France’s Solution: Kick em’ out! Everyone’s replaceable!

Grow up Nic!

I woke up this morning, still suffering from my massive hangover after celebrating the Chicago Blackhawks winning the Stanley Cup. And for those of you who do not know me, that is the one and only thing in all of sports I have ever wanted. I would trade the ’85 Bears Super Bowl, a 6 Bulls championships (though I hate basketball, so I don’t care), and, yes, even France’s 1998 World Cup victory for just one Stanley Cup for the Hawks during my lifetime. That is how much it means to me.

So, waking up, I had a massive headache from all the drinking. Little did I know that this headache would be compounded by the fact that France has to have in-fighting yet again in their squad.

I love France…I love the country and the team. I want them to always go as far as possible in the World Cup. But now, I am not to sure.

No, I didn’t stop supporting France, they are still my favorite team. But with all of this talk about in-fighting going on, I am just wondering if France will ever get a team together in the next 10 to 15 years without players bitching about something.

As many of you might have read, a number of French players (most of them seems to have some sort of EPL experience, which is important as I will explain later) are complaining that Thierry Henry, who really isn’t that good anymore, isn’t going to be a starter in the first game against Uruguay.

In addition, a number of players are complaining that both Sidney Govou and Yoann Gourcuff (both of Ligue 1) are in the line up. Rumors are going around that Nicolas Anelka isn’t passing to Gourcuff during practice. Also, Franck Ribery stole the ball from Gourcuff while the Bordeaux star was taking a free kick.

Ok, the second one might have been a joke, but the first one seems to be deliberate. And, no offense Nic, but you aren’t exactly looking like the hottest player right now.

Anyway, it seems like many of the people that might be part of this rift (Evra, Gallas, Henry, Sagna, Anelka, Diaby) have some sort of connection with the English Premier League. As I have always said, I think the ELP is filled with a bunch of overpriced players that, as proven this year in European play, isn’t nearly as good as many of the other leagues around there. And this is a trend that I feel will continue for EPL teams. Sorry Chamakh.

Anyway, is there some sort of “click” amongst the EPL and former EPL players that they think they are better than everyone else? There always seems to be some sort of arrogance with French EPL players. And it seems like that arrogance is now at its peak.

Still, it seems like every six months or so, someone in the French National Team is getting into a pissy-fit. Henry confrontation with Domenech a few months seems to be a perfect example.

But one thing that a coach needs to do is to tell them who is boss. And, until the end of the World Cup, Doms is the boss. So, if these players want to continue playing for the FNT, then they need to start shaping up.

Now there is one drastic solution to this problem…those players that are causing the problems, kick them off the team. Yes, I said it, kick them out!

While many of the players that I would consider “kicking out” might be “great” players, I feel that everyone is replaceable. For example, if Patrice Evra were to be kicked off the team (now I am not saying he should be, I am just using him as an example), we have both Aly Cissokho and Benoit Tremoulinas to replace Evra. True, we might take a tad bit of a hit on talent, but we would not be “suffering”. Both players are easily capible of playing for the FNT and, I think, could step it up.

But, of course, it is a little to late for that with only hours left until the first match.

One problem with Domenech over the years is that he seems to be a ‘soft’ man. While he is a soft speaker in general, it does seem like he doesn’t have control of his players. Back in 2006, when Domenech took “his” team to the finals of the World Cup, it was really Zidane that kept the team in line, not Doms. Domenech seemed to just be a “formation and line up maker.”

With the addition of Laurent Blanc to the team, maybe all of these “head games” played by members of the team (which I feel has lead to poor performances since Zidane’s departure) will disappear. To me, it seems like Blanc is a “no bullshit” type of manager that will be very strict when it comes to his players and his team. Hopefully Blanc will have a set of balls, unlike Domenech.

But back to the main issue at question…should Thierry Henry be a starter? The answer is easily “no.” In fact, I will go one step further…should Thierry Henry even be on the French National Team? Again, my answer would be “no.” Yes, Henry served his purpose during the last ten years, we can all agree to that. But when a player finally loses it, like Henry has, we need to move on.

Let’s look at two different players. In 2006, we knew it would be Zidane’s last World Cup. But, even if it was his last trip, we knew he had both the skills and the leadership that France needed to get to the World Cup finals.

Now, lets look at Henry. What does Henry bring to the table now that Andre-Pierre Gignac, Kevin Gameiro, Loic Remy or Jimmy Briand cannot? Honestly, right now, I don’t see anything Henry brings to the table except denying one of these talented players a trip to the big dance.

So, the players can bitch all they want about Henry being excluded from the starting line up, but in my opinion, Domenech made the right choice. In addition, I feel that he also made the right choice in keeping Yoann Gourcuff in the line up. I don’t know why they are picking on the guy. Maybe they are jealous because he is the one people will be watching during this World Cup?

I don’t know. All I know is that France is acting like a bunch of babies. And, hopefully, they will get some sort of slap in the face sooner or later. Unfortunately, it won’t happen until Blanc arrives, which is after the World Cup.

Oh, and did I mention that the Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup?

Just wondering.


2 Responses

  1. Keep up the good work Dave. I really don’t think the players are all that thrilled to be there. Yes it’s a world cup, but each of them knows what a successful team looks like, and must be more aware then most of the massive problems in the side. They are being set up for a massive public failure and media flogging. Yes, such is the price to pay for being an overpaid super star occasionally reviving undue adulation, and its the job of the players to get on with it and be professional, but it shouldn’t be a surprise when they fail to perform at an elite level in such a situation. My suggestion is to enjoy the shit show when it all blows up.

    Anyway, great site, but you should really provide more links in these articles (sourcing rumors or news, in French or English) would really make the site more informative. Thanks for all the work

  2. I’m with you there. Kick ’em out! The problem is, it might be too late.

    Deschamps wouldn’t have put up with this kind of crap. Look how quickly he put the Hatemvirus on the bench after he tried to start a mutiny.

    DD righted the ship, the team played well on the whole, and Marseille went on to win.

    Raymond doesn’t have what it takes…

    Also, thank you for listing players that either deserve more playing time or were not called up but deserved the chance:

    Andre-Pierre Gignac, Kevin Gameiro, Loic Remy or Jimmy Briand

    Gignac played well in the few minutes Doms let him on, and why the heck wouldn’t he call up Kevin Gameiro or Loic Remy? or Jimmy?

    We even have Cissé, Valbuena and Gignac spending most of their time on the bench, with Doms keeping Anelka and Govou out there longer than they deserve…

    I think Govou still has something left in the tank, but we’ll never know since we rarely see an attack come through the right side anymore, and teams will continue to shut down the left-side French attack if Dom makes the attack so unbalanced and predictable…

    Let’s see how the French defense holds up tonight. Forlan is no joke…

    If Mexico wins, my futbol friends in Northern California will be be emptying all the bars of Corona, Pacifico, Tecate, Dos Equis, and all the tequila.

    By the way i think Javier Aguirre will outcoach Dom. I hope the players can take it upon themselves to match up with the Mexican team on the 17th.

    Ugh, enough about my worries about the FNT.

    At least your BlackHawks won. Congratulations Dave..


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