There are many sports that the played in France, including judo, football, tennis and rugby. France has hosted several international sporting events, such as the FIFA World Cup (1938 and 1998), the Rugby World Cup (2007) and the largest cycling race, the Tour de France.
France also hosts several tennis events, the most important of which is the French Open, one of four Grand Slam tournaments. France is also a strong supporter of the revival of the Olympic Games in the late 19th century.
Football is France’s most popular sport with 18,000 registered clubs, including 1,800,000 players.
The French national football team named “Les Blues” one of the most successful teams in the world with the FIFA World Cup (1998), second place in the FIFA World Cup (2006) and the UEFA European Championship (1984 and 2000).
France has also produced a number of record holders, including Zinedine Zidane, a three-time FIFA World Player of the Year, Michael Platini, a three-time Ballon d’Or, and Raymond Copa, the first footballer to receive the Legion d’Honneur and National Award.
The team’s all-time top scorers, Thierry Henry and Just Fontaine, set the record for most goals scored in a World Cup.
The French also love the Rugby Union and have competed in every Rugby World Cup and annual tournament in six countries.
He has won Six Nations Championships, including eight Grand Slam victories. He has also reached the Rugby Cup semi-finals 6 times and 3 finals. Basketball is also very popular and it won the 2013 FIBA EuroBasket title and also won two Olympic silver medals.
popular sports in France
Traditional or Regional Sports
- TREC — – French equestrian sport aimed at testing the endurance of both horse and rider.
- Canne de Combat — French martial art in which opponents fight each other inside a ring with a stick in one hand.
- La Soule — Traditional team game that began in Normandy and Picardy. Neighboring parish teams usually play, with the aim of returning the ball to the parish church of the team, with or without sticks. Also known as Choule.
- Jeu Provençal — a popular French form of Boules, where the objective is to throw a set of hollow metal balls as close as possible to a target ball. Also known as Boule Lyonnaise.
- Pétanque — A type of boules in which the goal is to throw hollow metal balls at a small wooden round ball.
France Sporting Success
FIFA World Cup winners in 1998 and 2018
Athletes from France
- Marie Jose-Perac (Athletics)
- Zinedine Zidane (football)
- Amélie Mauresmo (Tennis)
France Sports inconsequential
The 1900 Olympic Games were the only Olympic Games in which cricket was played and a match was played between England and France.
Annual sporting events held in France
- French Open (tennis)
- Tour de France (cycling)
- 24 Hours of Le Mans / 24 Heures du Mans (motorsports)
- Ligue 1, the top-level football league in France.