France national football B team

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France B
AssociationFrench Football Federation
(Fédération Française
de Football
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Home stadiumStade de France
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Denmark 9–0 France 
(White City, United Kingdom, 19 October 1908)
Biggest win
 France 7–0 Luxembourg Luxembourg
(Strasbourg, France, 22 May 1952)
Biggest defeat
 Denmark 9–0 France 
(White City, United Kingdom, 19 October 1908)
Summer Olympics
Appearances1 (first in 1908)
Best resultFirst round (1908)

The France national football B team is a national football team representing France that plays matches at a lower level than the France national football team. In France, the team is usually called "France A–".

The most recent match of France B was on 5 February 2008 against Congo DR in Marbella, the day before the regular A-team friendly in Málaga. The team line-up was Steve Mandanda (Hugo Lloris 46'); Gaël Clichy, Jean-Alain Boumsong, Philippe Mexès, Bacary Sagna; Jérôme Rothen, Alou Diarra, Samir Nasri (Gaël Givet 76'), Mathieu Flamini (Jérémy Menez 17'), Jimmy Briand; Djibril Cissé; team members Sébastien Squillaci and Abou Diaby were not used.

The second-most-recent match of the team was played against Slovakia B on 21 August 2007, the day before the regular A-team friendly. The team line-up was Sébastien Frey, Jonathan Zebina (Zoumana Camara), Jean-Alain Boumsong (Anthony Réveillère), Sébastien Squillaci, Mikaël Silvestre, Jimmy Briand, Alou Diarra, Lassana Diarra, (Rio Mavuba), Jérémy Mathieu, Djibril Cissé (Frédéric Piquionne), David Trezeguet; team member Teddy Richert was not used.[1][2] The match ended 0–1, with France B losing; Jean-Alain Boumsong played on the second day as a last-minute substitution.

Popularity and use[]

The team runs occasionally as a feeder team for France national football team, to give a chance to under-21 or less experienced players to play for the national team without being awarded a full cap. The team may play matches held before World Cups or other tournaments to give second-choice players, injured players or possible choices an opportunity to play a full game to either keep their fitness levels up or to earn their way into the first team.


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