AFTER an eventful and controversial qualifying campaign, France head to South Africa in 2010 hoping to put the disappointment of losing in the final to Italy last time around in Germany behind them.
Against all the odds, Raymond Domenech is still at the helm of Les Bleus, who stumbled their way to the finals via a play-off victory over Ireland, after finishing behind Serbia in their qualifying group.
Questions are still being asked as to how a squad that includes the likes of Franck Ribery, Karim Benzema, Henry, Yoann Gourcuff, Patrice Evra, Samir Nasri, Nicolas Anelka and new sensation AndrePierre Gignac could come so close to missing out on qualification.
Domenech may have taken France to the World Cup final in 2006 before eventually losing on penalties but the string of lacklustre performances since then have fail to instill confidence that France can go one step further in South Africa.
If Domenech, or any potential successor, can harness the multitude of footballing talent present in the current French squad, then Les Bleus will once again be considered a major threat. The star: Barring injury, Franck Ribery, 26, will be expected to provide the creative spark in midfield for Les Bleus.