Being a soccer fan in America, particularly the U.S. Nationwide Workforce, typically can morph into a examine about wishing you were something else. Granted, that mentality has modified a lot in recent times. Given the success in 2013 underneath Jurgen Klinsmann, it’s mostly optimistic vibes emanating out of the U.S. camp. There’s additionally a sure satisfaction exhibited by fans of the National Workforce. Thank supporters teams like the American Outlaws for turning National Staff video games on U.S. soil into happenings.
Still, for years many American fans spent their time pining for the USMNT to be some type of world-beating superteam, which played all its games on hallowed European grounds like Wembley Stadium, the San Siro and the Stade de France.
In the mean time, it’s doubtful many U.S. followers would wish to trade locations with the team which calls the Stade de France residence. The French National Team — Les Bleus — face long odds to qualify for the 2014 World Cup after it lost 2-0 last week within the first leg of its World Cup playoff with Ukraine. Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny was sent off with a purple card.
It was ugly, so ugly that eighty four p.c of the French public thinks the staff doesn’t have a shot to qualify even with ninety more minutes left to play on Tuesday. American soccer fans will be cynical, however they’re not that cynical.
One thing American soccer fans love to complain about is the dearth of U.S. players on the rosters of “large golf equipment” or gamers within the Champions League. Look at France. Those qualifications haven’t proved to be a magic treatment-all. Les Bleus have the presumptive Ballon d’Or winner in Franck Ribery of Bayern Munich. Past that they have players on the world’s greatest golf equipment like striker Karim Benzema at Actual Madrid and midfielder Samir Nasri at Manchester City. Most Premier League golf equipment this season have a France international or two on their rosters, too.
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France has always been lauded for its youth development system. This summer it produced an U-20 World Cup victory in Turkey led by Juventus’ rising star Paul Pogba.
When you add it together, you’d assume France has the best recipe for worldwide success. But success has eluded Les Bleus since their runner-up showing on the 2006 World Cup. It’s no coincidence that’s the identical year Zinedine Zidane retired internationally. The next World Cup 4 years later in South Africa, the group famously quit on coach Raymond Domenech and embarrassed itself very publicly.
In equity, France received a tricky attract its qualifying group getting lumped with Spain. Solely one of many two conventional powers would automatically ebook a place for Brazil. Spain beat France in Paris back in March, sealing their destiny since La Roja completed three points ahead.
Now, because of a toothless displaying in Ukraine, France is at risk of lacking its first World Cup since 1994. There is actually some delight in this potential, particularly in Ireland which misplaced out to Les Bleus within the 2010 playoffs thanks in no small part to Thierry Henry’s handball which wasn’t called.
So for the contingent of American followers all the time hoping and wishing for more out of the Nationwide Team, remember it could at all times be quite a bit worse. Simply ask France.
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