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Ultimate France dream team - Zidane & Henry in, Benzema out

09:00 WAT 04/12/2022
Ultimate France dream team!
Some amazing players have featured for France, but only the greatest can make our all-time XI!

France have historically been one of the most entertaining and successful teams in the world.

Les Bleus have won two World Cups, two European Championships, two FIFA Confederations Cup, one Finalissima and one UEFA Nations League title.

One of four European teams to have participated at the inaugural World Cup in 1930, France have produced some of the greatest footballers in history.

Legends like Michel Platini, Just Fontaine and Zinedine Zidane are just some of the players who have etched their name in history.

But who makes France's ultimate dream team?

Let's take a look!

  • Fabian Barthez 1998

    GK: Fabien Barthez

    A true French cult hero, Barthez had one of the most glorious careers as a goalkeeper.

    Barthez represented France between 1994 and 2006, winning the 1998 World Cup, Euro 2000 and the 2003 Confederations Cup.

    The shot stopper played in three World Cups in total, as well as three European Championships and made 87 appearances for France.

    Hugo Lloris has been a key figure for the French in recent years, but the Tottenham man misses out to Barthez.

  • Lilian Thuram France

    RB: Lilian Thuram

    The most-capped player in the history of the French national team with 142 appearances between 1994 and 2008, Thuram is without a doubt one of the all-time greats.

    The right-back featured for France at two World Cups (1998 and 2006) and one European championship (2008) and ended up taking home the winners' medal in two of these three tournaments (1998 World Cup and Euro 2000).

    Thuram will forever be remembered for his brace in the 1998 semi-final win over Croatia, single-handedly firing his team to the final against Brazil.

    One of the most amazing aspect of Thuram's game was his versatility as he could play as a right-back as well as a centre-back whenever needed.

  • Laurent Blanc

    CB: Laurent Blanc

    One of the great centre-backs in French football, Blanc was one of the most revered leaders in the game.

    With an international career spanning 11 years, he made 97 appearances for France, scoring 16 goals and winning the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000.

    In June 1998, it was Blanc who scored the first golden goal in World Cup history against Paraguay.

    At managerial level, he also took charge of the French national team between 2010 and 2012 when he replaced Raymond Domenech ahead of the 2010 World Cup.

    He faced strong competition from Marcel Desailly for a spot in this XI, but just edges it in the end.

  • Marius Tresor France Trevor Francis England World Cup 1982

    CB: Marius Tresor

    Tresor featured for France between 1971 and 1983, playing two World Cups in 1978 and 1982, and is considered to be one of the greatest central defenders of all time.

    Over the course of his 12-year spell with the national team, Tresor scored four goals.

    The centre-back made over 250 appearances for Marseille during his career and remains a bone fide club legend to date.

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    LB: Bixente Lizarazu

    One of the greatest left-backs of his generation, Lizarazu shone at international level between 1992 and 2004.

    The Bayern Munich legend played in two World Cups and three European championships in his international career spanning 12 years, making 97 appearances.

    He was part of the French squad that won both the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000.

  • jean tigana france 1984

    CM: Jean Tigana

    Considered as one of the best midfielders in football during the 1980s, Tigana made 52 appearances for France, scoring one goal.

    Known for being the French national team's midfield engine between 1980 and 1988, Tigana formed what was termed as "the Magic Square" with Michel Platini, Luis Fernandez and Alain Giresse - termed one of the greatest midfield four in football history.

    Tigana won Euro 1984 with France on home soil when they beat Spain in the final.

  • Didier Deschamps France

    CM: Didier Deschamps

    One of the rare players to have won the World Cup as a player and manager, Deschamps took part in three Euros and one World Cup, captaining France to glory at the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000.

    A true leader in defensive midfield, Deschamps came up with memorable performances against some of the greatest teams on the planet, especially Brazil in the 90s.

    He announced his retirement from international football in 2000 and he held the record for most appearances for France at that time.

    This record was later surpassed by Desailly, Zinedine Zidane and Thuram.

    With 103 appearances for France, Deschamps sees off competitions from the likes of Patrick Vieira and Alain Giresse.

  • Zinedine Zidane World Cup 2006 France

    AM: Zinedine Zidane

    One of the greatest attacking midfielders in football history, Zidane truly was the embodiment of elegance, vision, passing, ball control and technique.

    The three-time FIFA World Player of the Year and 1998 Ballon d'Or winner came up with many unforgettable performances in his 108 games for France.

    He peaked when he scored a brace in the 1998 World Cup final that France won and he even received a Legion of Honor (Highest French honour of merit) for his efforts.

    He followed up his World Cup performance by winning the Euro 2000 and being named the Player of the Tournament.

    In the 2006 World Cup, he received the Golden Ball as the Player of the Tournament despite his infamous head-butt incident with Marco Materazzi in the final.

  • Michel Platini France Brazil 1986

    AM: Michel Platini

    One of the greatest players of all time, Platini played 72 games for France between 1976 and 1987, winning the 1984 Euros in which he was the top scorer and best player of the tournament.

    Platini also played a major role in helping France reach the semi-final of the 1982 and 1986 World Cups.

    In the 80s, he also created the record of winning three Ballons d'Or in a row, in 1983, 1984 and 1985.

    His partnership with Giresse, Fernandez and Tigana is one of the most iconic midfield fours of all time.

  • Just Fontaine France 1958

    FW: Just Fontaine

    With a record of scoring 13 goals in six matches at the 1958 World Cup, a record that still stands till date, Fontaine is an immortal name in football.

    He scored a hat-trick on his World Cup debut in 1958 as France beat Paraguay 7-3, followed by 10 more goals throughout the tournament, including a quartet of goals against Germany, before Les Bleus lost to Brazil in the semi-final.

    Fontaine was forced to retire from international football due to injury and ended his France career with 30 goals in just 21 games.

    He might face stiff competition from the likes of Karim Benzema, Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe, but Fontaine gets the nod for now.

  • Thierry Henry France

    FW: Thierry Henry

    One of France's greatest strikers of all time, Henry won the 1998 World Cup, Euro 2000 and the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup.

    In his 13-year spell with the national team, Henry made 123 appearances, scoring 51 goals, thus becoming his country's record international goalscorer.

    The Arsenal legend retired from international football after the 2010 World Cup when France were knocked out at the group stage.