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World Cup was Deschamps’ triumph

Mes amis, it http://www.jaguarsofficialprostore.com/Dede-Westbrook-Jersey.html was a long night. World champions, a second star on the jersey and, naturellement, the celebrations were long and loud and joyful. I found myself in the changing room with the players after the game and the air was thick with laughter and song and then a certain dizziness, too, as the result began to sink in. I embraced my old friend Didier Deschamps, still soaked to the skin from the rain-drenched trophy ceremony. He was in a state of euphoria – he had done it! Chuck Foreman Ash Jersey: T-Shirt Backer #44 NFL Minnesota Vikings NikeBy leading Les Bleus to a second triumph, 20 years after being our captain when we won the World Cup in France, Didier became only the third man to have won the competition as both player and manager. He’s in rare company, alongside Mário Zagallo and Franz Beckenbauer, but when he was reminded of the fact he just shrugged, smiled and said those two were far better players than he ever was. Typical Didier, that. Deflecting the praise, trying not to take himself too seriously. Humble. Women's Nike Tennessee Titans #91 Derrick Morgan Navy Blue Alternate Vapor Untouchable Limited Player NFL JerseyBut this triumph for French football is very much his. Didier has crafted a team and a spirit, very much in the way Aimé Jacquet did with us in 1998. Just like 20 years ago, when Aimé decided to do without Eric Cantona and David Ginola, so Didier opted to leave out Karim Benzema, arguably France’s most talented No 9. Just like 20 years ago, critics complained about the style of play and a lack of French flair but, just like Aimé, Didier’s mindset is all about results. It’s http://www.officialauthenticbroncostore.com/Nike-Dennis-Smith-Jerse... all about winning and Didier set up his teams accordingly. The players threw Didier into the air after Leonard Fournette Jersey the game and later stormed his press conference, throwing water over everybody and chanting their manager’s name. But it wasn’t just water they poured over him, it was praise, too, and you could see they knew how much they owed him. It was touching. For these young players, being world champions will take a bit of time to http://www.officialcardinalslockerroom.com/elite-budda-baker-jersey really sink in. Little by little they will realise what they have achieved and the significance of it all. They got a glimpse of what it means to people on Monday when they paraded along the Champs Élysées in front of hundreds of thousands of partying supporters. They are world champions for life. In England many of you can name the World Cup-winning team of 1966, despite it being such a long time ago and the fact most of you probably weren’t even born. In France, nobody has forgotten the names of the 22 players Dennis Johnson Authentic Jersey who won our first World Cup and several of us were lucky enough to be in Moscow to see first-hand this new group add their names to history. For the likes of Laurent Blanc, Lilian Thuram, Didier and me the World Cup was a kind of consecration – we had already won lots of trophies with our clubs and were experienced players. It’s different for this France team. For many of these youngsters the World Cup is almost the first thing they’ve won! Which makes me think France are looking good for the next few years. When we won in 1998 it gave us tremendous belief and we became a much better team afterwards – think back to how we dominated England a year later at Wembley with a couple of goals Tyler Higbee Jersey from Nicolas Anelka. Remember Euro 2000, when Luke Kuechly Jersey we played much more attacking football than two years earlier. No wonder Didier will stay on as France manager – he can sense the potential he has at hand. Many of these players will be even better in two or four years’ time. Didier left talent such as Alexandre Lacazette, Kingsley Coman and Anthony Martial at home but they are still young and we have plenty of other players coming through – Clément Lenglet just joined Barcelona from Sevilla and is a fine defender. The future is really bright for France. Some of the other nations have a lot of work to do. Probably the biggest disappointment for me at this World Cup was Argentina, with Diego Maradona and his grotesque gestures just about summing it up. What a waste of talent this team represents. But the word “team” is the wrong one to employ here, that’s the problem. This is a country that has always produced top-class footballers but this World Cup just underlined that they are at the end of a cycle and they need to start over. So many good players but no team – I was very disappointed by them. I was saddened, too, that no African team managed to get past the first round. Sure, there were glimpses that could provide optimism – Nigeria weren’t far from the second round, Senegal shone at times and Morocco didn’t have much luck on their side. http://www.officialnflstoreco.com/denver-broncos-c-2375_2385.html But, and I’m putting my Ghana hat on here, we really need to work out a way to get better results at the World Cup. http://caper-republic.net/default.aspx?g=posts&m=7614&#post...
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