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From Ground Zero: Argentina to clash with Swiss, France to meet Nigeria

Last Updated: Thursday, June 26, 2014, 08:17

Lionel Messi caught up with Neymar as the leading goal scorer of the World Cup as he scored two goals on Wednesday in Argentina’s 3-2 victory against Nigeria at the Beira-Rio stadium in Porto Alegre.

Football World Cup 2014: Switzerland vs France - Preview

Last Updated: Friday, June 20, 2014, 14:50

Switzerland are trying to pile the pressure on France by claiming the underdog tag for the Alpine neighbours` World Cup Group E clash in Salvador on Friday.

FIFA World Cup: Erratic France aim not to trip over underdogs Honduras

Last Updated: Friday, June 13, 2014, 20:54

Former champions France should put underdogs Honduras to the sword in their World Cup Group E opener in Porto Alegre on Sunday – although their penchant for self-destruction gives the Central Americans hope of an upset.

France

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 20:49

In the 16th edition of the FIFA World Cup, France won the cup at home to become the sixth nation to win the most popular tournament after Uruguay, Italy, England, Germany and Argentina to win at home.

Coaching is tough: Zidane

Last Updated: Sunday, July 14, 2013, 08:43

Zinedine Zidane has admitted his glorious playing career offers no guarantee that he will enjoy an equally successful life as a coach.

France U20 boss delight at World Cup win

Last Updated: Sunday, July 14, 2013, 08:31

France Under-20 boss Pierre Mankowski has declared his delight after his side triumphed over Uruguay Under-20s in the World Cup final on Saturday.

Alba out as Spain prepare for vital France test

Last Updated: Sunday, March 24, 2013, 20:50

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque will be without left back Jordi Alba for his side`s vital World Cup qualifying game away to France on Tuesday.

Diarra, Sissoko called up to join French squad

Last Updated: Friday, October 05, 2012, 14:19

After a gap of two years, Russia-based midfielder Lassana Diarra and Toulouse`s Moussa Sissoko were called to join 23-man French football squad in preparation of Euro qualifiers, coach Didier Deschamp said.

‘Zinedine Zidane dreams of coaching France’

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 04, 2012, 10:32

France Football Federation (FFF) president Noel Le Graet has claimed that retired midfielder Zinedine Zidane "dreams" of coaching the country`s national team.

France will not adopt England`s style of play, insists Blanc

Last Updated: Tuesday, June 19, 2012, 15:40

France coach Laurent Blanc has hit out at Group D rivals England for their negative approach and claimed he would never implement that style with his side.

Spanish midfielder Iniesta believes France will make England ‘suffer’

Last Updated: Friday, June 08, 2012, 19:52

Spain’s influential midfielder Andres Iniesta considers France favourites to win against England on Monday during their first match of Group D.

France`s Euro 2012 squad reveals some worrying weaknesses

Last Updated: Tuesday, May 29, 2012, 19:45

Shortly before Uefa’s deadline, Laurent Blanc finalised his France squad for Euro 2012. There was no surprise when he cut ailing Olympique Lyonnais playmaker Yoan Gourcuff from his panel, but the decision to trim versatile Montpellier defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa will doubtless be greeted with some scepticism.