April 17, 2024

Domenech takes on Zidane

On Tuesday, the French Federation celebrated fifty years of French training. No fewer than 500 guests were invited to the big party at Clairefontaine. Among them were numerous INF Clairefontaine residents, including Kylian Mbappé, Marcus Thuram and Thierry Henry. But also the cream of the French coaching crop, as even Aimé Jacquet, who has kept a low profile in recent years, was …

On Tuesday, the French Federation celebrated fifty years of French training. No fewer than 500 guests were invited to the big party at Clairefontaine. Among them were numerous INF Clairefontaine residents, including Kylian Mbappé, Marcus Thuram and Thierry Henry. But also the cream of the French coaching crop, as even Aimé Jacquet, who has kept a low profile in recent years, was present.ation à la française à Clairefontaine , une tête nous partpare , he wrote, accompanied by a hilarious emoji. It’s hard not to see this as an allusion to Zinedine Zidane, hero of the 1998 World Cup final thanks to his two life-saving headbutts, who was sent off in the 2006 World Cup final after a headbutt in Marco Materazzi’s chest.

Raymond Domemech has never been able to come to terms with this sequence. Sometimes at night I wake up and say to myself: if only I’d been able to talk to him more, earlier, to explain what was going to happen, but I can’t do anything about it.