French Sports for Fun

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The most popular sports in France are soccer, judo and tennis, this country has hosted the FIFA World cups of 1938 and 1998 with the finals in the “Stade de Paris” (the largest of France). More recently France had the Rugby Union World Cup in 2007. Annually they have the most famous bicycle race in the globe: The Tour de France, a race that tests the endurance of its competitors during three weeks.

French sports are marked by an ancient tradition, an important role in the organization of modern sports, and a large variety of sports practiced with great success. Even though this was not always so through French history; after the end of the XX century, France became one of the most important nations in the world due to its large assortment of sports practiced, By the year 2010, “Havas Sports and Entertainment,” placed France as the fifth nation in the world at sports.

These are the most popular sports played in France:

  • Football

  • Motorsport

  • Handball

  • Basketball

  • Rugby

  • Tennis

  • Sailing

  • Cycling

  • Pétanque

  • Parkour

  • Table football

  • Orienteering

  • Ice hockey

  • Cricket

History of French Sports

The Modern Olympic Games were, in fact, an idea of the French aristocrat, Baron Pierre de Coubertin, and after its inauguration in Athens, Paris held the second games in 1900 after housing the First International Olympic Committee before it moved to Lausanne. Since then, the Olympic Games have been hosted four times more:

  • The 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris

  • The 1924 Winter Olympics in Chamonix,

  • The 1968 Olympics in Grenoble, also in winter.

  • The 1992 Olympics in Albertville, in winter as well.

A lot of the most important tournaments of tennis take place in France like the Paris

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Masters or one of the four Grand Slam Tournaments: the French Open.

In Le Mans, in the Sarthe department, they organize what is known as the “24 Hours of Le Mans” since 1923: the world oldest car race in endurance racing.

“Les Bleus” or “the Blues” is the nickname for the national teams of soccer and rugby due to the color of their uniforms and the national flag. This country has one of the most successful soccer teams around the world, they had the FIFA World Cup in 1998 and reached the second place in 2006, they’ve also won the European Championships in 1984 and 2000.

In France the most popular national soccer club competition is called The “Ligue.”

While they are very successful with soccer, rugby in France is not far behind, besides their strong national tournament, they’ve won sixteen “Six Nations Championships,” and their team has been in every Rugby World Cup. The Catalans Dragons currently play in the “Super League,” the top tier rugby league competition in the Europe map, the “Super League”. Toulouse Olympique play in the 2nd tier of European rugby league, the Co-operative Championship. The “Elite One Championship” is the top tier of French rugby league.