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Are French Serie A players being ignored?

If anyone saw today’s match between AC Milan and Novara, they happened to see one of the nicest goals by a French player so far this season. Mathieu Flamini’s shot from 20 yards out looked very Christiano Ronaldo-like. The goal, which you can watch in the clip below, put AC Milan ahead 2-1 in their Italian Cup match.

So far, Flamini has played great for the Italian giants. Yes, he might not exactly be Yoann Gourcuff, but he is showing his skills on the club level. And if he continues this level of play, he should be a shoe-in for the French National Team.

Or is he?

I am not sure what it is, but doesn’t it seem like French manager Raymond Domenech rarely picks players who play in the Italian league?

Many people, including myself, has questioned why Fiorentina goalkeeper (and superstar) Sebastian Frey is not on the National Team. While these questions seem to pop up all over the world, there really doesn’t seem to be an acceptable answer from Domenech.

Still, Frey doesn’t play for the team and hasn’t even been called up as of late. Flamini is called up sometimes, but rarely. Patrick Vieira needed to leave Italy in order to be considered by Domenech (though playing time was the main reason, according to both player and coach). David Trezeguet is having a great season with Juventus this, yet he basically has no international career under Domenech. Is Domenech still bitter over the missed penalty in the World Cup final?

Philippe Mexes, who should be the future center back, and Gallas replacement, for the French National Team rarely sees a call up either.

You could also throw Jeremy Menez in there just for argument sakes, but he is a bit off of French National Team level of play.

The only player in recent years that has been from Serie A that Domenech has really tried to fit into his game plan is Lilian Thuram, which we don’t really need to explain why. He was amazing.

While I am not going into conspiracy theories and all of that nonsense, I just think this is an interesting thing to point out. It just seems that Domenech doesn’t like players that decide to skip over the border and play in Serie A. Is it astrology? Does he have a problem with Serie A? Who knows, but, as of now, if you are a player that plays in Italy, you chances under Domenech is basically zero.


5 Responses

  1. Menez is emerging as a star for Roma. If I were Domenech I would call him up over say Malouda.

    • listen dave trotter if the french national were putting serie a players into the squad from the start we would have walk into the world cup this year with no problems MEXES AND MENEZ are world class so is FREY and TREZEGUET, FLAMINI

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  3. Mexes played horribly in that first game against Austria, but I agree he should get another look. The exclusion of Flamini–who has been called up to the NT only 3 times–is less justified. He is a tough defender who can also provide offensive punch and at 25 y.o. is in the prime of his career–exactly what France needs in midfield. There does seem to be a strange pattern of anti-Serie A bias.

  4. Menez’ technical abilities belong in the first French XI; his mentality belongs right where it is – nowhere near the senior side. He shows up when he wants – and when he does the Kaka comparisons aren’t far off – very much playing up to his enigmatic genius tag.

    Mexes’s omission is a mystery the likes of which the world will never solve. A bit card-happy, often on rep, but still world class.

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