to hand Fernando Santos a defeat on his debut as Portuguese coach.

Karim Benzema's early effort and Paul Pogba's well-taken second half goal proved too much for the visitors -- despite Santos' men...

Oct 11, 2014

Three Points: Portugal lose in Fernando Santos' managerial debut

Goals from Karim Benzema and Paul Pogba helped France to a 2-1 win over Portugal.

PARIS -- Three observations from France's 2-1 home win over Portugal.

Long way back for Sakho

If one match defines Didier Deschamps' reign to date, it is still the stirring comeback in last November's World Cup playoff against Ukraine at the Stade de France. It was a night that made Mamadou Sakho, with the Liverpool defender a goal scorer and a talisman for Les Bleus' resurrection.

As well as his considerable physical attributes, it was always this sense of being totemic that elevated Sakho above...

Sep 9, 2014

Five lessons learned about Les Bleus during the international break

Thanks to the always kindhearted nature of Michel Platini and UEFA, the French national team has been placed in a rather amusing position. France is unofficially part of a Euro 2016 qualifying group (Group I) but has already qualified as host of the competition. As a result, they'll play friendlies against nations in the only five-team qualifying group -- Portugal, Denmark, Serbia, Armenia and Albania -- during international weeks.

Despite it being a confusing state of affairs, Didier Deschamps'...

Sep 4, 2014

France impressing on their road to hosting Euro 2016

France had all the chances of the match and recorded a deserved 1-0 victory over Spain in Paris through substitute, Loic Remy's second-half strike.

Francois Hollande must feel relieved tonight. For at least a few hours, the whole of France will stop talking about the president, his problems and his struggles.

Instead, the country will talk about its football team, which picked up where it left off 52 days ago at the World Cup in Thursday's friendly against Spain. This time, their good performance was rewarded with a win.

While all the headlines in the past three days have been about the book written by the ex-girlfriend of Hollande -- in...

Aug 13, 2014

Remembering Ribery for les Bleus

ESPN FC's Stuart Holden comments on Franck Ribery's retirement from international play.

So this is it. At 31, Franck Ribéry has announced his retirement from international football two months after France shone at the World Cup and reached the quarterfinals without him. The timing is surely not the best as Samir Nasri got there first, a few days ago. But also because in two years time, France hosts the 2016 Euro and Ribéry could certainly have played some part in it. Deschamps, for sure, still counted on him and so did the other players for whom today's news has come as...

Jul 10, 2014

Les Bleus to watch this transfer season

If you are a Tottenham fan, you woke up to some great news this morning: French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has signed a new five-year contract at the club. The France captain spoke to Mauricio Pochettino, the new Spurs manager, and the Argentinean convinced him to commit his future to the north London club.

Of course it doesn't mean that Lloris will spend the next five years at White Hart Lane. But it is a great sign that he believes the club is aiming in the right direction to break again in the...