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France finally finds recipe for midfield success
After years of failed promise, France finally has a midfield to be proud of once again
By JEROME PUGMIRE
Associated Press
2014-06-12 03:01 AM

RIBEIRAO PRETO, Brazil (AP) -- After years of underachieving and failed promise, France has a midfield to be proud of again.

The successful France teams of the past revolved around great midfields, with Michel Platini and Zinedine Zidane freed to shine because the likes of Didier Deschamps and Patrick Vieira did the lead up work.

France's attack -- with 31 goals in the past nine games -- is flourishing again thanks largely to the midfield foundation provided by Paul Pogba, Blaise Matuidi and Yohan Cabaye. Barring injury, they are set to start against Honduras in Group E on Sunday.

Pogba has athleticism, effortless technique and a powerful shot from long distance, as does Cabaye, whose intelligent, crisp passing sets the early tempo.

Matuidi has become an energetic, driving force with his tireless running.

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