France football team

The 24 players

On Monday May 17th, Raymond Domenech unveiled a list of 24 players who will train in Tignes. Lassana Diarra finally had to give up, because of his health condition. Here is the list of the 23 players left:

Goalkeepers (3) : Hugo Lloris (Lyon), Steve Mandanda (Marseille), Cédric Carrasso (Bordeaux)

Defenders (8) : William Gallas (Arsenal), Eric Abidal (FC Barcelone), Bakary Sagna (Arsenal), Patrice Evra (Manchester United), Gaël Clichy (Arsenal), Marc Planus (Bordeaux), Anthony Réveillère (Lyon), Sébastien Squillaci (FC Séville)

Center fielders (6)  : Abou Diaby (Arsenal), Alou Diarra (Bordeaux), Yoann Gourcuff (Bordeaux), Florent Malouda (Chelsea/ENG), Jérémy Toulalan (Lyon)

Attackers (7) : Nicolas Anelka (Chelsea), Djibril Cissé (Panathinaïkos), André-Pierre Gignac (Toulouse), Sidney Govou (Lyon), Thierry Henry (FC Barcelone), Franck Ribéry (Bayern Munich), Mathieu Valbuena (Marseille)

World Cup 2010

Friday, the 11th of June 2010
Cap (8:30pm)
Uruguay - France

Thursday, the 17th of June 2010
Polokwane (8:30pm)
France - Mexico

Tuesday, the 22nd of June 2010
Bloemfontein (4:00pm)
France - South Africa

The France football team in Tignes

May 11th - 16th 1998
Aimé Jacquet and the football players were in Tignes for a training at altitude. And it worked out: they won the World Cup on the 12th of July 1998!
May 16th - 20th 2000
Roger Lemerre and the football players chose Tignes again for their training before the Euro 2000... and they won!
May 21st - 26th 2006
The France football team trained once more in Tignes at altitude before the World Cup 2006 in Berlin... and went to final
May 18th - 25th 2010
The France football team is back in Tignes for their training at altitude before the World Cup 2010 in South Africa


The « Bleus » and Tignes: this is a long story… There is a reason for this: the duo is working! In May 1998, Aimé Jacquet and his players came to Tignes in order to prepare the 1998 World Cup. What happened next? Everyone knows it! They became World Champions on 12th of July 1998. In May 2000, Roger Lemerre chose Tignes as altitude training resort to prepare the “Euro 2000”... they won it! In 2006, the "Bleus" came back to prepare the 2006 World Cup: they reached the finals! The same goes for the 2010 World Cup: the French football team came back to Tignes for a sports stay that has become traditional. This training camp was particularly important because some matches were held at 1800m of altitude at Johannesbourg.

In ten years and since Aimé Jacquet’s initiative in 1997, Tignes has become the French football team’s HQ before each decisive competition. According the former doctor of the team Jean-Pierre Paclet, if Tignes has become a “tradition” for the players, it’s because in that context, they can recuperate and be united sharing good times together. As the specialist said: “Tignes is now a tradition. And it is always good for the players to have bearings.” That is how Tignes has become the point of reference of the “Bleus”.

During their stays in Tignes, the “Bleus” have an intensive training programme: football of course, but also mountainbike and footing sessions around the lake, biathlon on the Grande Motte glacier, physical preparation in the weights room of the Lagon, and squash & tennis! The team even climbed up the Grande Motte glacier in about an hour (and spent the night in the altitude restaurant “Le Panoramic”) and tested the buggy in Tignes les Brévières. The fans came to see and encourage their favourite players!

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