Henry’s Handball

November 20th, 2009 by charlieg

The final places at the 2010 world cup have been decided. 31 of the 32 teams present next summer can attend the tournament in the knowledge that they deserve to be there. One team does not have this luxury. France, or rather, Henry, stole a world cup place from the pocket of a battling Irish [...]

France scrape through as Faroese frustrate

August 16th, 2009 by Luke Brown

The FIFA World Rankings have come in for some criticism over the years, and this game between the Faroe Islands annd France further demonstrated why some people feel the concept is flawed. The Faroe Islands currently lie in the 163rd position in the rankings, 154 places below France. Yet, from this performance, you would have [...]

Faroe Islands vs. France: Preview

August 12th, 2009 by Luke Brown

Take the Faroe Islands lightly at your peril. Ever since Irish manager Brian Kerr was appointed head coach in April earlier this year, the Islanders have put embarrassing drubbings like their 8-1 defeat to Yugoslavia or their 7-0 loss to Norway behind them. Kerr has transformed the side into a tough unit, difficult to break [...]

Super Eagles soar past lacklustre France

June 13th, 2009 by Luke Brown

An under strength Nigerian team pulled off a shock 1-0 win against a sloppy French side when the two sides met in this international friendly match.

Nigerian celebrations ensued as Les Blues fell to defeat

The French manager, Raymond Domenech, has never been the post popular man in France and this result will do nothing to improve his [...]

France v Nigeria: Match Preview

June 2nd, 2009 by Luke Brown

FIFA World Cup 2010 qualification doesn’t resume for France until mid-August, so as the more geographically able of you will have worked out from the title (hint: Nigeria isn’t in Europe), France take part in an exhibition match tonight. 

Will the French team do their country proud tonight?

Under fire French manager Raymond Domenech is likely to be grateful for [...]

Les Blues 2010 Qualification Campaign (So Far)

May 25th, 2009 by Luke Brown

I’m delighted to be returning to Lithuania and the Faroe Islands [who were also in France's UEFA EURO 2008 qualifying group]. We were very well received by the locals in both countries – and if their teams are able to offer us all six points again, I’ll not object (laughter)! Romania and Serbia would appear [...]

FFF stick by Domenech

June 29th, 2008 by reddevilrooney

Although controversial manager Raymond Domenech was expected to be sacked or resign after leading his home nation to a disastrous 4th position in Group C of Euro 2008, the French Football Federation has today announced that it will continue to back Domenech for the 2010 World Cup campaign. Jean-Pierre Escalettes, President of the FFF, had [...]

Goodbye France

June 18th, 2008 by reddevilrooney

I would like to say Well Done to Italy and all italian fans for having qualified. I am not a bad loser, so I will admit that the Italian squad was much better than the French selection. Mistakes where made, and these should incentive France to right the wrongs, and improve for future competitions. It’s [...]

Group C

June 18th, 2008 by reddevilrooney

This is how Group C finished after the third matchday of European Championship football. It was a tight group with four teams which are very capable of achieving success. The over-achievers are certainly the Netherlands, as no one dreamed that they would finish with 3 wins out of three games: against Romania and against the [...]

Ribery’s injury

June 18th, 2008 by reddevilrooney

During the match against Italy, French star Franck Ribery had to be substituted early in the game after suffering an injury when he fell awkwardly after challenging Gianluca Zambrotta for the ball. Tests that were carried out later showed that Ribery had injured his knee and left ankle. The full extent of the injury is [...]