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Jun. 20 2010 - 11:07 am | 364 views | 0 recommendations | 12 comments

The French (Soccer) Revolution

France's coach Raymond Domenech (R) talks with...

"Mon Dieu!" says the aghast French coach. (Image by AFP via @daylife)

France is falling apart.

The French national soccer team is refusing to practice, the day after striker Nicolas Anelka was sent home for failing to apologize for a profanity-laced tirade aimed at Raymond Domenech — France’s coach — during the team’s loss to Mexico earlier this week (Quelle insulte!).

C’est une révolution!

From ESPN:

France team director Jean-Louis Valentin says the national team is refusing to train following a dispute on the practice field.Valentin also says he has resigned from the French football federation, shouting that he was “ashamed” of the team.

The team arrived at training Sunday but a few minutes after taking the field, fitness coach Robert Duverne stormed away from an argument with coach Raymond Domenech. Duverne threw his accreditation badge to the ground after the heated discussion and walked away.

The players then boarded the team bus.

France Team Director Resigns

When asked about his team’s refusal to play, Domenech is said to have scoffed and muttered, “Let them eat bobotie.”


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    We shall see who ends up victorious in this “revolution”. I’m betting on the coaches. There is nothing more tiresome than an athlete or a wanna-be that thinks they have skills or knowledge greater than reality. These franco-jocks that diss their coaches have brought humiliation on their nation far greater than Zidane and the Italians did 4 years ago. What a buncha silly prima donnas!!

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      Agreed. But I do think Domenech would have been smarter to just sit Anelka in the next game, rather than send him home. If he had decided to do that, he might have avoided this mess.

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        “We shall see who ends up victorious in this “revolution”. I’m betting on the coaches”

        Clearly an inaccurate statement. Before all of this went down, it had already been anounced that Domenech would be relieved as the coach of the national team as soon as the World Cup was over. It is hard to see how a coach, who will be fired in a few days could be considered the winner in the situation.

        If there really must be a victorious party in this revolution, it is us. Once again, we get to point at the French and laugh. And really, who doesn’t enjoy that.

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    We shall see who ends up victorious in this “revolution”. I’m betting on the coaches. There is nothing more tiresome than a petulant athlete or a wanna-be that thinks they have skills or knowledge greater than reality. These franco-jocks that diss their coaches have brought humiliation on their nation far greater than Zidane and the Italians did 4 years ago. What a buncha silly prima donnas!! I feel bad for the french people. The have an unapologetic love of their nation, their culture, and the sport. They deserve so much better than these shameful tantrums.

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    The French press comes down like a ton of bricks on the prima donna players.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2010/jun/21/france-world-cup

    While we Americans delight at pointing fingers at the French and laughing, we should also remember 2 things:
    – there are virtually no fat people in France.
    – the French lead the world in combating sports doping (something the American people could care less about as we eat our factory food, take our factory medicine, and see no improvement in health or longevity).

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    -Visit France and observe the obvious: no fat people.
    - What other sports sanctioning body washes out top athletes in droves prior to it’s biggest richest event: the Tour de France?
    Fat slobbish over-medicated know-it-all Americans could learn a lot from the cowardly wise-apple French who stubbornly refuse to abandon their language and culture and give in to Americanization.
    Sarkozy, the nations leader, reserved his ire for the players, not the coaches.

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      Been there. They looked like us but with hip clothes. I did, however, love their sandwiches — they’re much better at cheese selection.

      I counter your anti-doping argument by pointing out that they consider long-distance bike riding exciting. What kind of culture is that?

      As for Sarkozy, he loves America more than most French people. He also very much wants to change that “culture” you love (reference: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSL3035802820071130).

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        Long distance cycling is exciting to some American. The Tour is a globally popular sporting event. Just because some Americans, like you, don’t agree does not negate that. That also does in no way counter the anti-doping argument.My family of cyclists DVR every stage, and love it. Some Americans can see past our traditionally popular spectator sports.
        The fact that Sarkozy loves America is a good trend. Hell,our grandfathers liberated his entire nation!

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    A story was carried today that said after the team arrived, Henry was escorted to the royal palace for a meeting with Sarkozy. Sarkozy has said that he is going to launch a full investigation into what happened and rekindle the face and honor of French soccer

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