#5 – France
France have reached the World cup semi-finals five times, in 1958, 1982, 1986, 1998, 2006, winning the tournament in 1998 and reaching the final in 2006. Their 1998 team is considered to be one of the best in World Cup history with star players such as Zinedine Zidane, Didier Deschamps, Laurent Blanc, Lilian Thuram and Thierry Henry helping them to beat Brazil 3-0 in the final of that year. They have struggled to build a strong team over recent years and their FIFA World rankings is currently down at #17.
Most Capped Player: Lilian Thuram, 142 (1994 – 2008)
Top Goal Scorer: Thierry Henry, 51 (1997 – 2010)