In the talk of national football team of France, football experts and non-experts maybe will remember about Zinedine Zidane. He’s the biggest player of France’s football team history. Besides that, France also has good records in various football tournaments.
France Football Records over the Time
National Team History
In 1900, Summer Olympics was hosted in France. In preparation for the event, Union des Sociétés Françaises de Sports Athlétiques (USFSA), or France sport union, formed a football team. But, France was defeated by the London team, Upton Park F.C. in the final. Then, the France national football team was officially created in 1904.
There is a special appearance of France football team in 1908 Summer Olympics. Since FIFA delegation ruled that USFSA still had control over the national team for Olympics, the country had to send two teams. The first team was called France A, which controlled by FIFA and their matches would be recorded as official matches. While the second team was France B which controlled by USFSA and their matches wouldn’t recorded.
In the same year, there was a dispute between USFSA and French Interfederal Committee (CFI), a rival of USFSA. CFI demanded that only FIFA would control the team for Olympics. The disagreement made France didn’t send any team for 1912 Summer Olympics. In 1913, USFSA disorganized and the semi-affiliated with CFI. Then in 1919, CFI transformed into Fédération Française de Football (FFF).
The team under FFF became more stable. The most memorable match was when France defeat England for the first time after multiple defeats. National football team of France is also known as Les Bleus means The Blues.
Football Winning Records
- UEFA Euro 1984
As the hosting country of UEFA Euro 1984, France was success on grabbing the victory. With the goal from Platini and Bellone at the latest time, France defeated Spain 2-0.
- FIFA World Cups 1998
FIFA World Cups 1998 was hosted by France from 10 June to 12 July 1998 for the second time. After didn’t qualified for two previous tournaments, France was able to put their name on the top. In the final, France was beaten Brazil 3-0 with 2 goals from Zidane and 1 goal from Petit.
- UEFA Euro 2000
Belgium and Netherlands was the host for UEFA Euro 2000 from 10 June to 2 July. After the goal from Sylvain Wiltord, golden goal from David Trézéguet added one score to France and brought the team victory. Italy must accepted their defeat with score 2-1 for France.
- FIFA Confederation Cups 2001
FIFA Confederation Cups 2001 was hosted by South-Korea and Japan from 30 May to 10 June. Beating the host country Japan, a goal from Patrick Vieira brought the victory to France with score 1-0.
- FIFA Confederation Cups 2003
France became the hosting country for FIFA Confederation Cups 2003 from 18 June to 29 June. Golden goal from Thierry Henry at the 93th minutes made France success on beating Cameroon in the final.
This year, France will be the host for major international football tournaments EUFA Euro 2016. Will France able to record a new victory as the hosting country?