April 14, 2024

Lizarazu, it’s over

Two years after the fiasco of the 2002 World Cup, the French team, crowned four years earlier in the Netherlands, arrived at the Euro in Portugal in the summer of 2004 with lofty ambitions, buoyed by an impressive flawless qualifying campaign with eight wins from eight matches and 29 goals scored against just two conceded. The tournament also got off to a miraculous start for Les…

Two years after the fiasco of the 2002 World Cup, the French team, crowned four years earlier in the Netherlands, arrived at the Euro in Portugal in the summer of 2004 with lofty ambitions, buoyed by an impressive flawless qualifying campaign with eight wins from eight matches and 29 goals scored against just two conceded. The tournament also got off to a miraculous start for Les Bleus, who beat England 2-1 in Lisbon after trailing 1-0 until stoppage time. But two goals in two minutes from Zinedine Zidane were to send the crowd into raptures. of the opening match.

Despite dominating proceedings, Les Bleus struggled to create any real danger, but it was Greece who prevailed 1-0 thanks to a goal from Angelos Charisteas shortly after the hour mark. At the start of the action, Bixente Lizarazu was dropped by captain Theodoros Zagorakis and lived out his final moments with the French team. A few weeks later, the 34-year-old Basque decided to call time on his international career.

It’s a page that’s being turned… It’s difficult to stop, but at the same time, at some point, you have to know when to say when you’re going to stop.he homeland is in danger in the qualifiers for the 2006 World Cup…