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Fractured French back on the right path ahead of Spain clash, insists Blanc's No 2
23/06/2012 by Dailymail
With another French squad apparently on the verge of ruinous mutiny it appears Laurent Blanc's players will have to overcome their mistrust of each other as well as world champions Spain to reach the semi-finals. Just a week after declaring the dark days of Raymond Domenech's era over, a limp defeat against Sweden has catapulted the French back into crisis.On the verge o... Full Story »
Benzema: I wanted Spain in final
23/06/2012 by The Sun
KAR TROUBLE ... Karim Benzema was angry at display against SwedenKARIM BENZEMA insisted finishing behind England in Euro Group D has proved a “disaster” for France.Les Bleus’ 2-0 defeat to Sweden on Tuesday left them in second spot — which meant they had to face Spain in the quarter-finals instead of Italy.As the French prepare to take on the world and European champions i... Full Story »
Spain v France preview - Torres and Alonso on suspension tightrope; Les Bleus wait on Cabaye
23/06/2012 by Sky Sport
Vicente del Bosque: The Spain manager has decisions to make on his team selectionSpain continue the defence of their Euro 2012 crown on Saturday when they take on France in a mouth-watering quarter-final.Vicente del Bosque's La Roja have not been defeated in a competitive match since being shocked by Switzerland in the group stages on their way to winning the 2010 Worl... Full Story »
Martin makes move to Lille from Sochaux
22/06/2012 by UEFA.com
Marvin Martin has taken time out from helping France prepare for their UEFA EURO 2012 quarter-final to finalise a transfer from FC Sochaux Montbéliard to LOSC Lille Métropole.Marvin Martin (left) spoke to some of his France team-mates before switching clubsA member of the France squad preparing for Saturday's UEFA EURO 2012 quarter-final against Spain, Marvin Martin has lef... Full Story »
Koscielny: It's difficult to defend against Spain's false nine system
22/06/2012 by Goal.com
The France defender has admitted that La Roja's innovative attacking formation is harder to defend against due to the higher levels of concentration required to combat itFrance defender Laurent Koscielny has admitted that Spain’s ‘false nine’ system is difficult to defend against.The Arsenal centre-back made his Les Bleus debut against the United States in November 2011 an... Full Story »
France needed to let it all out
22/06/2012 by UEFA.com
Having nearly reached breaking point, France team reporter Matt Spiro has been re-energised; he is sure Les Bleus can also bounce back thanks to some therapy of their own.Three weeks away from home is a long time. Three weeks in a Donetsk hotel room, eating the same food at the same places and working with the same people is a very long time. Three weeks of disjointe... Full Story »
All hail our Hart stopper: How Joe became the rock of England
22/06/2012 by Dailymail
According to his goalkeeping coaches at Manchester City, it is his reactions that set Joe Hart apart. Sounds obvious, but there is science in there, too.Under pressure, it takes him less time than his contemporaries to get his arms up to save a shot. An example of it in this tournament would be his save from Alou Diarra’s header against France. Had Hart been in goal for th... Full Story »
France faltered against Sweden but we should not turn our noses up at qualification, argues Nasri
21/06/2012 by Goal.com
Samir Nasri can appreciate why there has been such a negative reaction to France's 2-0 defeat by Sweden on Tuesday night but argues that it should not be forgotten that Laurent Blanc's men still managed to realise their "goal" of qualifying for the knockout stages.Les Bleus had been hoping to progress as winners of Group D, and thus avoid a quarter-final clash with defendin... Full Story »
Nasri: France are glad to be drawn against Spain rather than Italy
21/06/2012 by Goal.com
The attacker believes the Azzurri are harder to play against due to their more defensive nature, while pointing out that the holders often struggle against Les BleusFrance midfielder Samir Nasri has dismissed suggestions that Spain are favourites for Euro 2012, claiming he would rather play against Vicente del Bosque’s team than Italy.Following a far from convincing showing i... Full Story »
Blanc admits to France changing-room row
21/06/2012 by YAHOO Sport
France coach Laurent Blanc admitted on Wednesday that angry words were exchanged by his players after their loss to Sweden at Euro 2012, but played down the significance of the incident.France fell 2-0 to Sweden in their final Group D match in Kiev, bringing an end to their proud 23-game unbeaten run and sending them into a quarter-final with holders and reigning worl... Full Story »