Tag: france

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…

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…