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May 24, 2010

Soccer-World-France seek to unite off pitch, prove point on it

TIGNES, France, May 24 (Reuters) – Divided and miserable two
years ago, France have pledged to unite and have fun at the
World Cup in South Africa to avoid a repeat of their Euro 2008
flop.

Since arriving at the scenic Alpine resort of Tignes for a
week-long training camp, the players have taken part in a series
of unusual group activities in search of harmony and “healing”.

May 23, 2010

Gallas should play World Cup, team mates say

TIGNES, France (Reuters) – France defender William Gallas’s fitness worries appear to be over and he will almost certainly play in the World Cup finals in South Africa, fellow defenders Gael Clichy and Sebastien Squillaci said on Sunday.

Uncertainly about the fitness of Gallas, who is recovering from a calf injury, is the reason why France coach Raymond Domenech named a provisional squad of 24 players instead of the official 23.

May 23, 2010

Soccer-World-Gallas should play World Cup, team mates say

TIGNES, France, May 23 (Reuters) – France defender William
Gallas’s fitness worries appear to be over and he will almost
certainly play in the World Cup finals in South Africa, fellow
defenders Gael Clichy and Sebastien Squillaci said on Sunday.

Uncertainly about the fitness of Gallas, who is recovering
from a calf injury, is the reason why France coach Raymond
Domenech named a provisional squad of 24 players instead of the
official 23.

May 23, 2010

Losing Diarra a hard blow, says France coach

TIGNES, France (Reuters) – Losing Lassana Diarra for the World Cup is a “hard blow” for France, coach Raymond Domenech said on Sunday.

Midfielder Diarra, who left the team on Saturday after missing training for three days because of persistent stomach pains, has been ruled out of the June 11-July 11 finals in South Africa.

May 23, 2010

Soccer-World-Losing Diarra a hard blow, says France coach

TIGNES, France, May 23 (Reuters) – Losing Lassana Diarra
for the World Cup is a “hard blow” for France, coach Raymond
Domenech said on Sunday.

Midfielder Diarra, who left the team on Saturday after
missing training for three days because of persistent stomach
pains, has been ruled out of the June 11-July 11 finals in
South Africa.

May 22, 2010

France’s Lassana Diarra out of World Cup

TIGNES, France (Reuters) – France midfielder Lassana Diarra has been ruled out of the World Cup because of persistent stomach pains, a team spokesman said on Saturday.

The holding midfielder had not trained for three days after feeling unwell on a hike up a glacier in the French Alps resort of Tignes, where France are in a week-long training camp.

May 22, 2010

France in the mood for love

TIGNES, France (Reuters) – The France players, whose popularity has reached a depressing low after a string of dismal displays, gathered in the French Alps this week in search of a team spirit that might help them win back their fans’ hearts.

There is little to suggest the former world and European champions, who have been booed by their own supporters in recent outings, can make an impact at the World Cup.

May 22, 2010

Soccer-World-France in the mood for love

TIGNES, France, May 22 (Reuters) – The France players,
whose popularity has reached a depressing low after a string of
dismal displays, gathered in the French Alps this week in
search of a team spirit that might help them win back their
fans’ hearts.

There is little to suggest the former world and European
champions, who have been booed by their own supporters in
recent outings, can make an impact at the World Cup.

May 21, 2010

Lassana Diarra misses France training again

TIGNES, France (Reuters) – Lassana Diarra, struggling to adapt to altitude, missed training for the second day running at France’s pre-World Cup camp in the French Alps on Friday.

The holding midfielder had not trained on Thursday because he felt unwell during a hike up one of Europe’s largest glaciers overlooking this scenic ski village.

May 21, 2010

Soccer-World-Lassana Diarra misses France training again

TIGNES, France, May 21 (Reuters) – Lassana Diarra,
struggling to adapt to altitude, missed training for the second
day running at France’s pre-World Cup camp in the French Alps on
Friday.

The holding midfielder had not trained on Thursday because
he felt unwell during a hike up one of Europe’s largest glaciers
overlooking this scenic ski village.

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