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France will be the host nation for the 15th edition of the UEFA Euro Championship, which will take place from June 10 to July 10, 2016. So far, Les Bleus have won this title twice.
They first won it in 1984 as the host nation and in 2000 when it was hosted by Belgium and the Netherlands. In 2000, they became the second team to hold the Euro and World Cup titles at the same time.
Also, apart from Germany and Spain, France is the only country to have won the Euros more than once. Here is a quick preview of their 2016 squad, fixtures, and live broadcast info:
Les Bleus are in Group A together with Switzerland, Albania and Romania. Here are their first three opening matches:
10th June: France vs Romania
Venue: Saint Denis
15th June: France vs Albania
19th June: France vs Switzerland
The French boast of one of the most powerful squads in this year’s tournament. They are made up of highly-talented youngsters who have been impressive across different leagues in Europe this season. For example, all eyes will be on the likes of Leicester City’s N’Golo Kante, Juventus’ Paul Pogba, and the free-kick wizard Dimitri Payet from West Ham United who are expected to stamp their authority at the midfield.
However, Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema will be conspicuously missing from this tournament following the unsolved blackmailing saga involving his teammate Mathieu Valbuena.
Missing in action: Benzema has been accused of blackmailing his national team mate Valbuena in relation to a sex tape
The France Football Federation announced that the 28-year-old would not participate in the tournament in order to maintain the ‘team spirit’ that was exhibited at the training camp in his absence. He further explained that the federation would not want disrupt the ‘team spirit’ by including the lethal forward in the national team squad.
Paul Pogba in previous action for France
Anthony Martial and Olivier Giroud celebrate a previous goal for France
The forward line is also expected to provide fireworks in this tournament thanks to the availability of the likes of Bayern’s Kingsley Coman, Anthony Martial of Man United, Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud and Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann.
With Payet (below), France can bank on goals from set pieces
Without further ado, here is the official 23-man squad that will represent France in the much-anticipated Euro 2016 tournament.
NOTE: Man United's Morgan Schneiderlin has replaced the injured Diarra in the 23-man squad
Euro 2016 matches will be telecast by four different French broadcasters. National channel TF1 will air 22 matches in HD, including two of France’s group stage encounters, whereas M6 will extend the availability of live free-to-air coverage with 11 matches, including the final from Stade de France in Saint-Denis.
Pay-TV broadcaster beIN Sports secured the rights to all 51 matches, 18 of which will be viewable exclusively on its network. Following an agreement with TF1, Franco-Monegasque TV channel TMC will also air one game from the group stage.
Visit our Euro 2016 TV listings page for full broadcast details.
|History||Founded: 1919, Affiliated: 1904|
|Uniform||Jerseys: Blue, Shorts:White, Stockings:Red|
|World Cup Appearances||14: (1930, 1934, 1938, 1954, 1958, 1966, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014)|
|World Cup Results||First: (1998)
Third: (1958, 1986)
|Continental Titles||First: UEFA EURO (1984, 2000)|
|Best Results||First: Olympic Football Tournament Final (1984), FIFA Confederations Cup (2001, 2003), FIFA U-17 World Cup Final (2001), FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Final (2005), FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Final (2012), FIFA U-20 World Cup Final (2013)
Third: FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Final (2006), FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Final (2014)
Fourth: Olympic Football Tournament Final (1920), FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Final (2007), FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Final (2008), FIFA Women's World Cup Final (2011), FIFA U-20 World Cup (2011), Olympic Football Tournament Women Final (2012)