France Finish Fifth

France held off Croatia for a 69-62 win to take fifth place at EuroBasket 2009 in Katowice on Sunday.

Antoine Diot scored 18 points and Nando de Colo added 15 as the French used a 9-0 run in the first quarter to break a 9-9 score and they did not relinquish the lead the rest of the way.

Croatia, France For Fifth

Having secured their berths for next year's World Championship, both France and Croatia will look to give their less heralded players a chance to shine in the 5th-6th place game at EuroBasket 2009 on Sunday.

The French booked their place in Turkey for next summer after overcoming a 19-point first half deficit to beat none other than the Turks themselves, 80-68.



NoNamePos. HeightBirth datePlace of birth
 Pape Badiane 2.08 10.02.1980 Boulogne Billancourt (FRA)  
 Fabien Causeur SG 1.91 16.06.1987 Brest (FRA)  
 Laurent Cazalon 1.96 01.10.1979 Mulhouse (FRA)  
 Mamoutou Diarra GF 2.00 21.05.1980 Paris (FRA)  
 Boris Diaw PF 2.05 16.04.1982 Cormeilles (FRA)  
 Thomas Dubiez SG 1.95 05.05.1980 Lons-le-Saunier (FRA)  
 Cédric Ferchaud 1.92 15.07.1980 Cholet (FRA)  
 Abdoulaye Mbaye SG 1.89 03.11.1988 Berck-Sur-Mer (FRA)  
 Marc-Antoine Pellin 1.70 08.09.1987 Orléans (FRA)  
 William Soliman 2.03 15.02.1980 Saint Denis (FRA)  
 Ludovic Vaty 2.06 21.11.1988 Les Abymes (FRA)  
 4Yakhouba Diawara 1.98 29.08.1982 Paris (FRA)  
 5Sacha Giffa GF 1.97 14.06.1977 Moscow (RUS)  
 6Dounia Issa FC 2.00 03.06.1981 Toulouse (FRA)  
 7William Gradit SF 1.97 29.05.1982 Strasbourg (FRA)  
 8Yannick Bokolo 1.90 19.06.1985 Kinshasa (COD)  
 9Tony Parker PG 1.88 17.05.1982 Brugge (BEL)  
10Steed Tchicamboud 1.93 18.06.1981 Clichy la Garenne (FRA)  
11Claude Marquis 2.04 28.01.1980 Cayenne (FRA)  
12Nando De Colo 1.95 23.06.1987 Sainte Catherine (FRA)  
13Stephen Brun 2.02 04.07.1980 Caen (FRA)  
14Ronny Turiaf 2.06 13.01.1983 Fort de France (FRA)  
15Tariq Kirksay SF 1.99 07.09.1978 NY (USA)  


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Assistant Coach: Jacques Commeres ,
Jean-Louis Borg

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See You In Turkey

France came back from a 19 point first-half deficit to beat Turkey 80-68 and clinch their place in next year's World Championship in the first 5th-8th place game in Katowice.

Tony Parker had game-highs of 28 points and 10 assists as he bounced back from a sub-par performance against Spain to lead the way for Les Bleus .

France, Turkey Meet On The Rebound

France will look to bounce back from their lopsided Quarter-Final defeat against Spain and take a step towards securing a place in next year's World Championship when they face Turkey in the first of Saturday's 5th-8th place games.

After winning their first six games, Les Bleus lost to Spain 86-66 on Thursday, but are well aware there is still something to play for in their remaining two games, having learned that the hard way over the past two years.

France Future Upbeat18.09.2009
Spain Ride Gasol Past France17.09.2009
France Face Spain Test17.09.2009
France Remain Unbeaten15.09.2009
France, Greece Fight For Top Spot In Group E14.09.2009
France Remain Perfect, Top Croatia13.09.2009
Quarter-Final Bound France Take On Croatia12.09.2009
France Katowice Bound After Demolition Of F.Y.R.O.M.11.09.2009
France Look To Avoid Letdown11.09.2009
Preliminarily Perfect09.09.2009




PTST. Parker21.2
RTR. Turiaf5.9
AST. Parker2.5
STN. De Colo1.4
BSR. Turiaf1.1


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03.09.2008vs BEL[W] 82-63 (H)
06.09.2008vs UKR[L] 77-78 (A)
10.09.2008vs TUR[L] 65-77 (A)
13.09.2008vs BEL[W] 71-65 (A)
17.09.2008vs UKR[W] 87-83 (H)
20.09.2008vs TUR[L] 78-80 (H)
05.08.2009vs ITA[W] 80-77 (A)
08.08.2009vs FIN[W] 82-72 (H)
14.08.2009vs ITA[W] 81-61 (H)
17.08.2009vs FIN[L] 73-77 (A)
27.08.2009vs BEL[L] 66-70 (A)
30.08.2009vs BEL[W] 92-54 (H)



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