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I believe the French national team will be a great again within a few years. The following players were born in 1991 or even later.

Strikers and wingers:
Griezmann - 91
Lacazette - 91
Fekir - 93
Martial - 95
Niang - 94
Colman - 96
Maupay - 96
Benzina - 94

Midfielders:
Pogba - 93
Rabiot - 95
Kondogbia - 93
Grenier - 91

Defenders:
Varane - 93
Zouma - 94
Kurzawa - 92
Digne - 93
Mangala - 91
Mendy - 94
Laporte - 94

Pogba, Griezmann, Varane, Zouma and Lacazette have already performed on a decent level over some time and I believe Kurzawa, Digne, Mendy, Rabiot, Kondogbia, Fekir and Martial will soon break out on the big stage as well.

0 Griezmann 0 Lacazette 0 Fekir/Martial 0<br />
0 0 0 0 0 0 0<br />
0 0 0 0 0 0 0<br />
0 Pogba 0 Kondogbia 0 Rabiot 0<br />
0 0 0 0 0 0 0<br />
Kurzawa 0 Zouma 0 Varane 0 Digne/Mendy

Bandiera seems to know more about French football and I hope he will continue to be actively involved in following the French league. I will see if I can find more time to it aswell in the future :)
 

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They have ridiculously talented players in almost all positions. Laporte, Zouma, Varane are 3 of the best young CBs in the world.
 

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France has always had a mighty NT but that almost never translated to any real success, except the WC'98/EU'00 titles but then they failed badly the next WC, then they were runners up and then they failed badly as well in South Africa as well as last year, considering their squad.
 

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France has a national football team? Didn't realize that

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I feel like you're choosing a lot of players out of hype. Niang? Benzia? Maupay? I mean, if we're going to include those guys, might as well include Alexy Bosetti :D. Grenier has been out for the entire season but it'll be interesting to see how he reacts. Don't even know if he'll be able to hold down a starting berth now that Fekir has come out of his shell. Benzia is a disappointment because he's capable of so much more than what he's giving, which is why Njie gets more playing time. I don't know if he'll ever make the sacrifice to be a top player. He also plays like he has zero confidence from not playing, and has been really hyped which I'm not sure has helped.

Maupay is only sometimes mentioned because he started for Nice at the age of 16. He's 18, turning 19 this year after spending a year injured and doing jackshit. He's also been really bad in the very few games I've seen of him. Niang was also pretty inconsistent with AC Milan, and he was invisible on loan at Montpellier. Though from what I've heard he's been doing well with Genoa.

Few others that need to be mentioned::

GK: Areola,Nardi
Defenders: Umtiti, Rose, Amavi
Midfielders: Bakayoko, Tolisso, Ferri, Imbula, Fofana (he's been injured for a long time too but he's coming back), Thauvin, Sanson, Stambouli, Veretout
Strikers: Ntep

France has some of the best youth academies in Europe. Sochaux, OL, Lens, Rennes, Nantes, Monaco... also they have national training centres (clairefontaine etc) which are also some of the best academies in the world. Lots of coordination with the national team and the youth academies. Ligue 1 is definitely growing. Nice has a new stadium, Lille has a new stadium, OL are building a new stadium, Monaco are building a new stadium, Bordeaux announced they will be building a new stadium, PSG has plans as well, Velodrome was just rebuilt...
 
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Ntep looks really talented. However I've heard he's got attitude issues. Amazing dribbler though.
 

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I've heard the same things about his attitude. Getting into fights with the manager at Rennes, etc. And that famous goal he scored last season with his head when it was an open goal caused a lot of controversy. :lol: Cocky prick.

He's been impressive around every time I've seen him. Wouldn't be expensive either.

edit; After a quick google search to find out who he's been rumored to, Inter has been linked to Ntep? Wouldn't be a bad transfer at 5 million in all honesty. I could see it going terribly wrong though.
 
