Saturday, September 6, 2008

I hate the collar


Less than a year after introducing their new jersey (top), France unveiled a new strip ahead of their friendly match against Sweden last month (above). I guess Raymond Domenech wanted to exorcise the demons of the recent Euros. Les Bleus beat the Swedes 3-2, for the record. The road to South Africa begins later tonight and my predictions for selected matches are:
Andorra 0 England 2
Austria 0 France 1
Argentina 2 Paraguay 1
Liechtenstein 0 Germany 4
Spain 1 Bosnia 1
Chile 2 Brazil 1


10 comments:

padang serai said...

Bro.....

U kalau bab France,semua benda jadi perhatian.....

rizal.rizal!

Mohd Zaidi Barkis said...

new jersey or not, they are past their prime and the young starlets benzema, nasri, ben arfa still not up to the mark yet. Zidane is irreplacable. Only Sagna looks interesting.I've got euro 2000 and WC 2002 jerseys in my collection though...collecting dust..

Cock Team said...

u hate the collar...i hate the team!

Fowler is God said...

rizal, rizal .... the top jersey ... too small to fit ur tummy eh?

lucky i dont follow Le Coq team ... i also cant fit hehehe

Mohd Zaidi Barkis said...

bro, what happened? austria, a minnow can whip a former champion?
perhaps jinx of a new strip! adidas to design a new one hahhaaa

rizal hashim said...

yo fowler, ya lah, the previous strip too body hugging for my liking...

mzb, true zidane is irreplaceable. this generation lacks a genuine playmaker, a symbol of the team in the mould of kopa, platini and zidane. after platini retired in 87, the vacuum was never filled. pretenders such as franck sauzee, gerald passi and christian perez were nowhere near platini's class. between 1987-94, a period when Les Bleus missed Euro88, Italia90, USA94, france relied on offence, occasionally comprising ginola, papin and cantona but the linkmen between offence and the engine room were woeful. They qualified for Sweden92 because Papin-Cantona carried them through, only for them to falter in the finals. When Jacquet took over in 94, he realised he had great talent in midfield, with djorkaeff and zidane emerging as the leaders but the attack was sadly lacking. The 1997 Youth World Cup squad that competed in Malaysia were good all-round but did not have a true midfield general. Of that team, three were in Austria - Gallas, Henry and Anelka. History suggests France with a good and reputable attack but no midfield general will go nowhere! I'm afraid they will falter again against Serbia, which means Domenech will be shown the door and Laurent Blanc or Didier Deschamps to take over.

Oh MZB, Austria produced Hans Krankl, Walter Schappner and Bruno Pezzey...the current team may not hold a candle to the legends but minnows they are not!

utusanLFC said...

France? yuksss... though I like to watch them just simply because of the fact that this is one prominent European team that consist the most Muslim players aside than Turkey... hahaha
The likes of Anelka, Ribery and Nasir Samri put a smile on my face in the name of Muslim brotherhood! My point is not bigotry. But simply Muslim needs a genuine fellow Muslim to be the hero, someone that can be a good example to the many Muslim kids in the European countries. Many are migrants from the former colonial territory of Frenchie. Aside than that, I am rooting for ENLANDER! ENGLANDER! And I love the WAGS! hahahaha

Pejuang Ufuk Timur said...

Apart from France getting trashed by the Austrians (which was two months late, I think), I believe its time for you, saudara Rizal, to start supporting another national team!

And yes, I hate the collar too. This new French jersey is downright ugly!

rizal hashim said...

pejuang ufuk timur, i will remain a loyal fan of tricolores, i'm afraid. i've been supporting them since i was eight bro...through thick and thin, even when they failed to advance to the Euro88 finals, the 1990 and 1994 World Cup...France have produced a remarkable pool of talent that added colour, character and soul to the beautiful game, ...from Kopa, Fontaine, Piantoni, Platini, Giresse, Tresor, Rocheteau, Toure, Amoros, Bossis, Papin, Cantona, Boli, Deschamps, Desailly, Djorkaeff, Zidane, Vieira, Henry, Trezeguet, Anelka and Ribery....selamat berjuang...

Hakim Amir said...

I think this new jersey is class... guess Adidas will want to milk it as much as they can before Nike takes over...

France 1982, 84 & '98 are the best France teams ever!!