France was one of the four European teams that participated at the inaugural World Cup in 1930 and are one of seven national teams to have won the competition,
which they did in 1998 when they hosted the Cup by defeating the almighty Brazil 3-0 in final. France and England share the record of having one World Cup victory. France has also won two UEFA European Football Championships, winning the first in 1984, led by Ballon d'Or winner Michel Platini, and the most recent in 2000, led by FIFA World Player of the Year Zinédine Zidane. Following France's 2001 Confederations Cup victory, they became, along with Argentina, the only national teams to win the three most important men's titles organized by FIFA: the World Cup, the Confederations Cup, and the Olympic Tournament.
France struggled in the qualifiers for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. This prompted Domenech to persuade "golden generation" members Claude Makélélé, Lilian Thuram, and Zinedine Zidane out of international retirement to help the national team qualify. This was France's first successful World Cup qualification since 1986 (France received automatic berths in 1998 and 2002, as hosts and defending champions).
The team was greeted with modest expectations as it entered the World Cup tournament. The team had a slow start in the group stage and were in danger of being eliminated drawing their first two matches. However, France found their form and won their final group match to advance to the knockout rounds. There, Zidane scored or assisted in every game of the knockout rounds contributing to the team's appearance in the final. France took on Italy in the final and despite controversial disruptions in extra time, France failed to get on the score-sheet and Italy eventually won the penalty shoot-out 5–3 to be crowned 2006 World Champions.
France started its qualifying round for UEFA Euro 2008 strong and qualified for the tournament, despite two shocking defeats to Scotland. Despite high expectations from supports, France bowed out during the group stage portion of the tournament after having been placed in the group of death. France's performance at Euro 2008 effectively marked the end of its golden era with Patrick Vieira and Thierry Henry remaining with the team following the uneventful Euro performance. Despite pressure from supporters and world media, alike, to fire Domenech, the federation retained him as manager. France's campaign for 2010 World Cup qualification got off to a disappointing start with the team suffering disastrous losses and earning uninspired victories. France eventually finished second in the group and earned a spot in the UEFA play-offs against the Republic of Ireland for a place in South Africa.
In the first leg, France defeated the Irish 1–0 and in the second leg procured a 1–1 draw, via controversial circumstances, to qualify for the World Cup.
HEAD COACH: Domenech
Franc Ribery (Bayern Munich): A very tactful player who has been performing very well in the Bundes Liga
Thiery Henry (Barcelona): Has been a very good attack liner in the French national team since 1998 when France won the world cup. Was the scorer of the controversial goal against Ireland to secure a ticket to South Africa 2010. He has been performing so well in his club side in Spain.
Nicholas Anelka (Chelsea): Another very powerful player who has very helpful to the French national team.
France will be coming so powerfully this time since it was beaten by Italy at the finals of 2006. Despite the fact that the qualifying race was very rough, they are still determined.