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The "Bleus" go green!

The « Bleus » and Tignes: this is a long story… There is a reason for this: the duo is working! In May 1998, Aimé Jacquet and his players came to Tignes in order to prepare the 1998 World Cup. What happened next? Everyone knows it! They became World Champions on 12th of July 1998. In May 2000, Roger Lemerre chose Tignes as altitude training resort to prepare the “Euro 2000”... they won it! In 2006, the "Bleus" came back to prepare the 2006 World Cup: they reached the finals! The same goes for the 2010 World Cup: the French football team came back to Tignes for a sports stay that has become traditional. This training camp was particularly important because some matches were held at 1800m of altitude at Johannesbourg.

In ten years and since Aimé Jacquet’s initiative in 1997, Tignes has become the French football team’s HQ before each decisive competition. According the former doctor of the team Jean-Pierre Paclet, if Tignes has become a “tradition” for the players, it’s because in that context, they can recuperate and be united sharing good times together. As the specialist said: “Tignes is now a tradition. And it is always good for the players to have bearings.” That is how Tignes has become the point of reference of the “Bleus”.

During their stays in Tignes, the “Bleus” have an intensive training programme: football of course, but also mountainbike and footing sessions around the lake, biathlon on the Grande Motte glacier, physical preparation in the weights room of the Lagon, and squash & tennis! The team even climbed up the Grande Motte glacier in about an hour (and spent the night in the altitude restaurant “Le Panoramic”) and tested the buggy in Tignes les Brévières. The fans came to see and encourage their favourite players!

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MTB around the lake

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First training on Thursday, May 20th (© FFF.fr)

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The « Bleus » and Tignes: this is a 10-year long story… There is a reason for this: the duo is working!