Tag: france

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…

L’Étranger: Vikash Dhorasoo and the struggle for love

AFTER 57 MINUTES, Thierry Henry reminded everybody of what was at stake. Until then the match had felt more like an exhibition than a sporting contest, Zinedine Zidane dominating the game with an…

Blaise Matuidi: France’s true midfield maestro?

In recent times, Blaise Matuidi’s contributions for the national side have been slightly overshadowed, mainly by highly-touted Juventus star Paul Pogba. At this summer’s European Championship, his performances were overlooked once again as the likes of…

When God was Bulgarian

Football folklore is replete with tales of unfancied teams fighting back in the face of seemingly overwhelming adversity, recovering from an apparently inevitable defeat to down one of the giants of the game;…

Alexandre Villaplane: captain, leader, traitor

FOR A TIME HE REPRESENTED THE COLOURS of his country at the highest level in football, captaining his France team at the first ever World Cup. A decade later, he was shot dead…