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2010 FIFA World Cup: Recap Of France’s World Cup Run – No Win, No Reward

December 31, 1970 By Isaac Asante
France have missed their chances of playing in the last 16 at the 2010 FIFA World Cup after failing to get triumphs over South Africa, Mexico, and Uruguay in Group A.

France against South Africa in the 2010 FIFA World South Africa tournamentFrance’s players suffered an early exit in the tournament on the afternoon of June 22 when they lost 2-1 to the hosts; but along with the sorrow and the bitterness which they carry in their hearts following their disqualification from the 2010 FIFA World Cup, huge regrets also follow them. The French footballers were said to have accused their coach Raymond Domenech for his inability to take control of the entire squad; but subsequently, disrespect from Les Bleus led to their own destruction.

0 win for France at the 2010 FIFA World Cup

France first entered the competition with a confident mentality, as they were anticipating a great campaign in the tournament. But this was not the case, and at their surprise, they had no win in the World Cup; and even scoring a few goals was a challenge.


Group A - Uruguay 0-0 France, June 11

This result hit France on Day 1 against South American rivals Uruguay. France played an unprofessional game in which they were stopped from increasing their strength of mind. Barcelona forward Thierry Henry even got into the match as time passed on the clock, but not even his introduction was enough for France to dive the game in their favor. Luckily, Diego Forlan was in bad form; yet consequently, a red card for the Uruguayans made French supporters believe that they were going to steal 3 points. This did not happen, and after the referee’s final whistle, France could only share a single “unworthy” point with Uruguay.

Group A - France 0-2 Mexico, June 17

France had no option but to land back into the tournament with a win over Mexico on June 17; however, after another moment of misery and sadness, it was Mexico who ran away with the reward. 2-0 the match finished, and France did not even get positives out of their battle. The whole of the game, the CONCACAF members always looked like favorites to rule over their contenders, and Coach Raymond Domenech could only watch – from a distance – his players discounting his tactical plans.

Barcelona and France talisman Thierry Henry miserable in his match against South Africa at the 2010 FIFA World CupGroup A - France 1-2 South Africa, June 22

Finally, it was unquestionable that it had gone from bad to worse for the French. On match-day 3 in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, France lost by 2 goals to 1 against World Cup hosts South Africa in a game where Gourcuff was sent off for a dreadful challenge. But at least, their defeat was enough to drag the Bafana Bafana with them out of the competition. In any case, the upset fell as heavily on Coach Alberto Parreira’s squad (who became the first hosts to be disqualified from a World Cup in round 1), as on Les Bleus who saw their great stars (including Patrice Evra, Thierry Henry and Frank Ribery), returning home with no reward.

No reward for France after the 2010 World Cup

In the end, it is easy to think that France’s misery came out of the death of their team spirit early in the tournament when Evra and Anelka especially rebelled against French Manager Raymond Domenech; but the question is: why did they let separation tarnish their 2010 World Cup run? Whatever the answer may be, destiny has gone against the 1998 champions, and each and every one in the squad can now focus on changing his personality for the next occasions. In the meantime, the miserable country’s FA is surely getting ready to give away its judgments against its French representatives in South Africa, since Les Bleus were incapable of defending France’s colors in the 2010 World Cup.

Group A final standings - 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa tournament

