Alain Giresse

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West Germany 1972 What do you get if you cross Total Football with tiki-taka? Ramba Zamba fussball, the name given to the colourful, vibrant style (...)

France players (from left) Patrice Evra, Karim Benzema, Franck Ribery and Paul Pogba at Clairefontaine, near Paris, last month.  Photograph: Charles Platiau / Reuters

Manager: Didier Deschamps Best finish: Champions (1998) World Cup record: Played 59, Won 28, Drawn 12, Lost 19 History France have (...)

West German goalkeeper Toni Schumacher (right) jumps past the ball as he gets ready to collide with French defender Patrick Battiston during the 1982 World Cup semi-final in Stockholm. Battiston was carried off the field on a stretcher while Schumacher, unpunished,  resumed play with a goal-kick. Photograph: AFP

The semi-final stage of the World Cup has, on balance, not been particularly kind to France. In 1958, the free-scoring team of Just Fontaine and Raymo(...)