Arguably one of the most disappointing teams in the group phase of this years Word Cup was France. A team loaded with talented individuals like Thierry Henry, Patrice Evra, Frank Ribery, Nicolas Anelka & Florent Malouda failed to get Les Bleus out of Group A. If it wasn’t bad enough that they didn’t qualify from their group they finished last in the group with one point and only managed to score one goal.
Le Bleus opened up their World Cup campaign against Uruguay in the the most un-entertaining match i have ever seen on the world stage, it was a very dull game and i honestly feel that the player should have refunded all the spectators. They then went on to play Mexico in their second match in the group and suffered a 2-0 defeat which put their chances of qualifying from the group stage in doubt. After the defeat to Mexico Nicolas Anelka and France coach Raymond Domenech had a war of words and that led to Anelka being dropped from the team and sent home.
Anelka’s dismissal didn’t go over well with the team and they refused to take part in their following practice for their final group stage match which was to be played against host nation South Africa, it was alleged that the refusal to practice was spearheaded by French captain and Manchester United defender Patrice Evra. The players were already not pleased with coach Raymond Domenech and his tactics and this did not help his cause.If the image of the French national team wasn’t already damaged from their controversial win against Ireland in which Thierry Henry handled the ball before passing it to William Gallas to get the winning goal which sent France to the World Cup then this incident definetely added icing to the cake.
France were put out of their misery by host nation South Africa who defeated them 2-1 to officially end their 2010 World Cup. All the talented individuals couldn’t save their team the blushes of an early exit, the French was just a bunch of individuals and never a team. I guess the poor performances by the France was a case of karma and i am sure football fans around the world especially the Irish celebrated the demise of Les Bleus. They never should have been there in the first place and all this turmoil justifies it.