France National Team

The first set of French legends was created lately in the 1950s when Just Fontaine, Raymond Kopa, Roger Piantoni formed the recognizable team to achieve third place in World Cup 1958. In the 1980s, the magic square which consists of Michel Platini, Jean Tigana and Alain Giresse led France to be one of the best teams in Europe in that era. Between the late 1990s and the early 2000s,  France reinforced its defensive quality by group of 4 world-class defenders in which is regarded as the best international country defensive line ever and led by a superstar likes Zinedine Zidane, helping the team to be the strongest team in the World. Within its history, France has also imported many African primitive race to convert the nationality.


France

Location     :  Western Europe
European Championship Participation : 8 Times (1960, 1984, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012)
World Cup Participation :  13 Times (1930, 1934, 1938, 1954, 1958, 1966, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010)
Achievement  :  1998 FIFA World Cup Winner
2006 FIFA World Cup Runner-Up
1958 FIFA World Cup Third Place
1986 FIFA World Cup Third Place
1900 Olympic Game Silver Medal
2 Times European Championship Winner (1984, 2000)
2 Times FIFA Confederation Cup (2001, 2003)
Most Caps  : Lilian Thuram  (142 Games)
Top Scorer : Thierry Henry (51Goals)
The Greatest Player Ever :  Michel Platini
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All-Time French Squad


1. Fabien Barthez

Year Of Birth     :  28 June 1971
Height  :  183 cm, Position : Goalkeeper, Caps : 87 Games
Major Club   :  Olympic Marseille, Monaco, Manchester United
World Cup Participation: 1998, 2002, 2006 (17 Games)
Club Honours  :    2 Times English Premier League
2 Times French League, 1993 European Cup Winner
International Honours : 2000 UEFA Euro Winner
1998 FIFA World Cup Champion, 2006 FIFA Runner-Up
2003 FIFA Confederations Cup
Individual Achievement : 1998 Yashin Awards
1998 French League Goalkeeper of The Year
2000 IFFHS World’s Best Goalkeeper of The Year, 1998 Runner-Up
2 Times European Goalkeeper of The Year (1998, 2000)
                                                      Class  :   Prince Gold

2. Manuel Amoros

Date Of Birth  : 1 February 1962
Height  : 172 cm, Position  :  Left-Wing-Back/ Right-Wing-Back
Major Club  :  Olympique Marseile
Caps  :  82 Games
World Cup Participation  :   1982, 1986 (12 Games)
Club Honours : 3 Times French Champions, 1 Time French Cup
1993 European Cup Winners, 1991 Runner-Up
International Honours  :  1986 FIFA World Cup Third Place
1984 UEFA Euro Winner
Individual Achievement  :   1986 French Player Of The Year
1986 Silver Ball Onze d’Or
1986 FIFA World Cup All-Star Team
Class   :   Queen Bronze

3. Lilian Thuram

Date Of Birth :   1 January 1972
Height  :  185 cm, Position  :  Right-Full-Back/ Center-Back
Major Club   :  Parma, Juventus, Caps  :  142 Games
World Cup Participation  :  1998, 2002, 2006 (16 Games)
Club Honours  :  2 Times Italian Series A, 1 Time Copa Italia
1 Time Copa De France, 1 Time UEFA Cup
International Honours  :  1998 FIFA World Cup Champion
2000 UEFA Euro, 2006 FIFA World Cup Runner-Up
Individual Achievement  : 1997 French Footballer Of The Year
1997 Guerin Italian Series A Footballer Of The Year
1998 FIFA World Cup Bronze Ball, 1998 Legion de Honour
2 Times FIFA World Cup All-Star Team (1998, 2006)
1998 European Defender of The Year2000 UEFA Euro Best XI
                                                      Class   :  Queen Gold

4. Marcel Desailly

Date Of Birth  : 7 September 1968
Position  :   Stopper, Height :  188 cm
Caps    : 116 Games, Major Club    : AC Milan, Chelsea
World Cup Participation  :   1998, 2002 (10 Games)
Club Honours  :   2 Times Italian Series A, 1 Time FA Cup
2 Times European Cup (1993, 1994), 1995 Runner-Up
International Honours  : 1998 FIFA World Cup Champion
2000 UEFA Euro, 2 Times FIFA Confederation Cup (2001, 2003)
Individual Achievement  :   1998 FIFA World Cup All-Star Team
2 times UEFA Euro Team of Tournament (1996, 2000)
Premier League Team of The Decade
Class    :    Queen Silver

5. Laurent Blanc

Date Of Birth  : 7 September 1968
Position  :  Sweeper, Height :  192 cm
Major Club  : Monpellier, Caps  : 97 Games (16 Goals)
World Cup Participation  :   1998 (5 Games)
Club Honours  :   1 Time English Premier League
1 Time French League, 2 Times Coupe De France
International Honours  :  1998 FIFA World Cup Champion
2000 European Championship Winners
Individual Achievement  : 1990 French Footballer Of The Year
2 times UEFA Euro Best XI (1992,1996)
1998 Legion De Honour
Class   :    Queen Silver

6. Jean Tigana

Date Of Birth  :  23 June 1955
Height : 166 cm, Position  :  Defensive Holding Midfielder
Major Club   :  Bordeux, Caps  :  52 Games
World Cup Participation  :   1982, 1986 (12 Games)
Club Honours  : 3 Times French League, 3 Times French Cup
International Honours :  1986 FIFA World Cup Third Place
1984 European Championship Winners
Individual Achievement  : 1984 French Player Of The Year
1984 European Championship Team Of Tournament
1986 Silver Ball European Footballer Of The Year
1986 FIFA World Cup All-Star Team
Bordeux Greatest Player Ever
Class    :   Queen Gold

