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From AVB to Zlatan, Newcastle to Donetsk, Football Further is proud to present its third annual compilation of the year’s best French football quotes.
“Yesterday, I make one tackle and all everybody speak about is this tackle. Nobody speaks about the 50-yard pass that kills [Florent] Balmont and causes a red card for ‘im.”
– Replete with some elaborate eyebrow-waggling and a healthy dose of Gallic shrugging, Joey Barton‘s attempts to ingratiate himself with the Marseille media become an instant YouTube classic
“Eden Hazard’s English is catastrophic. I asked him: ‘Are you happy with your transfer?’ He said: ‘I don’t understand!'”
– Romelu Lukaku on his new Chelsea team-mate
“It was the feeling I had with the coach. He said he trusted me, but he didn’t let me play. He said I was too young. He said: ‘Your time will come.’ It didn’t come. Even though he’s had a 25-year career and despite the fact he’s the boss, my objective was to play … I’m impatient. When I want something, I’ll do anything to get it.”
– Paul Pogba crosses Sir Alex Ferguson, and lives to tell the tale
“The only thing I miss is in the changing room. I can’t understand all the jokes and it’s frustrating. French is more difficult than I thought. I’m trying to take my lessons very seriously. I listen to them for at least half an hour each day. The other day I watched a film in French, with English subtitles. It was Ne le dis à personne ['Tell No One'], which was a great film. I’m going to do it again.”
– Joe Cole may have left Lille with a sub-GCSE level of French, but he is now a leading authority on the films of Guillaume Canet
“I could become a doctor!”
– Abou Diaby tries to put a positive spin on all the medical vocabulary he has acquired during his time in and out of the Arsenal treatment room
“I accept that you can ask questions about his sporting performances … But when I hear that he could be dangerous for the concept of the group, I feel like we’re trying to bring a wolf into the sheep pen. He’s been a part of the group since the start. He dropped out due to injury and then loss of form. Don’t make him out to be a wolf, because he isn’t one.”
– Laurent Blanc tells the media not to cry wolf after handing Yoann Gourcuff a place in his preliminary squad
“Shut your face! Shut your face!”
– Samir Nasri celebrates his goal in the opening game with England by thanking the gentlemen of the French press for their support
“There was a bit of a slanging match in the changing room.”
– Olivier Giroud lets the cat out of the bag about the row that erupted after France’s shock 2-0 loss to Sweden
“Go fuck yourself! Go fuck your mother, you son of a bitch! There, now you can write that I’m badly brought up.”
– Such a nice boy, that Samir Nasri – lashing out at a journalist following Les Bleus‘ quarter-final elimination by Spain
“We’ve told them to be vigilant and not to say anything that could hurt the group.”
– French Football Federation press officer Philippe Tournon, prior to the tournament, on the instructions given to France’s players about how to handle the media
The World Cup
“As I’m an optimistic person, I’m going to say that I have a 100 per cent chance [of going to the World Cup].”
– Pride comes before a fall for Patrick Vieira
“I read the letter. I don’t think the players wrote it. It was typed out on a computer and there were no spelling mistakes.”
– French Football Federation general secretary Henri Monteil lets the world know exactly what he thinks about the intellect of the average footballer after reading the statement released by the France squad explaining their training boycott
“Go on Yoann, you’ll be alone on the pitch. Everyone will see you and you’ll be a media star.”
– What Franck Ribéry allegedly (emphasis on the allegedly) told Yoann Gourcuff on the France team bus after he threatened to break the training strike
“He sullied my name without trying to find out what happened. Lilian thinks he’s the new coach, the president of the federation and the president of the [French] Republic… Walking around with books on slavery in glasses and a hat does not turn you into Malcolm X.”
– Patrice Evra on Lilian Thuram, after the France 1998 stalwart called for him to be banned from the national side for life
“They’re real clowns, these people. I’m dying with laughter!”
– Nicolas Anelka pours scorn on the unprecedented 18-match international ban handed to him by the FFF
“You should see him in the changing room: he sings French rap. He’s even learnt the song the Bordeaux fans chant to wind me up: ‘Oh, Diawara, go fuck yourself/You have got no loyalty!’”
– Souleymane Diawara on Lucho González’s successful integration in the Marseille changing room
“The baguette. It’s amazing how good it is, the baguette.”
– Lyon’s Argentine attacking midfielder César Delgado, when asked what he would remember most fondly from his time in France
“Steve makes me laugh with his fake Marseille accent. A black guy from Normandy with a Marseille accent – it sounds wrong to be honest!”
– Guillaume Hoarau upbraids former Le Havre team-mate Steve Mandanda for his efforts to blend in at Marseille
“We don’t talk. We played one year at Arsenal without talking. There were other people who didn’t talk to him either. The collective cause was more important, though, and we got on with things.”
– Samir Nasri lifts the lid on his (non-)relationship with former Arsenal team-mate William Gallas
A bite-size round-up of the week’s events in French football, for anyone who wants to keep up with what’s happening in Ligue 1 but hasn’t got the time (or the French) to do so.
Week 4 saw Yoann Gourcuff’s Lyon debut turn into a decidedly damp squib as his side were beaten 2-0 at Lorient, while Bordeaux snatched a last-gasp 1-1 draw at home to Marseille and Toulouse extended their 100 percent record to open up a four-point lead at the summit.
All eyes were on Gourcuff at Stade du Moustoir, and although he began the game on the bench he was pressed into action in the 30th minute against the side coached by his father when César Delgado had to go off with a thigh injury. Lyon already trailed to an eighth-minute penalty from the impressive Kévin Gameiro and although Gourcuff’s introduction gave the visitors’ attacking play much more cohesion, their chances of a comeback were dealt a fatal blow in the 66th minute when Lorient debutant Lynel Kitambala slammed home.
Lyon have four points from their first four games – the same as Bordeaux and Marseille, who fought out an entertaining 1-1 draw at Chaban-Delmas on Sunday night. Lucho González expertly swept OM into a 12th-minute lead after a superb charge down the right flank from Brandão, but Edouard Cissé was harshly dismissed in the 33rd minute and Marseille’s resistance finally crumbled two minutes from time when Anthony Modeste (pictured) got across César Azpilicueta to head in Jaroslav Plašil’s inswinging cross.
A marvellously assured goal (see below) from rumoured Barcelona target Étienne Capoue set Toulouse on their way to a 2-0 victory at Nancy. TFC are four points clear of Rennes and Montpellier, while Sochaux climbed to fourth after exploiting the huge cracks in the Paris Saint-Germain defence to record a 3-1 win over Antoine Kombouaré’s men at Stade Bonal. Caen’s unbeaten run came to an end when they went down 2-0 at home to fellow promoted side Brest.