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Germany – France: controversy, defeats, tears, joys… A duel steeped in history . Sport

The rivalry between France and Germany, in football, has often turned to the advantage of the Germans. Sometimes leaving beautiful wounds, difficult to close, like Seville 1982 for men, or Montreal 2015 for women.

It was only in friendly matches that the French and French managed to beat this German team, before losing in major competitions. Until… Euro 2016. In France, Didier Deschamps’ men had brought down the Mannschaft (2-0), to reach the final. A performance that Les Bleues hope to achieve this Wednesday July 27 (9 p.m.), in the semi-finals of Euro 2022. The opportunity also to add a historic line to the long list of France – Germany.

1982: the controversy engraved in the memories

Seville 1982, engraved in the memories. On July 8, 1982, the French team of Giresse, Platini and Rocheteau failed in the semi-finals of the World Cup against Germany, after a crazy match, marked in particular by the controversial exit of Schumacher on Battiston (3-3, 4-5 tabs).

Forty years later, the wound is not yet healed for many fans, and even the new generations. No need to be born or to have seen this match, to know the main lines. The trauma.

One of the founding acts of this Franco-Germanic football rivalry, with, subsequently, a scenario that is repeated (too) often in official matches: in the end, Germany wins.

2005: first official duel between French and German women… In England

If the first French victory against the Germans goes back to a friendly match, in April 2003 (1-0), the first official confrontation between the two teams, in a major competition dates from 2005. It was during the European championship which disputed in England. But, at the time, there was a world of difference between an ultra-dominant German selection on the European scene, and a French selection which had never passed the group stage.

The Breton Camille Abily, 21, during Euro 2005 against the Germans. © Photo: Paul Barker/AFP

Camille Abily’s Les Bleues were beaten 3-0 with three goals in the last twenty minutes and saw their Euro stop in the first round. While Germany spun towards a sixth title.

2009: the heaviest defeat of the Blues

Four years later, rebelote. France inherited the defending champions in their group and lost this time 5-1. His heaviest defeat in an official match against the Germans. The opportunity to recall that the heaviest defeat, period, in the history of the French women’s team, was also against Germany. A friendly match in 1992 ended in a heavy and sad 7-0.

This setback in 2009, during the Euro in Finland, did not prevent Les Bleues from winning their ticket to the quarter-finals for the first time.

2015: Blue tears and a founding defeat

In the World Cup, the French have not had a better fate against the Germans. A 4-2 defeat at the 2011 World Cup, which did not prevent Le Sommer and company from finishing fourth in the competition.

But, four years later, the France team undoubtedly experienced its cruelest defeat against the German neighbors. A meeting with an unfair scenario for Les Bleues, worthy of being part of the line of significant duels between the two nations.
Clearly dominating, the French women struggled to materialize. After opening the scoring by Louisa Necib, shortly after the hour mark, the referee awarded a generous penalty, less than 10 minutes from the final whistle. In the extra time, Philippe Bergeroo’s players should have also benefited from a penalty. Then, Thiney missed the empty goal in the 117th minute. Les Bleues then lost during the penalty shootout (5-3). A trauma for many, including Thiney in particular had a hard time recovering.

photo the french gaëtane thiney during the 2015 world cup against germany.  © photo: getty images via afp

The French Gaëtane Thiney during the 2015 World Cup against Germany. © Photo: Getty Images via AFP

It was the most successful meeting of the Habs against the Germans in official competition, and the beginnings of more balanced duels. As proven by the friendly matches since (out of the last six meetings, France has won twice, for a draw and three defeats).

2016: heading to the final

It was in France, during Euro 2016, that Didier Deschamps’ men returned to success against the Germans, during a major competition. By beating Mannschaft 2-0, on a double from Griezmann, the Blues sign their first success against their best enemy, in official competition, since 1958 (6-3 victory in the match for third place in the World Cup in Sweden).

This victory then allowed the French to qualify for the final of the Euro, which they lost against Portugal.

2022: the turn of the Blues?

By facing Germany in the semi-final of Euro 2022, this Wednesday, July 27 (9 p.m.), Les Bleues will try to imitate their male counterparts by eliminating Alexandra Popp’s teammates, to reach the final ( and try to find a happier ending there than in 2016). A tantalizing duel and the opportunity to definitively wipe away the tears of 2015 by making history. Because, if the French women’s team has never beaten the Die Nationalelf in official competition, she has never reached the final of a major competition either. But there is a first for everything!



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