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Ribery ruled out of World Cup

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Every four years, the World Cup unites soccer fans across the globe with a display of top international sides consisting of the world's best players. However, the injury bug has claimed yet another one of the game's biggest stars: Franck Ribery.

The 31-year-old French winger has officially been ruled out of the France squad due to back injury.

Ben Arfa Escapes French Ban – Nasri Banned For Three Games

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News today that French stars Samir Nasri and Jeremy Menez have been handed suspensions from the France national team,  following a disciplinary hearing into what went on at Euro 2012 tournament, which was held at the French Football Federation (FFF) headquarters in Paris. Newcastle midfielder Ben Arfa in Paris earlier today But the good news if that [.

Tuesday Kickoff: Roma-El Salvador friendly scheduled at Red Bull Arena, more problems for France and more

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AS Roma is coming to Red Bull Arena for a summer friendly, but it will not be against a club team.

Roma is set to take on El Salvador's national team in a friendly at Red Bull Arena on July 27, the New York Red Bulls announced on Monday. The match will be Roma's final exhibition in their first preseason trip to the United States, while it will also serve as another tune-up for El Salvador before World Cup qualifying resumes.

Backpage Roundup: Giroud, Park Chu-Young, Wiltord and Ox

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Arsenal Close to Sealing Giroud Deal

French international striker Olivier Giroud is on the verge of completing his £12 million deal from Montpellier to Arsenal. (BBC)

The 25-year-old frontman, who scored 21 goals in Montpellier's Ligue 1 triumph last season, is being tipped to complete his move to Emirates Stadium in the next few days.

French channels to broadcast live women’s football

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Live women's football matches will be broadcast for the first time in France as of next season, the French Football Federation (FFF) president Noel Le Graet said Thursday after selling the rights to France Television and Eurosport.

Mid-day Ticker: Blanc cleared in racism claims; Earthquakes, Timbers to host West Brom and more

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French national team manager Laurent Blanc today has been cleared of racism charges by the French Football Federation.Â

Claims that Blanc had backed a project to reduce the number of ethnic minority players in the national set-up put the Frenchman under the spotlight.

Mid-Day Ticker: Mourinho banned, Once Caldas upsets Cruzeiro and more

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If Jose Mourinho didn't receive enough punishment by seeing Real Madrid bounced out of the Champions League by arch-rival Barcelona, he surely has now.

Mourinho was handed a five-match suspension and fined about $81,000Â by UEFAÂ for his sending off during the first leg of the Champions League semifinal against Barcelona.

FFF Director Suspended Pending Investigation

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French Football Federation (FFF) technical director François Blaquart has been suspended by the French Government pending an investigation following his statement that the FFF is concerned about investing in training players who make themselves unavailable for selection for the French national team by choosing to play for another country.

Alleged Racism in the FFF

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Since the Guardian, which is a daily read for me, has put the story front and center, I suppose I could risk a short post on the alleged racism in the French Football Federation (FFF).

The allegation is that the FFF discussed using race as a selection criterion for entry of 12 and 13 year olds into football training academies.


Evra: I love this club so much

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Patrice Evra has been under some scrutiny recently after calling 1998 World Cup winner Bixente Lizarazu and three other commentators "tramps" after France's 3-0 win over Finland. Lizarazu and his fellow pundits criticised an impromptu half-time talk Evra gave his team-mates during the qualifying game against Belarus in September, which France won 4-2.

France 2013 Nike Away Jersey

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Nike has unveiled the France 2013 away jersey to be worn by Les Bleus for [...]

Deschamps Takes Over for the FFF

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Taking over a team full of over talking and under producing, former 1998 World Cup winner and Juventus/Marseilles coach Didier Deschamps, has a huge task ahead of him. In recent years, France has underwhelmed many with early exits from South Africa and constant reported disruptions in the locker room.

Euro 2012: Laurent Blanc on the dock as Nasri prefers off pitch antics

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After France's disastrous 2008 Euro outing followed in quick succession by the 2010 World Cup debacle which saw France go through a self existential paroxysm as the country re-examined what constitutes being French (see Alain Finkelkraut), getting out of the group stage in the 2012 Euro might constitute improvement.

