Euro 2004 Football - France
Prospects for the European Football Championship 2004
John McCririck, the eccentric horse racing correspondent, bleats on about the bookies ' Bismarck' . What he means by a 'Bismark' is a horse that shrewd bookies want to take bets on because they feel that it will lose. Well France are my football ' Bismarck' .
My reasoning is this, no international football team have ever defended a major European Championship, the French team are over the hill and have lost their hunger to win. I know that France are rated the number one football team in the tournament, but I would not be shocked if Croatia beat them.
Previous qualification: in 1960, 1964, 1968, 1984 (Won), 1992, 1996, 2000 (Won).
France Won Qualifying Group 1
French Squad for European Football Championship 2004
Coach: Jacques Santini