Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Au revoir, Les Miserables
France's 2-0 defeat to Italy in the Euros marked the end of a golden generation that swept almost everything before them.
Thuram, Makelele, Coupet and Henry may have worn the blue jersey for the last time, paving the way for a new generation to take over.
Thuram made his debut alongside Zidane in August 1994 under Jacquet and was an integral member of the team that lifted the World Cup in 1998, the Euros in 2000 and the Confederations Cup in 2001 and finishing runners-up in the 2006 World Cup.
To them, we say merci beaucoup.
Domenech, I expect, will step down to make way for either Deschamps, Tigana or Blanc.
By the time the next major tournament in South Africa takes place, I hope the French will qualify.
The team could read Frey, Sagna, Evra (Glichy), Gallas, Mexes, Diarra, Diaby, Nasri, Ribery, Benzema, Ben Arfa.
Expect Mandanda, Zubar, Mvuemba, Mavuba, Ricardo Faty to be a feature as well.
Au revoir...a bientot