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Sacre Bleu..and we thought England had problems!

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To be honest, the drama surrounding the World Cup has probably eclipsed any excitement so far on the pitch, and France seem to be central to all tournament drama.

The story thus far seems to run as this:

– Anelka swears at coach Domenech during the half time of France’s 2-0 defeat to Mexico
– Anelka is sent home by Domenech and France Football Federation following his refusal to apologise for the outburst
– Today the team refuse to train, in an effort to show support to the exiled Anelka
– Fitness coach Robert Duverne has argument on training pitch with Evra, before team board team bus to hold talks with coach Domenech.
– French national team director, Jean-Louis Valentin quits in disgust at the whole affair

Add to this, apparent rumours that French player Gourcuff is apparently being bullied by other team mates, all that seems apparent is that France are a squad in crisis, are heading towards an early World Cup exit, and seem to have a huge amount of rebuilding to do to get back to the sort of side we saw at France 98.

If England are actually having problems behind the scene, I’m just glad that so far, we haven’t seen too much happening in public. It must be embarrassing for a country to see a team who simply cannot perform at the moment, as well as a team who seem to be airing dirty laundry in public.

France take on South Africa in their final match on June 22nd. Will there be a squad left to make this match happen?


Written by Nicole Carroll

June 20, 2010 at 5:21 pm

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  1. It’s usually the Dutch that self implode on the biggest stage too!


    June 20, 2010 at 5:24 pm

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