Defender (association football)
In the sport of association football, a defender is an outfield player whose primary role is to prevent the opposing team from scoring goals. There are four types of defenders, centre-back, sweeper, full-back, the centre-back and full-back positions are essential in most modern formations. The sweeper and wing-back roles are more specialised for certain formations, a centre-back defends in the area directly in front of the goal, and tries to prevent opposing players, particularly centre-forwards, from scoring. Centre-backs accomplish this by blocking shots, tackling, intercepting passes, contesting headers, with the ball, centre-backs are generally expected to make long and pinpoint passes to their teammates, or to kick unaimed long balls down the field. For example, a clearance is a long unaimed kick intended to move the ball as far as possible from the defenders goal, during normal play, centre-backs are unlikely to score goals. In this case, other defenders or midfielders will temporarily move into the centre-back positions, in the modern game, most teams employ two or three centre-backs in front of the goalkeeper. The 4–2–3–1, 4–3–3, and 4–4–2 formations all use two centre-backs, the sweeper is a more versatile centre-back who sweeps up the ball if an opponent manages to breach the defensive line. This position is more fluid than that of other defenders who man-mark their designated opponents. Because of this, it is referred to as libero. For example, the system of play, used in Italian football in the 1960s. The more modern libero possesses the qualities of the typical libero while being able to expose the opposition during counterattacks. The Fundell-libero has become popular in recent time with the sweeper transitioning to the most advanced forward in an attack. This variation on the position requires great pace and fitness, while rarely seen in professional football, the position has been extensively used in lower leagues. Modern libero sit behind centre-backs as a sweeper before charging through the team to join in the attack, some sweepers move forward and distribute the ball up-field, while others intercept passes and get the ball off the opposition without needing to hurl themselves into tackles. If the sweeper does move up the field to distribute the ball, they will need to make a speedy recovery, in modern football, its usage has been fairly restricted, with few clubs in the biggest leagues using the position. Though it is used in modern football, it remains a highly respected. A recent and successful use of the sweeper was made by Otto Rehhagel, Greeces manager, Rehhagel utilized Traianos Dellas as Greeces sweeper to great success, as Greece surprisingly became European champions. The full-backs take up the wide positions and traditionally stayed in defence at all times
Association de la Jeunesse Auxerroise is a French football club based in the commune of Auxerre in Burgundy. The club was founded in 1905 and currently plays in Ligue 2, Auxerre plays its home matches at the Stade lAbbé-Deschamps on the banks of the Yonne River. The team is managed by former football player Jean-Luc Vannuchi and captained by centre-back Sébastien Puygrenier, Auxerre was founded in 1905 and made its debut in the first division of French football in the 1980–81 season and have remained a fixture in the league until 2011–12 season. The club has won the Ligue 1 title once, in the 1995–96 season, two years prior, Auxerre achieved its first major honour by winning the Coupe de France in 1994. The club has added three more Coupe de France titles, which ties the club for fifth-best among teams who have won the trophy. Auxerre have unearthed several talented players in its existence, the club has most notably served as a springboard for several prominent French football players such as Eric Cantona, Laurent Blanc, Philippe Mexès, Basile Boli, and Djibril Cissé, among others. All six players became French internationals with Blanc playing on the teams won the 1998 FIFA World Cup. From 1961 to 2005, the club was coached by Guy Roux. This included a period when Roux was in charge for 36 years between 1964 and 2000. The club Association de la Jeunesse Auxerroise was founded in 1905, the club success, becoming a force in the Catholic league F. G. S. P. F. In 1908, the club reached the F. G. S. P. F. French Championship final, losing 8–1 however, at the end of the First World War, the club was expelled from its ground. Father Deschamps acquired several pieces of land along the Yonne on the Vaux road, Auxerre made its first steps in Division 1 on 24 July 1980 against Bastia in Toulon. On 20 November 1980, Andrzej Szarmach signed for Auxerre having received consent from the Polish Football Association and he started two days later at home against Lyon and scored the first of his ninety-four goals in Division 1. In the next two seasons, AJA finished fifteenth and eighth respectively, during the 1983–84 season, AJA climbed for the first time onto the podium in finishing third. Patrice Garande finished top scorer with twenty-one goals and that summer, Auxerre recruited Michel NGom. An international prospect, he left Paris Saint-Germain, during pre-season, he scored five goals in ten games. On the last weekend before the start of the season, he visited his former teammates in Paris, tragically, he died following a traffic accident on 12 August 1984
Stade Rennais F.C.
