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Here's another great research done by France Football about some of the most dominating teams in history of football. Here are the results, which are quite impressive and informative. It appeared in the France Football issue of the week of March 26, 2002. A side note: a) this study was done prior to the France-Scotland game, and thus, this game is not taken into account; and b) The Confederations Cup of 2001, was not included among the competitions, but rather as "friendlies". I have not translated the whole dossier, as it is quite technical, but just the main points of it. So, enjoy is all i can say! :)

On February 16th, 1994, in Naples (Italy), Aimé Jacquet was for the firs time, in charge of the French NT, and it was a friendly game against Italy. After a catastrophic elimination in the 1994 World Cup, Jacquet replaced Gerard Houllier. Youri Djorkaeff scored the winning goal for France, just before half time (1-0). Besides Djorkaeff, 5 other future world champions were playing in that game, Bernard Lama, Christian Karembeu, Marcel Desailly, Didier Deschamps and Bixente Lizarazu (he was on the bench).

On March 27th, 2002, at the Stade de France,a little bit over 8 years later, even tough 80% of the players of the team had changed from 1994, it is still the same team which will play against Scotland. Roger Lemerre took the relay after Aimé Jacquet, Les Bleus are World and European Champions and are about to take onto the fantastic challenge of conserving, in about 2 months, their world crown, a feat that only Brasil and Italy achieved before.

Regardless of whatever will happen in Japan and S. Korea, no one could argue that this team is the strongest France has ever had. However, prior to playing their 100th game, which rank does the current extraordinary French Team occupies among the greatest national teams ever? In order to answer to that question, we have chosen to consider only the great European teams of the past, as it is extremely difficult to compare the results of the NTs of Europe with those of South America. The structure of these two confederations is way too much different; South America's confederations is composed of only 10 countries and the Copa America doesn't present the same difficulty as the European Championship (Copa America also doesn't have an eliminatory round). Needless to say that the best Brasilian and Argentinian NTs, are at least at the same level as the top European ones, and that the Immense Brasil of the period 1958-1970, triple World Champions, the only to have won the World Cup outside of their continent (in 1958 in Sweden), is certainly the greatest NT ever.

We have taken the World Champions from Europe, Bobby Charlton's England (1966), Franz Beckenbauer's Germany (1974), Paolo Rossi's Italy (1982), Lothar Matthaus's Germany (1990) and Zinedine Zidane's France (1998). For the purpose of this study, we have taken into account the performances of these teams over a period of around 100 matches, in order to give sense and credibility to this study and also to be able to compare today's France team with these glorious teams of the past. The comparaison is based on the most simplest yet most determining factor possible: the overall average number of points earned per match and the average number of points earned per match during the international competitions, where 2 points is attributed to a win, 1 point for a tie, and 0 for a loss. The results are listed below, and they are extremely revealing and informative.

Hungary 1945-1956
Overall Average points per game: 1.630; Games played: 92; Won:69; Ties: 12; Losses: 11; Goals scored: 354; Goals allowed: 126; Average points per game in competitions: 1.588. Palmares: Olympics 1952, WC 1954 (Final).

France 1994-2002
Overall Average points per game: 1.581; Games played: 99; Won:66; Ties: 25; Losses: 8; Goals scored: 190; Goals allowed: 63; Average points per game in competitions: 1.578. Palmares:
Euro 96 (1/2 Final), WC 98, Euro 2000.

Germany 1967-1977
Overall Average points per game: 1.520; Games played: 98; Won:63; Ties: 23; Losses: 12; Goals scored: 200; Goals allowed: 75; Average points per game in competitions: 1.627. Palmares:
WC70 (1/2 finals), Euro 72, WC 74, Euro 76 (final).

Germany 1988-1996
Overall Average points per game: 1.515; Games played: 99; Won:62; Ties: 26; Losses: 11; Goals scored: 186; Goals allowed: 81; Average points per game in competitions: 1.521. Palmares:
WC 90, Euro 92 (final), Euro 96.

England 1964-1973
Overall Average points per game: 1.510; Games played: 94; Won:59; Ties: 24; Losses: 11; Goals scored: 171; Goals allowed: 68; Average points per game in competitions: 1.437. Palmares:
WC 66, Euro 68 (3rd).

Italy 1992-2002
Overall Average points per game: 1.425; Games played: 101; Won:59; Ties: 26; Losses: 16; Goals scored: 161; Goals allowed: 70; Average points per game in competitions: 1.526. Palmares:
WC 94 (final), Euro 2000 (final).

USSR 1956-1966
Overall Average points per game: 1.412; Games played: 97; Won:58; Ties: 26; Losses: 16; Goals scored: 161; Goals allowed: 70; Average points per game in competitions: 1.537. Palmares:
Olympics 56, Euro 60, Euro 64 (final), WC 66 (4th).

Holland 1968-1980
Overall Average points per game: 1.400; Games played: 90; Won:54; Ties: 18; Losses: 18; Goals scored: 185; Goals allowed: 76; Average points per game in competitions: 1.423. Palmares:
WC 74 and 78 (final), Euro 76 (3rd).

Germany 1978-1986
Overall Average points per game: 1.387; Games played: 93; Won:55; Ties: 19; Losses: 19; Goals scored: 186; Goals allowed: 88; Average points per game in competitions: 1.470. Palmares:
Euro 80, WC 82 and 86 (final).

France 1976-1986
Overall Average points per game: 1.372; Games played: 86; Won:49; Ties: 20; Losses: 17; Goals scored: 156; Goals allowed: 71; Average points per game in competitions: 1.354. Palmares:
WC 82 (4th), Euro 84, WC 86 (3rd).

Italy 1976-1986
Overall Average points per game: 1.242; Games played: 95; Won:46; Ties: 26; Losses:23; Goals scored: 131; Goals allowed: 89; Average points per game in competitions: 1.272. Palmares:
WC 78 (4th), Euro 80 (4th), WC 82.

Based on these data, we can notice that the current France team is the team which has lost the least, among all those Greats of the history of modern football (only 8 losses). They are also the ones which conceeded the fewest goals with 63 goals allowed. Also, the only team in history, with a better overall average points per game and a better average points per game in competitions than France is Hungary of 1945-1956. Les Bleus are the Champions of a ferocious era, and it would be difficult not to give them the first place of this honorary chart, should they manage to succeed in their fantastic challenge that is awaiting them this summer...

ALLEZ LES BLEUS!!!:star::star:
FRANCE FOOTBALL RULZ!!!:):cool::star::tongue:
 

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Anyone the France Football's site? 'cause I try www.francefootball.net and it's don't work. It's will be very useful like that I'll not be olbiged to buy the magazine every Tuesday and Friday. With always at least a day of delay.
 

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Fantastic. Too bad there is no place in Trondheim I can get France Football. :depress:

Rijkaard, I've looked for the site before myself and never found it. :(
 
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