Shame for the Blues

The big favorite of the competition, the France team drank the chalice to the dregs at the 2002 World Cup. Despite the return of Zinedine Zidane, the Blues left South Korea with a final defeat against Denmark.

On the roof of the world four years earlier after an unforgettable final against Brazil and winner of the Euro in stride, France had landed with great ambitions in South Korea. The Blues have however left it pitifully. For the second time in history, the defending champion did not even pass the pitfall of the first round, having to settle for a meager draw in three matches.

Zero goals on the clock

Worse, Roger Lemerre’s men, who included the Premier League’s top scorer (Thierry Henry), the top scorer in Serie A (David Trezeguet) and the top scorer in Ligue 1 (Djibril Cissé) did not score. the slightest goal, ending with a historic zero point. At the start of their last match against Denmark, the Blues still had their destiny in their hands: a victory by two goals guaranteed them to qualify for the knockout stages.

Zidane on one leg

The match ended well with a 2-0, but in favor of the Danes. If the Blues had to do without Thierry Henry, suspended following his exclusion against Uruguay, they nevertheless recorded the return of Zinedine Zidane, forfeited in the first two matches due to a thigh injury. But the presence of the tricolor playmaker, at 50% of his means, did nothing, despite a few opportunities including a magnificent free kick which was going to graze the skylight. While Marcel Desailly and David Trezeguet found the amounts, for the 4th and 5th posts of the Blues in three matches, Romendhal and Tomasson took advantage of the defensive largesse of the Blues to deceive Fabien Barthez and win 2-0.

We saw each other too beautiful

“We didn’t deserve to go to the round of 16”, recognized without difficulty Roger Lemerre at the end of the meeting. The successor to Aimé Jacquet, who had already mentioned “a huge fault” after the defeat against Senegal in the opening match, was looking for no excuses. Lilian Thuram was even more lucid. “I think we lived in a cocoon where we were made to believe that we were already in the final. The system of starization of the players of the France team undoubtedly took us away from the field. We saw each other too handsome. When we lose against Senegal, we say to ourselves that we will recover against Uruguay. When we draw against Uruguay, we tell ourselves that we have had plenty of chances and that we will get two against Denmark. And when we lose against Denmark, we go home.”he explained.

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