EURO 2020: This is your quick guide to France - form, fixtures and players to watch

France's players celebrate their opening goal during the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Ukraine.
France's players celebrate their opening goal during the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Ukraine. Copyright AP Photo/Thibault Camus
By Matthew Holroyd
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France were 5/1 favourites entering the tournament, can they deliver on the expectations?


World Cup holders France comfortably qualified for their eighth European Championships and they are favourites to win it.

Manager Didier Deschamps -- who himself captained France to Euro glory in 2000 -- has kept hold of most of the 2018 squad.

They lost just one qualifying game, against Turkey.

They have arguably been drawn into the toughest group -- featuring Germany, Portugal and Hungary -- but it would be a huge disappointment if the country failed to advance to the latter stages.

What is France's best previous performance at a European Championship?

Winners (1984, 2000)

How did France qualify for EURO 2020?

By winning Group H with a record of P10 W8 D1 L1 F25 A6.

What kind of form are France in?

Last six games: WWWWDW

Who is one French player you might have heard of?

Kylian Mbappé: After his breakout World Cup in 2018, Mbappé has continued his upward trajectory and scored a career-high 42 goals for Paris Saint-Germain in the 2020-21 season.

Who is one French player who could impress at EURO 2020?

Karim Benzema: The 33-year-old forward last played for France in October 2015, before a sex tape bribery scandal halted his international career. He was recalled after scoring 30 goals for Real Madrid.

AP Photo/Daniel Cole
Karim Benzema missed a penalty during an international friendly match against Wales last week.AP Photo/Daniel Cole

Did you know this about France?

The nine goals scored by Michel Platini in France's title-winning year of 1984 are the most at any single European Championship.

What are France's group fixtures at EURO 2020?

All times CEST

  • France vs Germany, 15 June, 21:00 (Allianz Arena, Munich)
  • France vs Hungary, 19 June, 15:00 (Puskás Aréna, Budapest)
  • France vs Portugal, 23 June, 21:00 (Puskás Aréna, Budapest)

What are the odds of France winning EURO 2020?

5/1 - favourites (Oddschecker, 24/05/21, 12:00 CEST)

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