FRANCE ARE TOP FAVOURITES TO WIN EURO 2016

Les Blues are currently one of the most in form team in Europe with just few months to the European championships billed for June this year. Les blues are currently top favorites to win the trophy on home soil.

Christian Karembeu, France legend and World Cup winner, is also among those that believe the current French national team can end the 16-year wait for a major trophy by backing the composition of the national team under the guidance of veteran boss Didier Deschamps.


Karembeu said: “Didier Deschamps is building a new team with new ideas and we did well in the last world cup (2014) so I think we can see a strong national team in Euros.”

He then added: “we know we have potential and talent but, at home we also have our fans and they will push the team to perform and maybe even win it.”

Talking about talent and potential the French national team has a fine blend of both youth and experience with the likes of Antoine Griezman, Kinsley Coeman, Raphael Varane and Dimitri Payet in top form for their various clubs ahead of the championships. Veteran players like Patrice Evra and captain Hugo Illoris can provide the needed on field guidance and direction that is needed in huge competitions like the Euro. more

FRANCE’S 2016 EURO CAMPAIGN LOOKING GOOD DESPITE BENZEMA’S SCANDAL

Les Blues go into the Euro this year as host of the continental championship. The star-studded team has A-list players plying tackles in the best teams of the world. The players are all vibrant and talented in their various positions.

Hugo Lloris is the first choice goal keeper and squad captain. The gifted goal keeper is also the first team choice for in-form Tottenham Hotspur FC. He has contributed significantly to their campaign this season with Spurs in second place in the English Premiership League. In defense is Bacary Sagna plying trade for Manchester City FC. Young talent, Raphael Varane playing for Real Madrid FC has won many laurels with the club including the UEFA Champions’ League. Varane is also in defense alongside Mamadou Sakho and former captain, Patrice Evra.

Midfiled has talents such as Paul Pogba, Yohan Cabaye, Blaise Matuidi and Matthieu Valbuena. Strike force includes current sensation in Athletico Madrid, Antoine Griezmann and real Madrid striker, Kareem Benzema.

These are the projected starting team for Les Blues. Coach Didier Deschamps also has options in West Ham United’s Dimitri Payet. The injury scare the team has is Nabil Fekir playing at Lyon. The attacker is close to returning to action but the talent may not make the final squad. The young player played last in September last year when France defeated Portugal by a lone goal. more

Jardim Content with Second

Monaco manager Leonardo Jardim is happy to see his team second in the table and leading the chasing pack of the French team who have just witnessed PSG when yet another league title.

Paris St Germain have been crowned as the French champions for a fourth consecutive season. However, this has been the most one-sided campaign amongst them. They have been able to claim the title with eight games to spare. The real competition for PSG will come in the form of the Champions League. They have just qualified for the quarter-finals of the successfully overcoming Chelsea in the last 16. more

Karim Benzema is facing a huge fight to get back into the France team

Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema is facing a huge fight to get back into the France team just-in-time before the Euro 2016.

He is the latest French star to be caught in a scandal and he faces a ban from the national team as a result. In the past, the French team has suffered as a result of huge indiscipline among names like Patrice Evra, Nicolas Anelka, and Ribery. It has been a major factor in France being unable to dominate international football since winning the World Cup in 1998. For the Euro 2016, there is a great opportunity for the club to become European champions once again.

The last time France had home advantage, they ended up winning the World Cup. Such a similar event would repeat in the summer of 2016, but the team needs the presence of important players like Benzema and Olivier Giroud according to former great David Trezeguet. The former Juventus man played for the national team in a number of major tournaments. Now retired from the game, he has spoken about the need to have some quality of front in order to have any chance of winning the tournament. Trezeguet last played for France in 2008 and he finished with 71 caps. more

Bruno Genesio reckons if his team manages a draw playing away at St. Etienne in the upcoming derby

Bruno Genesio reckons if his team manages a draw playing away at St. Etienne in the upcoming derby, it will not be a poor performance.

According to Genesio, St. Etienne is a very difficult team to contend with when they are playing in their home conditions and thus, a draw will be a decent outcome from Lyon’s perspective.

However, Genesio emphasized that a loss would be disastrous as it would destroy the momentum that Lyon has achieved of late.

Since Genesio has come to the hot seat, Lyon has put on some quality shows against tough oppositions,

They had managed to give even Paris Saint-Germain a run for their money the other day.

The manager wants the continuity of this positive run and rightly so, as this is now the time for Lyon to rise up in the standings.

Speaking prior to the game, Genesio said, “We don’t want to get beaten. We are required to maintain our positive run.”

“We are starting to get our act together and we will have to go in the upward direction in the standings.”

