France

Euro 2012 Teams: France
  • France - Euro 2012France
  • Manager: Laurent Blanc
  • Best Finish: Winners 2000
  • No of Appearances: 6

General Information

France will be seeking to bounce back on the international scene in Ukraine/Poland this summer following a decade of rapid decline since winning the tournament back in 2000.

 

That triumph put the seal on a period of footballing dominance for Les Bleus, who were captained by now coach Laurent Blanc at the time.

 

Age finally caught up with the World Cup/European Champions of the last generation and it has been no great surprise to witness a French slump in recent times after the retirement of stars such as Thierry Henry and Robert Pires.

 

Now, France are a solid and technically sound outfit on the up and should make their presence felt after being drawn alongside England, Ukraine and Sweden in the group phase.

Chances

France’s first game of Euro 2012 against England will be absolutely massive and should set the tone for both nations moving forward this summer.

 

A draw can probably be expected and thus a solid if unspectacular campaign for Les Bleus.

 

Laurent Blanc’s side definitely possess the ability to make an impact on the tournament and could sneak their way through to the latter stages providing the squad does not experience the kind of problems which have plagued team performances in the past.

Key Player: Franck Ribery

Pacey winger Ribery is a fundamental part of the Bayern Munich set up and his contribution for the national team in Ukraine/Poland will be just as important. Ribery has the footballing brain to match his skill and can make Les Bleus tick.

TitanBet Prediction

Semi-Finals - This does not look the best French side of all time but Les Bleus can expect a solid campaign on a par with their semi-final showing at Euro 1996.

Although expected to draw with England in the opening game, France are fancied to top the group and subsequently beat the Italians in the last eight, providing the Azzurri finish second behind Spain in Group C. But that should be as far as Blanc’s charges get.

Did You Know:

France only scored one goal at Euro 2008, a miserly consolation effort from Thierry Henry during a 4-1 rout against the Dutch.