7. Raymond Kopa 

Date Of Birth  :   13 October 1931
Height  :  169 cm, Position   :   Free-Role Midfielder          
Major Club : Stade Reims, Real Madrid, Caps : 45 Games (18 Goals)
World Cup Participation  :    1954, 1958 (8 Games)
Club Honours :  4 Times French League, 2 Times Spanish La Liga
3 Times European Cup Winners (1957,1958,1959), 1956 Runner-Up
International Honours : 1958 FIFA World Cup Third Place
Individual Achievement : 1954 FIFA World Cup Best Young Player
1958 Ballon'Dor, 1959 Silver Ball, 2 Times Bronze Ball (1956, 1957)
1958 FIFA World Cup Bronze Ball - All Star Team
Bronze Ball French Player of The Century, Legion De Honours
FIFA World Cup All-Time Top Assister, Most Assists In a World Cup
Class   :    Queen Gold

8. Zinedine Zidane

Date Of Birth  :   23 June 1972,  Height : 185 cm
Position :  Playmaker, Caps : 108 Games (31 Goals)        
Major Club :  Bordeaux, Juventus, Real Madrid
World Cup Participation  :    1998, 2002, 2006 (12 Games)
Club Honours : 2 Times Italian Series A, 1 Time Spanish La Liga
2002 UEFA Champion League, 2 Times Runner-Up (1997,1998)
2 Times Intercontinental Cup (1996, 2002)
International Honours  :  2000 UEFA Euro Winner
1998 FIFA World Cup Champion, 2006 Runner-Up
Individual Achievement : 1994 French League Best Young Player
1996 French League Player of The Year
2 Times French Player of The Year (1998, 2002)
2 Times Series A Foreign Footballer of The Year (1997, 2001)
                                                 1998 UEFA Champion League Best Midfielder
                               Ballon'Dor : 1998 Golden Ball, 2000 Silver Ball, 1997 Bronze Ball
                  World Soccer Player of The Year : 1998 Golden Ball, 2000 Silver Ball
3 Times FIFA World Player of The Year (1998, 2000, 2003), 2006 Silver Ball, 2 Times Bronze Ball (1997, 2002)
2 Times UEFA Euro Best XI (2000, 2004), 2002 UEFA Champion League Most Valuable Player
2001 Series A Footballer of The Year, 2002 Spanish La Liga Foreign Player of The year
2006 FIFA World Cup Golden Ball, 2 Times FIFA World Cup All-Star Team (1998, 2006)
2004 UEFA Jubilee Poll Winner, Silver Ball French Player Of The Century
Class   :    King Bronze

9. Just Fontaine

Date Of Birth  :  18 August 1933
Height   :   174 cm, Position   : Target Striker
Major Club : Stade De Reims, Caps : 21 Games (30 Goals)
World Cup Participation  :  1958 (6 Games with 13 Goal)
Professional Score Record  :  200 Goals/ 240 Games
Club Honours  :  3 Times French League, 1 Time French Cup
1959 European Cup Runner-Up
International Honours  : 1958 FIFA World Cup Third Place
Individual Achievement  :  2 Times French League Top Scorer
1958 FIFA World Cup Golden Shoe - Best Forward
1958 European League Top Scorer, 1959 European Cup Top Scorer
1958 Bronze Ball European Footballer of The Year
UEFA Jubilee Award (France)    
                                                     Class  :   Queen Gold

10. Michel Platini

Date Of Birth  :   21 June 1955, Height :  178 cm
Position :  Playmaking-Attacking Midfielder
Major Club :  Nancy, Juventus, Caps : 72 Games (41 Goals)
Professional Score Record  : 318 Goals/ 580 Games
World Cup Participation :  1978, 1982, 1986 (14 Games)
Club Honours   :  1 Time French League, 1 Time French Cup
2 Times Italian Series A, 1 Time Copa Italia
1984 European Cup Winners’ Cup, 1985 Intercontinental Cup
1985 European Cup Winner, 1983 Runner-Up
International Honours : 1984 UEFA Euro, 1986 3rd place FIFA World Cup 
Individual Achievement : 2 Times French Player of The Year (1976, 1977)
2 Times FIFA World Cup All Star Team (1982, 1986)
                                                   1984 Guerin Italian Series A Player of The Year
                                                    1984 UEFA Euro Top Scorer - Best Player
                                   Ballon'Dor : 3 Times Golden Ball (1983,1984,1985), 2 Times Bronze Ball  (1977, 1980)
                      2 Times World Soccer Player of The Year (1984, 1985), 1983 Silver Ball
          Juventus' Greatest Player Ever, 1994 FIFA World Cup All-Time Team
1998 FIFA World Team of The Century, 1999 IFFHS France Player of The Century
Golden Ball French Player of The Century, French League Greatest Ever
UEFA Euro All-Time Top Scorer - Greatest Player Ever, Most Consecutive Games Scorer 
Class  :  King Silver

11. Thierry Henry

Date Of Birth : 14 August 1977, Height : 188 cm
Position  :   Forward, Major Club  :  Arsenal
Caps  :  117 Games (51 Goals/ 29 Assists)
Professional Score Record  : 321 Goals/ 691 Games/ 165 Assists
World Cup Participation  :  1998, 2002, 2006 (15 Games/ 6 goals)
Club Honours  :  1 Time French League, 2 Times English Premier League
2 Times Spanish La Liga, 1 Time Copa Del Rey, 3 Times FA Cup
2009 UEFA Champion League, 2006 Runner-Up, 2009 Intercontinental Cup
International Honours : 1998 FIFA World Cup Champion, 2006 Runner-Up
2000 European Championship Winner
Individual Achievement : 5 Times French Player of The Year
                                                    2000 UEFA Euro Team Best XI, 2006 FIFA World Cup All Star Team
                                         2003 FIFA Confederation Cup Top Scorer - Golden Ball
                           4 Times Premier League Top Scorer, Premier League Greatest Player Ever
           World Soccer Player of The Year : 2004 Silver Ball, 2006 Bronze Ball              
Ballon'Dor : 2003 Silver Ball, 2006 Bronze Ball, 2 Times Silver Ball FIFA World Player of The Year (2003, 2004)
3 Times FWA Footballer of The Year (2003, 2004, 2006), 2 Times PFA Player’s Player of The Year (2003, 2004)
2 Times European Golden Boot (2004, 2005), Arsenal All-Time Top Scorer - Greatest Player Ever
Class    :    Queen Gold
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Substitution 

