How quickly things can change in football. Just last November, France were defeated 2-0 by Ukraine in the playoffs. Hopes of qualifying for the World Cup were looking bleak, with many of the French faithful preparing for the worst of missing out at Brazil. Against the odds though, Les Bleus managed to turn the tie around in the second leg with a 3-0 victory, in Paris.
Consider France’s results at the past few tournaments.
USA ’94 – Did not qualify
France ’98 – Winners
Korea/Japan 2002 – Group Stage (Failed to score a single goal)
Germany 2006 – 1st Runners Up
South Africa 2010 – Group Stage
Write off France at your peril. With respect to the World Cup, it has been a rollercoaster ride. Didier Deschamps‘s side will still be haunted by their abysmal showing at South Africa 4 years ago, but how far they can progress at Brazil will largely depend on the players. Will Deschamps bring a team motivated to overcome the demons of South Africa, determined to follow in the footsteps of legends like Zinedine Zidane and Lillian Thruam, or will we see a repeat of the horror show of the previous tournament?
Drawn in Group E, probably one of the easiest groups of the eight, France suddenly find themselves in a position to progress far at Brazil in an amazing change of fortunes. The French will play Honduras, followed by Switzerland, wrapping up against Ecuador. Continue reading
Now that the transfer window has opened and the season has come to and end, United fans can start to believe that their side will have a better season cometh August. After last summers shambolic transfer window, United MUST get there main targets and avoid panic buys. As recently even Paul Scholes has stated that ” Ed Woodward has an awful lot to prove this time that he’s good enough at his job”. There is no question that United need quality players this summer, but how many do they need and who?
United have been heavily linked with Luke Shaw recently after producing a 27m bid for the talented left back. Besides the fact that Patrice Evra has been given a one year contract extension, United look to still be after Shaw which is good news. United must sign the talented left back before another club come and snap him up, as he has even been selected in the 23 man squad for the world cup at the age of 18. United should do all they can to get the 18 year old and perhaps use Evra as a mentor for him next season.
Kevin Strootman has been a target for United last summer, but had signed for italian side Roma. Most of United’s central midfielders had under performed last season and Strootman would be an ideal signing for United. Continue reading
In my eyes, the Frenchman will always be a genius and no trophy drought will change my mind on that. The fact he turned average players such as Thierry Henry into world-class legends is reason alone why he deserves all my respect. However, there are some Arsenal fans (you know who you are) who have called for Arsene Wenger’s head during this long 9 year wait but now the Gunners have won the FA Cup, suddenly love the man and want him to stay. These people question his beliefs but his philosophy has sort of been proved better than Mourinho or Rodger’s this year. Where’s their trophy?
The old adage of ‘form is temporary but class is permanent’ rings true when assessing Wenger’s 18-year tenure in charge. His first full season saw him win the FA Cup and Premier League double (1998). After a couple of near misses in the UEFA Cup and FA Cup, Arsene Wenger’s red and white army secured a second league/cup double in 2002.Then came arguably the greatest achievement of any club manager when his team went the whole 2004 season unbeaten. One more FA Cup in 2005 before a 9-year trophy drought, which came to an end on May 17th 2014.
Even after Wenger lead his side to glory at Wembley, people are reflecting on the title and blaming him for our capitulation, which I feel is very wrong. The team were at the top for 128 days so it is their fault for the collapse. Continue reading