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France Makes Mockery of World Cup

Posted on 22. Jun, 2010 by FSM Staff in General Sports, Soccer

France Makes Mockery of World Cup

The national soccer team of France has officially been eliminated from the 2010 FIFA World Cup after losing to South Africa 2-1. For fans across the globe following the tournament this is no big surprise. The French national team has been imploding since the first game of group play. Perhaps this is a fitting end to the team’s run that really should have ended in the qualifying stages after a controversial victory over Ireland.

The poor play of the French national team is disappointing from a spectator’s point of view but true fans understand the highs and lows that national teams can experience. Ultimately, poor play on the world’s biggest stage can be forgiven. The poor behavior exhibited by the players on the French national team is another matter entirely. Their actions as a collective group are simply unacceptable and will not be soon forgotten by the people of France.

The abridged version of the story starts with an angry Nicolas Anelka cursing out coach Raymond Domenech during halftime of the game against Mexico in which France ended up losing 2-0. It was reported that Anelka made inappropriate comments about Domenech’s family and refused to apologize the next day. The French soccer federation told Anelka to take a hike (back to France) and the rest of the team chose not to practice as a show of support to Anelka while also protesting the federation’s decision to send him home. A more detailed chronicle of events can be found by clicking here.

The FIFA World Cup is a magical event that only comes around every four years. People from all walks of life in places some never even knew existed come out of the woodwork with painted faces and flags waiving. Hope, joy, and national pride beam out of their television sets and fill the air.

For the soccer superstars lucky enough to actually play in the World Cup, the event is exponentially more special. Some players will try for their entire careers to qualify for the tournament and never make it. France won the FIFA World Cup in 1998 and was the runner up in 2006. It seems like they have taken the tournament for granted for the French players to be acting like this.

The World Cup commands respect. A small period of dominance by the French national team is not a pass to disrespect the spirit of the tournament.

The great players from this French national team like Franck Ribery will always have an asterisk by their name indicating that they were present when the self-destruct button was pushed at World Cup 2010. Refusing to practice was a team effort so there is plenty of blame to go around. Some will carry more of the blame than others. Nicolas Anelka for example will always be remembered as public enemy number one as he was the catalyst for the beginning of the end.


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