June 22, 2010

SO THE TEAM IS DIVIDED BETWEEN SWINE AND GIRLS? (profanity alert):

The French Dejection: The sordid details behind the collapse and mutiny of France's national soccer team. (Mathieu Grégoire and Olivier Monod, June 22, 2010, Slate)

Have the French players lost all sense of reality?

The revolt's leaders don't seem to understand that their behavior is shocking. When the players went on strike to protest Anelka's dismissal, they explained in a letter that they realized they were "role-models for children." Seeing how far they are from that role right now, the players are either displaying utter cynicism or the worst case of naïveté ever. "I don't think they're aware of the disastrous image they have in France or the rest of the world," explains Gregory Schneider, the French daily Libération's correspondent in South Africa.

Not all players involved in the dissent should be looked at equally. There are leaders in the group, and there are followers. Federation Secretary Henri Monteil tells La Charente Libre that "some players went to see Domenech in his room. They were crying. They were saying they regretted what was going on. Young players. I can't give you names. In any case, the three or four leaders are aging players, who will never again play the World Cup."


The weeping ones are the heroes of the tale?

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 22, 2010 5:18 PM
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