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 Post subject: Les Bleus
PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2012 1:48 pm 
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Manchester United coach Sir Alex Ferguson is of the opinion that Patrice Evra was treated unfairly in the wake of the events at the 2010 World Cup.

Evra received a five-game suspension for his part in the strike, and his club coach is of the opinion that such punishment was unjust.

"I spoke with Patrice at the time of the World Cup in South Africa. He suffered a lot. Unfairly in my opinion," Ferguson stated in an interview with RMC Sport.

"He was the spokesman for the entire group. He only expressed his personal view. But he was punished."

The Red Devils left-back was eventually recalled to the France squad by current coach Laurent Blanc, and Ferguson revealed that the defender is more than happy with the appointment of the former Bordeaux trainer.

"He is very happy since Laurent Blanc took the reigns, and is satisfied with the results of the France has achieved.

"The France national team are more balanced and have again become a winning side. But the two favourites for Euro 2012 are Spain and Germany."

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 Post subject: Re: Les Bleus
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They are my outside tip for the title it's a short tournament and they have players in form a lot of those players are also well rested.

I expect Spain & Holland to be carrying a lot of burnt out players which is why I make Germany slight favourites for this one but France are still a bit of an unknown threat but I can see them upsetting a few teams.

That is of course if they manage to all get along


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Newcastle playmaker Hatem Ben Arfa is the eye-catching name among the initial list of 12 overseas-based players selected for France's Euro 2012 training squad.

The ex-Marseille man has not featured at all in qualification for this summer's tournament with his last international appearance coming in August 2010 - shortly before he broke his leg playing for the Magpies against Manchester City.

Blanc told Eurosport: "We have monitored him and can count on him for the knockout stages of the Euro.

"Sadly after a dispute with Marseille, when I told him to be calm, he left for Newcastle where he suffered a terrible injury.

"I have watched him play again and watched him recuperating at Clairefontaine (national academy); he took some time to come back but his talent was always there and always will be, and he has shown more maturity this season."

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Ben Arfa is joined on the list by seven other English-based players, including club-mate Yohan Cabaye and Manchester City pair Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy.

Centre-halves Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) and Younes Kaboul (Tottenham), Manchester United full-back Patrice Evra and Chelsea winger Florent Malouda are also among those called up.

Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery and Real Madrid's Karim Benzema provide exciting attacking options while Adil Rami of Valencia and AC Milan's Philippe Mexes join Koscielny and Kaboul among the central defensive options.

But there is no place for Rami's Mestalla colleague Jeremy Mathieu despite the adventurous full-back's impressive displays in the Primera Division this season.

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Final France squad for Euro 2012:

Goalkeepers: Cedric Carrasso (Bordeaux), Hugo Lloris (Lyon), Steve Mandanda (Marseille).

Defenders: Gael Clichy (Man City), Mathieu Debuchy (Lille), Patrice Evra (Man Utd), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), Philippe Mexes (AC Milan), Adil Rami (Valencia), Anthony Reveillere (Lyon).

Midfielders: Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle), Alou Diarra (Marseille), Florent Malouda (Chelsea), Marvin Martin (Sochaux), Blaise Matuidi (Paris St Germain), Yann M'vila (Rennes), Samir Nasri (Man City).

Forwards: Hatem Ben Arfa (Newcastle), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Olivier Giroud (Montpellier), Jeremy Menez (Paris Saint-Germain), Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich), Mathieu Valbuena (Marseille).

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Coach Laurent Blanc made his final cut, ahead of his first major tournament in charge, with Gourcuff omitted just days after he played 75 minutes in the 3-2 friendly win over Iceland.

The Lyon midfielder, who has endured a season undermined by injury, left the pitch with France 2-1 behind before his replacement, Franck Ribery, levelled.

Defender Yanga-Mbiwa, who helped Montpellier to their first Ligue 1 title, also made way while striker Loic Remy had already been ruled out from the initial 26-man list due to injury.

Blanc included 12 France-based players in his squad, headed by skipper Hugo Lloris, while there are seven players from the Premier League including Manchester City's title winners Gael Clichy and Samir Nasri.

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This is horrible to watch (almost as horrible as Grant Holt’s grammar). France midfielder Yann M’Vila pulled up injured after spraining his ankle just four minutes into a friendly against Serbia  - the game that played host a 98kph Florent Malouda screamer – last night and hobbled off in floods of tears and sat weeping on the bench knowing that his Euro 2012 may have just gone down the toilet…


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 Post subject: Re: Les Bleus
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Might be on to Spurs?

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France coach Laurent Blanc refused to answer questions on his future after Les Bleus were eliminated from Euro 2012 at the quarter-final stage by Spain on Saturday night.

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Blanc, 46, is coming to the end of his current contract with the national team and has been heavily tipped to return to club management having been unable to thrash out a new deal with the French Football Federation.

Tottenham Hotspur and Inter Milan have been linked with a swoop for the former Bordeaux boss, but Blanc was tight-lipped on his future in the wake of France's European Championship exit.

"We have just been kicked out of the tournament, the disappointment is there for all to see among coaching staff and players alike," Blanc said.

"We will have to draw up an assessment of this Euro [Championship], an analysis in the next few days. There shall be positives and negatives, and we will see what happens afterwards."

Despite suffering defeat in the last eight, Blanc has earned widespread acclaim for transforming a France side in disarray after the 2010 World Cup into a competitive international outfit again.

However, speculation about dressing-room in-fighting has resurfaced during the tournament, notably in the aftermath of the group stage defeat to Sweden.

Blanc enjoyed a distinguished playing career, winning the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 with Les Bleus before going on to lead Bordeaux to the 2008-09 Ligue 1 title in his first managerial position.

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"@OptaJoe: 44 - Franck Ribéry has been tackled in possession at least 19 times more than any other player at Euro 2012. Hogging."

Whenever I see Ribery, he always strikes me as incredibly overrated

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France internationals Samir Nasri, Hatem ben Arfa, Yann M'Vila and Jeremy Menez will face a disciplinary commission over their actions at the European Championship.

French football federation president Noel Le Graet announced on Tuesday that the quartet would be questioned ''as soon as possible.''

Nasri issued an expletive-laced rant at a journalist following France's 2-0 defeat to Spain in the quarterfinals, while all four were involved in a heated changing-room bust-up following the 2-0 defeat to Sweden in the final group game.

Le Graet added that the federation needed ''a few days'' to decide who it wants to succeed Laurent Blanc as France coach.

He denied that Didier Deschamps - who quit as Marseille coach on Monday - had turned down the job and says he remains on the shortlist.

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