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France


Federation founded: 1919
FIFA member since: 1904

 
WORLD CUP HISTORY
1930 - First round exit
1934 - First round exit
1938 - Second round exit
1950 - Did not qualify
1954 - First round exit
1958 - 3rd place
1962 - Did not qualify
1966 - First round exit
1970 - Did not qualify
1974 - Did not qualify
1978 - First round exit
1982 - 4th place
1986 - 3rd place
1990 - Did not qualify
1994 - Did not qualify
1998 - CHAMPIONS
2002 - First round exit
2006 - Beaten finalist

 
STATISTICS
Played
51
Won
25
Drawn
10
Lost
16
Goals for
95
Goals against
64
Points
85
France are 6th on the all-time table.

 
TEAM RECORDS
Biggest victory:
7-3 vs Paraguay in 1958.
Biggest defeat:
2-5 vs Brazil in 1958.
Overall topscorer:
Juste Fontaine, 13 goals.
Most appearances:
Fabien Barthez, 17 matches.
Hosted the World Cup:
1938 and 1998

 
GREATEST PLAYERS
Michel Platini
Juste Fontaine
Jean Pierre Papin
Zinedine Zidane

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

1930

No qualifying rounds held. Teams 
were invited to take part and FRANCE
chose to participate.

1934

(WCQ Group 8)
13.Apr 34 Luxembourg 1-6 FRANCE (FRANCE v Germany not played.)
P W D L Gls Pts 1.Germany 1 1 0 0 9- 1 2 2.FRANCE 1 1 0 0 6- 1 2 3.Luxembourg 2 0 0 2 2-15 0 FRANCE qualified for Italy 1934.

1938

FRANCE qualified automatically
as host nation.

1950

(WCQ GROUP 3)
09.Oct 49 Yugoslavia 1-1 FRANCE 30.Oct 49 FRANCE 1-1 Yugoslavia
Play-off [in Florence (ITA)]
11.Dec 49 Yugoslavia 3-2 FRANCE [aet]
FRANCE failed to qualify for Brazil 1950.

1954

(WCQ GROUP 4)
20.Sep 53 Luxembourg 1-6 FRANCE 04.Oct 53 Rep. of Ireland 3-5 FRANCE 25.Nov 53 FRANCE 1-0 Rep. of Ireland 27.Dec 53 FRANCE 8-0 Luxembourg
P W D L Gls Pts 1.FRANCE 4 4 0 0 20- 4 8 2.Rep. of Ireland 4 2 0 2 8- 6 4 3.Luxembourg 4 0 0 4 1-19 0 FRANCE qualified for Switzerland 1954.

1958

(UEFA Group 2)
11.Nov 56 FRANCE 6-3 Belgium 02.Jun 57 FRANCE 8-0 Iceland 01.Sep 57 Iceland 1-5 FRANCE 27.Oct 57 Belgium 0-0 FRANCE
P W D L Gls Pts 1.FRANCE 4 3 1 0 19- 4 7 2.Belgium 4 2 1 1 16-11 5 3.Iceland 4 0 0 4 6-26 0 FRANCE qualified for Sweden 1958.

1962

(UEFA Group 2)
25.Sep 60 Finland 1-2 FRANCE 11.Dec 60 FRANCE 3-0 Bulgaria 28.Sep 61 FRANCE 5-1 Finland 12.Nov 61 Bulgaria 1-0 FRANCE
P W D L Gls Pts 1.FRANCE 4 3 0 1 10- 3 6 Bulgaria 4 3 0 1 6- 4 6 3.Finland 4 0 0 4 3-12 0 Play-off [in Milan (ITA)]
16.Dec 61 Bulgaria 1-0 FRANCE
FRANCE failed to qualify for Chile 1962.

1966

(UEFA Group 3)
04.Oct 64 Luxembourg 0-2 FRANCE 11.Nov 64 FRANCE 1-0 Norway 18.Apr 65 Yugoslavia 1-0 FRANCE 15.Sep 65 Norway 0-1 FRANCE 09.Oct 65 FRANCE 1-0 Yugoslavia 06.Nov 65 FRANCE 4-1 Luxembourg
P W D L Gls Pts 1.FRANCE 6 5 0 1 9- 2 10 2.Norway 6 3 1 2 10- 5 7 3.Yugoslavia 6 3 1 2 10- 8 7 4.Luxembourg 6 0 0 6 6-20 0 FRANCE qualified for England 1966.

1970

(UEFA Group 5)
06.Nov 68 FRANCE 0-1 Norway 10.Sep 69 Norway 1-3 FRANCE 15.Oct 69 Sweden 2-0 FRANCE 01.Nov 69 FRANCE 3-0 Sweden
P W D L Gls Pts 1.Sweden 4 3 0 1 12- 5 6 2.FRANCE 4 2 0 2 6- 4 4 3.Norway 4 1 0 3 4-13 2 FRANCE failed to qualify for Mexico 1970.

1974

(UEFA Group 9)
13.Oct 72 FRANCE 1-0 Soviet Union 15.Nov 72 Rep. of Ireland 2-1 FRANCE 19.May 73 FRANCE 1-1 Rep. of Ireland 26.May 73 Soviet Union 2-0 FRANCE
P W D L Gls Pts 1.Soviet Union 4 3 0 1 5- 2 6 2.Rep. of Ireland 4 1 1 2 4- 5 3 3.FRANCE 4 1 1 2 3- 5 3 FRANCE failed to qualify for West Germany 1974.

