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All this goes back to 2008.
After the french performance in the European Nations Cup, Domenech should have been sacked. He wasn't.
The likely candidate was Didier Deschamp.

Didier Deschamp : captain of the Marseille team that won the CL.
Captain of the World Cup winners in 1998.
Manager of the Monaco team that went to theCL final, beating Mourinho's Chelsea in the semis.

That kind of record wasn't acceptable to Gerard Houillier and Michel Platini. They hate the guy, for some reason... jealousy?
Within the FFF these two are greatly respected, so...
they pushed the French Federation for Domenech to be kept as responsable for the French national side. So, Domenech was kept !
(During that time Deschamp returned to his last club, Juventus - where he also had been captain - to take them back into the Italian first division. When that was done he took over at Marseilles and they are now French Champions for the first time in almost twenty years.)
Concerning the World Cup...
The players, or someone, should have done something in 2008.
They didn't ... and now a congenital idiot in charge of the team.
The players are sick to death with it.
Finally did you know, and here I'm totally serious, that Domenech uses fortune-tellers to help him pick the team ?

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comment by Novak (U12740525)

posted Jun 22, 2010

Will Platini call for France to be banned from Euro's and next World Cup if players refuse to play their final game ???
Bet if it was England acing the same way he would already be pusing for a ban.
Remarkable how quiet he's been when its his own country involved.

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posted Jun 22, 2010

All of Ireland must be ecstatic to see the team that cheated them out of a place at the World Cup fall apart. Whatever the rights or wrongs of Anelka's expulsion, the team has to put their country before their own personal grievances. If they refuse to play, ban the lot of them! Let's get some fresh young players in that actually want to play for their country (and a new manager!).

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comment by foscari (U1655980)

posted Jun 22, 2010

A lot of these French players have no real affinity to France.It may say French citizen on their passport but if you really asked them what nationality they were, they would come up with half a dozen different answers.To be honest so would many people in the UK. So actualy dragging Frances reputation into the dirt , does not mean anything to these players. Of course John Terry is going to support Annelka.These players and infact all of the hierachy at the FA are no different to the Banks and the top brass at BP. The only thing they are interested in is making money as easily as possible and do not care about anything else, or what gets in their way.

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posted Jun 22, 2010

Novak,
1) The French will play, so no ban.
2) Platini is boss of UEFA, not FIFA.
3) If it was a UEFA matter Platini, being an honourable man, would disqualify himself.

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posted Jun 22, 2010

Team for this afternoon.
Just released.

Lloris, Sagna, Gallas, Squillaci, Clichy, Diarra (cap), Diaby, Gourcuff, Ribéry, Gignac, Cissé.

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comment by tes (U14473562)

posted Jun 22, 2010

the french players are always heros, it should not be mix up with the over all lack of focus in management in a sense of creating a hormony and a team.selecting players and creating a team are very different.firing anelka is not acceptable and the way the players expressed their frustration is also not helpfull.any way it is time to rally behaind the players.

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posted Jun 22, 2010

I expect that most if not all of the players who started this campaign of non-cooperation DON'T play their league football in France, and have earned enough money abroad so they'll never have to do that.
Any player who is named among the rebels and does play in France had better get a contract with an EPL, La Liga or Serie A club fast. Because they won't get a very warm reception from fans in French grounds for a few years, I think.

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comment by MrBlue (U8247290)

posted Jun 22, 2010

Gsmith wrote: t appears yet again to be one rule for the "big" nations and one for the "small" nations further undermining Fifa's integrity as an organisation.

Fifa and integrity in the same sentence, that's like putting the French Team and Professionalism in the same sentence winkeye

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posted Jun 22, 2010

Honestly...Nicholas Anelka insulting the head coach?! Are you mad? The man is quite possibly THE MOST professional player in the world!

His 'Le Sulk' moniker was coined by people who assume that because he keeps himself to himself and is quiet in the dressing room, that he is sulking and wondering where his next big money move will take him. Avram Grant admitted (at Chelsea) that Anelka is a very thoughtful and private man. Just because he doesn't smile, it doesn't mean he is brooding. He's a damn sight more professional than any player in the England squad - bar none.

Who do I think is right in this France fiasco?

No one is right.

FACT: Anelka felt he had just cause to criticise the coach's tactics and decisions. Fair enough, but player concerns should be raised via the Team Captain.

FACT: The fitness coach decided to leak the 'confrontation' to the media, embellishing the details to make Anelka sound rude and antagonistic. Bad move - not his place to comment - and severely unprofessional.

FACT: The French Football Federation sent Anelka home without consulting the squad or the head coach. The biggest error of them all, made by people who should know better.

FACT: Patrice Evra physically confronted the fitness coach in public. Very unprofessional behaviour from the Team Captain.

FACT: The players are sticking together in support of Anelka. Well, good for them.

FACT: The players are refusing to train. Big mistake. They should think of the French people who pay money to follow their team across the world. They should think of the millions of French fans who will be devastated when they are knocked out without a whimper.

If this happened in the England squad, I would be deeply embarrassed (as I am with the JT 'leak' this week) and angry at the team for placing their individual egos over their job.

Face it - they are paid millions to play a game week in, week out. They should get over themselves and give something back to the people who pay money to see them play.

I am not a France fan - I'm English through and through - but I hate to see a national team commit professional suicide when all it takes is a bit of consideration and forethought. This whole thing has been blown out of proportion and I think the World Cup is suffering for it.

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posted Jun 22, 2010

"FACT: The fitness coach decided to leak the 'confrontation' to the media, embellishing the details to make Anelka sound rude and antagonistic. Bad move - not his place to comment - and severely unprofessional."

No, not fact.
LIE

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