Tag: france

France’s unlikely journey to the 2006 World Cup final

France’s journey to the 2006 World Cup final was one of the last great stories of the competition. A bizarrely quixotic campaign had its origins in the return of three veterans, who…

The World Cup Series: 1994 and 1998

Join host Jim Hart and World Cup experts Steven Scragg and Dan Williamson as they look back at the iconic USA 94, inclusive of Brazil’s stunning win and Roberto Baggio’s flawed moments…

France

From the brilliant and the sexy to the romantic and the tragic, French football has a history as rich and varied as anywhere on planet earth - and a number of stories…

Fabien Barthez: the brilliant and the bizarre of the bald one

After navigating a tricky early period, Sir Alex Ferguson often appeared to have everything under measured control at Manchester United, with squad rebuilding seemingly a fluid and effortless transition, allowing the club…

The disputed genius of Arsène Wenger

This feature is part of The Masterminds To talk of Arsène Wenger’s effect on Arsenal Football Club would be to talk of man who led the club into the brave new world…

The brilliance and the bravery of Éric Abidal

ÉRIC SYLVAIN ABIDAL is one of the most decorated French footballers in recent history. A powerful left-back, he amassed over 400 club appearances, as well as 67 international caps, across a career…

Zinedine Zidane: the Juventus diaries

Zinedine Zidane and excellence have rarely been too far apart. A midfielder of supreme quality, a leader with a timeless vision, and now a manager who is making football look easy, his mind…

Claude Makélélé and the importance of knowing your role

Both overrated and underrated, Claude Makélélé’s public perception changes with each passing year. Perhaps it’s the idea that we’ve already seen his upgrade in the form of the high-speed blur that is…

Zinedine Zidane: myth, God and king

Illustration by Federico Manasse “Zidane is a myth,” said former France coach Raymond Domenech. “A myth capable of setting off emotions in people, and not only positive ones.” Domenech’s assessment of a player…

Why trusting youth today could win France the 2018 World Cup

With Real Madrid grabbing the Champions League crown and all of Europe’s domestic leagues over, the focus shifts to the international stage. Through friendlies and qualifiers, teams test and rotate their line-ups…