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Spain v France preview

June 23, 2012
Spain v France preview

Spain have never beaten France in a competitive fixture – can they put that record straight tonight? Spain approach Spain are clearly the favourites here, and as the side less likely to change their shape or spring a tactical surprise, it makes sense to consider them first. Vicente del Bosque hinted yesterday that he’d consider changing his...
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France 2-0 Ukraine: Ribery v Husiev battle decides the game

June 16, 2012
France 2-0 Ukraine: Ribery v Husiev battle decides the game

After a long rain delay, France took the initiative and went onto win the game comfortably. Laurent Blanc made two changes. One was a straight swap, with Patrice Evra dropping out and Gael Clichy starting at left-back. Higher up, the introduction of Jeremy Menez at the expense of Florent Malouda meant Samir Nasri moved into...
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France 1-1 England: France dominate possession but creativity stifled by England sitting deep

June 11, 2012
France 1-1 England: France dominate possession but creativity stifled by England sitting deep

A match with little invention, played at a very slow pace. Laurent Blanc chose his expected side in a 4-3-3, with Florent Malouda shuttling forward from the midfield. Roy Hodgson’s side contained one surprise name – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who started on the left. James Milner started on the other flank, and Danny Welbeck got the nod...
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Euro 2012 preview: France

June 6, 2012
Euro 2012 preview: France

Whatever happens at this tournament, Euro 2012 will be an improvement on the sheer embarrassment of World Cup 2010 for France. The off-field problems meant it was almost impossible to determine how good a side France could have been, and therefore it’s difficult to judge how well Laurent Blanc has performed.┬áBut then, repairing the...
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France 1-1 Bosnia: Bosnia dominate first half, France lucky to get back in the game late on

October 12, 2011
France 1-1 Bosnia: Bosnia dominate first half, France lucky to get back in the game late on

Bosnia were 15 minutes from topping the group, but Samir Nasri’s late penalty put France into Euro 2012.
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