FIFA U-17 World Cup record
Brazil 2019 will be France’s seventh participation and third in succession, having earlier appeared in 1987, 2001, 2007 and 2011. Cousins Anthony Le Tallec and Florent Sinama Pongolle propelled them to glory 18 years ago, while the likes of Emmanuel Petit, Mamadou Sakho, Aymeric Laporte and Benjamin Mendy have also been to the tournament with Les Bleuets.
The road to Brazil
France topped an uber-competitive group including FIFA U-17 World Cup holders England, the Netherlands and Sweden, before pummelling Czech Republic 6-1 to secure a South American adventure. Les Bleuets’ UEFA U-17 Championship charge ended in a 2-1 loss to Italy in the semi-finals, but they showed reason aplenty for optimism they can go even further on the global stage, including Adil Aouchiche, who stunningly hit nine goals in five games.
Jean-Claude Giuntini, formerly a lower-league defender, has worked with France’s youth teams for almost a decade. He coached the likes of Thomas Lemar and Anthony Martial at the UEFA U-17 Championship in 2012, and guided a side including Luca Zidane and Odsonne Edouard to glory three years later.
Did you know?
- France’s 3-0 victory over Nigeria in 2001 made them the first team to win an U-17 World Cup final by more than two goals – a feat that has never been surpassed.
- France have been eliminated by Spanish-speaking nations in their last four U-17 World Cups: to Spain in 2007, Mexico in 2011, Costa Rica in 2015 and Spain again in 2017, with two of those coming on penalties.