France WNT : All change with Bergeroo ? A few numbers.

Well Bruno Bini has left after the Euro 2013 quarter-final failure and in has come Phillipe Bergeroo. So let’s see what choices he has made for the 6 games he has taken charge of. Long serving captain Sandrine Soubeyrand has retired from international football after the competition. France have played 2 friendlies against the Czech Republic and Poland  2-0, 6-0  and 4 World Cup qualifiers Kazahkstan 4-0, Austria 3-1 Bulgaria twice 10-0 and 14-0.  Tactically Bergeroo uses a 4-4-2 system, a change from Bini’s regular 4-2-3-1 system with Necib playing on the left wing.

Goalkeeper :

Bouhaddi 4 games. She is the clear number 1

Deville 2 games. The usual back-up to Bouhaddi.

Defender :

Renard 6 games. The new France Captain, 6 games out of 6, likes to score a few goals as well with her head.

Delannoy 5 games. She partners Renard rather than Georges as she is a better ball passer according to the coach.

Houara 5 games. It seems she has overtaken Franco in the right back pecking order and is also the back-up at left-back.

Boulleau 3+1 games. The first choice left-back, she has missed a few games due to injury.

Franco 3 games. She seems to be the back-up right back now

Georges 2 games she is now the back-up at center back.

M’Bock Bathy +2 games came on as a sub twice against Bulgaria. The U19 Euro and U17 WC winner is coming through and might be a regular soon.

Midfield :

Necib 6 games first choice on the left wing.

Thomis 5 games first choice on the right wing, despite some irregular performances this season.

Henry 5 games first choice at defensive midfield and rightly so.

Bussaglia 4+2 games competing with Abily for the 2nd center mid place, playing well as always with France.

Abily 3+1 games coming back from injury, she missed a few games and competing with Henry and Bussaglia for a starting place

Makanza +3 games came on as a sub 3 times out of 6, started the season well with MHSC

Catala +2 games seem to have been forgotten at the moment and has not been called up for the recent games, club form not the best

Toletti  +2 games another U19 Euro and U17 WC winner who is starting to knock at the door of the Senior team.

Kaci +1 game came on as sub against Poland

Lavaud + 1 the match winner in the U19 Euro final in 2010 against England, she has come as a sub against Bulgaria.


Delie 5 games number one choice at center forward nothing has changed from Bini’s era here except that she has now a striking partner to help as there ahas been games where she was quite isolated in the past.

Thiney 4+2 games She seems to be the preferred partner to Delie up front, has scored a few in those 6 games. Used to play more on the wing under Bini but not back in the middle.

Le Sommer 4+1 games has been used alternatively on the wing or up front. In very good form with many goals and assists this season.

Tonazzi +3 games basically the 4th option up front behind the 3 main forwards.

Conclusion : Bergeroo uses 13 starters for 11 places in his 4-4-2, he said he would experiment at the Cyprus Cup.


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