France national football B team

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France B
Association French Football Federation
(Fédération Française
de Football
)
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Home stadium Stade de France
FIFA code FRA
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Denmark 9–0 France B France
(White City, United Kingdom, 19 October 1908)
Biggest win
France France B 7–0 Luxembourg Luxembourg
(Strasbourg, France, 22 May 1952)
Biggest defeat
 Denmark 9–0 France B France
(White City, United Kingdom, 19 October 1908)

The France national football B team is a national football team representing France that plays matches at a lower level than the France national football team. In France, the team is usually called "France A–".

The most recent match of France B was on 5 February 2008 against Congo DR in Marbella, the day before the regular A-team friendly in Málaga. The team line-up was Steve Mandanda (Hugo Lloris 46'); Gaël Clichy, Jean-Alain Boumsong, Philippe Mexès, Bacary Sagna; Jérôme Rothen, Alou Diarra, Samir Nasri (Gaël Givet 76'), Mathieu Flamini (Jérémy Menez 17'), Jimmy Briand; Djibril Cissé; team members Sébastien Squillaci and Abou Diaby were not used.

The second-most-recent match of the team was played against Slovakia B on 21 August 2007, the day before the regular A-team friendly. The team line-up was Sébastien Frey, Jonathan Zebina (Zoumana Camara), Jean-Alain Boumsong (Anthony Réveillère), Sébastien Squillaci, Mikaël Silvestre, Jimmy Briand, Alou Diarra, Lassana Diarra, (Rio Mavuba), Jérémy Mathieu, Djibril Cissé (Frédéric Piquionne), David Trezeguet; team member Teddy Richert was not used.[1][2] The match ended at 0-1, with France B losing; Jean-Alain Boumsong played on the second day as a last-minute substitution.

Popularity and use

The team runs occasionally as a feeder team for France national football team, to give a chance to under-21 or less experienced players to play for the national team without being awarded a full cap. The team may play matches held before World Cups or other tournaments to give second-choice players, injured players or possible choices an opportunity to play a full game to either keep their fitness levels up or to earn their way into the first team.

Mediterranean Games record

Football at the Mediterranean Games
Year Round GP W D L GS GA
Egypt 1951 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
Spain 1955 3 3 2 1 0 6 2
Lebanon 1959 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
Italy 1963 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tunisia 1967 1 5 3 1 1 9 5
Turkey 1971 5 4 2 0 2 5 4
Algeria1975 2 6 3 1 2 10 6
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1979 2 5 2 2 1 6 7
Morocco 1983 4 4 1 2 1 1 1
Syria 1987 2 5 3 1 1 7 2
1991 – present See France national under-20 team
Total 7/10 32 16 8 8 44 27

Past players

Player in bold holds senior cap for the A team

References

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ [2]

External links

  • RSSSF
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