Laurent Blanc won’t renew his contract as coach of France’s national soccer team, the French Football Federation said on its website.
France coach Laurent Blanc says a dressing room dispute between his players has affected preparations ahead of tomorrow’s quarterfinal in soccer’s European Championship with titleholder Spain.
In-fighting that marred France’s 2010 World Cup campaign showed signs of returning as players argued after a 2-0 loss to Sweden in the final group game of soccer’s European Championship.
England players traded high fives after a 1-1 draw with France in soccer’s European Championship. The French were less satisfied.
The France and England soccer coaches tried to regain control of their teams yesterday after player revolts and winless starts to their World Cup campaigns.
The French soccer team must fight to regain the respect of fans and the public after ending a World Cup campaign marked by a squad mutiny and the failure to win a single match, players said.
France striker Nicolas Anelka was sent home from the World Cup after he insulted coach Raymond Domenech during the team’s 2-0 loss to Mexico.
France’s national team risks being suspended from international competitions if the French government is deemed to be interfering with the country’s soccer federation, FIFA’s President Sepp Blatter said.
The 23 members of the 2010 French World Cup team will be suspended for an Aug. 11 friendly against Norway, the French Football Federation said on its website .
French soccer players returning from their early exit from the World Cup said the team agreed unanimously to strike in support of Nicolas Anelka , who was sent home for fighting with the coach.
"I think we need to be dignified both in victory and defeat."
- Raymond Domenech on Jun 23, 2010