France’s World Cup star Kylian Mbappé was feted as a conquering hero on Wednesday when he returned to Bondy, the Parisian suburb where his fairytale footballing career began.
French World Cup hero Mbappé returns to hometown
Three months removed from scoring in the World Cup final and still three months shy of his 20th birthday, Kylian Mbappe is already a serious title contender for the Ballon d’Or as the best soccer player in the world.
France’s World Cup-winning coach Didier Deschamps won FIFA’s best coach of the year prize on Monday in recognition for his work in leading Les Bleus to success in Russia.
If Manchester City wants to finally win a first Champions League title, it will have to start taking the competition a bit more seriously – on and off the field.
France’s national stadium was in party mode on Sunday night as Les Bleus celebrated their World Cup victory in style with a 2-1 defeat of the Netherlands and a huge post-match bash.
World champions France were held to a 0-0 draw by Germany in Munich in a flat start to the new UEFA Nations League on Thursday, with French goalkeeper Alphonse Areola denying the hosts a redemptive win after their fiasco in Russia.
France coach Didier Deschamps said the world champions cannot afford any drop in standards as they prepare to launch their UEFA Nations League campaign away to Germany on Thursday.
France coach Didier Deschamps named a largely unchanged squad for Les Bleus’ first matches since their World Cup triumph, replacing only the injured goalkeeper Steve Mandanda with Bordeaux’s Benoît Costil.
Former France forward Thierry Henry has agreed to become coach of FC Girondins de Bordeaux, broadcaster RMC Sport reported on Wednesday, citing sources close to the Ligue 1 club.