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France to Win Euro 2016 Odds

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france-euro-2016France is once again home of the UEFA European Championship as the French people are proud enough, so "Les Blues" won't be either frightened or frustrated by any type of terrorism, as there were some rumors that Euro 2016 can be postponed. Not at all - France is ready to welcome the most awaited football competition after the FIFA 2014 World Cup, as UEFA Euro 2016 comes along with the host nation hopes for another triumph. Persuasive reason to placing France among the biggest favorites, as France and Germany are being top favored by the different bookmakers and football experts, not only because of their respective home factor or World Cup champion status, but because of their massive squad depth and plenty of talents available for Didier Deschamps’ selection.

France's ninth participation on European Championship finals


Apparently France was the first nation that knew its European Championship fate since the official announcement that France will host Euro 2016 qualified them automatically. More than welcome, but however, France took symbolic part in the European Qualifiers where "The Blues" were in virtual Euro 2016 qualifying Group I - with teams of Portugal, Albania, Denmark, Serbia and Armenia. However, they played against each one of them twice, on the same principle like their qualifying schedule, so France's last real competitive match remains in early July 2014 and the relevant quarter-final defeat from Germany. Didier Deschamps has kept his head coach position in French team as the French Football Federation (Fédération Française de Football) surely has bigger requirements combined with higher expectations towards players and staff and the upcoming European Championship. This will be the first major football tournament which is held in France since the 1998 FIFA World Cup and we all remember what happened back then. France with Didier Deschamps became the first European nation that won the FIFA World Cup and two years later they carried the huge success on the continental scene by lifting the UEFA European Football Championship in Belgium and Netherlands (Euro 2000).

Host nation France - one of the main favorites to win UEFA Euro 2016 - potential squad and team review


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France's best possible Euro 2016 lineup: Hugo Lloris (c) - Bacary Sagna, Eliaquim Mangala, Laurent Koscielny, Patrice Evra - N'Golo Kanté, Blaise Matuidi, Paul Pogba - Antoine Griezmann, Dimitri Payet, Olivier Giroud. (4-3-3)


