World Cup countdown – The Ultimate French 11’s

by Mystical Mike

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010
 

In the famous words of Alan Partridge the French spend all their time chomping on onions going he hor, he hor, he hor! This of course, is not true, as a European footballing nation only the Italians and the Germans have a better record. Jealous? We sure are.

For those of you who were to young to remember, the French had a sensational side in the 80’s winning the European Championship in 1984 and reaching the World Cup Semi’s in 1982, before the Germans cheated their way to the final. They were pretty good in the early noughties too winning the World Cup in 2002 and Euro’s in 2000. Most of that team are still playing today with 22,070 caps between them.

Do you really know your clubs proud history or are you just a teenage glory hunter? (not mentioning any names from the Kings Road & Eastlands). Remember you must pick a decent 11, not 10 forwards and a goalie. We’ll have a butchers and I’ll give my verdict from Mustard to Pony. E-mail your team to Dexy@ukfootballfinder.co.uk

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  • dexylongshot

    That should be French Mustard, you know, the cr*ap mild stuff. I’m gutted about Saturday, A fluky French deflected goal. Not over yet thou, let’s hope Dumbenech has a brain-storm and leaves out Henri and Anelka.

  • Mike

    Awesome team- what is with Lizarazu’s picture though!?

  • Iain

    Wouldn’t change much of that. I’d start Deschamps instead of Makelele (hes a world cup winning captain) but that back 4 is still to this day one of the best ever IMO.

    Up front, why do we forget about Eric Cantona? Sure, the team would be squabbling, but I’d enjoy watching. Also always had a soft spot for Dugarry.

    Yourri Djorkaeff would get in ahead of Pires for me, and if Giresse is in there, why not find some room for Tigana?

    And poor old David Ginola. Not a chance of getting near the team, even with that hair.

    Good selection chaps.

    Also Mike – thats a picture of Papa Lazarou for Lizarazu. dyageddit?

  • dexylongshot

    Yeah, there was some debate about Tigana and Cantona. Eric failed due to hardly being played by the French bossmans. Makele and Deschamps was very close as well. Old Yourri, is still playing, he was quality! Pires would have have got more caps if he wasn’t left on the bench due to being a Scorpio, honestly, how gutted would you be being lft out because you wasn’t born 4 weeks later!

  • dexylongshot

    Yeah, there was some debate about Tigana and Cantona. Eric failed due to hardly being played by the French bossmans. Makele and Deschamps was very close as well. Old Yourri, is still playing, he was quality! Pires would have have got more caps if he wasn’t left on the bench due to being a Scorpio, honestly, how gutted would you be being left out because you wasn’t born 4 weeks later!

    Zidane for me is in the top 3 of the past 10 years.

  • Tef1on

    Jean Pierre Papin is waaaaaaaay better than that brit hating frog muncher Platini! He had better hair too!

  • Richard

    Where is Just Fontaine, the greatest French striker in history.

    Have you ever heard of him?

  • http://www.ukfootballfinder.co.uk Darren

    our Ultimates 11’s are players from our (1970 onwards) generation, I think Fontaine scored 50 goals in 34 games, if it was an all time 11 then of course he’d be in that team

  • http://www.ukfootballfinder.co.uk Darren

    and PS: Teflon, are you mad? Platini was class! 9 goals in Euro 84′. He along with Glenn Hoddle was my hero, I know Hoddle played for the Spuds but he was class, he should have been as successful as Platini but the FA bottled it and pick donkey kongs instead

  • http://www.designfootball.com Jay29ers

    Special bonus points for anyone who can tell us how many of them played for Marseille. I’ll give you a clue: Pretty much all of them.

  • http://www.designfootball.com Jay29ers

    And the best of the lot was born in Marseille.

  • Tef1on

    I’m also disappointed with no Ginola!

  • http://www.ukfootballfinder.co.uk Darren

    Ginola was class but was somewhat of a villan after he refused to keep the ball in the corner, the opposition went down the other end and scored and France failed to qualify for the World Cup, think it was israel if my memory serves me well. He never played for France again

  • Tef1on

    Take Henry off this list after tonight… No matter how much he did for Arsenal… now he is no better than Maradona… Cheating twunt

  • http://www.ukfootballfinder.co.uk Darren

    get over it, blame the officials, they missed it, or did Platini pay them not to see it!

  • dexylongshot

    Hand of Frog, he’ll be remembered for that now much like Maradonna.

    “It was handball, I did not mean it”

    LIAR!!!

  • N7Simon

    You are an idiot. France did not win the world cup in 2002. Brazil did!!!!!!! France won it in ’98

  • http://www.ukfootballfinder.co.uk Darren

    well spotted N7, a packet of sausages of your choice can be posted for your great detective work!

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