12. Joel Bats 

Date Of Birth  : 4 January 1957
Position  :  Goalkeeper
Height     : 178 cm
Major Club  : Auxerre, Paris-SG
Caps    :  50 Games
World Cup Participation  :   1986 (6 Games)
Club Honours    :   1 Time French League
International Honours    :   1984 European Championship Winner
1986 FIFA World Cup Third Place
Individual Achievement  :   None
Class   :    Prince Gold

13. Bixente Lizarazu 

Date Of Birth  : 9 December 1969
Position  :  Left-Back, Height   :  169 cm
Major Club :  Bayern Munich, Caps  :  97 Games
World Cup Participation  :  1998, 2002 (10 Games)
Club Honours :  6 Times Bundesliga Champions
5 Times German Cup, 4 Times German League Cup
2001 UEFA Champion League, 1999 Runner-Up
International Honours    :   1998 FIFA World Cup Champion
2000 European Championship Winners
2 Times FIFA Confederation Cup (2001, 2003)
Individual Achievement  :   1998 Legion de Honour
2001 European Defender of The Year
Class    :   Queen Bronze

14. Maxime Bossis 

Date Of Birth  : 26 June 1955
Position :  Center-Back/ Left and Right Full-Back
Height : 186 cm, Major Club   : Nantes, Caps    :  76 Games
World Cup Participation  :   1978, 1982, 1986 (15 Games)
Club Honours : 3 Times French League, 1 Time French Cup
International Honours    :   1984 European Championship Winner
1986 FIFA World Cup Third Place
Individual Achievement  : 1984 European Defender of The Year  
2 Times French Player Of The Year (1979, 1981)
1986 FIFA World Cup All-Star Team
FC Nantes Greatest Player Ever
Class   :    Queen Bronze


15. Marius Tresor 

Date Of Birth  : 15 January 1950
Position  : Sweeper
Height    : 182 cm
Major Club :  Olympique Marseile
Caps   :  65 Games
World Cup Participation  :   1978, 1982 (10 Games)
Club Honours : 1 Time French Champion, 1 Time French Cup
International Honours    :    None
Individual Achievement  :   1972 French Footballer Of The Year
Class    :   Queen Bronze



16. Patrice Vieira 

Date Of Birth  :  23 June 1976
Height  :  192 cm, Caps    :  107 Games
Position : Defensive-Holding Midfielder, Major Club : Arsenal
World Cup Participation  :  1998, 2002, 2006 (12 Games)
Club Honours  :   3 Times English Premier League
3 Times Italian Series A,  4 Times FA Cup
International Honours : 2000 UEFA Europ Winner
1998 FIFA World Cup Champion, 2006 Runner-Up
2001 FIFA Confederation Cup
Individual Achievement  : 2001 French Player Of The Year
Premier League Team of The Decade
Class  :   Queen Silver

17. Alain Giresse 

Date Of Birth  :  2 August 1952
Position  :  Playmaker, Height : 163 cm
Major Club    :  Bordeaux, Caps  :   47 Games
World Cup Participation  :   1982, 1986 (12 Games)
Club Honours :   2 Times French League, 1 Time French Cup
International Honours  :  1984 UEFA Euro Winners
1986 FIFA World Cup Third Place
Individual Achievement : 1984 UEFA Euro Best XI
3 Times French Player of The Year (1982,1983,1987)
1982 Silver Ball European Footballer of The Year
Class    :    Queen Bronze


18. Larbi Benbarek 

Date Of Birth  :  16 June 1914
Position :  Attacking Midfielder, Height   :  178 cm
Major Club  :  Atletico Madrid, Olympique Marseille
Caps   :   17 Games for France
World Cup Participation  :    None
Club Honours  :   2 Times Spanish La Liga
International Honours   :   None
Individual Achievement  :    FIFA Order of Merit
Atletico Madrid Greatest Player Ever
Class   : Queen Bronze


19. Franck Ribery 

Date Of Birth  :  7 April 1983
Position :  Left and Right-Winger, Height :  170 cm
Major Club  :  Bayern Munich, Caps  :  80 Games
World Cup Participation  :  2006, 2010 (10 Games)
Club Honours  :   3 Times Bundesliga, 3 Timed DFB-Pokal
1 Time French Cup, 1 Time Turkish Cup
2013 UEFA Champion League, 2 Times Runner-Up (2020, 2012)
International Honours  :  2006 FIFA World Cup Runner-Up
Individual Achievement : 2008 German Footballer of The Year
3 Times French Player of The Year (2007, 2008, 2013)
2012 - 2013 UEFA Best Player In Europe
2013 Bronze FIFA Ballon'Dor, World Soccer Player of The Year
Class   :   Queen Silver 

20. Roger Piantoni 

Date Of Birth  :  26 December 1931
Position  :  Second Striker, Height  :   168 cm
Major Club  :  Stade De Reims
Caps   :  37 Games (18 Goals)
World Cup Participation  :   1958 (5 Games with 4 Goals)
Professional Score Record  :  213 Goals/ 420 Games
Club Honours  : 3 Times French League, 1 Time French Cup
1959 European Cup Runner-Up
International Honours  : 1958 FIFA World Cup Third Place
Individual Achievement  :   2 Times French League Top Scorer
Class     : Prince Gold

21. Eric Cantona 

Date Of Birth  :  24 May 1966
Position  :   Second Striker, Height : 188 cm
Major Club : Manchester United, Caps :  45 Games (20 Goals)
World Cup Participation  :   None
Professional Score Record  :  161 Goals/ 432 Games
Club Honours :  2 Times French League, 2 Times French Cup, 
5 Times English Premier League, 2 Times FA Cup
International Honours    :   None
Individual Achievement  :  1994 PFA Player’s Player of The Year
1996 FWA Footballer of The Year
1993 Bronze Ball European Footballer of The Year
Premier League Team of The Decade
Class   :   Queen Bronze


