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One more season won’t hurt

I planned on closing My Heart Beats Football after Euro 2016, but I’ve been requested to continue it, so I guess it’ll be open for one season more.  Also, I’ve been asked by sever…:

I planned on closing My Heart Beats Football after Euro 2016, but I’ve been requested to continue it, so I guess it’ll be open for one season more. 

Also, I’ve been asked by several people if I can do another football fan fic with the Les Bleus coach and his identical twin. However, they want to see him at none other than FC Barcelona. I’m thinking about it given that Marcus is a patriotic son of a gun who cares nothing for the Liga. We’ll see how/if that takes off when the new season of football begins.

Bring on the new season!

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Posted in Beautiful Moments In The Beautiful Game, Euro 2016 France, Les Bleus

HUH! HUH! Les Bleus honor Iceland with their version of the ‘Viking clap’

After France defeated Germany 2-0 last evening in the semis, they celebrated with their fans at the end of the game with the ‘Viking Clap’. Just in case you were living on another planet before this, this intimidating clap/chant stole hearts and terrified some during the start of the tournament. 

This was one of Iceland’s contribution on the big stage although some are debating whether the chant originated from Iceland. 

Terrifyingly Awesome Iceland Chant

Okay, here I’ll attempt to set things straight as a history fanatic. French side Lyon have been doing it for years. Yes, if you were a French football fan, you would’ve known this. I never heard any Icelander came out to publicly claim that they invented this ‘clapping’ thing. They adopted it from the Scottish side, Motherwell. I think the Icelanders got it from one of their Premier League team. 

And here are Lyon supporters with ‘AHOU!’

More French clapping coming up!

However, had Iceland not graced the Euros with their version of the ‘Viking Chant’ then no one would’ve been debating this right now.

Some might call the French pathetic chant stealers, but I look at it as a nice gesture.

A hommage.

The French were honoring Iceland during their celebration. People who passionately spend their days disliking the French (trust me, they exist) are happy they can rip the French about something, but life is too short for all this stupid negativity. The German and French fans were also doing it, but because Les Bleus does it, it’s a crime.

And to the Icelanders who are probably angry that the French ‘stole’ your chant, they did that for you. 

So relax, no one is stealing anything, okay haters. The French have been doing their own kind of clap for years. Iceland is still being talked about in France and the Nordic fans were such an inspiration (as Pogba tweeted) that the French saw no other to celebrate and pay tribute to both their fans (Les Bleus) and Iceland after a hectic Euro. There were no drums and the effect was less intimidating, so it cannot be a complete rip-off. Some so-call football fans need to spend time learning/reading/researching behind the beautiful game and not just watch it for fun.

Look at it this way:

Again, thank you, Iceland. You’ve left an incredible mark on the Euro. 

Germany v France - EURO 2016 - Semi Final

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2016/17 Champions League group stage draw

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The Champions League draw was kind of disappointing. PSG and Arsenal in the same group is kind of boring now and so is Barcelona with Celtic and Manchester City. Tottenham and Monaco seem like they’re still in the Europa League. Real Madrid getting Dortmund is probably overrated, but they won’t have to worry because they have one of the easiest group. Juventus, Sevilla, and Lyon in one group? This oughta rock my socks.

Posted in Les Bleus

Deschamps name French squad for upcoming matches

Didier Deschamps chose his team for the upcoming matches against Italy (a friendly) and Belarus (WC 2018 qualifier). Hugo Lloris is injured and was not selected. He decided not to select Benzema because “now is not the right time.” I think DD might be under pressure from the FFF. I may never know, but he is not 100% in charge when it comes to choosing his players. On the brighter side, I am delighted with the call-up of Alphonse Areola, the future of French goalkeeping. I’m glad to have Varane back with the squad, but Ben Arfa should’ve been called up as well.

Goalkeepers: Steve Mandanda, Benoit Costil, Alphonse Areola.

Defenders: Sebastien Corchia, Lucas Digne, Laurent Koscielny, Raphael Varane, Adil Rami, Samuel Umtiti, Djibril Sidibé, Layvin Kurzawa.

Midfielders: Yohan Cabaye, Ngolo Kante, Blaise Matuidi, Dimitri Payet, Paul Pogba, Moussa Sissoko.

Forwards: Nabil Fékir, Andre-Pierre Gignac,  Olivier Giroud, Antoine Griezmann, Alexandre Lacazette, Anthony Martial.

Posted in Goals/Saves I Like, Ligue 1

Yoann Gourcuff scores as Rennes beat Nancy 2-0

Rennes cruised to a 2-0 victory over Nancy thanks to goals from Yoann Gourcuff (23rd minute) and Giovanni Sio (81st minute).

It’s great to see Gourcuff back on the pitch and scoring. He played the entire game and for this, I am pleased as punch because I really missed his presence. Here’s to a great season for him and Rennes!

Check out his bullet-strike goal from the edge of the box.

Watch his celebration video here (I love that Depeche Mode’s ‘Just Can’t Get Enough’ was playing for his moment!)

Posted in Reports, Tottenham Hotspur

Hugo Lloris suffers hamstring blow

In The Safety Of Hugo Lloris' Gloves

Hugo Lloris was forced off with a hamstring injury earlier today in Tottenham’s 2016/17 season premiere against Everton. Lloris was subbed off late in the first half with Michel Vorm replacing him. The Frenchman had conceded his first goal of the season as Everton went ahead in the 6th minute. The game eventually finished 1-1.

Wishing Lloris a speedy recovery and all the best to Spurs this season.

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