Sixteen years later Deschamps will hope to lift tha Henri Delaunay Trophy also as a coach and he can be more than delighted from the extensive squad from quality players he has. France is perhaps the national team with most impressive and wide roster at this moment, as "The Blues" can propose even more lineups than their main competitors - Germany and Spain. However, this isn't the most important thing since each nation can register only 23 men for their Euro 2016 squad and Deschamps has to make some tough decisions. At first look there is a solid base of players who seem to be undisputed first choice, if they're all fit, while some others need to keep their form or to even contribute more if they want to be busy in period 10 June until hopefully, for all French people and supporters - 10 July.
Players like captain and first choice goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, Paul Pogba, Laurent Koscielny, Bacary Sagna, Antoine Griezmann, Blaise Matuidi and the newest French team addition N'Golo Kanté are the most desired and sure names who will fill the French roster, as these results are from domestic researches of the different reputable French medias. Some other names like experienced Steve Mandanda, Patrice Evra, Lassana Diarra, Yohan Cabaye, Olivier Giroud and Andre-Pierre Gignac are all on their way to be included in Deschamps' list, as well as youngsters like Lucas Digne, Kingsley Coman, Anthony Martial, who were included in the recent (from March 2016) French selection for the friendlies against Netherlands and Russia. Friendlies that were both won with more goals scored than allowed, as France won in both occasions but with results like 3:2 and 4:2, which shows some defensive issues. Of course, they were in friendlies but that's still subject of perfection and we are sure that Didier Deschamps will work to improve that for the nearest future.
Other names who are not living their first football youth but who impressive through the season are also claiming their Euro 2016 call up. Players like Jérémy Mathieu, Mathieu Debuchy, Moussa Sissoko, Morgan Schneiderlin, Hatem Ben Arfa, Maxime Gonalons, Mathieu Valbuena, Dimitri Payet, Alexandre Lacazette are also in sight of the French coach and they can all hope to be included in the group if they show their best in the closing weeks of season 2015-2016.
There are also some players who won't be in contention because they're injured, they are already retired from national football or even suspended. We all know about Karim Benzema's frozen status (suspended by the national team as he was involved in an investigation related with a blackmail plot regarding his fellow France international player Mathieu Valbuena).
Mamadou Sakho is another name who will miss the tournament as latest rumors are that Liverpool's defender will be banned from competitive football activities for more than an year, as he failed to cover doping test and this surprisingly came in April 2015, in the eve of Euro 2016 and the closing Europa League battle of his club.
Samir Nasri and Franck Ribery are among the retired from international football players, while both young defenders Kurt Zouma and Aymeric Laporte will surely miss the Euro due to injuries. Even if we consider all these above mentioned absences in French team, "Les Tricolores" still look amazing and there are lots of opportunity to bring excellent French starting eleven, which to be capable of putting a very serious challenge to all Euro 2016 teams. Even in further horizons.
Didier Deschamps replaced his predecessor Laurent Blanc right after the UEFA Euro 2012 finals from where "Les Blues" couldn't boast with more than a quarter-final place, though they lost by the future champions (like in the last World Cup finals), so we believe that Deschamps realizes very well that expectations are much bigger, even if they're not officially declared by the "FFF". Four years ago, when we return back in Poland and Ukraine, or more likely in Ukraine (since all French football team games back in 2012 were held in Ukraine), France opened their campaign with a game against England on 11 June, while this time they’ll kick-off the competition on 10th of June and their opposition comes from two categories down – Pot 3. Romania is the first threat for France so "Les Blues" are highly considered for the huge favorites out there. Anything from a victory will be huge surprise and upset, but France must remain focused since we all remember the upset in the opening match of the 2002 FIFA World Cup, when France were absolute favorites against Senegal, but the mighty African nation won and later on France was eliminated from the group phase, only two years after their last European Championship success. Moment of concentration – moment which requires to avoid any lack of concentration during the game, as France carries serious weight on its shoulders and nation is dreaming for glory.

We have few certain reasons why should we consider France as major favorite who will not only win its group, will record some wins in the knockout phase, but to win the European Championship in all its light.
1) France is the host nation. Your home – your fortress!
2) France is full of excellent players who are capable to compete in wide variety and they're available in each position of the field. If we start from the goalkeeper’s position, then going through all links of French team and reaching the central striker role.
3) France is ambitious and one of the very successful football nations in Europe - having won in two previous European Championships back in 1984 and sixteen years later - in 2000. Now, sixteen years after their last success, France will stay at home and they're eager to lift The Henri Delaunay Trophy - named on the first General Secretary of UEFA, who came up with the idea to create the European Championship, but unfortunately he died five years prior to the first tournament in 1960 (which was back in France again). His son, Pierre Delaunay, was in charge of creating the trophy which later was won by France twice.
4) France is in good position - their group looks very surmountable and football logic shows that if they manage to win the first position in Group A, then France can pretend for better opponents in the knockout stages, which can meet them with the other top teams on later stages.
Surely some serious arguments were exposed here and the most important argument is fully in France's capabilities. "La Sélection" can boast with great squad even after all injuries and suspensions and their Euro 2016 commitment acquires even bigger importance for the whole French community.

France's Euro 2016 fixtures and schedule


France will play its group stage matches in three different regions as the UEFA Euro 2016 opening fixture is scheduled for same value which is French target for one month later - "Stade de France" in Paris, where France welcomes Romania in match day one. Five nights later, on 15 of June, France will travel on South where "Stade Vélodrome" in Marseille will host their game against Albania will be on focus as France shouldn't slip before their third group stage game.
Their last Group A fixture will be on North where France will hope to bring out some good memories from their previous matches against Switzerland at "Stade Pierre-Mauroy" in Lille. Last meeting between both nations was at the 2014 FIFA World Cup where both sides were once again in the same group and we all remember that France scored five goals for the final 5:2 win on 20 June 2014.
Everything different from reaching the final will be huge disappointment for France and we expect ultra-dedication combined with quality from the French team.
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