A Year with Laurent: Only the Illusion of Success?

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By Ulysse Pasquier

    Les Bleus wrapped up 2011 with a 0-0 draw at home against Belgium, an unconvincing performance that unsettled many critics in France. Just over a year since taking the top seat, the grace period and overall optimism linked to Laurent Blanc's appointment have clearly evaporated.

City star ruled out of U.S. friendly

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It has been confirmed that a knee injury will rule Manchester City's French midfielder Samir Nasri out of Friday night's high-profile exhibition against the United States at Stade de France.

Nasri suffered from issues with his knee tendon following City's UEFA Champions League win over Villarreal last week and did not make his club's starting line-up for the thrilling 3-2 Premier League triumph over QPR on Saturday.

Blanc and black and red all over

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Europe is treading clumsily where America has learned not to tread long ago.

The recent row over the possibility of quotas of non-black players in France's national football academies showed how Europeans still do not 'get' race and are prone to reflex comments of xenophobia and maybe worse.

Thuram, Blanc, Zidane

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With a rapidity uncharacteristic of the French state, the FFF racism scandal has already run it's predictable course: from outrage to self-exoneration. Yesterday, the French minister of sport Chantal Jouanno announced that no laws had been broken and therefore no specific legal or administrative action needed to take place.

French Racism Storm Blacked Out by British Press?

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Laurent Blanc has today been cleared of any wrongdoing in the ongoing race scandal that is threatening to tear the French Football Federation apart. Race scandal? Yeah, you know, the race scandal in French football? You don't know?! What a surprise.

Allow me. There has been a massive uproar in France this past week about the fact that a French website reported that members of the FFF's technical board had met in November and discussed introducing race quotas at French football academies.

Should Laurent Blanc resign following quotastrophe?

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By Ulysse Pasquier, writing from Montreal

It seems as though a lot has changed in French Football since the Domenechian World Cup debacle. Laurent Blanc's inspiring ideology has brought the best out of players who want to play football and are eager to represent their country.

Uproar over Racial Quotas in French Football

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An investigative report by the Mediapart website revealed that numerous managers of the National Technical Directorate (DTN) and the French Football Federation (FFF) approved the "principle of discriminatory quotas" in November 2010. Their objective? To limit the number of players of West African and North African origin.


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The last few days have offered some new and crucial details in the story of racism at the French Football Federation. The initial reaction by those implicated, including Laurent Blanc, was to deny that they had said what Mediapart accused them of saying. But they rapidly backtracked, perhaps because they had realized that in fact the blog had access to a tape-recording of the entire meeting, from late 2010, in which the idea of the need for "quotas" aimed at limiting certain kinds of youth players was discussed.

Truth In Advertising

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So French football was hit with something of a scandal last year with the whole 'underage hooker' thing and a few of its higher profile players. Only a few, if that, which rose to the surface. And granted, architectural Europe is not lacking for women in the nude in any way, therefore the percentages of such are significantly greater than elsewhere.

Was that an Apology?

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The French Football Federation has issued a communiqué by Laurent Blanc in response to the allegations published last week by Mediapart about the existence of a plan to limit the numbers of "black and Arab" football players within the national youth system. It's a rather strange statement. Blanc, who initially issued a blanket denial about everything attributed to him in the article, now seems to be admitting that he did participate in a discussion about the topic of players who might have the possibility of playing for other national teams, and more broadly about the issue of the style of play being developed within the youth system.

Racist Delirium: A Close Reading

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The coming week will presumably bring more twists and turns in the now explosive question of racism in the midst of the French Football Federation. Already, as Libération reported this morning, one high-ranking member of the Federation specifically named in the Mediapart article that broke has been suspended, and an internal investigation launched.

France Accused Of “Ethnic Quota”

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Should these allegations prove true, the French Football Federation is in for heaps and heaps of trouble, one might expect.

