France v. South Korea World Cup fact file

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LEIPZIG, June 16, 2006 (AFP) - Factfile on France who face South Korea in a World Cup Group G match here on Sunday:

LEIPZIG, June 16, 2006 (AFP) - Factfile on France who face South Korea in a World Cup Group G match here on Sunday:



- World Cup appearances: 11 (1930, 1934, 1938, 1954, 1958, 1966, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1998, 2002)

- World Cup best: Winners (1998)

- European champions: 2 (1984, 2002)

FIFA world ranking: 8

Odds: 18/1

Coach: Raymond Domenech

An abrasive personality who has struggled to win over French fans since taking over from Jacques Santini after Euro 2004, Domenech was subjected to a barrage of criticism as his team made hard work of their qualifying campaign.

He was widely blamed for the early retirements of Zinedine Zidane, Claude Makelele and Lilian Thuram, all of whom subsequently reversed their decisions.

A combative left-back during his playing days, Domenech was a regular member of the French squad but never appeared at the World Cup.

Accused French media of sabotage on eve of lacklustre 0-0 draw with Switzerland in opening match.

Key player: Thierry Henry

Playing in his third World Cup, Henry more than any other player in the French squad is out to make his mark on the tournament after a poor showing in 2002 where he failed to score a goal.

Though Henry appears to have lost a yard of the electrifying pace this year that once made him almost unplayable, he enjoyed a prolific season with Arsenal in England and Europe.

Like teammates, failed to shine in opening game with Switzerland and was starved of service playing as a lone striker.


Goalkeepers: Fabien Barthez (Marseille), Grégory Coupet (Lyon), Mickaël Landreau (Nantes)

Defenders: Eric Abidal (Lyon), Jean-Alain Boumsong (Newcastle/ENG), Pascal Chimbonda (Wigan/ENG), William Gallas (Chelsea/ENG), Gaël Givet (Monaco), Willy Sagnol (Bayern Munich/GER), Mikaël Silvestre (Manchester United/ENG), Lilian Thuram (Juventus/ITA)

Midfielders: Vikash Dhorasoo (Paris SG), Alou Diarra (Lens), Claude Makelele (Chelsea/ENG), Florent Malouda (Lyon), Patrick Vieira (Juventus/ITA), Zinédine Zidane (Real Madrid/ESP)

Forwards: Sidney Govou (Lyon), Thierry Henry (Arsenal/ENG), Franck Ribéry (Marseille), Louis Saha (Manchester United/ENG), David Trezeguet (Juventus/ITA), Sylvain Wiltord (Lyon)

World Cup 2006 record

June 13

France 0 Switzerland 0

France v South Korea head-to-head record (FIFA records):

France lead South Korea 2-0

2001: France 5 South Korea 0 (Daegu)

2002: South Korea 2 France 3 (Suwon)

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