April 17, 2024

Thuram, it’s over!

Like several other France 1998 glories, Lilian Thuram finally missed his exit. At his best throughout the 2006 World Cup, where he formed an intractable hinge with William Gallas, the Guadeloupean experienced a real nightmare two years later, at Euro 2008. Despite his age of 36, the former Monaco man was still the cornerstone of the French defensive line in the eyes of Raymond Do…

Like several other France 1998 glories, Lilian Thuram finally missed his exit. At his best throughout the 2006 World Cup, where he formed an intractable hinge with William Gallas, the Guadeloupean experienced a real nightmare two years later, at Euro 2008. Despite his age of 36, the former Monaco man was still the cornerstone of the French defensive line in the eyes of Raymond Domenech.

Even the center-back, who retired from international football after Euro 2004 before emulating Zinedine Zidane and returning to help Les Bleus qualify for the 2006 World Cup, admits that the two men had an agreement, even though he seems far less imperious than in the past. I have a pact with Raymond Domenech: he won’t make me play one match too many… he confided shortly before the Euro. The match of the century would come on June 13, 2008 on the pitch in Bern. Four days earlier, the runners-up to the world champions had put in a performanceThe Abymes native had no trouble containing the rare Romanian onslaught.

The same could not be said of the Netherlands, where Robin Van Persie, Dirk Kuyt, Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder made life hell for Les Bleus in general, and Lilian Thuram in particular, and eventually won 4-1, the French team’s heaviest defeat since 1980. Despite his nightmare against the Oranje, Lilian Thuram, who admits to having made two mistakes, is ready to take his revenge against Italy. In the end, however, his tally will remain stuck at 142 caps, which has long been the record in this respect.

I knew I wouldn’t be starting. As I said, the coach and I were on the same wavelength. I went to see him to tell him that with the fatigue and the accumulation of matches, it was preferable for someone else to start, he explains.t: We agreed before the match that the repetition of matches could cause problems. He was honest, he’s a great man, and I admire his behavior and what he’s done Against the Nazionale, the French coach decided to field Eric Abidal, who was to experience another hellish experience: the former Lyon man was sent off after just 25 minutes of play…