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France




Federation founded: 1919
FIFA member since: 1904
Confederation: UEFA
Colours: Blue with white and red
Nicknames: Les Bleus (The blues), Les Tricolores (The Tri-colours)
World Cups qualified for: 14 (of 20)
Best results: Champions 1998

WORLD CUP RANKING
P 59 W 28 D 12 L 19 GF 106 GA 71 Pts 96
France are 7th on the all-time table.

WORLD CUP SUMMARY
1930 First round 7 Squad
1934 First round 9 Squad Qualifiers
1938 Quarterfinal 6 Squad Hosts
1950 Did not qualify Qualifiers
1954 First round 11 Squad Qualifiers
1958 Semifinal 3 Squad Qualifiers
1962 Did not qualify Qualifiers
1966 First round 13 Squad Qualifiers
1970 Did not qualify Qualifiers
1974 Did not qualify Qualifiers
1978 First round 12 Squad Qualifiers
1982 Semifinal 4 Squad Qualifiers
1986 Semifinal 3 Squad Qualifiers
1990 Did not qualify Qualifiers
1994 Did not qualify Qualifiers
1998 Champions 1 Squad Hosts
2002 First round 28 Squad
2006 Runners-up 2 Squad Qualifiers
2010 First round 29 Squad Qualifiers
2014 Quarterfinal 7 Squad Qualifiers

TEAM RECORDS
Champions 1998
Finalists 2006
Semifinalists (or top 4) 1958, 1982, 1986
Quarterfinalists (or top 8) 1930, 1938, 2014
Biggest win 7-3 vs Paraguay 1958
Biggest loss 2-5 vs Brazil 1958
Most wins in a row 5
Most losses in a row 4
Longest unbeaten run 8
Longest run without win 5
Longest run qualifying 5 (1998 - )
Longest run not qualifying 2
Penalty shoot-outs 2 wins, 2 losses
FRA vs Europe W15 - D6 - L11
FRA vs South America W4 - D4 - L5
FRA vs Asia W2 - D1 - L0
FRA vs Africa W3 - D0 - L2
FRA vs N/C America W4 - D1 - L1

MOST WORLD CUP APPEARANCES
Fabien Barthez 17 1998-06
Thierry Henry 17 1998-10
Lilian Thuram 16 1998-06
Maxime Bossis 15 1978-86
Michel Platini 14 1978-86
Manuel Amoros 12 1982-86
Alain Giresse 12 1982-86
Jean Tigana 12 1982-86
David Trezeguet 12 1998-06
Patrick Vieira 12 1998-06
Zinedine Zidane 12 1998-06

MOST WORLD CUP GOALS
Just Fontaine 13 1958
Thierry Henry 6 1998-10
Michel Platini 5 1978-86
Zinedine Zidane 5 1998-06
Raymond Kopa 4 1954-58
Dominique Rocheteau 4 1978-86
Karim Benzema 3 2014
Bernard Genghini 3 1982-86
Alain Giresse 3 1982-86
Jean Nicolas 3 1934-38
Roger Piantoni 3 1958


 

YEAR RD OPPONENTS RESULT 1930 1R Mexico W 4-1 1R Argentina L 0-1 1R Chile L 0-1 1934 1R Austria [aet] L 2-3 1938 1R Belgium W 3-1 QF Italy L 1-3 1954 1R Yugoslavia L 0-1 1R Mexico W 3-2 1958 1R Paraguay W 7-3 1R Yugoslavia L 2-3 1R Scotland W 2-1 QF Northern Ireland W 4-0 SF Brazil L 2-5 3/4 West Germany W 6-3 1966 1R Mexico D 1-1 1R Uruguay L 1-2 1R England L 0-2 1978 1R Italy L 1-2 1R Argentina L 1-2 1R Hungary W 3-1 1982 1R England L 1-3 1R Kuwait W 4-1 1R Czechoslovakia D 1-1 2Ph Austria W 1-0 2Ph Northern Ireland W 4-1 SF West Germany [4-5 ap] D 3-3 3/4 Poland L 2-3 1986 1R Canada W 1-0 1R Soviet Union D 1-1 1R Hungary W 3-0 2R Italy W 2-0 QF Brazil [4-3 ap] D 1-1 SF West Germany L 0-2 3/4 Belgium [aet] W 4-2 1998 1R South Africa W 3-0 1R Saudi Arabia W 4-0 1R Denmark W 2-1 2R Paraguay [gg] W 1-0 QF Italy [4-3 ap] D 0-0 SF Croatia W 2-1 F Brazil W 3-0 2002 1R Senegal L 0-1 1R Uruguay D 0-0 1R Denmark L 0-2 2006 1R Switzerland D 0-0 1R South Korea D 1-1 1R Togo W 2-0 2R Spain W 3-1 QF Brazil W 1-0 SF Portugal W 1-0 F Italy [3-5 ap] D 1-1 2010 1R Uruguay D 0-0 1R Mexico L 0-2 1R South Africa L 1-2 2014 1R Honduras W 3-0 1R Switzerland W 5-2 1R Ecuador D 0-0 2R Nigeria W 2-0 QF Germany L 0-1

 

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