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Teams: Switzerland, Ecuador, France and Honduras


15- june: Switzerland v Ecuador (Brasilia)

15- june: France v Honduras (Porto Alegre)

20- june: Switzerland v France (Salvador)

20- june: Honduras v Ecuador (Curitiba)

25- june: Honduras v Switzerland (Manaus)

25- june: Ecuador v France (Rio de Janeiro)


France coach Didier Deschamps announce provisional 23-man World Cup squad on Tuesday.

Goalkeepers: Mickael Landreau (Bastia), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Steve Mandanda (Marseille).

Defenders: Lucas Digne (Paris Saint-Germain), Patrice Evra (Manchester United), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), Eliaquim Mangala (Porto), Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid), Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle), Bacary Sagna (Arsenal).

Midfielders: Blaise Matuidi (Paris Saint-Germain), Rio Mavuba (Lille), Paul Pogba (Juventus), Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle), Yohan Cabaye (Paris Saint-Germain), Clement Grenier (Lyon), Mathieu Valbuena (Marseille).

Forwards: Loic Remy (Newcastle), Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Olivier Giroud (Arsenal), Antoine Griezmann (Real Sociedad).

List of seven back-up players: Stephane Ruffier (Saint-Etienne), Loic Perrin (Saint-Etienne), Benoit Tremoulinas (Saint-Etienne), Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton), Maxime Gonalons (Lyon), Remy Cabella (Montpellier), Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon).

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Franck Ribéry says 2014 World Cup with France will be his last

The France winger Franck Ribéry says this summer’s World Cup will be his last. The 31-year-old, who also appeared for Les Bleus in the 2006 and 2010 tournaments, has set his sights on a winning farewell to the event.

“It will be my last World Cup,” he told the radio station RTL. “We have to go there to achieve something, to try to win the World Cup, quite simply.”

However, the Bayern Munich player has announced no plans to retire from international football and is expected to be available for Euro 2016, which France will host.



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Adidas destroy ‘infamous’ France 2010 World Cup bus

Les Bleus endured a disastrous campaign in South Africa four years ago after a string of poor performances saw Raymond Domenech’s side go out with a whimper in the group stages.

That was only part of the horror story for France, though, as then-coach Domenech had to also deal with a player revolt at their training base in Knysna.

With the team now looking to redeem themselves under new manager Didier Deschamps in Brazil this summer, former sponsors Adidas have helped their cause by publicly destroying the bus that the France team infamously argued on in 2010.


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Ribery in as Deschamps unveils France 23

Franck Ribery, fighting to shrug off a back injury, has made it into France coach Didier Deschamps' 23-player World Cup squad.

Also included in the final Brazil-bound list submitted to FIFA was Stephane Ruffier, who stepped in last month for injured goalkeeper Steve Mandanda.

Deschamps is hoping to have Bayern Munich winger Ribery back in business in time for Sunday's warm-up against Jamaica.

The France forward has missed preps against Norway and Paraguay in the past week.

France have been drawn in Group E with Switzerland, Ecuador and Honduras, their opening opponents in Porte Alegre on June 15.

France squad:

Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Stephane Ruffier (Saint-Etienne) Mickael Landreau (Bastia)

Defenders: Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle), Lucas Digne (Paris Saint-Germain), Patrice Evra (Manchester United), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), Eliaquim Mangala (FC Porto), Bacary Sagna (Arsenal), Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool), Raphael Varane (Real


Midfielders: Yohan Cabaye (Paris Saint-Germain), Clement Grenier (Lyon), Blaise Matuidi (Paris Saint-Germain), Rio Mavuba (Lille), Paul Pogba (Juventus), Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle), Mathieu Valbuena (Marseille)

Forwards: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Olivier Giroud (Arsenal), Antoine Griezmann (Real Sociedad), Loic Remy (Newcastle), Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich).



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Franck Ribery out of the World Cup for France

France will be without both Franck Ribery and Clement Grenier for the World Cup, manager Didier Deschamps has announced.

Bayern Munich winger Ribery, Les Bleus' star man and a player with 80 caps to his name, has been struggling with a back problem for several weeks.

Having followed an individual training programme, he was due to rejoin the full squad on Friday in a bid to prove his fitness.

But Deschamps announced that both Montpellier winger Remy Cabella and Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin had been called up from the reserve list to replace Ribery and Lyon midfielder Grenier, who has been ruled out of the trip to Brazil with a thigh problem.

"This morning before the collective training session... he had to stop, the pain was too strong," Deschamps said.

"We have made checks in the beginning of the afternoon, checks that confirmed the situation has aggravated and he is today not capable of training for a few weeks, let alone play a game."

The replacements have to be validated by world governing body FIFA as they are made after the 23-man squad submission deadline, which was on 2 June.

"We will hand over those two files and they will take the time they need to reply," said Deschamps.

"They are the first, Franck or Clement, to be very sad. Franck had problems but everything was going in the right direction until his situation suddenly aggravated."

Deschamps had already been forced into one change to his original squad, with injured Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda replaced by St Etienne's Stephane Ruffier.


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No anthems for France-Honduras crash

Porto Alegre (Brazil) (AFP) - The World Cup Group E clash between France and Honduras got off to a bizarre start as the national anthems for both sides were not played before kick-off.

Both teams lined up for the anthems as usual but were then instructed by the referee to go through the protocol of shaking hands when no music for the anthems began.

The players then had to wait for several minutes till the game could start at the scheduled 4pm (1900 GMT) kick-off time.

A FIFA spokesman was unable to immediately give an explanation as to why the anthems hadn't been played.



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Goal-Line Technology Awards France Goal vs. Honduras in World Cup


Goal-line technology is making its World Cup debut in Brazil, and it was called upon to award France's second goal against Honduras on Sunday.

Karim Benzema's shot hit one post and then the other before being pushed over the line by Honduras goalkeeper Noel Valladares for an own goal.

It was unclear whether the ball was in, so the above footage illustrates why goal-line technology has its place in the game.

The official match ball of the FIFA World Cup weighed in with the following post on Twitter.


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