22. Jean Pierre-Papin  

Date Of Birth  :  5 November 1963
Height  :   177 cm, Position :  Fast Striker
Major Club :  Marseille, Caps : 54 Games (30 Goals)
World Cup Participation  :  1986 (4 Games / 2 goals)
Professional Score Record  :  296 Goals/ 554 Games
Club Honours :  4 Times French League, 1 Time French Cup
2 Times Italian Series A, 1 Time Belgian Cup, 1996 UEFA Cup
1994 European Cup Winner, 2 Times Runner-Up (1991, 1993)
International Honours  :  1986 FIFA World Cup Third Place
Individual Achievement : 2 Times French Player of The Year (1989,1990)
French League All-Time Most Top Scorers (5 Times)
3 Times European Cup Top Scorer (1990, 1991, 1992)
1991 Ballon'Dor, World Soccer Player of The Year
                                                    Olympique Marseille All-Time Top Scorer - Greatest Player Ever
                                                    Class  :    Queen Silver


Manager

Arsene Wenger 

Date Of Birth : 22 October 1949
Major Team :  Monaco (7 Seasons), Arsenal (14 Seasons)
Major Achievement : 2 Times French League, 3 Times Premier League
1 Time French Cup, 3 Times Dutch Cup, 4 Times FA Cup
1992 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup Runner-Up, 2000 UEFA Cup Runner-Up
2006 UEFA Champion League Runner-Up, 2 Times Semi-Finalist
Individual Achievement : 2 Times French Manager of the Year (1988, 2008 )
1995 J. League Manager of the Year,1998 World Soccer Manager of The Year
4 Times Onze d'Or Coach of The Year (2000, 2002, 2003, 2004)
4 Times FA Premier League Manager of the Year (1998, 2002, 2004)
2 Times BBC Sports Personality of the Year Coach Award (2002, 2004)
2006 English Football Hall of Fame
Style : Attacking
Class : Queen Gold


Conclusion of Squad

GK : Fabien Barthez, Joel Bats
DF : Manuel Amoros, Bixente Lizarazu, Lilian Thuram, Maxime Bossis, Laurent Blanc, Marius Tresor, Marcel Desailly
MF : Patrice Vieira, Jean Tigana, Alain Giresse, Larbi Benbarek, Franck Ribery, Zinedine Zidane, Raymond Kopa, Michel Platini (Captain)
FW : Roger Piantoni, Eric Cantona, Thierry Henry, Jean Pierre Papin, Just Fontaine
Manager : Arsene Wenger


Formation XI (4-1-3-2)





Explanation of Formation

Barthez is chosen as a first choice keeper as he is always great in the final international tournament. Three defenders from the glory 1998 - 2000 squad are a main part of the back-line. Amoros on the left-side is assigned to go forward more often than Thuram. As Blanc would perform his role as an offensive sweeper, Thuram need to move inside to represent as the central defender when Blanc could not go down in time. The applied magic square strategy is applied to the midfield line. However, Zidane and Kopa act as a semi-winger and move to the side area occasionally. Platini would go advance to support the front-line. Henry also sometimes move to the left-wing in the time of counter-attack and would support Just Fontaine who is an important opportunistic finisher of the team.


Stadium

Stade De France









Start Year : 
1998
City   : Paris
Capacity :  81,338 Seats
Field Dimension :  105x70 m






Statistics

     By Decade
      By Class
         By Club
1940s : 1
1950s : 3
1960s : -
1970s : 2
1980s : 6
1990s : 7
2000s : 3

King : 2
Queen : 16
Prince : 4

Olympique Marseille : 6
Bordeux  : 4
Stade De Reim : 3
Monaco : 3
Nantes : 1
Paris-SG : 1
Auxurre : 1
Nancy : 1
Cannes : 1




Group of Reserved Players

Goalkeeper

Julien Darui

Date Of Birth  :  16 February 1916
Height     :  168 cm
Major Club :   Roubaix
Caps     :  25 Games
World Cup Participation  :   1938
Club Honours   :  1 Time French League, 1 Time French Cup
International Honours    :   None
Individual Achievement  :  
L’Equipe France Greatest Goalkeeper of The Century
Class    :   Prince Gold

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Defensive Lateral

1. Roger Marche

Date Of Birth  :  5 March 1924
Position  :  Left-Back
Height   :  172 cm
Major Club :   Stade De Reims
Caps    :  63 Games
World Cup Participation  :   1954, 1958  (3 Games)
Club Honours : 2 Times French League, 1 Time French Cup
2 Times European Cup Runner-Up
International Honours    :   1958 FIFA World Cup Third PLace
Individual Achievement  :   None
Class : Prince Gold


2. Joclyn Angloma

Date Of Birth  :   7 August 1965
Position  : Right-Back, Height  :  180 cm
Major Club  :  Lille, Marseille, Caps  :  37 Games
World Cup Participation  :   None
Club Honours   :  1 Time French League
1 Time Spanish La Liga, 1 Time Copa Del Rey
1993 European Cup
International Honours    :   None
Individual Achievement  :  1992 UEFA Euro Best XI
Class :   Prince Silver



3. Patrice Evra

Date Of Birth  :  15 May 1981
Position   :  Left-Back, Height :  173 cm
Major Club     : Manchester United, Caps  :  40 Games
World Cup Participation  :   2010 (2 Games)
Club Honours  : 4 Times Premier League
3 Times League Cup
2008 UEFA Champion League Winner
2 Times UEFA Champion League Runner-Up  (2009, 2011)
2008 FIFA Club World Cup
International Honours    :   None
Individual Achievement  :   None
Class :   Prince Silver


