France v. Togo: World Cup fact file

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COLOGNE, June 22, 2006 (AFP) - Fact file on France who face Togo in a World Cup Group G match here on Friday:

COLOGNE, June 22, 2006 (AFP) - Fact file on France who face Togo in a World Cup Group G match here on Friday:



- Previous 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: 25/1

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.

Has endured a torrid World Cup accusing the media of sabotage and attracted a storm of criticism over his tactics and decision to substitute Zidane in the draw with South Korea.

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.

On target against the Koreans but struggling to make impact 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

At Stuttgart

France 0 Switzerland 0

June 18

At Leipzig

France 1 (Henry 9) South Korea 1 (Park Ji-Sung 81)

Togo v France head-to-head record (FIFA records)

First meeting

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