1978

(UEFA Group 5)
09.Oct 76 Bulgaria 2-2 FRANCE 17.Nov 76 FRANCE 2-0 Rep. of Ireland 30.Mar 77 Rep. of Ireland 1-0 FRANCE 16.Nov 77 FRANCE 3-1 Bulgaria
P W D L Gls Pts 1.FRANCE 4 2 1 1 7- 4 5 2.Bulgaria 4 1 2 1 5- 6 4 3.Rep. of Ireland 4 1 1 2 2- 4 3 FRANCE qualified for Argentina 1978.

1982

(UEFA Group 2)
11.Oct 80 Cyprus 0-7 FRANCE 28.Oct 80 FRANCE 2-0 Rep. of Ireland 25.Mar 81 Netherlands 1-0 FRANCE 29.Apr 81 FRANCE 3-2 Belgium 09.Sep 81 Belgium 2-0 FRANCE 14.Oct 81 Rep. of Ireland 3-2 FRANCE 18.Nov 81 FRANCE 2-0 Netherlands 05.Dec 81 FRANCE 4-0 Cyprus
P W D L Gls Pts 1.Belgium 8 5 1 2 12- 9 11 2.FRANCE 8 5 0 3 20- 8 10 3.Rep. of Ireland 8 4 2 2 17-11 10 4.Netherlands 8 4 1 3 11- 7 9 5.Cyprus 8 0 0 8 4-29 0 FRANCE qualified for Spain 1982.

1986

(UEFA Group 4)
13.Oct 84 Luxembourg 0-4 FRANCE 21.Nov 84 FRANCE 1-0 Bulgaria 08.Dec 84 FRANCE 2-0 East Germany 03.Apr 85 Yugoslavia 0-0 FRANCE 02.May 85 Bulgaria 2-0 FRANCE 11.Sep 85 East Germany 2-0 FRANCE 30.Oct 85 FRANCE 6-0 Luxembourg 16.Nov 85 FRANCE 2-0 Yugoslavia
P W D L Gls Pts 1.FRANCE 8 5 1 2 15- 4 11 2.Bulgaria 8 5 1 2 13- 5 11 3.East Germany 8 5 0 3 16- 9 10 4.Yugoslavia 8 3 2 3 7- 8 8 5.Luxembourg 8 0 0 8 2-27 0 FRANCE qualified for Mexico 1986.

1990

(UEFA Group 5)
28.Sep 88 FRANCE 1-0 Norway 22.Oct 88 Cyprus 1-1 FRANCE 19.Nov 88 Yugoslavia 3-2 FRANCE 08.Mar 89 Scotland 2-0 FRANCE 29.Apr 89 FRANCE 0-0 Yugoslavia 05.Sep 89 Norway 1-1 FRANCE 11.Oct 89 FRANCE 3-0 Scotland 18.Nov 89 FRANCE 2-0 Cyprus
P W D L Gls Pts 1.Yugoslavia 8 6 2 0 16- 6 14 2.Scotland 8 4 2 2 12-12 10 3.FRANCE 8 3 3 2 10- 7 9 4.Norway 8 2 2 4 10- 9 6 5.Cyprus 8 0 1 7 6-20 1 FRANCE failed to qualify for Italy 1990.

1994

(UEFA Group 6)
09.Sep 92 Bulgaria 2-0 FRANCE 14.Oct 92 FRANCE 2-0 Austria 14.Nov 92 FRANCE 2-1 Finland 17.Feb 93 Israel 0-4 FRANCE 27.Mar 93 Austria 0-1 FRANCE 28.Apr 93 FRANCE 2-1 Sweden 22.Aug 93 Sweden 1-1 FRANCE 08.Sep 93 Finland 0-2 FRANCE 13.Oct 93 FRANCE 2-3 Israel 17.Nov 93 FRANCE 1-2 Bulgaria
P W D L Gls Pts 1.Sweden 10 6 3 1 19- 8 15 2.Bulgaria 10 6 2 2 19-10 14 3.FRANCE 10 6 1 3 17-10 13 4.Austria 10 3 2 5 15-16 8 5.Finland 10 2 1 7 9-18 5 6.Israel 10 1 3 6 10-27 5 FRANCE failed to qualify for USA 1994.

1998

FRANCE qualified automatically
as host nation.

2002

FRANCE qualified automatically for 
Korea/Japan 2002 as defending champions.

2006

(UEFA Group 4)
04.Sep 04 FRANCE 0-0 Israel 08.Sep 04 Faroe Islands 0-2 FRANCE 09.Oct 04 FRANCE 0-0 Rep. of Ireland 13.Oct 04 Cyprus 0-2 FRANCE 26.Mar 05 FRANCE 0-0 Switzerland 30.Mar 05 Israel 1-1 FRANCE 03.Sep 05 FRANCE 3-0 Faroe Islands 07.Sep 05 Rep. of Ireland 0-1 FRANCE 08.Oct 05 Switzerland 1-1 FRANCE 12.Oct 05 FRANCE 4-0 Cyprus
P W D L Gls Pts 1.FRANCE 10 5 5 0 14- 2 20 2.Switzerland 10 4 6 0 18- 7 18 3.Israel 10 4 6 0 15-10 18 4.Rep. of Ireland 10 4 5 1 12- 5 17 5.Cyprus 10 1 1 8 8-20 4 6.Faroe Islands 10 0 1 9 4-27 1 FRANCE qualified for Germany 2006.

 
 

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