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France line up for a team photo at the SheBelieves Cup
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FIFA Women’s World Cup record
Women’s football was very much a minority sport in France for many years and it was not until the fourth edition of the world finals, held in the USA in 2003, that the nation finally graced the competition. On that occasion Les Bleues came third in their group, after suffering defeats to Norway and Brazil and beating Korea Republic. Second to England in their qualifying group for China 2007, the French made their second appearance on the big stage at Germany 2011 after registering ten wins out of ten in qualifying, scoring 50 goals in the process and conceding none. Second to Die Mannschaft in their pool, Les Tricolores then beat England in the last eight before losing to USA in the semis and Sweden in the match for third place. That fourth-placed finish remains their best performance yet. In their most recent appearance, at Canada 2015, Les Bleues lost to Germany in a quarter-final penalty shoot-out.

The road to France
As the host country, France qualify automatically for the 2019 world finals.

The coach
Corinne Diacre is a leading figure in French women’s football. During her playing days she amassed 121 caps for France in the centre of defence and scored 14 goals, one of which secured a place for Les Bleues at their first Women’s World Cup in 2003. Diacre continued to make history after retiring, becoming the first woman to coach a men’s professional football team when she took over at Clermont Foot in Ligue 2. Prior to that, she coached ASJ Soyaux – the club where she spent her entire playing career – and was an assistant to one of her predecessors in the France job, Bruno Bini. Appointed Les _Bleues_ coach in August 2017, Diacre will hope to bring her strong character and cool head to bear in reviving the fortunes of a golden French generation that has suffered a number of disappointments.

The stat
4 - The number of consecutive occasions in which France have been knocked out in the quarter-finals of major competitions: UEFA Women’s EURO 2013, the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015, the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament Rio 2016 and UEFA Women’s EURO 2017. Les Bleues are hoping to clear the hurdle in 2019 and kick on to win the world title on home soil.