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UEFA Nations League: Didier Deschamps 'improved' Karim Benzema's maturity after helping France to title
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UEFA Nations League: Didier Deschamps 'improved' Karim Benzema's maturity after helping France to title

Benzema scored France's equaliser in a 2-1 win over Spain which handed the world champions the trophy, and Deschamps was delighted with his striker.

UEFA Nations League: France pit their restored pride against a young Spain side in final
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UEFA Nations League: France pit their restored pride against a young Spain side in final

Down by two goals at half-time on Thursday following quickfire strikes from Yannick Carrasco and Romelu Lukaku, a demoralising run of results and performances appeared set to continue in Turin.

UEFA Nations League: Euro flops France, Belgium seek redemption
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UEFA Nations League: Euro flops France, Belgium seek redemption

Belgium will also have revenge on its mind as the last time it met France was in the semifinals of the 2018 World Cup, when Roberto Martínez's side lost 1-0.

French Football Federation president Noel Le Graet 'not opposed' to biennial World Cup
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French Football Federation president Noel Le Graet 'not opposed' to biennial World Cup

"It would be a mistake not to look into this," the veteran Le Graet, 79, told Friday's edition of sports daily L'Equipe, a day after world football's governing body held the summit with its 211 member federations in an attempt to rally support.

Nations League finals: Olivier Giroud, N'Golo Kante left out of France squad
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Nations League finals: Olivier Giroud, N'Golo Kante left out of France squad

France play Belgium in Turin next Thursday, 7 October, in the semi-finals of the Nations League, with hosts Italy taking on Spain the previous day in Milan.

FIFA World Cup Qualifiers: France end winless run and Scotland revive hopes
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FIFA World Cup Qualifiers: France end winless run and Scotland revive hopes

Griezmann made it 41 goals for his country when he beat Finnish 'keeper Lukas Hradecky at the near post to make it 2-0 in the 54th minute.

Olivier Giroud left out of France squad as Didier Deschamps names new faces
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Olivier Giroud left out of France squad as Didier Deschamps names new faces

Giroud, who turns 35 next month, misses out despite sitting just five goals away from equalling Thierry Henry's all-time record tally of 51 for Les Bleus.

Euro 2020: French football chief 'doesn't think' manager Didier Deschamps' job under threat after loss to Switzerland
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Euro 2020: French football chief 'doesn't think' manager Didier Deschamps' job under threat after loss to Switzerland

Le Graet was asked at the general assembly of the French Olympic committee if France's shock last-16 loss on penalties to Switzerland would put Deschamps' job under threat.

Euro 2020: 'It's painful', says France captain Hugo Lloris after shock Round of 16 defeat against Switzerland
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Euro 2020: 'It's painful', says France captain Hugo Lloris after shock Round of 16 defeat against Switzerland

Didier Deschamps' team fell behind in Bucharest on Monday but Karim Benzema scored twice before Paul Pogba added a third to leave France seemingly on course for the quarter-finals.

Euro 2020: Kylian Mbappe misses decisive penalty as Switzerland stun world champions France in Round of 16
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Euro 2020: Kylian Mbappe misses decisive penalty as Switzerland stun world champions France in Round of 16

Mario Gavranovic equalised in the 90th minute as Switzerland came from two goals down before Yann Sommer saved Mbappe's penalty to book Switzerland a quarter-final clash against Spain.

Highlights, Euro 2020, France vs Switzerland: Switzerland knock France out of tournament
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Highlights, Euro 2020, France vs Switzerland: Switzerland knock France out of tournament

Follow all the live action from the Round of 16 match between France and Switzerland on Firstpost.com's LIVE blog

Highlights, Euro 2020, Portugal vs France: Defending champions Portugal enter round of 16
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Highlights, Euro 2020, Portugal vs France: Defending champions Portugal enter round of 16

Catch the Live score and updates from the Group F match between Portugal and France

Euro 2020: Ousmane Dembele to undergo knee injury test, says France coach Didier Deschamps
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Euro 2020: Ousmane Dembele to undergo knee injury test, says France coach Didier Deschamps

France play their final Group F match with Portugal in Budapest on Wednesday evening.

Euro 2020: Antoine Griezmann's goal rescues draw as France struggle against Hungary
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Euro 2020: Antoine Griezmann's goal rescues draw as France struggle against Hungary

Hungary threatened to blow Group F wide open when Attila Fiola gave the hosts a shock lead in first-half stoppage time after catching out the France defence.

Euro 2020: In France defeat, Germany suggest they're a shadow of the once superlative outfit
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Euro 2020: In France defeat, Germany suggest they're a shadow of the once superlative outfit

The French were flying, even if victory in the end was of the quintessential, economic Didier Deschamps blueprint.

Euro 2020: France coach Didier Deschamps praises team's 'fight' in win over Germany
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Euro 2020: France coach Didier Deschamps praises team's 'fight' in win over Germany

France next face Hungary in Budapest on Saturday before rounding off Group F with another mouth-watering clash against holders Portugal on 23 June.

Euro 2020: Didier Deschamps’ pragmatic approach could help frightening and formidable France find success again
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Euro 2020: Didier Deschamps’ pragmatic approach could help frightening and formidable France find success again

Hardened and experienced, Deschamps proved he thinks of the greater good only — that Les Bleus are everything.

Euro 2020: Karim Benzema, Kylian Mbappe set to lead attack as France look to avenge 2016 loss
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Euro 2020: Karim Benzema, Kylian Mbappe set to lead attack as France look to avenge 2016 loss

Even the generally pragmatic Deschamps struggled to contain his enthusiasm when asked recently about a forward line featuring Benzema alongside Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann.

'I want a trophy': Karim Benzema eyes silverware after long France exile
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'I want a trophy': Karim Benzema eyes silverware after long France exile

Benzema, who has 27 goals in 81 international appearances, was last week named as this season's best French foreign-based player by the country's players' association.