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France, Germany are World Cup favourites

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 By Ian Holyman

Didier Drogba and Youri Djorkaeff made Ligue 1 ambassadors

Didier Drogba
Didier Drogba played for Le Mans, Guingamp and Marseille in France.

Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba and France's World Cup and European Championship winner Youri Djorkaeff have been named as ambassadors for Ligue 1.

The pair were at the meeting of the French Football League's (LFP) Administrative Council on Thursday when they were presented as the faces of French football on the international market.

Though he announced recently he is likely to retire from playing next year, Drogba, 39, is expected to appear for the club he owns, Phoenix Rising, in the coming...

United States set to face France in friendly ahead of World Cup

Taylor Twellman says that watching the World Cup draw without USMNT involvement should be a wake-up call and motivation for U.S. Soccer.

The United States men's national team will play France in a friendly on June 9 in Lyon, the French Football Federation (FFF) announced via Twitter on Wednesday.

The U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) indicated that a contract with the FFF hasn't been signed but that the contractual details on the match, which will be France's last friendly before the 2018 World Cup, are in the process of being finalized.

The match is set to be held at Lyon's Groupama Stadium. France also plan to face Colombia on...

 By Ian Holyman

NYCFC boss Patrick Vieira says he's 'not chasing' new job in Europe

NYCFC coach Patrick Vieira joins ESPN FC's Heineken Boot Room to discuss his current club and potential future jobs.
NYCFC's Patrick Vieira joins ESPN FC's Heineken boot room to discuss his decision to move into coaching.

Patrick Vieira insists he is "not chasing a job in Europe," with the highly rated New York City FC boss happy with at the MLS franchise.

After working in Manchester City's youth set-up, Vieira, 41, is revelling in his first senior coaching role, having taken NYCFC to the Eastern Conference semifinals in each of his first two seasons.

Inevitably, Vieira has been linked with a host of vacant positions in Europe, given his moderate success in MLS and the stature earned from a playing career during which...

 By Ian Holyman

Olivier Giroud must ponder Arsenal exit in January - France's Guy Stephan

Relive Olivier Giroud's stunning scorpion kick vs. Crystal Palace that won the 2017 Puskas award.
After Ronald Koeman revealed that Olivier Giroud nearly signed to Everton, the FC guys ponder how the striker would've fit.
First-half goals from Griezmann and Giroud downed Belarus and helped France seal World Cup qualification out of Group A.

Olivier Giroud will have to decide whether to leave Arsenal during the winter transfer window, France's assistant coach Guy Stephan has said.

Last summer's arrival of international teammate Alexandre Lacazette has seen Giroud limited to cameo roles with Arsenal in the Premier League so far this season with 12 top-flight appearances solely from the bench.

Giroud, 31, won his 69th senior cap for France in the 2-0 win over Wales last month, but was replaced late on by Lacazette, who then started the...