An image has surfaced on social media showing a cartoon allegedly authored by French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo that shows a bunch of apes dressed in jerseys of the French national team, who confuse the World Cup trophy with a banana or an orange. Regardez comment votre charlie Hebdo voit l’equipe de France pic.twitter.com/iWrl8DqbnX — A l’Amoniaque (@mohi_zni) 19 июля 2018 г. However, Michel Rose of Reuters dismissed the image as fake and shared what he called the real Charlie Hebdo cover, which depicts Les Bleus' players all looking like French President Macron. There’s a fake cover of Charlie Hebdo about apes and the World Cup doing the rounds. It’s FAKE people, don’t share it. This is the real @Charlie_Hebdo_ cover #fakenews pic.twitter.com/Bcg2XVNloh — Michel Rose (@MichelReuters) 19 июля 2018 г. Before the … [Read more...] about Charlie Hebdo’s Monkey Rant on France Football Team Dismissed as Fake
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The French football team has made the world cup final for the first time since 2006 – and 20 years after it won the trophy on home soil in 1998, writes Joseph Downing. “Les Bleus”, as they’re called, are back in the nation’s good books, celebrated for their excellent performance in this year’s tournament. However, out of the limelight and the glare of success in Russia 2018, a question remains dogging French football – the role of race and class in the selection of national players.On the surface, this may seem strange given the attention given to the multicultural harmony of the 1998 World Cup-winning team. The straight talking former captain of the French national team, Zinedine Zidane, recently said of his country’s 1998 win:This echoed the sentiment of the times, that a multicultural team of united “black, blanc, beur” (black, white or Arab) players had united under the cause of the French national team to lift the World … [Read more...] about Success of French football team masks underlying tensions over race and class
Thibaut Courtois has accused France of parking the bus in their World Cup semi-final win over Belgium. Courtois’s Chelsea team-mate Eden Hazard has also weighed in, insisting he preferred to lose in the attacking manner that his Belgian side did rather than to progress as France have done. The Belgian players remain convinced that, but for a lapse in concentration which allowed Samuel Umtiti to score from a 51st minute corner, there was nothing between the two teams. Courtois said: "I'd have preferred to lose to Brazil in the quarter-finals, at least that was a team that wanted to play football. "France are just an anti-football team. "I wouldn't say that [Belgium] was better than us. They defended in their own half the entire time, we shouldn't have been surprised, they've done that all tournament. It's a shame.” Hazard added: “I prefer to lose with this Belgium than win with that France”. Their captain, Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany added: … [Read more...] about France “an anti-football team” snaps Belgium star after World Cup semis loss
In a housing estate in the gritty northern Paris suburb of Bondy, Adama Wagui showed off the stack of trophies he has accumulated during his budding football career. "Best goalkeeper AS Bondy 2016, best goalkeeper Vichy U17 tournament," the tall 16-year-old with the shaved zig-zag footballer haircut said, reading Wagui's finest hour, however, may have been when he was called on to block shots from local wunderkind, star France striker Kylian Mbappe. "It was difficult," he says with a shy smile, "but sometimes I succeeded." As excitement builds at the prospect of Les Bleus taking home the World Cup, 20 years after their win on home soil, their success is a source of pride in the deprived estates or "banlieues" where many of France's players honed their game. Of the 23 players in the French squad, around two-thirds are of Arab or African descent, drawing comparisons with the mythologised … [Read more...] about Boys from the banlieues: France football team ignites dreams in gritty estates
CROATIA knocked out Russia to set up a semi-final showdown with England. Luka Modric and Co will take on Gareth Southgate's men in Sochi on Wednesday. When did Croatia last reach a World Cup semi-final? Croatia have appeared at the World Cup on five occasions - 1998, 2002, 2006, 2014 and 2018. The last time time they reached the last four was in 1998 at the tournament in France. But their journey ended when they lost 2-1 to the hosts at the Stade de France in front of 76,000 fans. They went on to finish third in the competition after a 2-1 win over Netherlands in the play-offs. In 2002, 2006 and 2014 the Croats failed to get past the group stages. Croatia have exceeded expectations in Russia this summer by knocking out the hosts and beating Argentina 3-0. 'NOW IT'S OUR TURN' Fan who jumped on ambulance after World Cup win identified by police 'Sorry, my eye' Lineker holds back tears after watching Sir Bobby clip from 1990 World Cup Hendo Worry Jordan Henderson in fitness scare ahead of … [Read more...] about When did Croatia last reach a World Cup semi-final, and how long have they had a football team for?