World champions Germany top first 2015 FIFA rankings
World champions Germany top first 2015 FIFA rankings

World champions Germany comfortably top the year-opening FIFA national team rankings released Thursday despite a slight slump since their rampant World Cup showing.

Michy Batshuyai ensures Marseille finish year top of the table
Michy Batshuyai ensures Marseille finish year top of the table

Belgian striker Michy Batshuyai repaid Marseille coach Marcelo Bielsa`s faith in giving him his first start by scoring the decider in the 2-1 win over Lille on Sunday to guarantee they top the table going into the New Year.

Marseille thrash Reims to soar clear in Ligue 1
Marseille thrash Reims to soar clear in Ligue 1

High-flying Marseille picked up their fifth straight victory on Tuesday as Ligue 1 top scorer Andre-Pierre Gignac claimed a brace in a 5-0 thrashing of Reims.

Zinedine Zidane interested in France coaching role
Zinedine Zidane interested in France coaching role

Former France captain Zinedine Zidane, currently coach of the Real Madrid reserve side, admitted Tuesday he would consider a coaching job with his native France.

Franck Ribery rules out France return
Franck Ribery rules out France return

Bayern Munich playmaker Franck Ribery on Thursday reiterated his decision not to play again for France despite threats issued by UEFA chief Michel Platini.

Bayern CEO says Franck Ribery won't be banned
Bayern CEO says Franck Ribery won't be banned

 German football club Bayern Munich's CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge was surprised to hear UEFA president Michel Platini's statement that Franck Ribery could be banned for three matches if he refuses to play for France despite his retirement last month.

Michel Platini threatens retired Ribery with suspension
Michel Platini threatens retired Ribery with suspension

UEFA president Michel Platini has threatened compatriot and now-retired former France playmaker Franck Ribery with a suspension, according to Sunday`s version of Bild newspaper.

Didier Deschamps set to mix it up for stiff Serbia test
Didier Deschamps set to mix it up for stiff Serbia test

France coach Didier Deschamps is set to make seven changes to the side that beat Spain as he expects a stiff friendly test against Serbia in Belgrade on Sunday.

Loic Remy strike condemns Spain to friendly defeat
Loic Remy strike condemns Spain to friendly defeat

France got the better of a new-look Spain team on Thursday, a superb strike from substitute Loic Remy in the second half giving the hosts a 1-0 victory.

Franck Ribery's retirement is not my fault: Antoine Griezmann
Franck Ribery's retirement is not my fault: Antoine Griezmann

Rising star Antoine Griezmann denied claims that he was the cause of Franck Ribery's decision to retire from the French national football team.

No experimentation for France against Spain: Didier Deschamps
No experimentation for France against Spain: Didier Deschamps

France coach Didier Deschamps admits there is unlikely to be much experimentation with his team in Thursday`s friendly against Spain at the Stade de France.

Disgruntled Samir Nasri says France career is over

Manchester City`s French midfielder Samir Nasri has decided to quit international football over a breakdown in his relationship with national coach Didier Deschamps and the French media.

Samir Nasri drops France retirement hint

Manchester City`s France midfielder Samir Nasri on Monday indicated that he has decided to quit international football.

Dynamo sign Valbuena from Marseille

Marseille`s France international Mathieu Valbuena has signed a EUR7 million deal with Dynamo Moscow, the ITAR-TASS news agency reported on Monday.

We need to take the next step now: Loew

Germany coach Joachim Loew refused to look beyond the semi-finals after his team reached the last four at the World Cup by defeating France 1-0 in the quarter-finals Friday.

Germany made experience count, admits Deschamps

France coach Didier Deschamps said that Germany`s experience of the big occasion and his side`s poor finishing proved crucial as the French bowed out of the World Cup.

Germany, France mull changes in starting line-ups

Despite being unbeaten in the World Cup so far, France and Germany both face selection dilemmas ahead of their Friday`s quarterfinal clash here at the Maracana Stadium.

French renaissance put to the test against Germany

France have surprised many by emerging as World Cup contenders but face their toughest test yet against nemesis Germany in a quarter-final clash of European heavyweights at Rio de Janeiro`s Maracana stadium on Friday.

Dream, but the reality is Germany on Friday - Deschamps

France coach Didier Deschamps on Tuesday sought to temper growing expectations generated by his team`s impressive run to the World Cup quarter-finals.

FIFA World Cup 2014: Germany set box-office showdown with France

Two of the world`s heavyweights, France and Germany are set for an intense high octane clash after securing victories in their last 16 knock-out stage on Monday.