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France qualified for the 2006 World Cup Finals on October 12th, 2005.

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France in the World Cup Finals

World Cup Appearances:
Germany 2006 is France's 12th appearance at the World Cup Finals.

France's Best World Cup Performance

Winning the trophy on home soil at France 98.

France World Cup Preparations

France Team Hotel

Schlosshotel Münchhausen - France World Cup Hotel
Schlosshotel Münchhausen:
Schwöbber 9, Aerzen bei Hameln.
With so many Chateaux at home it seems fitting that the French should stay in a German castle during the World Cup Finals. The Castle Hotel Münchhausen is more than just a renovated old building, it is above all an historical heritage in the middle of an unique park landscape; an oasis for pleasure seekers who are open to all things of beauty and enjoyment.

Hotels in Hameln:
For French fans wishing to base themselves near the France team, Hameln is only 8km from the Castle Hotel in Aerzen and of course, France will train at Hameln's Weserbergland-Stadion.

France Friendly Matches

Lost to Slovakia (1:2), Wednesday 1st March. (Paris)
Sylvain Wiltord (73pen).

Beat Mexico (1:0), Saturday 27th May. (Paris)
Florent Malouda (45).

Beat Denmark (2:0), Wednesday 31st May. (Lens)
Thierry Henry (12), Sylvain Wiltord (75pen).

Beat China (3:1), Wednesday 7th June. (St Etienne)
David Trezeguet (30), Yun Wan (own goal, 89), Thierry Henry (90).

France in the 2006 World Cup

Fédération Française de Football
Group G

France vs Switzerland in Stuttgart:
It might have been another hot day in Stuttgart but we've seen it all before with these two teams; another tight match ending in a draw.

France vs South Korea in Leipzig:
France dominated for eighty minutes against South Korea, then lost their hold on the game and collected a solitary point. France will face Togo without Abidal and Zidane.

Togo vs France in Köln:
France made hard work of qualifying for the Second Round and probably wondered if the goals were ever going to arrive.

Knockout Stage

Second Round
Spain vs France in Hannover:
With the game looking set for extra-time, Zinedine Zidane set one goal up from a free-kick and wrapped the game up with a goal of his own.

Quarter-final
Brazil vs France in Frankfurt:
France ended Brazil's reign as World Champions.

Semi Final
Portugal vs France in München:
The cheating Portuguese were at it again, but Zinedine Zidane did what Lampard, Gerrard and Carragher couldn't; beat Ricardo from the spot.

2006 World Cup Final
Italy vs France in Berlin:
Zinedine Zidane was expected to go out on a high note. It started well but ended in tragedy; when Zizou headbutted Marco Materazzi in the chest, during the second period of extra-time.

France World Cup Squad 2006

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Les Bleus

Goalkeepers:

1 Mickael Landreau (Nantes)
16 Fabien Barthez (Olympique Marseille)
23 Gregory Coupet (Olympique Lyon)

Defenders:

2 Jean-Alain Boumsong (Newcastle United, England)
3 Eric Abidal (Olympique Lyon)
5 William Gallas (Chelsea, England)
13 Mikael Silvestre (Manchester United, England)
15 Lilian Thuram (Juventus, Italy)
17 Gael Givet (Monaco)
19 Willy Sagnol (Bayern Munich, Germany)
21 Pascal Chimbonda (Wigan Athletic, England)

Midfielders:

4 Patrick Vieira (Juventus, Italy)
6 Claude Makelele (Chelsea, England)
7 Florent Malouda (Olympique Lyon)
8 Vikash Dhorasoo (Paris St Germain)
10 Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid, Spain)
18 Alou Diarra (Racing Lens)
22 Franck Ribery (Olympique Marseille)

Forwards:

9 Sidney Govou (Olympique Lyon)
11 Sylvain Wiltord (Olympique Lyon)
12 Thierry Henry (Arsenal, England)
14 Louis Saha (Manchester United, England)
20 David Trezeguet (Juventus, Italy)

Trainer:
Raymond Domenech.

Players to watch:
3 Eric Abidal (Olympique Lyon)
7 Florent Malouda (Olympique Lyon)
22 Franck Ribery (Olympique Marseille)

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