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Anelka, Ribéry and Henry 'a bunch of imbeciles' - FRENCH FOOTBALL - FRANCE 24

Former France coach Raymond Domenech has launched a scathing tirade on several members of his 2010 World Cup squad in a new book, recounting that he was so exasperated by their behavior that he exploded with rage and called them "a bunch of imbeciles."

In his book Domenech branded Franck Ribery a "diva", Samir Nasri a "symbol of selfishness" and said Nicolas Anelka "killed the group".

The team shocked the nation by going on strike at a training session after striker Nicolas Anelka had been sent home for insulting Domenech during the halftime break of France's second group game at the tournament in South Africa, against Mexico.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 03:35:09 PM EST
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Judging by what I saw on the pitch and what was being reported at the time, I imagine Domenech would know about imbeciles, they say a dog smells its own smell first.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sat Nov 24th, 2012 at 11:04:18 AM EST
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He had an extraordinary talent for bringing out the worst in all of them.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Sat Nov 24th, 2012 at 12:19:59 PM EST
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The most bizarre part is when he apparently quotes his diary:

"I have no energy left. I don't like them anymore. I've had enough of their tantrums," Domenech wrote before the 2-0 loss to Mexico. "This team is completely incapable of transcending itself and I'm certainly to blame for something. I got it all wrong. I feel humiliated to have got it so wrong."

But he failed to do any self-reflection ever since, not identifying what he got all wrong, instead still whining about those awful players and going paranoid about them. Seriously, the following appears to be his gripe with Ribéry:

"Ribery doesn't like Gourcuff, that's for sure. Before the Uruguay match, I told Gourcuff: `You have the keys to the match, it's down to you,"" Domenech says. "The worst thing was Franck Ribery's look. Maybe I'm exaggerating, but in his eyes I saw hatred, contempt or jealousy."


*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sat Nov 24th, 2012 at 01:34:44 PM EST
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