Quiz! Can you name the France line-up from the 2010 World Cup match against Uruguay?

Nicolas Lodeiro of Uruguay (L) is shown a red card by Referee Yuichi Nishimura during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group A match between Uruguay and France at Green Point Stadium on June 11, 2010 in Cape Town, South Africa.
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Three minutes on the clock, 14 players to guess.

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After the glory of 1998, 2002 was a damp squib for the French. Three games and not a single goal in Japan and South Korea as the holders' curse begun in alarming fashion. 

In 2010, they didn't even have the excuse of being champions as a reason for them being appallingly bad. Les Bleus dazzled in 2006, perhaps should have won the final but for moment of Zinedine Zidane madness – though Zizou's immediate retirement, with a brandish of that red card in Berlin extinguished some of the sparkle four years later. 

This France side was a pale imitation of the one that came before. They would crash out of a group stage that most expected them to sail through and though they at least managed a goal this time around, they didn't do too much more of note.

We don't blame you if you don't remember the French's goalless opener against Uruguay from 2010 – can you guess all 14 players to feature in the game, though?


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Mark White
Staff Writer

Mark White has been a staff writer on FourFourTwo since joining in January 2020, writing pieces for both online and the magazine. An encyclopedia of football shirts and boots knowledge – both past and present – Mark has also been to the FA Cup and League Cup finals for FFT and has written pieces for the mag ranging on subjects from Bobby Robson's season at Barcelona to Robinho's career. He once saw Tyrone Mings at a petrol station in Bournemouth but felt far too short to ask for a photo.