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14th-May-2006 02:19 pm

Raymond Domenech released the names of the 23 players selected to represent les Bleus at this year's worldcup. In l'équipe for France this summer:

Gardiens de But / Goalkeepers

Fabien BARTHEZ (Marseille) – 35 ans – 77 sélections
Grégory COUPET (Lyon) – 33 ans – 18 sélections
Mickaël LANDREAU (Nantes) – 27 ans – 3 sélections

Defenseurs / Defenders

Eric ABIDAL (Lyon) – 26 ans – 5 sélections
Jean-Alain BOUMSONG (Newcastle) – 26 ans – 18 sélections
Pascal CHIMBONDA (Wigan) – 27 ans – 0 sélection
William GALLAS (Chelsea) – 28 ans – 37 sélections
Gaël GIVET (Monaco) – 25 ans – 11 sélections
Willy SAGNOL (Bayern Munich) – 29 ans – 35 sélections
Mikaël SILVESTRE (Manchester United) – 28 ans – 27 sélections
Lilian THURAM (Juventus Turin) – 34 ans – 111 sélections

Milieux de Terrain / Midfielders

Vikash DHORASOO (PSG) – 32 ans – 15 sélections
Alou DIARRA (Lens) – 24 ans – 8 sélections
Claude MAKELELE (Chelsea) – 33 ans – 40 sélections
Florent MALOUDA (Lyon) – 25 ans – 10 sélections
Patrick VIEIRA (Juventus Turin) – 29 ans – 84 sélections
Zinédine ZIDANE (Real Madrid) – 33 ans – 99 sélections

Attaquants / Forwards

Djibril CISSE (Liverpool) – 24 ans – 27 sélections
Thierry HENRY (Arsenal) – 28 ans – 76 sélections
Franck RIBERY (Marseille) – 23 ans – 0 sélection
Louis SAHA (Manchester United) – 27 ans – 8 sélections
David TREZEGUET (Juventus Turin) – 28 ans – 61 sélections
Sylvain WILTORD (Lyon) – 32 ans – 77 sélections

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Rumor has it that Fabien Barthez will be the no.1 keeper for France, which is absolute pants. My other disagreements are the inclusion of Silvestre and Thuram ahead of Philippe Mexès and Anthony Réveillère in defense, Dhorasoo before Toulalan, Micoud and Giuly in midfield, and Trezeguet ahead of Nicolas Anelka.
14th-May-2006 09:45 pm (UTC)
NO MEXÉS!!!!!! BUT Boumsong! WTF? *jaw drops*

I gotta say France's chances aren't looking so good (as if they ever were that great to begin with).

Who's in their group?
14th-May-2006 09:53 pm (UTC)
What Domenech was thinking is anybody's guess - his failure to include Mexès should be reason for a public interrogation.

France are playing Switzerland, Togo, and South Korea. It's hard to say who will finish first in this group - Korea have a lot of drive after their success in WC2002, but they aren't playing on home soil this time around, either. I wonder if France - Togo will provide the same excitement as France - Senegal four years before?
14th-May-2006 10:05 pm (UTC)
I'm just shocked, I can't even express the words. Just shocked. Boumsong is a freakin disaster, I'd like to know which games they're watching in France. Because he must be playing great for some team that isn't Newcastle.

Their group isn't that bad, so they might have a chance. I just don't think France is at the right place. Their "experienced" players are just old now. I mean Zizou and Thuram are still better than most, but let's face it they're slowing down. And their young players aren't exactly that reliable when it comes to the national team.

I don't know about it being exciting but it could definitely be one to watch.
14th-May-2006 09:57 pm (UTC)
Boumsong ... hehe. Enjoy your flight home ;). Barthez is very dodgy too, and Thuram is past his best, although having experience in there can be useful even if he doesn't play (I guess he's competing with Chimbonda – that'll be interesting).
14th-May-2006 10:18 pm (UTC)
I know the French 'golden generation' is past it's prime and it usually takes some time to rebuild a squad, but it's not like the nation lacks young players with skill (consistency might be something else, but that's another issue altogether). I'm so bewildered right now.

I'm glad I'm not a die-hard supporter of les Bleus, otherwise I would have pulled out all my hair after seeing this announcement.
15th-May-2006 01:11 am (UTC)
So I assume Pires and Domenech just never made up?

And I haven't seen Barthez play since that stupid suspension he took for spitting at a ref. Coupet has played amazingly well in my opinion despite his club getting knocked out of the CL, they still won the Ligue 1 title, no?

And what is Boumsong doing there?
17th-May-2006 02:34 am (UTC)
My guess is that Pires and Domenech never made up, but I haven't been following the two of them closely enough to say for sure.

I think Barthez is such an iconic figure that it's hard not to bring him, but hopefully Coupet will actually start in goal. Lyon won the title with a healthy lead this year, and it's not like Lyon were knocked out of the CL through absurd keeping mistakes.

I have no idea why Boumsong is there. Maybe Domenech is basing his decision on how JAB played at Auxerre before moving to Newcastle?

p.s. Nice Captain Haddock reference for your journal name!
15th-May-2006 06:26 am (UTC)
i think france is an interesting team...for multicultural reasons. what, like 15 of the players are either foreign born or children of immigrants? definitely see this as a growing trend in countries like the netherlands and the US.
15th-May-2006 07:49 am (UTC)
OOOH I'm not the only one who knows Anthony Réveilllère ! Glad you noticed his absence. I'm so disappointed.
17th-May-2006 02:35 am (UTC)
He should have made the team before so many other players.
What is Domenech thinking?
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17th-May-2006 02:35 am (UTC)
If nothing else, much less likely to spit at referees ... !
15th-May-2006 09:07 am (UTC)
Anelka sealed his own fate when he went to Fenerbahçe.
17th-May-2006 02:36 am (UTC)
How so? Anelka was still called up to the national team to play in friendlies earlier this year, and scored winning goals for l'Equipe within that period.

Besides, it doesn't look like Chimbonda sealed his fate by playing for Wigan ...
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