Uruguay - 7 points

Mexico - 4 points

South Africa - 4 points

France - 1 point



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Group A
Jun 14 11:00amMoscow
Russia 5 - 0 Saudi Arabia
Jun 15 8:00amYekaterinburg
Egypt 0 - 1 Uruguay
Jun 19 2:00pmSaint Petersburg
Russia 3 - 1 Egypt
Jun 20 11:00amRostov-on-Don
Uruguay 1 - 0 Saudi Arabia
Jun 25 10:00amVolgograd
Saudi Arabia vs Egypt
Jun 25 10:00amSamara
Uruguay vs Russia
Group B
Jun 15 11:00amSaint Petersburg
Morocco 0 - 1 Iran
Jun 15 2:00pmSochi
Portugal 3 - 3 Spain
Jun 20 8:00amMoscow
Portugal 1 - 0 Morocco
Jun 20 2:00pmKazan
Iran 0 - 1 Spain
Jun 25 2:00pmSaransk
Iran vs Portugal
Jun 25 2:00pmKaliningrad
Spain vs Morocco
Group C
Jun 16 6:00amKazan
France 2 - 1 Australia
Jun 16 12:00pmSaransk
Peru 0 - 1 Denmark
Jun 21 8:00amSamara
Denmark vs Australia
Jun 21 11:00amYekaterinburg
France vs Peru
Jun 26 10:00amSochi
Australia vs Peru
Jun 26 10:00amMoscow
Denmark vs France
Group D
Jun 16 9:00amMoscow
Argentina 1 - 1 Iceland
Jun 16 3:00pmKaliningrad
Croatia 2 - 0 Nigeria
Jun 21 2:00pmNizhny Novgorod
Argentina vs Croatia
Jun 22 11:00amVolgograd
Nigeria vs Iceland
Jun 26 2:00pmRostov-on-Don
Iceland vs Croatia
Jun 26 2:00pmSaint Petersburg
Nigeria vs Argentina
Group E
Jun 17 8:00amSamara
Costa Rica 0 - 1 Serbia
Jun 17 2:00pmRostov-on-Don
Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland
Jun 22 8:00amSaint Petersburg
Brazil vs Costa Rica
Jun 22 2:00pmKaliningrad
Serbia vs Switzerland
Jun 27 2:00pmMoscow
Serbia vs Brazil
Jun 27 2:00pmNizhny Novgorod
Switzerland vs Costa Rica
Group F
Jun 17 11:00amMoscow
Germany 0 - 1 Mexico
Jun 18 8:00amNizhny Novgorod
Sweden 1 - 0 Korea Republic
Jun 23 11:00amRostov-on-Don
Korea Republic vs Mexico
Jun 23 2:00pmSochi
Germany vs Sweden
Jun 27 10:00amKazan
Korea Republic vs Germany
Jun 27 10:00amYekaterinburg
Mexico vs Sweden
Group G
Jun 18 11:00amSochi
Belgium 3 - 0 Panama
Jun 18 2:00pmVolgograd
Tunisia 1 - 2 England
Jun 23 8:00amMoscow
Belgium vs Tunisia
Jun 24 8:00amNizhny Novgorod
England vs Panama
Jun 28 2:00pmKaliningrad
England vs Belgium
Jun 28 2:00pmSaransk
Panama vs Tunisia
Group H
Jun 19 8:00amSaransk
Colombia 1 - 2 Japan
Jun 19 11:00amMoscow
Poland 1 - 2 Senegal
Jun 24 11:00amYekaterinburg
Japan vs Senegal
Jun 24 2:00pmKazan
Poland vs Colombia
Jun 28 10:00amVolgograd
Japan vs Poland
Jun 28 10:00amSamara
Senegal vs Colombia
Knockout Stage

Round of 16
Jun 30 10:00amKazan
[1C] vs [2D]
Jun 30 2:00pmSochi
[1A] vs [2B]
Jul 1 10:00amMoscow
[1B] vs [2A]
Jul 1 2:00pmNizhny Novgorod
[1D] vs [2C]
Round of 16
Jul 2 10:00amSamara
[1E] vs [2F]
Jul 2 2:00pmRostov-on-Don
[1G] vs [2H]
Jul 3 10:00amSaint Petersburg
[1F] vs [2E]
Jul 3 2:00pmMoscow
[1H] vs [2G]
Quarter Final
Jul 6 10:00amNizhny Novgorod
[W49] vs [W50]
Jul 6 2:00pmKazan
[W53] vs [W54]
Jul 7 10:00amSamara
[W55] vs [W56]
Jul 7 2:00pmSochi
[W51] vs [W52]
Jul 10 2:00pmSaint Petersburg
[W57] vs [W58]
Jul 11 2:00pmMoscow
[W59] vs [W60]
Third place match
Jul 14 10:00amSaint Petersburg
[L61] vs [L62]
Jul 15 11:00amMoscow
Final: FIFA World Cup 2018