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Rankings: 8th-7th-7th-25th Results: 0-0 v. Uruguay, 0-2 v. Mexico, 1-2 v. South Africa Next Match: eliminated How did I do? Before the tournament, I figured France and Argentina
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Last Ranking: 7th Results: 0-0 v. Uruguay, 0-2 v. Mexico Next Match: South Africa Apparently they should have fired Raymond Dommenech before the Cup after all. The manager was a
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Last Ranking: 7th Results: 0-0 v Uruguay Next Match: Mexico Although the French certainly didn't look good against Uruguay, the draw isn't a major problem either. Both sides will
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Last Ranking: 8th Next Match: Uruguay France is the biggest wild card in the tournament, in my opinion. They have the disarray to flame out in the group stage. They have the
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France crossed a new threshold in qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™, having never before graced the finals on four consecutive occasions. Les Bleus have become a regular presence in recent years, having earned a reputation as one of world football’s leading teams since the late 1990s. Their fine displays at the first edition in 1930 marked them out as a good side and they have occasionally produced legendary talents, but only in the last decade or so have they evolved into a team that starts every major tournament with serious hopes of winning it.

The generation of players that included Zinedine Zidane, Laurent Blanc, Didier Deschamps and Fabien Barthez finally found a way past the obstacles that had blocked the route of earlier vintages. The fine team featuring Michel Platini, Alain Giresse, Luis Fernandez and Jean Tigana had stumbled at the semi-final stage in 1982 and 1986, but their successors went all the way to lifting the Trophy in 1998.

Despite a drop in standards in 2002 and 2006, France still came agonisingly close to grasping a second global title in the latter tournament, only losing out on penalties to Italy in the Final. The Zidane chapter came to a close that night in Berlin, but Les Bleus can still call upon some of the biggest names in world football, with a seemingly endless production line of young talents having unearthed the likes of Franck Ribery, Karim Benzema and Yoann Gourcuff in recent seasons.

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