Previewing France WNT

by Saby

FRANCE: Les Bleus (“The Blues”)

FIFA Ranking: 6 (as of July 2012)

Coach: Bruno Bini

Number of Olympics Appearances: This will be France’s first time participating in women’s soccer at an Olympics.

Group: G (United States, North Korea, Colombia)

First Match: Against United States on 7/25

Starting XI (4-2-3-1)

This is what the France WNT starting XI could look like after 9 games they have played so far in 2012. Down below are the players who played the most this year. The last friendly prior the Olympics will be against Japan. We should see if Coach Bruno Bini will change his starting XI by then.

Note that Sandrine Soubeyrand (C) has been injured those past months. The French staff announced that she should be ready for the Olympics. This is the main reason that the last spot is in between Louisa Necib and Elodie Thomis, The last starting XI spot will probably be determined by the opponent.

French Team:

Goalkeepers :

Sarah Bouhaddi (Olympique Lyonnais)

Céline Deville (Olympique Lyonnais)


Defenders :

Sonia Bompastor (Olympique Lyonnais)

Corine Franco (Olympique Lyonnais)

Ophélie Meilleroux (Montpellier H.S.C)

Wendie Renard (Olympique Lyonnais)

Laure Boulleau (Paris Saint Germain)

Laura Georges (Olympique Lyonnais)

Sabrina Viguier (Olympique Lyonnais)

Midfielders :

Camille Abily (Olympique Lyonnais)

Elise Bussaglia (Olympique Lyonnais)

Sandrine Soubeyrand (F.C.F Juvisy)

Louisa Necib (Olympique Lyon)*

Gaëtane Thiney (F.C.F Juvisy)

Camille Catala (A.S. Saint-Etienne)



Eugénie Le Sommer (Olympique Lyonnais)

Elodie Thomis (Olympique Lyonnais)*

Marie-Laure Delie (Montpellier H.S.C)



GK : Laëtitia Philippe (Montpellier H.S.C)

Def : Kelly Gadea (Montpellier H.S.C)

Def : Julie Soyer (Paris Saint-Germain)

For : Marina Makanza (SC Fribourg)

String backup

GK : Karima Benameur (Rodez Aveyron F.)

Mid : Mélissa Plaza (Montpellier H.S.C)



¼ Final if they finish second in group stage

Final if they reach the 1st spot in group stage


Best players

Camille Abily

Sonia Bompastor

Elise Bussaglia

Eugénie Le Sommer

Louisa Necib

Gaëtane Thiney


Player to watch

Elodie Thomis


Game played against Top ten or lost games


Friendly Netherlands    2.1          L

WWC Canada               0.4          W

WWC Germany            4.2          L

WWC England              1.1          W to PK

WWC USA                   3.1          L

WWC Sweden              2.1          L


Cyprus cup England     0.3          W

Cyprus cup Canada      0.2          W