A report was released detailing that the FFF supposedly imposed an "ethnic quota" on club trainees, meaning that no club could have more than 30% of those 12 or older to be of Arab or African descent.

FFF Accused of Racism

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A Mediapart article was released today stating that there has been an institutionalized racial discrimination setup in the training of French players for years and collusion between the FFF and former NT coach Laurent Blanc. The claim states that the FFF set a limit of 30% on black and north African decent players in the national training program and this limit was implemented as players reached

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France Nike EURO 2012 Home Kit

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1998 FIFA World Cup and EURO 2000 champions France have released their Nike home kit for this summer's EURO 2012 tournament and for the 2012/13 international season. Its launch follows...

Boris Diaw’s France Nike EURO 2012 Away Kit Photograph Collection

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Charlotte Bobcats and France basketball star Boris Diaw has released a series of photographs featuring several high-profile athletes in the France Nike EURO 2012 away kit. According to Nike: Boris...

France Nike EURO 2012 Away Kit / Maillot

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Following last week's preview, Les Bleus' technical sponsor Nike has unveiled the France EURO 2012 away kit. It will be the team's road uniform during the 2012/13 international season. According...

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Francia anuncia su plantilla para Juegos Olímpicos

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Bruno Bini anunció hoy por la mañana las 18 jugadoras que formarán parte de Juegos Olímpicos y de tres juegos previos de preparación, así como varias jugadoras reserva. 11 de las 18 jugadoras base, pertenecen a las bicampeonas de Champions League, Olympique Lyonnais.


Sarah Bouhaddi Olympique Lyonnais

Céline Deville Olympique Lyonnais


Sonia Bompastor Olympique Lyonnais

Corine Franco Olympique Lyonnais

Wendie Renard Olympique Lyonnais

Sabrina Viguier Olympique Lyonnais

Laura Georges Olympique Lyonnais

Ophélie Meillereoux Montpellier


Camille Abily Olympique Lyonnais

Laure Boulleau Paris Saint Germain

Elise Bussaglia Paris Saint Germain

Sandrine Soubeyrand Juvisy

Gaetane Thiney Juvisy

Lousia Nécib Olympique Lyonnais

Camille Catala Saint Etienne


Eugénie Le Sommer Olympique Lyonnais

Elódie Thomis Olympique Lyonnais

Marie Laure Delie Montpellier

Así mismo, se nombraron cuatro jugadoras de reserva:

Laëtitia Philippe (portera Montpellier); Julie Soyer (defensa Paris Saint Germain); Kelly Gadéa (defensa Montpellier) y Marina Makanza (delantera SC Fribourg).

Funny Feeling Friday: Shane Long

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Without sounding too arrogant (it is difficult I must admit after a string of good FFF calls this season), our Peter Odemwingie selection a month ago was one of our best of all time, so we've decided to return to Roy ... Continue reading →

Lens Defender Gabriel Cichero Given Five-Month Ban For Breaking Bastia Director’s Nose, Jaw And Eye Socket (Video)

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By Chris Wright

The FFF have today announced that Lens' Venezuelan defender Gabriel Cichero will not be allowed to play again until March 15th 2011 after being caught on CCTV assaulting Bastia director Alain Seghi in the tunnel following a match in the French second division on October 15th.

Allez les Nudes

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Here's, the FFF-produced video for the French women's national team:

Yikes. I mean, parts of it are cute, I guess. But not so much the parts where individual members of the team lip sync.

Members of the national team also posed nude in 2009, for an FFF campaign with the lovely slogan, "Do we have to show up like this, in order for you to come see us play?

“Claims” that Laurent Blanc agreed to secret quota

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Drawing from an AP story, the FFF "inquiry" is underway.

There have been "claims" that France National Team Manager Laurent Blanc secretly agreed on a quota restricting the number of black and Arab players in national training programs.

The website Mediapart printed a strange, obviously sensationalized account of rampant racism within the FFF, which was immediately followed by an FFF statement that the FFF had been concerned about dual nationals making themselves unavailable for selection for the national team by choosing to play for another country.