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Central Defender

1. Robert Jonquet

Date Of Birth  :  3 May 1925
Position  : Libero, Height :  176 cm
Major Club:  Stade De Reims, Caps :  58 Games
World Cup Participation  :   1958 (6 Games)
Club Honours  :  5 Times French League
2 Times French Cup
2 Times European Cup Runner-Up (1956, 1959)
International Honours    :   1958 FIFA World Cup Third Place
Individual Achievement  :   None
Class  : Prince Gold



2. Bernard Bosquier

Date Of Birth  :  19 June 1942
Position  :  Center-Back, Right-Back
Height  :  180 cm
Major Club   : Saint Etienne, Olympic Marseille
Caps  :  42 Games
World Cup Participation  :   1966 (3 Times)
Club Honours  :  5 Times French League, 3 Times French Cup
International Honours    :   None
Individual Achievement  : 
2 Times French Footballer of The Year (1967, 1968)
Class   :   Prince Gold


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Defensive Midfielder

1. Claude Makelele

Date Of Birth  :  18 February 1973
Position  :  Destroyer, Height   :  173 cm
Major Club  :  Real Madrid, Chelsea, Caps :  71 Games
World Cup Participation  :   2002, 2006 (8 Games)
Club Honours                :   1 Time French Champons
2 Times Spanish La Liga, 2 Time Premier League
1 Time FA Cup, 2 Times English League Cup
2002 UEFA Champion League
Intercontinental Cup
International Honours    :   2006 FIFA World Cup Runner-Up
Individual Achievement  :   None
Class    :    Prince Gold

2. Luis Fernandez

Date Of Birth  :  3 October 1959
Position  :  Destroyer, Height   :  176 cm
Major Club  :  Paris-SG, Caps  :  60 Games
World Cup Participation  :   1986 (7 Games)
Club Honours    : 2 Times French Cup
International Honours : 1984 UEFA Euro Winner
1986 FIFA World Cup Third Place
Individual Achievement  :   None
Class  : Prince Gold



3. Didier Deschamps

Date Of Birth  :  15 October 1968
Position :  Defensive Holding Midfielder, Caps  :  103 Games
Height : 174 cm, Major Club :  Olympic Marseile, Juventus
World Cup Participation  :  1998  (6 Games)
Club Honours :  2 Times French League,3 Times Italian Series A
1 Time Copa Italia, 1 Time FA Cup
2 Times UEFA Champion League Winners (1993,1996)
2 Times Runner-Up (1997,1998), 1996 Intercontinental Cup
International Honours     :  1998 FIFA World Cup Champion
2000 European Championship Winners
Individual Achievement  : 1996 UEFA Euro Best XI
1996 French Player Of The Year
Class : Prince Silver

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Offensive Lateral

1. Robert Pires 

Date Of Birth  :  29 October 1973
Position : Left and Right-Winger, Height :  187 cm
Major Club :  FC Metz, Arsenal
Caps :  79 Games (14 Goals)
World Cup Participation  :   1998 (3 Games)
Club Honours :   2 Times Premier League
3 Times FA Cup, 1 Time French League Cup
International Honours  : 1998 FIFA World Cup Champion
2000 European Championship Winners
2 Times FIFA Confederation Cup (2001, 2003)
Individual Achievement : 2002 FWA Footballer of The Year
2001 Golden Ball FIFA Confederation Cup
3 Times PFA Team of The Year (2002, 2003, 2004)
                                                   Class  :  Prince Gold

2. David Ginola

Date Of Birth  : 25 January 1967
Position  : Left-Winger, Height  :  186 cm
Major Club  :  Paris-SG, Tottenham Hot Spurs
Caps  :  17 Games
World Cup Participation  :   None
Club Honours :   1 Time French League, 2 Times French Cup
1 Times English league Cup
International Honours    :   None
Individual Achievement : 
1994 French League Player of The Year
1999 FWA Footballer of The Year
1999 PFA Players’ Player of The Year
Class  :  Prince Gold

3. Dominique Rocheteau

Date Of Birth  :  14 January 1955
Position :  Left and Right-Winger, Height  :  177 cm
Major Club :   Saint-Etienne, Paris Saint Germain
Caps  :  49 Games (15 Goals)
World Cup Participation  :   1978, 1982, 1986 (10 Games)
Club Honours :  4 Times French League, 3 Times French Cup
1 Time European Cup Runner-Up
International Honours  : 1984 UEFA Euro Winner
1986 FIFA World Cup Third Place
Individual Achievement  :   None
Class : Prince Silver

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Offensive Midfielder

1. Youri Djorkaeff


Date Of Birth  : 9 March 1968
Position :  Second Striker, Height :  179 cm
Major Club  :  Monaco, Inter Milan
Caps :  82 Games (28 Goals)
World Cup Participation  :   1998, 2002 (9 Games)
Club Honours  :  1 Time French Cup
1996 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, 1998 UEFA Cup
International Honours  :  1998 FIFA World Cup Champion
2000 European Championship Winnner
Individual Achievement  :   1 Time French League Top Scorer
1997 Inter Milan Player of The Year
Class  : Prince Gold

2. Rene Petit

Date Of Birth  :  8 October 1899
Position :  Central Holding Midfielder
Height :  Unknown
Major Club :  Real Madrid, Real Union
Caps   :  2 Games
Olympic Games Participation  :  1920 (2 Games)
Club Honours   :  4 Times Copa Del Rey
International Honours    :   None
Individual Achievement  :   None
Class  : Prince Silver



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Striker


1. David Trezeguet

Date Of Birth  : 15 October 1977
Position  :  Target Striker, Height  :  190 cm
Major Club :   Juventus, Caps  :  71 Games (34 Goals)
World Cup Participation: 1998, 2002, 2006 (12 Games/ 1 Goal)
Professional Scores Record : 228 Goals/ 424 Games
Club Honours :   2 Times French League
2 Time Italian Series A
2004 UEFA Champion League Runner-Up
International Honours  :  2000 UEFA Euro Winner
Individual Achievement  :   2002 Italian Series A Top Scorer
2002 Italian Series A Footballer of The Year
1998 Knight of Legion De Honour
Class  : Prince Gold

