France national football team

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October 17, 2021

The French Football Team (French: Équipe nationalle de France de football) represents France in international football matches and tournaments. The governing body is the French Football Federation. The Federation has been a member of FIFA since 1904, a member of UEFA since 1954. The French were one of the founders of both of these organizations. France is a two-time European champion (1984 and 2000) and a two-time and reigning world champion (1998 and 2018). The French national team took part in all three pre-war World Cup tournaments. In total, the French participated in the final stages of the World Cup 15 times. The first success in the world championship was achieved in 1958, when, with Just Fontaine and Raymond Copa, they won bronze medals. Further, until the early 1980s, the national team did not show serious results, but with the arrival of the generation of Michel Platini, Jean Tigand, Alain Giresse and Luis Fernandez, led first by Michel Hidalgo, and later by his former assistant Henri Michel, the French national team first took 4th place at the 1982 World Cup, then won the 1984 European Championship and the Los Angeles Olympics in one year, and repeated the 1958 result at the 1986 World Cup. Ten years later, the French, led by Aimé Jacquet, started with bronze medals at Euro 96, then won the final of the 1998 home world championship. In 2000, already under the leadership of Roger Lemaire, they won the European Championship, and in 2001 - the Confederations Cup. It was the first team in history that, after winning the world championship, managed to be the best in the Old World as well. In 2006, after two unsuccessful tournaments, the French, led by Raymond Domenech, reached the World Cup final. In the decisive match, the experienced team of the tricolors lost on penalties to the Italian national team. After the World Cup, the leader and captain of the team, Zinedine Zidane, said goodbye to the national team. After the World Cup in South Africa, he announced his retirement in the national team, her striker Thierry Henry. In 2016, under the leadership of Didier Deschamps, the team became European vice-champion, and in 2018 won their second world title. Lilian Thuram played the largest number of matches for the national team - 142 matches; top scorer of the national team - Thierry Henry (51 balls)

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