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Jun 6, 2014

France suffer major World Cup blow as Ribery is ruled out

PARIS, June 6 (Reuters) – France’s World Cup chances suffered a severe blow when influential winger Franck Ribery was ruled out with lower back problems on Friday.

Coach Didier Deschamps also said that attacking midfielder Clement Grenier was out of the finals in Brazil with a groin problem as Les Bleus suffered their third injury since the 23-man squad was unveiled. Second-choice goalkeeper Steve Mandanda also pulled out.

Jun 6, 2014

Ribery turns the clock back as World Cup looms

PARIS (Reuters) – A tormented soul at the last World Cup and a restrained man two years ago at Euro 2012, Frenchman Franck Ribery has once again become what made him of one the brightest players in Europe – a carefree character who loves to play football.

Yet his participation in the World Cup has been threatened by lower back pains in the run-up to the tournament.

Jun 6, 2014

Deschamps seeks to bring Midas touch back to France

PARIS (Reuters) – Less than two years after taking charge, coach Didier Deschamps has turned the France team, described as a bunch of overpaid mutineers four years ago, into a competitive outfit with a credible shot at a World Cup last-four spot.

The 45-year-old former France captain, who led Les Bleus to their 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 titles, has won silverware at every club he has managed and did the same with three of the six clubs he played for.

Jun 6, 2014

Erratic France slowly rediscover their pedigree

PARIS (Reuters) – Four years after making fools of themselves in South Africa, France have regained their credibility and can even realistically contemplate making a major impact at the World Cup finals.

In 2010, Les Bleus went on strike in support of Nicolas Anelka, who had been kicked out of the squad for insulting coach Raymond Domenech, and exited the competition in the first round.

Jun 6, 2014

Soccer-World-Ribery turns the clock back as World Cup looms

PARIS, June 6 (Reuters) – A tormented soul at the last World Cup and a restrained man two years ago at Euro 2012, Frenchman Franck Ribery has once again become what made him of one the brightest players in Europe – a carefree character who loves to play football.

Yet his participation in the World Cup has been threatened by lower back pains in the run-up to the tournament.

Jun 6, 2014

Soccer-World-Deschamps seeks to bring Midas touch back to France

PARIS, June 6 (Reuters) – Less than two years after taking charge, coach Didier Deschamps has turned the France team, described as a bunch of overpaid mutineers four years ago, into a competitive outfit with a credible shot at a World Cup last-four spot.

The 45-year-old former France captain, who led Les Bleus to their 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 titles, has won silverware at every club he has managed and did the same with three of the six clubs he played for.

Jun 6, 2014

Soccer-World-Erratic France slowly rediscover their pedigree

PARIS, June 6 (Reuters) – Four years after making fools of themselves in South Africa, France have regained their credibility and can even realistically contemplate making a major impact at the World Cup finals.

In 2010, Les Bleus went on strike in support of Nicolas Anelka, who had been kicked out of the squad for insulting coach Raymond Domenech, and exited the competition in the first round.

Jun 5, 2014

Halep proves she’s the girl with a master plan

PARIS (Reuters) – Simona Halep is a player with a plan. A few of them in fact.

While lacking the power of some of the biggest names in the women’s game, the wily Romanian has plotted her way through to the French Open final without dropping a set thanks to an ability to adapt to circumstances.

Jun 5, 2014

Tennis-Halep proves she’s the girl with a master plan

PARIS, June 5 (Reuters) – Simona Halep is a player with a plan. A few of them in fact.

While lacking the power of some of the biggest names in the women’s game, the wily Romanian has plotted her way through to the French Open final without dropping a set thanks to an ability to adapt to circumstances.

Jun 5, 2014

Halep conjures more tricks to reach first slam final

PARIS (Reuters) – Simona Halep conjured more magical shot-making to torment Andrea Petkovic and reach her first grand slam final with a 6-2 7-6(4) victory in the semi-finals of the French Open on Thursday.

The Romanian fourth seed, who will face 2012 champion and last year’s runner-up Maria Sharapova on Saturday, had Petkovic under her spell in the opening set but had to fend off some spirited resistance in the second.

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      "I have been with Reuters for nine years, working as a sports reporter in Paris. I have covered Olympics in Turin, Beijing and Vancouver, African Nations Cup in Ghana and Angola. As a cycling correspondent, I have been covering the Tour de France since 2006."
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