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France enter the World Cup finals for a tenth time, this time as hosts.

They made it to the semi-finals in Sweden 1958, Spain 1982, and Mexico 1986.

In 1984 they won the European Championships on home soil, and their supporters will be expecting something similar.

France the country.

Official Squad:

Goalkeepers:

1 Bernard LAMA (West Ham Utd.)
16
Fabien BARTHEZ (Monaco)
22 Lionel CHARBONNIER (Auxerre)

Defenders:

5 Laurent BLANC (Marseilles)
2 Vincent CANDELA (Roma)
8 Marcel DESAILLY (AC Milan)
18 Frank LEBOEUF (Chelsea)
3 Bixente LIZARAZU (Bayern Munich)
15 Lilian THURAM (Parma)

Midfielders:

14 Alain BOGHOSSIAN (Sampdoria)
7 Didier DESCHAMPS (Juventus)
13 Bernard DIOMEDE (Auxerre)
6 Youri DJORKAEFF (Inter Milan)
19 Christian KAREMBEU (Real Madrid)
17 Emmanuel PETIT (Arsenal)
11 Robert PIRES (Metz)
4 Patrick VIEIRA (Arsenal)
10 Zinedine ZIDANE (Juventus)

Strikers:

21 Christophe DUGARRY (Marseille)
9 Stephane GUIVARC'H (Auxerre)
12 Thierry HENRY (Monaco)
20 David TREZEGUET (Monaco)

Coached by Aime JACQUET

Fixtures:
First Round

12th June vs. South Africa
(3-0)
(Marseilles)

18th June vs. Saudi Arabia
(4-0)
(Saint-Denis)

24th June vs. Denmark
(2-1)
(Lyon)

2nd Round
24th June vs. Paraguay
(1-0 aet)
(Lens)

1/4 Finals
3rd July vs. Italy
(0-0 aet)
(Saint-Denis)

1/2 Finals
8th July vs. Croatia
(
2-1)
(Saint-Denis)

The Final
12th July vs. Brazil
(Saint-Denis)

Match Reports.

Group Tables.


Can Aime Jacquet take his off and loosen his tie on the Champs Élysées when it's all over?

After coasting through the first round, France had a nervous 113 minutes before Laurent Blanc finally beat Chilavert for a 1/4 final game against Italy.

The goals dried up completely in the 1/4 final against Italy, but the hosts scored more penalties.

Zidane spearheaded the semi-final assault on Croatia, and although he failed to score, Thuram did twice to Suker's one -- and booked the hosts a place in the final against the World Champions.

Road to the Final:
Who played who,
when and where.


France Links.

(Fédération Française de Football)