WC2010 review: France

France’s 2010 World Cup campaign can only be described as a disaster.

France’s 2010 World Cup campaign can only be described as a disaster.

Les Bleus gathered just one point in the group stage to finish bottom behind Uruguay, Mexico and hosts South Africa but it wasn’t just their performances that drew criticism.

The in-house fighting between coach Raymond Domenech and his players caused plenty of animosity within the squad and the team who were runners-up in 2006, were able to score just once, in the final game when it was all over.

The performance as a whole was completely lost on former France striker Sylvain Wiltord who told FIFA.com: “It's completely inexplicable and worrying. This team isn't attractive to watch. There's a real lack of desire and understanding between the players. That can't be the fault of the coach alone.”

Finished: 29th
Record: Wins – 0; Draws – 1; Losses – 2; Points – 1
Matches: Uruguay (0-0), Mexico (0-2), South Africa (1-2)
Goals: 1
Against: 4

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William Gallas (The veteran seemed to be one of the only French players who was out there to win)

Official statistics

Minutes played
Hugo Lloris 270
Bacary Sagna 270
William Gallas 270
Franck Ribery 270
Abou Diaby 270

Top scorers
Florent Malouda 1

Total shots
Nicolas Anelka 8
Franck Ribery 7
Florent Malouda 4
Yoann Gourcuff 4

Pass Completion Rate
William Gallas 82%
Abou Diaby 79%
Eric Abidal 75%

Most Fouls
Abou Diaby 19
Andre-Pierre Gignac 5
Jeremy Toulalan 5
Sidney Govou 5

Yellow cards
Jeremy Toulalan 2
Franck Ribery 1
Patrice Evra 1
Eric Abidal 1
Abou Diaby 1

Red cards
Yoann Gourcuff 1

Hugo Lloris 13

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