|Home stadium Stade de France|
Arena/Stadium Stade de France
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
|FIFA code FRA|
|Head coach Raymond Domenech, 2004-|
Association French Football Federation
The France national football B team is a national football team representing France that plays matches at a lower level than the France national football team. In France, the team is usually called "France A dash".
Popularity and use
The team runs occasionally as a feeder team for France national football team, to give a chance to under-21 or less experienced players to play for the national team without being awarded a full cap. The team may play matches held before World Cups or other tournaments to give second-choice players, injured players or possible choices an opportunity to play a full game to either keep their fitness levels up or to earn their way into the first team.
The second-most-recent match of the team was played against Slovakia B on 21 August 2007, the day before the regular A-team friendly. The team line-up was Sébastien Frey, Jonathan Zebina (Zoumana Camara), Jean-Alain Boumsong (Anthony Réveillère), Sébastien Squillaci, Mikaël Silvestre, Jimmy Briand, Alou Diarra, Lassana Diarra, (Rio Antonio Mavuba), Jérémy Mathieu, Djibril Cissé (Frédéric Piquionne), David Trezeguet; team member Teddy Richert was not used. The match ended at 0-1, with France B losing; Jean-Alain Boumsong played on the second day as a last-minute substitution.
The most recent match of France B was on 5 February 2008 against Congo DR in Marbella, the day before the regular A-team friendly in Málaga. The team line-up was Steve Mandanda (Hugo Lloris 46'); Gaël Clichy, Jean-Alain Boumsong, Philippe Mexès, Bacary Sagna; Jérôme Rothen, Alou Diarra, Samir Nasri (Gaël Givet 76'), Mathieu Flamini (Jérémy Menez 17'), Jimmy Briand; Djibril Cissé; team members Sébastien Squillaci and Abou Diaby were not used.
Player in bold holds senior cap for the A team