Anelka’s Outburst Shows Up French Shortcomings


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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4 Responses

  1. deathawk says:

    I think you hit a lot of good points, but I do think it is also worth noting that France’s performance in this World Cup so far very much resembles not only Euro 2008, but the start of their last world cup. But this time there is no Zidane and veteran leaders that are able or willing to take control on the field to overcome the utter incompetence of their manager. I hate to over praise Zidane, but these last two tournaments are, at least for me, underscoring how important he was to the 2004 performance (and hence why his red card was truly so shameful).

  2. Brenton says:

    Yes, the French players bear some responsibility, but this is about leadership, or the lack thereof, of Domenech. He’s a muppet.

  3. Mike says:

    Really there is only one way to teach the france management that Domenech is the wrong person for the job. How they couldn’t see it is beyond me. Now they see the players have no faith in the manager who just keeps losing.

    Yes its disrespectful to the fans of the french team. But it needed to happen to produce some change in management

  4. Domenech’s failure to shake hands with Parreira today was a nadir even by his standards but I chiefly feel sorry for the younger players in the French squad – why should they have to put up with the posturing, preening, past-it likes of Henry, lucky to be in the squad and exceptionally lucky to be in the World Cup at all. Good riddance.

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