France

Les Bleus won the World Cup in 1984 and 2000, but their 2010 campaign ended in spectacular fashion  involving a team boycott of training and  a player being sent home after disagreements with an incapable coach in Raymond Domenech. This year’s team has tempered expectations, but as always will feature top talent.

Coach:

Laurent Blanc

Standout players:

Yohan Gourcuff – Has been inconsistent since his transfer to Olympique Lyonnais, but will have to pull the strings for the Bleus to orchestrate any attack

Karim Benzema – The Big Cat plays for Real Madrid in Spain, is a very clever, wily forward who has been pushed into top form by club coach Jose Mourinho.

Franck Ribery – one of the top 5 wingers in the world when fit, applies his trade at Bayern Munich in Germany.

Odds to win:

15/1

Games

Date                                Opponent                                         Stadium                                             Location

June 11                           England                                      Donbass Arena                            Donetsk, Ukraine

June 15                           Ukraine                                      Donbass Arena                            Donetsk, Ukraine

June 19                            Sweden                                      Olympic Stadium                                 Kyiv, Ukraine

 

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