Didier Deschamps

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France coach Didier Deschamps: “My only concern is the match against Nigeria,” he said, talking down speculation about his team’s prospects of going all the way. Photograph: Shawn Thew/EPA.

If there was an upside for Didier Deschamps to the various disasters that had befallen the French side in the years before he took charge, it was that(...)

France’s  Blaise Matuidi in action against Switzerland during the Group E clash  at Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil. Photo:  Christopher Lee/Getty

There are several ways to win a World Cup but finding momentum at just the right moment is one of the surest paths to success. Just ask the unfancied(...)

 Karim Benzema  scores France’s   fourth goal past Switzerland goalkeeper Diego Benaglio  during the   World Cup Group E match at Arena Fonte Nova  in Salvador. Photograph: Christopher Lee/Getty Images

France 5 Switzerland 2Any notion that the World Cup is turning into a tournament for the smaller nations was banished when Switzerland received their (...)

France’s Karim Benzema (left) fights for the ball with Osman Chavez (centre) and Maynor Figueroa of Honduras during their fractious Group E encounter at the Beira Rio stadium in Porto Alegre. Photograph: Damir Sagolj/Reuters

After both countries lost their opening matches Honduras and Ecuador face each other in Curitiba today with their World Cup futures on the line. In Gr(...)

France’s Karim Benzema scores against Honduras during the opening game in Group E.

The history of France in the World Cup is a story of dramatic oscillation. In 1982 and 1986, they reached the semi-finals, then in 1990 and 1994 th(...)

Young spectators show their support to french players Karim Benzema and Paul Pogba during a training session at the Botafogo soccer club’s Santa Cruz stadium in Ribeirao Preto,  northwest of Sao Paulo, in recent days. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

Former champions France should put underdogs Honduras to the sword in their World Cup Group E opener in Porto Alegre tomorrow – although their penchan(...)

 Bacary Sagna has agreed a three-year deal with Manchester City.

Manchester City have announced the signing of France and Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna. The 31-year-old will join the Barclays Premier League champion(...)

Franck Ribery (left) has enjoyed considerabley better form in the national team under manager Didier Deschamps. Photograph: Reuters

France’s World Cup hopes suffered a severe blow when Franck Ribery was ruled out of the tournament with a back injury. Les Bleus manager Didier Desch(...)

 Samir Nasri: left out of the French squad but ready to sign a new long-term deal with Premier League champions  Manchester City. Photo:  Warren Little/Getty Images

Samir Nasri is expected to sign a new five-year deal at Manchester City when the Frenchman finishes his holiday, with the club hopeful that Joe Hart,(...)

France’s Franck Ribery is out of the World Cup in Brazil.  Photograph: Charles Platiau / Reuters

Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery has been ruled out of France’s World Cup campaign, along with Lyon midfielder Clement Grenier. Montpellier’s Remy C(...)

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