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Laurens: Euro 2016 hosts impress

France Sep 4, 2014
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Honigstein: Low's men coming of age

Germany Jul 5, 2014
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Quarterfinals Day 1: Favorites win through

Five Aside Jul 4, 2014
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France Jul 4, 2014
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4 days ago

Ligue 1: Why We Watch

He may not be the best player in world football but Zlatan Ibrahimovic is in a class of his own.

With the latest international break coming to a close and the frenzy of the club season about to resume, we asked some of our writers to chronicle what they love, both past and present, about the leagues they follow. It's #WhyWeWatchFootball. Julien Laurens tells us about his love for Ligue 1.

I can still remember my first Ligue 1 game. 1987. I was just seven years old. My dad took me to the Parc des Princes for PSG vs. Marseille. The home side won 4-0 and I was hooked; since then, I've yet...

6 days ago

With Paul Pogba and Raphael Varane, France's future looks bright

France manager Didier Deschamps believes his side have taken a lot of confidence away from their performance at the World Cup.

Let's be honest, France's 1-0 win over Sweden in Marseille on Tuesday evening won't be mentioned in the history books of the French national team. It was a boring affair, Paul Pogba was disappointing for the second game in a row, the newcomers (Josuha Guilavogui, Layvin Kurzawa, Eliaquim Mangala, Dimitri Payet and Andre-Pierre Gignac) were unconvincing and Zlatan Ibrahimovic opted to train with Paris Saint-Germain than be at the Velodrome.

Of course, though, there was Raphael Varane, who is always...

Nov 11, 2014

France's great expectations weigh heavily on Karim Benzema

ESPN FC's Steve Nicol breaks down France's impressive performance as they held on for a 2-1 victory over Portugal in Paris.

Of course, you could argue that, on this subject, Didier Deschamps is probably quite biased. When asked a question about Karim Benzema and the Ballon d'Or last week, the France manager got really excited. "If you consider the form he has been showing since the start of the season, Karim deserves to be in the top three of the final votes," the 1998 World Cup winner said about his striker, who is part of the 23-man list of candidates to land the prestigious award.

But whether you think Deschamps is...

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'...