Tuesday, 27 October 2015

ROAD TO UEFA EURO 2016 - FRANCE (HOST NATION) - #Euro2016 #France2016

The 2016 UEFA EURO competition will be held in France from 10 June to 10 July 2016. For the first time, the European Championship final tournament will be contested by 24 teams, having been expanded from the 16-team format that had been used since 1996. The matches will be played in ten stadia in ten cities: Bordeaux, Lens, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Paris, Saint-Denis, Saint-Étienne, and Toulouse.

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Here are some information about the French national team;
Nicknames- Les Blues
Head Coach - Didier Deschamps
Captain -  Hugo Lloris
Most Caps -  Lilian Thuram (142)
Top Scorer - Thierry Henry (51)
FIFA Ranking - 22
Highest FIFA Ranking -27
Lowest FIFA Ranking -1
Biggest Win - France 10-0 Azerbaijan (September 1995)
Biggest Defeat - Denmark 17-1 France (October 1908)
Euros Appearance(s): 8 (First in 1960) 
Best Result - Champions, 1984 and 2000


Hugo Lloris
Date of birth: 26 December 1986 (Age 28)
Place of birth: Nice, France
Playing position: Goalkeeper
Current club: Tottenham Hotspur
Number: 1
Previous clubs: Nice B, Nice, Lyon
National Caps: 70
Goals Scored: Nil

Lloris captained France for the first time in the team’s 2-1 victory over England at Wembley stadium. After leading France out six more times on an interim basis, he was named first choice captain of the national team on 28 February 2012 by then former manager Laurent Blanc ahead of UEFA Euro 2012.

Karim Mostafa Benzema
Date of birth: 19 December 1987 (Age 27)
Place of birth: Lyon, France
Playing position: Striker
Current club: Real Madrid
Number: 9
Previous clubs: Lyon B, Lyon
National Caps: 81
Goals Scored: 27

Benzema plays for Spanish club Real Madrid and the French National team as a striker. He is described as an immensely talented striker who is strong, powerful and a potent finisher inside the box.

Mathieu Valbuena
Date of birth: 28 September 1984 (Age 31)
Place of birth: France
Playing position: Attacking Midfielder/Winger
Current club: Lyon
Number: 19
Previous clubs: Libourne, Marseille, Dynamo Moscow
National Caps: 50
Goals Scored: 8

Valbuena is an attacking midfielder and a winger known for his pace, technical ability and tenacious style of play. He wass described by his former coach at Libourne as an explosive player who is capable of taking two opponents out of the game to create space due to his dribbling skills.

Anthony Martial
Date of birth: 5 December 1995 (Age 19)
Place of birth: Massy, France
Playing position: Forward
Current club: Manchester United
Number: 9
Previous clubs: Lyon, AS Monaco
National Caps – 4
Goals Scored: Nil

On 26 August 2015, Martial was called up to the senior France squad the first time for friendlies against Portugal and Serbia. The following month, he made his debut on 4th September at Lisbon’s Estadio Jose Alvalade, replacing Karim Benzema for the final 16 minutes of a 1-0 win. In the summer transfer window of 2015 he was signed by Manchester United and he bagged the player of the month for September.

Raphael Varane
Date of birth: 25 April 1993 (Age 22)
Place of birth: Lille, France
Playing position: Centre back
Current club: Real Madrid
Number: 2
Previous club: Lens
National Caps: 24
Goals scored: 2

In August 2012, Varane was called to the French National team for a friendly but was an unused substitute. He became the youngest player to captain France where he took over from Blaise Matuidi at half time in a 3-0 win over Armenia. He was then selected as the team’s starting captain for a home friendly against Sweden where he bagged his first international goal to give Les Blues a 1-0 win.

Paul Labile Pogba
Date of birth: 15 March 1993 (Age 22)
Place of birth: France
Playing position: Midfielder
Current club: Juventus
Number: 10
Previous club: Manchester United
National Caps: 25
Goals scored: 5

At U20 level, he captained his nation to victory at the 2013 FIFA U20 World Cup and took home the best player award. He made his debut for the senior French national team on 22nd March 2013 in a 3-1 win over Georgia. He won the best young player award in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
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