Football has always been one of the most popular sports in France. Its domestic leagues contain some of the best teams in Europe, with the French National Team also being a massive source of success over the years.
The French National Team is under the direction of the French Football Federation. Its traditional home colours are the same as the national flag – red, white and blue. The nickname of the French National Team is Les Bleus and they play most of their home games at Stade de France.
It has won a number of major international competitions, making it one of the most successful national teams on a global stage.
The history of the French National Team
The initial formation came in 1904, with FIFA also being formed in and around a similar time period. The first international game that French National Team took part in was on May 1, 1904, against Belgium, a game which resulted in a 3-3 draw.
In 1930, the team took part in the first-ever World Cup, which took place in Uruguay. France scored the first-ever goal in World Cup history in its fixture against Mexico. However, the French team still bowed out at the group stage.
In the subsequent decades, the team had its struggles and some successes. It got to the semi-final stage of the FIFA World Cup in 1958, 1982 and 1986, losing each of these times. It was not until 1998 that France was first crowned champion of the world.
The 1998 FIFA World Cup was held in France and the French National Team were victors on home soil. They beat Brazil in the final, winning 3-0 with Zinedine Zidane scoring two goals.
After getting knocked out as defending champions in the group stages of the 2002 World Cup, they bounced back in 2006. The team lost out on penalties to Italy in the final.
The French National Team won its second FIFA World Cup in 2019 in Russia, defeating Croatia in the final on a 4-2 scoreline.
In the European Championships, the French team has been victorious on two different occasions. The first of these victories came in 1984 on home soil. After winning the World Cup in 1998, France went on to win the European Championship in 2000. They also got to the final of the European Championships on home soil in 2016 but fell up short on this occasion.
The home stadium
When the National Team first started out, most of the home games took place either in the Parc des Princes in Paris or at the Stade Olympique in Colombes. A number of stadiums outside of the capital over the year have hosted home games also.
It was in 1972 that the renovations on the Parc des Princes were completed, making it the highest capacity stadium in the country. This effectively saw the stadium become the de-facto option for the French National Team.
Before the 1998 FIFA World Cup that was being held in France, the Stade de France became the new official home venue for the French National Team. This is located in a suburb of Paris and has a capacity of over 81,000.
The first game at this venue was in January 1998 went the French National Team beat Spain 1-0, with Zidane scoring the only goal. Ever since, this stadium has been the main venue for the French National Team games, including the 1998 World Cup final.
Betting on the French National Team
As international football is not as frequent as domestic games, it is always an exciting time when the international qualification games and tournaments take place. It sees the best of the best come together to represent their country. You can follow your own national team with great interest while also keeping an eye on the likes of the French National Team.
There is always a lot of flair in the French team, meaning that you will often be treated to a lot of goals. This can often provide a lot of potential in the likes of the goalscorer and correct score markets. You will have countless markets to bet on when the team is involved in a game, as this is one of the powerhouses of international football these days.