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While they were the winners of the 1998 World Cup, the squad showed poor performance in 2002 and stood last in their Group. Eleven appearances later, the team still has a chance to make it to the coveted title.

india Updated: Jun 05, 2006 17:02 IST

FIFA world ranking 8
Coach Raymond Domenech
Group G Korea Republic, Switzerland, France, Togo
Previous appearances 11 times.  Winners: 1998

France has had their fair share of ups and downs in the past two World Cups. They grabbed the eminent title in 1998 at their homeland while, the next time in Japan/Korea, in 2002 they showed a dismal performance and finished last in their group.

To stand back after the setback in 2002, a new coach Raymond Domenech was assigned for the squad.

Though few bad performances and retirement of certain talented players like, Bixente Lizarazu, Claude Makelele, Lilian Thuram, and Zinedine Zidane, the team still has the potential to make a mark.

Moreover, France has an edge over the fellow-teams in Group G, provided it leaves behind the past and kicks off teamwork today.


Goalkeepers: Fabien Barthez, Grigory Coupet, Mickakl Landreau

Defenders: Eric Abidal, Jean-Alain Boumsong, Pascal Chimbonda, William Gallas, Gakl Givet, Willy Sagnol, Mikakl Silvestre, Lilian Thuram

Midfielders: Vikash Dhorasoo, Alou Diarra, Claude Makelele, Florent Malouda, Patrick Vieira, Zinedine Zidane

Strikers: Djibril Cissi, Thierry Henry, Franck Ribiry, Louis Saha, David Trezeguet, Sylvain Wiltord.