2. Thadee Cisowski

Date Of Birth  :  16 February 1927
Position : Target Striker, Height :  175 cm
Major Club  :  RC Paris
Caps  :  13 Games for France (11 Goals)
World Cup Participation  :  None
Professional Scores Record :  272 Goals/ 369 Games
Club Honours  :  None
International Honours    :  None
Individual Achievement  :  3 Times French League Top Scorer
Class : Prince Silver
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Positional Ranking of French Footballers


Goalkeeper
Full-Back
Center-Back
1. Fabien Barthez
2. Joel Bats
3. Georges Carnus
4. Julien Darui
5. Pierre Chayriguès
6. Alexis Thepot
7. Bruno Martini
8. Bernard Lama
9. Gregory Coupet


1. Lilian Thuram
2. Manuel Amoros
3. Bixente Lizarazu
4. Joclyn Angloma
5. Roger Marche
6. Patrice Evra
7. Vincent Candela
8. Jean Djorkaeff
9. Gerard Janvion
10. Eric Abidal
11. Willy Sagnol


1. Laurent Blanc
2. Marcel Desailly
3. Marius Tresor
4. Robert Jonquet
5. Maxime Bossis
6. Bernard Bosquier
7. Patrick Battiston
8. William Gallas
9. Basile Boli
10. Frank Leboef
11. Etienne Mattler
12. Phillip Mexes
13. Andre Relond

Central Midfielder
Attacking Midfielder
Winger
1. Jean Tigana
2. Patrice Vieira
3. Claude Makelele
4. Luis Fernandez
5. Didier Deschamp8
6. Henri Michel
7. Emmanouel Petit
8. Armand Penverne
9. Cristian Karembeu
10. Franck Sauzee
11. Jean-Jacques Marcel 
12. Jean Michel Larqué

13. Lansana Diarra

1. Michel Platini
2. Zinedine Zidane
3. Raymond Kopa
4. Alain Giresse
5. Larbi Benbarek
6. Rene Petit
7. Bernard Genghini
8. Jean Marc Guillou
9. Johan Micoud
10. Lucien Muller
11. Jean Marc Ferrerri
12. Samir Nasri

1. Franck Ribery
2. Robert Pires
3. David Ginola
4. Dominique Rocheteau
5. Jean Vincent
6. Georges Bareta
7. Jules Dewaquez
8. Sylvain Wiltord
9. Ludovic Giuly
10. Florian Maluda

11. Didier Six

Forward
Striker
Manager
1. Theirry Henry
2. Eric Cantona
3. Roger Piantoni
4. Youri Djorkaeff
5. Christophe Dugarry

1. Just Fontaine
2. Jean Pierre Papin
3. David Trezeguet
4. Thadee Cisowski
5. Jean Nicolas
6. Nicolas Anelka
7. Karim Benzema
8. Herve Revelli

9. Joseph Ujlaki
1. Arsene Wenger
2. Albert Batteux
3. Michel Hidalgo
4. Emme Jacguet
5. Robert Herbin


Eras Greatest French Footballers

20s : Rene Petit
30s : Jean Nicolas
40s : Robert Jonquet (2nd Half)
50s : Raymond Kopa
60s : Yvon Douis (1st Half), Bernard Bosquier (2nd Half)
70s : Marius Tresor (1st Half), Michel Platini (2nd Half)
80s : Michel Patini (1st Half), Jean Pierre Papin (2nd Half)
90s : Eric Cantona (1st Half), Zinedine Zidane (2nd Half)
2000s : Zinedine Zidane (1st Half), Frank Ribery (2nd Half)
2010s : Franck Ribery (1st Half)
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The Greatest French Players of All-Time

1. Michel Platini
2. Zinedine Zidane
3. Raymond Kopa
4. Thierry Henry
5. Lilian Thuram
6.  Jean Tigana
7. Alain Giresse
8. Franck Ribery
9. Jean Pierre Papin
10. Patrice Vieira
11. Just Fontaine
12. Laurent Blanc
13. Marcel Desailly
14. Larbi Benbarek
15. Manuel Amoros
16. Eric Cantona
17. Roger Piantoni
18. Robert Pires
19. Marius Tresor

20. Maxime Bossis

36 comments:

  1. Anonymous23/6/14

    Patrice Evra was born in 1981, May 15.
    Bernard Bosquier plaid also as right back & Alain Giresse plaid sometimes as attacking midfielder.

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    1. Thanks for helping to find the mistake point. The Revision is needed.

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    1. I have replaced Flamini by Sauzee.

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  3. You have mentioned Yyon Doius has the best french player in first half of 60's but i havent found anything about him in internet.who is he? Is the name correct?

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    1. Sorry I spell his name incorrectly. Yvon Douis is a correct name.
      http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yvon_Douis

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  4. Anonymous20/5/15

    The formation should be changed to 4-2-3-1 with Ribery replaces Fontaine

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    1. I know Ribery is a better performer in overall career and NT career although Fontaine acheived the higher peak in major tournament. To apply 4-2-3-1, Platini would be second striker and Ribery is on the left, Kopa is on the right and Zidane would be taken in deeper area. It is generally very OK. But still, the formation's equivalence would be lowered. There is no natural semi-forward within five midfielders and the potential productivity would become much less.

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  5. Hello,
    You forgot the 3rd place at World Cup 86 in the achievements (and maybe 4th place at World Cup 82).

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    1. OK, Thanks. I've updated. Good to see you in blogger as well.

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  6. Anonymous26/9/15

    Eric Cantona 188 CM

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  7. Anonymous25/12/15

    gregory coupet in positional ranking please. he was great in club level. although his international careers are bad.

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    1. That is fine. He won 4 times French ligue keeper of the year and won French league 7 times could be good enough to name.

