Chaos In the French National Camp- World Cup 2010, South Africa

Wow, it gets more bizarre daily.

Today according to news reports the French squad refused to train, two days before their (last?) crucial group match against the hosts, South Africa, in this World Cup.

Apparently Patrice Evra, the great Manchester United leftback and, French Captain, had a row with a member of the staff.  The director of the team said he is ashamed of the team and resigned is protest and embarrassment.  Yesterday the very talented and enigmatic French striker, Nicholas Anelka, was dismissed from the team and sent home for insulting the French coach Raymond Domenech, and refusing to apologize.  That argument took place at half time of their game against Mexico, which they duly lost 0-2.  Anelka was substituted right away, mainly because he was piss poor and quite possibly due to that argument.

And that’s not all.  From the beginning there were questions about the team.  They qualified, after a very poor campaign, in the playoffs against Ireland in a controversial manner.  The infamous Henry handball is known all over the world.  Even before the World Cup started the French Football Federation (FFF) named Laurent Blanc as Domenech’s replacement after the World Cup.  A change was needed to be sure, but the timing of the announcement could not be worst.  They should have waited till after the World Cup.  Actually they should have fired Domenech two years ago, or at the very least right after qualification.

Then came the issue of captaincy.  Patrice Evra was named.  A great player, and a good leader IMO.  But some on the team, especially William Gallas (who had his captaincy at Arsenal stripped away for being a major pussy), were not happy with the choice.  So discontent started on the team.  Then there was the question of the role of Thierry Henry.  Domenech announced that Henry will be used mainly as a sub and Govou will start.  Many on the team were not happy with that.  More discontent.

French Team In Slightly Happier Times

Their first game against Uruguay resulted in a 0-0 draw.  Aside from the first 10 minutes (the last 10 they played against ten men) , they were very lacklustre and uninspired.  Most were poor, not one was trying, and after plan A failed miserably, they had no plan B.  There seemed to be no adjustments.  The substitutions hardly changed a thing as mostly they were like for like.  It was a dire performance.  Uruguay were content to sit back and absorb the pressure and France failed to create enough quality chances.  Then came the even worse performance against Mexico, thanks to which they duly lost 0-2.  They are now at risk of not qualifying out of what seemed like a very manageable group.

Patrice Evra complained about the noise of the vuvuzelas after the game.  Apparently the French had trouble communicating.  It may be so, but that did not stop Uruguay nor many other teams from playing well.  Then there is the controversy of the spy.  After yesterday’s events which shook the team and the whole footballing world, the now tiresome Evra complained again, this time about a spy who was leaking stories to the media.  He called the “spy” a traitor.  He has a point as most such issues should be kept within the team.  But to keep moaning and to claim its so disruptive to the team is bollocks.

This of course is not the first time that there is trouble in the French camp of with the team.  The enigmatic genius Eric Cantona had a famous row with the team.  Anelka himself was in, and out, and back in, then out again for several different reasons.  So considering the history, the events of the past year, this is not a shock.  There was also their shocking group play in 2002 when they were defending their title.  There is history there.  What is surprising is their play on the pitch.

No matter the problems they have with the manager or spies, or each other, this is still one of the most talented sides in the world.  Its full of veterans who won many things for their clubs.  Its full of supposed leaders.  But no one steps up, no one inspires the team.  They are pretty much all crap.  The captain, one of the best fullback in the world, Franc Ribery, the great attacking midfielder, Anelka, Henry, on paper they should be competing for the World Cup.  But no, no Zidane and there is no one to save their sorry French asses.  Its a disaster.  How they can’t put everything on the back burner for just a few weeks to try to win the WC is beyond me.  But they deserve nothing.  The problems are of their own making.  They started with the FFF and continued right on down to the players.  I hope they crush out in disgrace.

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  1. […] But if you are on the verge of despair, just think, it could be worse, you could be French. […]

  2. […] awaiting the Azzurri.  We all saw what happened.  I documented the problems in the French camp here, even though there was a bit more handbags and one more terrible game to play before they went […]


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