France national under-16 football team
|Nickname(s)||Les Bleuets (The Little Blues)
Les Tricolores (The Tri-colours)
|Association||French Football Federation|
|Head coach||Jean-Claude Giuntini|
|Top scorer||Jeremy Menez (19)|
The France national under-16 football team is the national under-16 football team of France and is controlled by the French Football Federation. The team previously competed in the annual UEFA European Under-16 Football Championship before it was converted into an under-17 competition in 2002. The under-16 team competes in regional tournaments, such as the Tournoi de Val-de-Marne and the Montaigu Tournament and international tournaments, such as the Aegean Cup in Turkey. France are currently the five-time defending champions of the Aegean Cup.
Prior to the UEFA European Under-16 Football Championship being converted into an under-17 event, France never won the competition, but finished as runner-ups on two occasions in 1996 and 2001. The latter team was considered the best scoring 17 goals and conceding only one goal, which came in the final against Spain. However, of the 18 players that played on the team, only one has played in the senior national team; winger Florent Sinama-Pongolle. Three players; Emerse Faé, Hassan Yebda, and Mourad Meghni have played for other national teams for which they were eligible.
The 2012–13 international under-16 campaign began on 18 September 2012 and the current coach of the team is Jean-Claude Giuntini, a former football player. Prior to coaching for the French Football Federation, Giuntini had a domestic coaching tenure at ESA Brive from 1986–1995. The current captain of the team has yet to be determined.
- The following players have been called up to participate in the 2012 edition of the Tournoi International du Val-de-Marne to be played from 20 October to 4 November.
Caps and goals are as current as the squad's previous match against the Netherlands on 3 November 2012. These players are currently playing in the youth academies of their respective clubs.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Nont Muangngam||20 April 1997||1||0||Nancy||v. Wales, 20 September 2012|
|DF||Nathan Goupil||11 February 1997||2||0||Auxerre||v. Wales, 20 September 2012|
|DF||Harold Moukoudi||27 November 1997||2||0||Le Havre||v. Wales, 20 September 2012|
|DF||François Roudaut||19 March 1997||2||0||Auxerre||v. Wales, 20 September 2012|
|MF||Nathan Epaillard||31 July 1997||2||2||Paris Saint-Germain||v. Norway, 30 October 2012|
|MF||Jérémie Boga||11 February 1997||2||1||Chelsea||v. Norway, 30 October 2012|
|MF||Bryan Labissière||11 February 1997||2||1||Paris Saint-Germain||v. Wales, 20 September 2012|
|MF||Thierry Ambrose||28 March 1997||2||0||Auxerre||v. Wales, 20 September 2012|
|MF||Romain Le Mehaute||2 October 1997||2||0||Rennes||v. Wales, 20 September 2012|
|FW||Florian Aye||19 January 1997||2||2||Auxerre||v. Wales, 20 September 2012|
|FW||Benjamin Blémand||16 January 1997||2||0||Auxerre||v. Wales, 20 September 2012|
|18 September 2012||Wales||0 – 6||France||Stebonheath Park, Llanelli|
|21:00 CET||Report||Faupala 15'
Aye 61', 65'
|20 September 2012||Wales||0 – 1||France||Jenner Park Stadium, Barry|
|12:00 CET||Report||Epaillard 12'|
2012 Tournoi du Val-de-Marne
|30 October 2012||France||3 – 0||Norway||Parc des Sports, Maisons-Alfort|
|14:00 CET||Ntambwe 15'
|1 November 2012||France||1 – 0||Croatia||Stade Jean Bouin, Choisy-le-Roi|
|16:00 CET||Onguene 40'||Report|
|3 November 2012||France||1 – 0||Netherlands||Complexe Sportif Léo-Lagrange, Bonneuil-sur-Marne|
|16:00 CET||Prohouly 17'||Report|
Last updated: 23 October 2012
Source: French Football Federation U-16 Schedule
- As of 18 September 2012.
|Assistant manager||José Alcocer||French|
|Goalkeeper coach||Laurent Chatrefoux||French|
|Doctor||Christian Le Coq||French|
|Delegation Chief||Thierry Mercier||French|
- For single-match results of the under-16 national team, see French football single-season articles.
UEFA European U-16 Football Championship record
|1982||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1984||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1994||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1997||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1998||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1999||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2000||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-|
- *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-16 Football Championship
- Finalists (2): 2001, 1996
- Quarterfinalists (1): 1995
- Val-de-Marne Tournament
- Champions (7): 2011, 2005, 2004, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999
- Champions (10): 2012, 2006, 2005, 2001, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1983, 1977, 1976
- Aegean Cup
- Champions (6): 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2001
- "http://www.fff.fr/individus/selections/der_selection.php?id_selection=12" (in French). French Football Federation. 22 October 2012. Retrieved 23 October 2012. External link in
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- Official site (French)