March 3, 2014

2014 FIFA World Cup teams: France (UEFA), prominent players in 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying (theoretical best XI for France, with 4 other player-options listed).

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France national team. UEFA (Europe). Les Bleus (the Blues). Home jersey: blue (currently [2014], navy-blue); with white pants and red socks.
-France is in Group E (with Ecuador, Honduras, and Switzerland), ‘2014 FIFA World Cup Group E‘ (
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification: 2014 is France’s 15th qualification out of 20 tries {2014 is the 20th FIFA World Cup].
France has qualified for the World Cup in 1930, 1934, 1938, 1950 (but withdrew after qualifying), 1954, 1958, 1966, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014.
Previous WC finish: 2010, Group Stage (0-1-2).
Highest WC finish:
1998, Champions (6-1-0).

France coach, Didier Deschamps. Didier Deschamps.
France squad captain, Tottenham GK Hugo Lloris. Hugo Lloris.

The map on the chart below shows the 7 largest urban areas in France (in order of population size: Paris, Lyon, Marseille, Lille, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Nice).
List of largest cities in France, ‘Metropolitan Area (France) [list of 15 largest metro areas in France]/France’s aires urbaines [urban areas]‘ (

Below: Theoretical Best XI for France (with 4 other player-options further below) -
[Note: players shown below reflect 2014 WC final roster selection, 'France national football team/current squad' (]
Photo and Image credits above -
France 2014-15 home jersey badge, photo from
France 2014-15 home jersey, photo from
France/EU map, by NuclearVacuum at ‘File:EU-France.svg‘ (
France map by at ‘File:France with Corsica2 (demis).png‘ (
Didier Deschamps, photo by AP via
Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), photo unattributed at
Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle), photo unattributed at
Raphaël Varane (Real Madrid), photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images Europe via
Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool), photo from
Patrice Evra (Manchester Utd), photo unattributed at
Paul Pogba (Juventus), photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images Europe via
Yohan Cabaye (PSG), photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images Europe via
Blaise Matuidi (PSG), photo from
Mathieu Valbuena (Marseille), photo by Claude Paris/AP via
Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images Europe via
Franck Ribéry (Bayern Munich), photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images Europe via
Other player-options,
Laurent Koscielny DF/CB (Arsenal), photo by Andrew Matthews/EMPICS Sport via
Olivier Giroud FW (Arsenal), photo by Getty Images via
Antoine Griezmann (Real Sociedad), photo unattributed, uploaded by Andeva at
Loïc Rémy (QPR/Newcastle Utd), photo by Richard Sellers/Getty Images Europe via
Thanks to the contributors at ‘2014 FIFA World Cup qualification‘ (
Thanks to the contributors at ‘France national football team‘ (
Thanks to, for player-position details.
Thanks to, for recent squad line-ups (with positions-on-the-field graphics), at

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