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  8. Anonymous25/12/15

    What? Ribery best player/career than Tigana, Papin, Giresse, Desailly, Fontaine or Cantona???
    My god! Ribery has the same level than Pires, impossible to rank him higher top 15

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    1. Ribery was one of the best players in Europe in 2008 and 2013. He has a very strong profile of domestic and international club career. Fontaine and Cantona's prime performance is very short. Papin was injury too early and his longevity is a problem. This ranking is applied from the scorecard in positional hall of fame http://xtraimmortal.blogspot.com/2015/04/the-evaluated-scorecards.html

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    2. Anonymous26/12/15

      Your work is awesome, i have a big respect for you, and i'm agree with 95% of this page.

      But i'm french and i assure you, nobody serious french specialist would put Ribery in top 10 french history.

      Ok he did some good things with Bayern since 2008, but in a great collective with lot of major players (Lahm, Robben, Muller, Schweinsteiger...)

      When he tooks the succession of Zidane in national team, he was supposed to be the leader and it was clearly a failure. 2008-2012 was an horrible period for France NT.

      The best result of France NT since Zidane's retirement is 2014 world cup... without Ribery.

      Cantona is a legend in Manchester (much more than Ribery in Munich), Papin a "Ballon d'or", Fontaine is the record holder for most goals scored in a single World cup and a great striker of Reims (one of best european team in 50'), Giresse and Tigana were artist and member of great "carré magique", Desailly is double C1 winner and world champion...

      It's clearly impossible to put Ribery in top 10 France history.

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    3. If rate player just based on NT performance, Ribery is clearly not top 10 and that's why his legend status as a french is way lower rated. I have never been impressed his playing for France but his club career is largely outstanding by his individual contribution although he was surrounded by high level of teammates, is not deduction of his points as there are many players in history could not adjust themselves in the rich-stars team and he was even best player of Bayern in the related two seasons.

      Also, The fact that Ribery born to play for France in it failure era, is influenced by the bad condition of the team, is extremely a impeded factor to him.

      All in all, I rate them based on all competitions combined. Cantona's reputable legend status is bigger than Ribery because he was a key player to turn history of Man Utd not means he performed better in related season. In some way, it can be called as an accidental greatness when he moved to Man Utd in a suitable time.

      Papin's peak could be better than Ribery but as mentioned, the main obstacle of him is injury and lead to disadvantage of longevity.

      Giresse and Tigana, both are one of the best players in Europe in onkly one year according to Ballon'Dor ranking. Particularly, Tigana won French player of the year only once time.

      Desially's style of play is too limited on offensive function and difficult to take advantage to top-class attackers.

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    4. Anonymous26/12/15

      My english is not very good so i can't explain to you but believe me, nobody put Ribery in top 10 France history.

      Your arguments are not good.

      For Tigana and Giresse, you talked to me about Ballon d'or, but Ribery appeared only one time on top 12 of ballon d'or in all career (Giresse 3 times)

      Then you talked about injuries for Papin, but Papin played 6 full season in a row in Marseille (46 games average per year). He started to got injuries after left Marseille, he was already 30 years...
      Like Ribery got injuries since 2014. Ribery has not a better longevity than Papin (first season at good level at 23 and injuries and decline at 30 for these two players).

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    5. Don't get me wrong. I refer to Ballon'Dor ranking for Giresse and Tigana because I'm not lived to watch them in the 1980s. For Ribery, I think Ballon'Dor too underrated him in 2008. Only domestic performance, I saw him as one of the best players in Europe in that season. He was fantastic, highly technical show and also productive.
      Anyway, I have reviewed his rating in my system again. I found I’m slightly overrate him and have reduced his point. However, he still stay the same place. Why ? His international club is much better than the other French legends. He was a key player of the 3 times UFEA Champion League finalist.
      Now look into Papin’s NT performance. It is undeniable that he was better than Ribery if only based on the opportunity of play but Papin participated too few in major international tournaments which is a main part of NT point. That’s why he is very disadvantageous. Tigana and Giresse are rated higher than RIbery in NT but int.club is much inferior to Ribery.
      Now I rated Ribery down to 8th and I really cannot down him more at this current status of evidence.

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  9. Anonymous27/12/15

    Don't change anything at your work, i've already told you that it was amazing.
    I brought you just a french point of view, where nobody serious would put Ribery in top 10, despite his good things with Bayern.
    (But i'm ok with you about his ranking at 2008 ballon d'or, he deserved a better ranking, but i think he paid his bad UEFA Euro)

    A thing i don't understand, you put Ribery behind Pires in "winger ranking", so i don't understand why you put Ribery so high in "all positional French ranking" (and much ahead of Pires)
    Also when i see your winger ranking (all nationality), it's unbelievable for me to see Ribery ahead big player like Giggs, Johnstone, Rahn or Conti. For me, he can't claim a top 30.

    Don't get me wrong. I find your rankings so relevant, that's why your opinion about Ribery surprised me so much.
    I hope you understood my english.


    And for the French positional ranking, he is really good. I think Georges Bereta, left winger of 70's, who played at Saint-Etienne (6 times french champion, 2 times French player of the year and gleaned 44 selections and lot of time as captain), can be included the top 10 of winger.
    Also, maybe Hervé Revelli (striker of Saint-Etienne 70's) and Henri Michel (defensive midfielder of Nantes 70') deserve a mention. And the name of 14th center back is Andre LEROND, not Relond.

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    1. It commonly needs change when the review for argument lead to different result. That is one of important parts of participants in the blog.

      I forgot to update the winger list where you saw Pires ahead of Ribery(now have updated). Giggs never got to one of the best players of Europe status. He achieved world-class in few years but he did not influenced to the team as much as what Ribery made.

      Thanks for the new names likes Bareta. He is really deserved mentioned (two times French player of the year). I rarely warch Henri Michel played but his skill is highly rated in this link http://pcsd.forumfree.it/?t=59308284 DO you have any support info to confirm his great status ? Herve Revelli is interesting. Saint Etienne did win any trophy during two years he moved to play for Nice. He won four league champions in row before move and when come back the club won three domestic league titles three times in row immediately. That is amazing !

