Euro 2012 teams

Team Profile: France

A look back at the key points of France's history in the Euros.

Robin Hackett

France celebrate Michel Platini's goal in the 1984 final against Spain

Overall record at finals: Played 28, Won 14, Drawn 7, Lost 7.

Best performance: Champions in 1984 and 2000.

Most appearances at finals: Lillian Thuram (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008) - 16.

Most goals at finals: Michel Platini (1984) - 9.

European Championship high: Claiming glory on home soil in 1984 after a 24-year absence from the competition.

European Championship low: There was huge disappointment following their showing at Euro '92 - when France failed to emerge from their group despite being among the pre-tournament favourites - but the 2008 tournament under Raymond Domenech was the nadir: the 2006 World Cup finalists drew with Romania before losing 4-1 to Netherlands and then 2-0 to Italy.

European Championship legend: Michel Platini, who hit nine goals in 1984, making him the all-time top scorer in the competition despite playing in it only once. The Juventus star scored in every match of the tournament, netting two hat-tricks in the group stage, to inspire his country to their first ever international trophy.

The story so far: France were the first hosts of the tournament, which had been devised by Frenchman Henri Delaunay, but they lost a thrilling match 5-4 to Yugoslavia in the first ever game of the competition's finals, which at that stage featured only four teams. France failed to qualify in their next five attempts but, when hosting Euro 1984, they finally won their first international trophy as nine-goal Platini led them to glory. Further disappointment followed when they failed to qualify for Euro '88 and exited at the group stage four years later, but they were semi-finalists at Euro '96, losing to Czech Republic on penalties. Going into Euro 2000 as world champions, they won the trophy for a second time when David Trezeguet's golden goal gave them victory over Italy.

Qualification: France topped a group containing Bosnia and Herzegovina, Romania, Belarus, Albania and Luxembourg, but qualification was by no means easy as Laurent Blanc looked to steady the ship after the disastrous 2010 World Cup tournament under Raymond Domenech. Les Bleus lost their opener 1-0 at home to Belarus and were later held to draws away to both Belarus and Romania, and it was only thanks to a 78th minute penalty in their final game against Bosnia and Herzegovina that they gained the point they needed to remain top of the group.

Qualifying record: P10, W6, D3, L1, F15, A4, Pts 21.

Most appearances: Hugo Lloris (10).

Top goalscorer: Karim Benzema, Yoann Gourcuff, Florent Malouda (3).


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