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It could be a good transfer if we were a club known for getting the best out of players or straightening out players with known attitude problems. I could see him going to Juventus for example and turning absolute class, I could also see him coming here and not playing for 6 months due to showing Mancini attitude before being loaned to Genoa.
 

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This Benzema-Valbuena fiasco is hilarious.
 

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Any updates on it? Last I heard Benzema was taken in for questioning.
 

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http://www.balls.ie/football/karim-benzemas-alleged-blackmail-conversation-has-been-leaked/315415

Benzema is alleged to have said;

I don’t think Mathieu is taking us seriously, he thinks it’s a joke.

I said to him: ‘I’m going to fix this for you.’ I gave him my word that there is not another copy [of the tape]. I said to him: ‘If you want the video destroyed, come to Lyon, see him directly.’

He asked me: ‘Can you see my tattoos?’ I responded: ‘You can see everything. I saw it a week ago, before coming [to the France squad].’

He panicked a bit. I said to him: ‘Do what you want, if you don’t want to pay, carry on with your life, but I have warned you.’

I then said to him that’s all I could do, that now my friend is in charge, who is the one that knows the person who has the video, that I don’t know him.

I said: ‘If you want to fix this, I can help you. I will give you their numbers and you can meet with them [and sort things out].
 

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Furthering the bizarre saga of Karim Benzema and the criminal charges he faces for his involvement in an alleged plot to blackmail his international teammate Mathieu Valbuena over a sextape, L’Équipe has now produced a full transcript of a phone call between the Real Madrid striker and the accused blackmailer.

The conversation, as translated by AS English, makes the case against Benzema even stronger. It’s difficult to reconcile what he says here with any kind of interpretation other than that he was helping Karim Zenati—a good friend whom Benzema recalls describing to Valbuena as “my friend, my mate, my best friend, he’s like my brother”—by convincing Valbuena to pay up.

The transcript purports to depict a phone call between Benzema and Zenati on the heels of Benzema’s first contact with Valbuena regarding the sextape. It starts with Zenati asking Benzema for his impression of how the talk went down, to which Benzema responds “I think he [Valbuena] doesn’t take us seriously.” From there the striker recounts the earlier conversation:

Benzema: What did he say to me? You know, at the beginning he believed it was a joke… I told him: I’m here to help. You have to see this guy. He will come. He’ll speak to you. But I give you my word there isn’t another copy [of the sex-tape]. After that we spoke, and spoke about whether in the video you see my tattoos [in reference to Valbuena’s tattoos]. You see everything. I told him I was serious, I said to him, honestly, I’ve seen it, the video.

He said he knew. But, what do they want? I said to him, I have no idea what they want, it’s not me. He told me that yes, they want money. Well, in my opinion, you see, I said to him if I had a video like that of a guy… Well, in any case they want to create a buzz and it won’t be the same buzz if it was you…

Benzema goes on to describe how he sought to persuade Valbuena into cutting a deal:

Benzema: I spoke to him about his family, I said that nothing can be done about rumours, that I don’t give a shit [about them], I went on to say to him. I said to him that now if someone releases a photo, a video like that. That for me that’s absolutely nothing but your mother, your father are going to see your wife or I don’t know who. Look, after that he was thinking, thinking. I said to him that in any case he should do whatever he wants. I’m with the French national team until Sunday, if you give me your number, I’ll give it to him, I’ll give it to my friend. He will come and see you in Lyon, you’ll discuss it with him, though he didn’t want to. Well, it’s your life, but I’ve warned you, eh?

Zenati: That’s good, brother, you’ve done really well.

Benzema: You’ve got to go, I told him. After that I don’t know what he’s going to do. He’ll call his agent, he’ll say they have the video. I said to him, listen, no intermediary, no lawyer, no friend, no agent, no police, it’s not what you want.

Zenati: Hmmm.

Benzema: I said to him that if you want the video to be destroyed, let’s go and see my friend in Lyon. You’ll see him directly and you’ll talk to him, don’t send anyone.