“However, I believe a draw won’t be too disappointing from our point of view considering we are up against an opponent which is highly strong playing on its home ground.” more

Eliaquim Mangala feels that France have the best manager to deal with the Euro 2016

Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala feels that France have the best manager to deal with the Euro 2016 in the form of Didier Deschamps.

The former Marseille manager has been leading the national team for the last three years. Even though the national team has been going through a period of crisis with the lack of young and upcoming players to supplement the former stars,Deschamps has been able to get a decent set of results so far. The biggest challenge for the manager will come in the Euro 2016. Since France hosts the tournament, they have already qualified and have been involved only in friendly matches so far.

This is not likely to provide a big challenge to the team. As a result, the manager will have to call upon his experience in order to find a way to motivate his players.Deschamps now setting out to about winning with the French national team after having been part of the 1998 team that won the World Cup in front of their own supporters.Deschamps has been relatively successful manager, but there have been few who have replicated national team success both as a player and as a manager. The home advantage will be a major aspect that could determine the success of the French national team. more

Didier Deschamps says that there is every opportunity for Hatem Ben Arfa

France manager Didier Deschamps says that there is every opportunity for Hatem Ben Arfa to feature in the national team before the Euro 2016 starts.

The former Newcastle United winger has been in fine form for French outfit Nice. Once regarded as the next Zidane, his career has gone off the rails in the last few years. Ben Arfa went down to the level of playing for Hull City, who are in the Championship. However, a loan move back to France appears to have rejuvenated him and he has been in impeccable form over the first few months of the season.

Ben Arfa has already notched the seven league goals in just 10 games. Even though the club have not been able to benefit fully from this form,Hatem Ben Arfa is starting to get noticed once again at international level. Since he enjoyed a great reputation almost a decade ago, it helped the 28-year-old to quickly notch up 13 appearances for the national team. However, he has not featured for France at any level since the 2011-12 season when he made five appearances. Such has been his decline in form, butDeschamps has seen enough in the player to suggest that he may be ready for the national team once more. more

Ribery still important for Bayern

Bayern Munich’s David Alaba announced that even with all the injuries that Franck Ribery has been sustaining for the past 2 seasons, the French winger still has an important role to play in Bayern Munich and the Austrian defender is confident that Ribery will be able to make his return into the playing grounds and bounce back from all of his recent physical struggles.

David Alaba said: “Franck is a guy who is very strong mentally. I am not too worried about him. He wants to make his comeback as soon as possible and is working hard to achieve that. Bayern still need Ribery. Franck can become very important for us once more.” more

West Ham have made one of the best starts to a league campaign

West Ham have made one of the best starts to a league campaign and this has largely been down to the brilliance of Dimitri Payet.

The 28-year-old has made only a few appearances for France since his debut in 2010. However, he was hoping that his good form with West Ham might see him get back into the national team on a consistent basis. Returning to the international fold will especially be important for the 28-year-old given that the upcoming Euro 2016 will be held on home soil.Payet has been impressive in the opening six games of the league.

Manager Slaven Bilic has built the team aroundPayet with the French international supporters by the likes of Sakho and Victor Moses. There is a lot of competition within the national team, but the recent downturn in form was expected to help lesser-known players likePayet. After suffering defeats in back-to-back friendly matches in June, manager Didier Deschamps has been able to get on the form back on track with two victories over Portugal and Serbia in this month. Only friendlies await the team between now and Euro 2016. Hence, they are likely to be extremely important in terms of preparation. France face the likes of Denmark, Germany, and Armenia in the next few matches. more

Didier Deschamps midfielder Yohan Cabaye should consider a move away from Paris St Germain

France national team boss Didier Deschamps midfielder Yohan Cabaye should consider a move away from Paris St Germain if he is to feature regularly for the national team.

The former Newcastle United man made a £20 million switch to the French capital over a year ago. Prior to the move, he was one of the influential defensive midfielders for the national team. However, his place in the national team has come under national threat largely because of his lack of football at PSG. PSG manager Laurent Blanc has primarily preferred the duo ofVerratti andMatuidi.

Since PSG have been able to win a famous quadruple with these two players in the centre of the park, it is highly unlikely that Blanc will be changing the personnel anytime soon. Hence, the prospects ofCabaye featuring for the national team are diminishing fast according toDeschamps. He says that the 29-year-old should consider a swift exit in the summer. The Frenchman is at the age when he will be considered as an important aspect by many clubs. Once he hits the 30 mark,Cabaye will find it difficult to make a move toward top club. The midfielder has himself admitted that he would be open to the possibility of working with Alan Pardew, who is at Crystal Palace, once again. more