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    2. Anonymous27/12/15

      In 1970's, Nantes was the only team who can contest Saint Etienne. Henri Michel won 3 championship (5 runners up) and played 532 games with Nantes in First Division, the holder recordman. He was also the Nantes's player most called in national team before Bossis.

      At his time (70's), French national team was not very good. But it managed to qualify to 78 WC, where Henri Michel was indisputable. I think he's the best central midfielder of his time, ahead of Guillou and Larqué. To compare to a recent player, he's level was close to Emmanuel Petit.

      For Revelli, it's true because Saint Etienne was champion with 2 really differents teams. The first, who win 4 titles in a row (67/68/69/70) with the goalkeeper Carnus, Yougoslav's defender Durkovic, Bosquier, midfielders Herbin and Jacquet (futur 98 winning world cup as coach), winger Bereta, the artist Mekhloufi and striker Salif Keita.
      The second team who won 3 titles in a row (74/75/76) was composed by Yougoslav's goalkeeper Curkovic, argentine's defender Piazza, midfielder Bathenay-Larqué, and at the end the young Rocheteau.

      As Bereta was forced to leave for money in winter 74, Hervé Revelli (not to be confused with Patrick Revelli, his young brother, also Saint Etienne's player, but less strong) was the only player who started in 1967-70 team and 1974-76 team.

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  10. Anonymous22/2/16

    Maryan Wisniewski is a famous french winger, think he could enter in positional ranking. Arman Penvern is int positional ranking twice as defensive midfield and center back, he seems to play midfield according to http://www.pari-et-gagne.com/joueur/armand_penverne.html. Then another player who could be in positional ranking is Eugène Maës.

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    1. OK great suggestion. I think it is difficult to rate French player in the 1910s - 1920s. Its football standard is really lower standard so I'd not name Eugene Maes. Pernvern seems to be an important player for Reims' glory years. There is a few info to rate Wisniewski and he seems to be fail at Sampdoria.

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    2. Anonymous15/3/16

      He is ranked as 46th Best French player by France Football ahead of Pires, J Nicolas or Didier Six. Another player really impressive as goalscorer is Roger Courtois.

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  11. Anonymous24/2/16

    Top 100 french players for 100 years 1904-2004 (Ranking of "France Football" magazine, 2004):

    1.Platini 2.Zidane 3.Kopa 4.Fontaine 5.Deschamps 6.L.Blanc 7.Trésor 8.Giresse 9.Desailly 10.Mattler 11.Barthez 12.Jonquet 13.Papin 14.Piantoni 15.Henry 16.Ben Barek 17.Bossis 18.Tigana 19.Darui 20.Y. Djorkaeff 21.Chayriguès 22.Amoros 23.Thuram 24.P. Nicolas 25.Dewaquez 26.Penverne 27.Lizarazu 28.J. Vincent 29.R.Marche 30.E.Petit 31.Delfour 32.Dubly 33.Rocheteau 34.J.Baratte 35.Trezeguet 36.Aston 37.H.Michel 38.J.-J.Marcel 39.Fernandez 40.Vieira 41.B.Lacombe 42.Battiston 43.Cisowski 44.Cantona 45.Bosquier 46.Wisnieski 47.Pires 48.J.Nicolas 49.Six 50.Lama 51.J.Djorkaeff 52.Lerond 53.Douis 54.Guillou 55.Dugarry 56.Wiltord 57.Kaelbel 58.R.Courtois 59.Herbin 60.Vaast 61.Ujlaki 62.H.Revelli 63.Bereta 64.Janvion 65.Bats 66.Hesserer 67.Vignal 68.Leboeuf 69.Lech 70.Ch. Lopez 71.Thépot 72.Maes 73.Sauzée 74.Veinante 75.Cuissard 76.Angloma 77.Remetter 78.Strappe 79.Langiller 80.Gamblin 81.Bonnel 82.Di Lorto 83.Wendling 84.Genghini 85.G.Hanot 86.Gondet 87.Diagne 88.Carnus 89.Bard 90.Karembeu 91.Bonifaci 92.Ch.Loubet 93.L.Laurent 94.Vandooren 95.Bellone 96.Boli 97.Stopyra 98.Candela 99.Bathenay 100.Louis Mesnier

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  12. Anonymous28/2/16

    Paul Pogba could be added for positional ranking. He is right now one of the best in the world. He appear in the Best XI 2015 and one important player for Juventus success in the recent years. He is, for sure, better than Lass Diarra.

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    1. His age is only 22 years old. I think he has not collected enough to appear in the list although his recent performance is clearly better than many of midfielders in the list.

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  13. Ben Barek has 17 international games.

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  14. Anonymous25/9/16

    Jean Baratte Lille's goalscorer and captain should deserve to be added at least at positional ranking he was a consistent goalscorer for club and NT.

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  15. Anonymous4/10/16

    French Footballer of the Year (1945-1961). Source: "Football Magazine", № 12, jan. 1961; № 24, jan. 1962:
    1945 - Oscar Heisserer, 1946 - Rene Bihel, 1947 - Julien Darui, 1948 - Jean Baratte, 1949 - Ernest Vaast, 1950 - Albert Batteux, 1951 - Antoine Bonifaci, 1952 - Roger Marche, 1953 - Lazare Gianessi, 1954 - Andre Strappe, 1955 - Robert Jonquet, 1956 - Roger Piantoni, 1957 - Thadee Cisowski, 1958 - Just Fontaine, 1959 - Raymond Copa, 1960 - Raymond Kopa, 1961 - Pierre Bernard.
    from 1963 to present - http://www.rsssf.com/miscellaneous/franpoy.html

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    1. OK thanks for such an important list. I'll add in players' profile.

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  16. Anonymous18/11/16

    Claude Makelele is missing

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  17. Anonymous18/11/16

    Makelele should be in starting line up

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