France Soccer Betting Odds
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Nicknames: Les Bleus (The Blues)
Head coach: Laurent Blanc
Most caps: Lilian Thuram (142)
Top scorer: Thierry Henry (51)
Home stadium: Stade de France
Football in France has long played a secondary role to cycling and rugby though the great success of the national team in 1998 and 2000 has begun to change that. French clubs have never quite competed as equals in European competition, with Marseille's 1993 European Cup win (tainted by a match-fixing scandal) the country's only one. The French national team is called Les Bleus - The Blues, a reference to their blue jerseys. French football was reorganized after World War I and a new national association created - thus the discrepancy of joining FIFA before the creation of the FFF.
French football was riven by competing associations and a professional/amateur split in its early year. A professional league was not launched until the early 1930s. In the current era there are two cup competitions contested every year - the Coupe de France (open to all comers) and the Coupe de la Ligue (open to teams from the top two tiers). The biggest rivalry in French football is that of Marseille and PSG, although at the moment it is Lyon who are ruling the roost.
FIFA 2014 World Cup Group E
2014 World Cup Game Schedule
Round of 16
|Jun 15||Switzerland||2-1||Ecuador||Brasilia||1:00 PM|
|Jun 15||France||3-0||Honduras||Porto Alegre||4:00 PM|
|Jun 25||Switzerland||2-5||France||Salvador||4:00 PM|
|Jun 26||Honduras||1-2||Ecuador||Curitiba||7:00 PM|
|Jun 25||Honduras||0-3||Switzerland||Manaus||4:00 PM|
|Jun 25||Ecuador||0-0||France||Rio De Janeiro||5:00 PM|
UEFA World Cup Qualifiers
The Union of European Football Associations, almost always referred to by its acronym UEFA is the administrative and controlling body for European association football, futsal and beach soccer. UEFA represents most of the national football associations of Europe, runs national and club competitions in its area, and controls the prize money, regulations and media rights to those competitions. Due to the disputed boundary of Europe and Asia transcontinental nations such as Turkey, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia, and Russia, are members of the UEFA rather than AFC, as are Israel and Cyprus which lie entirely in Asia.