Zenati: Well, he has to go, that’s good.

Along those same lines, Benzema remembers telling Valbuena what he’d do if the shoe was on the other foot:

Benzema: He said to me: Yes, but you what would you have done? I said to him: Me, I don’t give a shit about media buzz, so I would have paid just for my family… I said to him: If it’s just about buzz and the rumours, warn your family and if they don’t care, well then let them release it.

While it took awhile for Valbuena to fully understand the gravity of the situation, Benzema says it did eventually hit him. When it did, Benzema could tell:

Zenati: When he goes to sleep, he’ll know you told him the truth.

Benzema: Well no, he was completely white.

Zenati: Yes.

Benzema: He said to me, the video, where did you see it? How long ago since you saw it? After, he asked me more questions, but it was like… I saw him gulping, he started gulping two, three times.

Zenati: (laughs)

Benzema: Have you seen a guy start panicking? Have you seen that?

Zenati: You know they’re the best, they do something small, and then…

At one point, Benzema references Djibril Cissé, who apparently was the first one to notify Valbuena of the sextape’s existence. Cissé too was detained by police in relation to the case, but was released soon after once it was clear he was not involved in any of the nefarious business they now suspect Benzema of engaging in.

Cissé went through a similar situation with blackmailers successfully extorting money out of him in the past. Benzema cites that situation, and the fact that the tape was never released once the extorters were paid off, as support for the idea that Valbuena giving into the blackmailers’ demands really could be the end of it all.

The concluding parts of the convo give the impression that Zenati himself might not be the person in possession of the sextape and instead is sort of a middle man trying to broker a fee, not unlike Benzema’s position between Valbuena and Zenati. Both men appear to think the guys who have the sextape would be a much bigger headache to deal with than Zenati:

Zenati: Well, yes, even I would have said that to him brother (laughs) Yes, yes, brother, we are here, in any case, to sort out the problem. If he doesn’t want to, we’ll leave it, he can deal with these piranhas, he’ll face these piranhas and then…

Benzema: They’ll piss on him.

Zenati: They’ll piss on him brother, I’m fired up, eh.

Benzema: Then the piranhas will eat him, bro.

Zenati: Yes, when you told me that he was a good friend, I said to you yes. Afterwards they’ll ask him, they’ll ask him for, I don’t know, a couple of tickets or I don’t know what they’re playing at.

Benzema: (laughs)

Zenati: You went and did the job, after all this he’ll do what he wants.

After reading this, the simplest explanation of events is that Benzema’s friend has some shady connections which put him in touch with the sextape. Once Benzema learned of this, he thought he could assist both Zenati and Valbuena by putting the two together. That way Zenati could get his money and Valbuena could buy off his tormentors without too many problems, and everyone would be relatively happy.

Here’s the problem: while it’s not too farfetched to believe Benzema really did think he was helping Valbuena, on balance his allegiance seems much stronger to his buddy the blackmailer. Through his lawyer, Valbuena has backed Benzema to a point, saying the two Frenchmen still consider each other friends but that could change if the evidence continues in the direction of Benzema screwing Valbuena over. This doesn’t look like it will end well.
 

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Damn, always wonder how newspapers get these transcripts after the news of the world phone hacking scandal a couple years back
 

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Damn, always wonder how newspapers get these transcripts after the news of the world phone hacking scandal a couple years back
The police probably leaked them on purpose.

Anyhow, any decent prosecutor with a good conviction could whoop Benzema's ass in court with all these evidence. Accomplice on extortion and that kinda shit.
 

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Those guys :palm: you've got your ass set up for life doing not much really and you get yourself into shit like that, why?! Why would a star player deal with any kind of this shit?
 

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This is great


he is too short. :lol:
 

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The French national team is playing well today but what the fuck has happened outside the stadium with 18 people killed!?

This world is fucked.
 

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40 killed and around 100 hostages in theater...
 
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