Stade Rennais Football Club is a French association football club based in Rennes. The club was founded in 1901 and currently plays in Ligue 1, Rennes plays its home matches at the Roazhon Park, located within the city. The team is managed by Christian Gourcuff and captained by defender Pedro Mendes, the teams president is René Ruello and its owner is Artémis, the holding company of businessman François Pinault. Rennes was founded in 1901 under the name Stade Rennais and is one of the members of the first division of French football. Alongside Nantes, Rennes is one of the top clubs in the region. The clubs best finish in the league has been fourth with the club accomplishing this feat on four occasions, Rennes has won two Coupe de France titles in 1965 and 1971. After winning the Coupe de France in 1971, Rennes changed its name to its current version, Rennes is known for its youth academy, known in English as the Henri Guérin Training Centre, which was formed in 2000. The French Football Federation has regularly recognised Rennes as having the best youth academy in the country, the patriarch of the academy is the under-19 team, which has won the Coupe Gambardella three times in 1973,2003 and 2008. The academy has produced several notable talents, such as Sylvain Wiltord, Yoann Gourcuff, Yann MVila, Moussa Sow, Yacine Brahimi, Ousmane Dembélé and Jimmy Briand, Stade Rennais Football Club was founded on 10 March 1901 by a group of former students living in Brittany. Football had quickly become widely circulated in nearby regions and it was brought to Brittany. The clubs first match was played two weeks later against FC Rennais, which Stade lost 6–0. In 1902, Stade Rennais joined the USFSA federation and, subsequently, became a member of the Ligue de Bretagne de football. In the second season, the club won the competition after defeating the inaugural league winners FC Rennais 4–0 in the final. The new club adopted the colours of Rennais, which consisted of a red, after three years of Saint-Malo dominating the league, Rennes finally eclipsed the club in 1908 under the leadership of Welsh manager Arthur Griffith. In the following season, Rennes won the league again, but in 1910 Rennes was unable to win a third, the champions subsequently went on an impressive run in which it won the league for the next four seasons over. After World War I, Rennes began focusing its efforts on winning the recently created Coupe de France, in the match, the club faced two-time defending champions Red Star Olympique, which was led by attacker Paul Nicolas, defender Lucien Gamblin and goalkeeper Pierre Chayriguès. Red Star opened the scoring in the minute and the match was concluded following a late goal from Raymond Sentubéry. After the disorganisation of the USFSA in 1913, Rennes joined the Ligue de lOuest, in 1929, Rennes departed the league after disagreeing with the increased number of games the league sought to implement in the new season
Dijon Football Côte dOr is a French association football club based in Dijon. The club was founded in 1998 as a result of a merger between two clubs in the city, and competed in Ligue 2 after suffering relegation from Ligue 1 in the 2011–12 season. The club earned promotion back to Ligue 1 at the end of the 2015–16 season, the club president is Olivier Delcourt and the first-team is coached by Olivier DallOglio, a former football player. Dijon play its matches at the Stade Gaston Gérard. The history of football in Dijon began in 1903 with the founding of Cercle Laïque Dijonnais, the club’s football section was set up in 1913. During World War II Cercle Laïque Dijonnais was renamed Cercle Sportif Dijon, the new club, called Cercle Sportif Laïque Dijonnais, joined Burgundy’s regional Division Honneur at its creation in 1945. In spring 1960, the won the Burgundy championship for the first time. After a spell in the top amateur league from 1962. Refusing repeated proposals by the authorities for the club to turn professional. The club was relegated to the Division Honneur in 1967, the club won promotion to Division 3 in 1974 with the help of Philippe Piat. In the late 1970s, meanwhile, several small clubs merged to form Dijon FC and this new club became the rivals of Cercle Sportif Laïque Dijonnais in the Burgundian capital. During the 1980s Cercle was owned by Jean Claude Dubouil, for the first time in its history, the club played in Division 2 between 1987 and 1991. Despite some good results, however, the club declined both financially and in terms of performance, meanwhile, the city’s second club, Dijon FC, coached by Daniel Joseph, was promoted to the CFA, the same division as Cercle. In 1998, the two leading clubs of the city, the Cercle Sportif Laïque Dijonnais and Dijon FC decided to merge to give Dijon a stronger club, during its first season in CFA, DFCOs manager was Noël Tosi. The club missed out on promotion in the last match of the season, Noël Tosi was dismissed, and replaced by his deputy, Daniel Joseph. The following season, promotion was won in a match against Calais RUFC, the same year DFCO beat Alès to win the French Amateur title, the clubs first trophy. The following two seasons in National were difficult for the club, during the 2000–2001 season, the club narrowly escaped relegation. Following the departure of Daniel Joseph, his deputy Mario Relmy took over, in 2002, Rudi Garcia arrived at the Dijon, which turned professional in 2004
Hellas Verona F.C.
