May 27th News: France beats Costa Rica

Toulalan doing what he does best, stealing (L'Equipe)

In their first warm up match before the World Cup, France defeated Costa Rica 2-1. Costa Rica missed out on a World Cup qualifying spot in a playoff against Uruguay, which France will play in the group stage.

France started off a little slow, and were down 1-0 early from a sloppy goal scored by Carlos Hernandez. France were able to get an equalizer with an own-goal by Costa Rican and Real Salt Lake midfielder Douglas Sequeira. Still, the first half of play looked quite slow and sloppy for Les Bleus.

In the second half, France was able to get back on track. Matthew Valbuena, in his first match with the French National Team, scored his first goal with the team as well in the 83rd minute, which would also prove to be the game winner. In addition, Franck Ribery was showing some shades of 2006, and Abou Diaby also showed some solid play.

French coach Raymond Domenech did a good job utilizing all of his player, with many of them seeing a little bit of playing time. He ran a 4-3-3, which look to work well (as we should expect it should with a French team). The only real break from the norm was Steve Mandanda starting in goal instead of Hugo Lloris. Still, once the Cup play rolls along, expect Lloris to easily be the starter.

In addition to the French National Team taking the pitch, French President Nicolas Sarkozy is making a trip to Geneva, Switzerland to wait for the announcement of who will be hosting the Euro 2016 competition. France is considered one of the front runners right now, along with Italy and Turkey. The announcement will be made on Friday at 1 PM Paris time.

More news has also come out about Paris St-Germain and that the team might have a “new face” for next season. In addition to some talk that Ludovic Giuly is coming to the States, L’Equipe has also stated that Schalke 04 are interested in Guillaume Hoarau (which has been hot transfer news in the last couple of days).

In addition to the Hoarau news, L’Equipe also said that Stephane Sessegnon and Edel might ask to be transferred as well. Sessegnon has contacts in England and is possibly looking for a move there, while Edel isn’t looking forward to being a backup once Gregory Coupet returns to the line up.

Finally, there is some news that former French striker David Trezeguet might be moving to Sampdoria in Italy. Trezeguet has been with Juventus for a number of years now, but the French striker is now 32 years old. Who knows what his future is, but we will keep you posted.

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One Response

  1. Mamdanda played but that was just to give him game time, Lloris has nothing to prove. The result or even the performance while not being exceptional at least pointed to the fact that the French squad seem to have sorted out whatever internal issues they were having, a happy dressing-room is half the battle.

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