Thierry Henry, Franck Ribery, William Gallas, Nicolas Anelka, Patrice Evra, Florant Malouda, Hugo Lloris, Eric Abidal.. just to mention some of the lots of household talented players in France's World Cup squad. Their problem is = Raymond Domenech.. The Coach and The Ego.. Players' Ego. The French were unable to play as a unit, to perform and bring out the best of each player. The consequences was well documented. They were out of the World Cup 2010 at group stage!
The French come to South Africa with high hope to go all the way with the impressive list of talents they got at their disposal. The result are very much disappointing, considering their group consists of South Africa (rank : 83), Uruguay (rank : 16) & Mexico (rank : 17). For record, France are ranked at 9. FIFA full ranking click here
To make things worst, the players had refused to train 48 hours before the final match against South Africa in protest to the decision to send Nicolas Anelka home after burst up with the Coach, Raymond Domenech. The revolt was lead by the senior player in the shape of Patrice Evra, who is the France Captain. Evra also had a heated verbal exchanged with the fitness coach. The team director had also resigned.
The France misery were deepened when they were defeated (also click here) in the final game against the South African, who ranked 74 places below them! To make matter worst, the Coach - Raymond Domenech had refused to handshake with Carlos Alberto Parreira (South Africa Coach). The reason behind it was Carlos Alberto's earlier comment on the nature of France qualification for the tournament by the virtue of Thierry Henry's handball that leading to the winning goal scored by William Gallas against the Republic of Ireland (during qualifying play-off match).
The Raymond Domenech era had marked a turbulent time in France Football history. With all the talents he got at his disposal, he miserably failed to deliver (although, they actually when to the World Cup final 2006 where they lost to the Italian on penalty).
The burden to turn around the France's fortune will next be in the hand of Messrs Laurent Blanc, who will take over the team and the messed left behind to be cleaned. Fingers cross.
Note : French toast anyone ?