Hellas Verona Football Club is a professional Italian football club, based in Verona, Veneto. The team won the Serie A Championship in 1984–85, and currently plays in Serie B, founded in 1903 by a group of high school students, the club was named Hellas, at the request of a professor of classics. At a time in football was played seriously only in the larger cities of the northwest of Italy. However, when in 1906 two city teams chose the citys Roman amphitheatre as a venue to showcase the game, crowd enthusiasm and media interest began to rise. During these first few years, Hellas was one of three or four teams playing mainly at a municipal level while fighting against city rivals Bentegodi to become the citys premier football outfit. By the 1907–08 season, Hellas was playing against regional teams, from 1898 to 1926, Italian football was organised into regional groups. In this period, Hellas was one of the teams of the early league. In 1911, the city helped Hellas replace the early, gritty football fields with a proper venue and this allowed the team to take part in its first regional tournament, which until 1926, was the qualifying stage for the national title. Between 1926 and 1929, the elite Campionato Nazionale assimilated the top sides from the regional groups and Hellas Verona joined the privileged teams. Serie A, as it is structured today, began in 1929, still an amateur team, Hellas merged with two city rivals, Bentegodi and Scaligera, to form AC Verona. Hoping to build a first class contender for future years the new team debuted in Serie B in 1929 and it would take the gialloblu 28 years to finally achieve their goal. After first being promoted to Serie A for one season in 1957–58, in 1959, coached by Nils Liedholm, the team returned to Serie A in 1968 and remained in the elite league almost without interruption until 1990. Along the way, it scored a famous 5–3 win in the 1972–73 season that cost Milan the scudetto, the fact that the result came late during the last matchday of the season makes the sudden and unexpected end to the rossoneris title ambitions all the more memorable. After a year in Serie B, Hellas returned to Serie A, in the 1975–76 season, the team had a successful run in the Coppa Italia, eliminating highly rated teams such as Torino, Cagliari and Internazionale from the tournament. However, in their first ever final in the competition, Hellas were trounced 4–0 by Napoli, under the leadership of coach Osvaldo Bagnoli, in 1982–83 the team secured a fourth-place in Serie A and even led the Serie A standings for a few weeks. The same season Hellas again reached the Coppa Italia final, after a 2–0 home victory, Hellas then travelled to Turin to play Juventus but were defeated 3–0 after extra time. In 1988, the team had their best international result when they reached the UEFA Cup quarterfinals with four victories, the decisive defeat came from German side Werder Bremen. Hellas finished the year with a 15–13–2 record and 43 points, four ahead of Torino with Internazionale
France national under-18 football team
The France national under-18 football team is the national under-18 football team of France and is controlled by the French Football Federation. The under-18 team matches are not competitive, merely for participate in matches and tournaments, such as the SBS Cup. The team serves as a team to the under-19 team. The 2012–13 international under-18 campaign began on 6 September 2012 and the current coach of the team is Philippe Bergeroo, a football player, notably for Bordeaux, Lille. Prior to coaching for the French Football Federation, Bergeroo had domestic coaching tenures at Paris Saint-Germain, the current captain of the team is Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Mike Maignan. The following players were called up for the 2015 Suwon JS Cup from 26 April to 4 May 2015, caps and goals as of 30 March 2015, after the teams match against Germany. These players are currently playing either on their clubs reserve team or in the youth academy
France national under-19 football team
The France national under-19 football team is the national under-19 football team of France and is controlled by the French Football Federation. The team competes in the annual UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship and they were the 2010 champions of the competition having won on home soil. The under-19 team also contests the qualification matches needed to play in the FIFA U-20 World Cup, France have won the UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship twice in 2005 and 2010. In 2005, striker Abdoulaye Baldé was awarded the Golden Player award, two players, Djamel Abdoun and Moussa Sow, have played for other national teams for which they were eligible. In 2010, the team was crowned champions on home soil after defeating Spain 2–1 in the final in Caen, gaël Kakuta was named the tournaments Golden Player. The 2012–13 international under-19 campaign will begin in August 2012 and will end following the conclusion of the 2013 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship, the current under-19 team is coached by Ludovic Batelli, a former football player, notably with Valenciennes and Lorient. Prior to coaching for the French Football Federation, he had domestic coaching tenures at Troyes, on 6 July 2016, France named their squad for the 2016 UEFA European Under-19 Championship. Head coach, Jean-Claude Giuntini Caps and goals as of 27 March 2017 after the match against Israel, *Draws include knockout matches decided by penalty shootout. **Gold background colour indicates that the tournament was won, red border colour indicates tournament was held on home soil. UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship,1949,1983,1996,1997,2000,2005,2010,2016 Official site
France national under-20 football team
The France national under-20 football team represents France in association football at this age level and is controlled by the French Football Federation. Since there is no under-20 UEFA tournament, the team competes for the FIFA U-20 World Cup, the under-20 team also participates in the Toulon Tournament, usually replacing the under-21 team, and in the football tournaments of the Mediterranean Games and the Jeux de la Francophonie. France are the world champions, having won the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup. The team reached the semifinals for the first time in their history in 2011, the current head coach is Pierre Mankowski and the captain of the team is Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba. The following players were called up to the squad for friendlies against Senegal, England, caps and goals are as current as the squads after the match against Portugal on 28 March 2017. Please note some of players play for their clubs reserve team. The following players have also called up to the France under-20 squad and remain eligible. U21 Player withdrew from the due to a call up to the under-21 team