Posted in Euro 2012, France Football (Other)

Blues: The Euro Quiz, Episode 1 and 2

The French team took part in an Euro quiz show all thanks to TF1 prior to the Euro 2012 tournament. You can watch both episodes here:

http://videos.tf1.fr/telefoot/bleus-le-quiz-de-l-euro-episode-1-7181936.html

http://videos.tf1.fr/telefoot/bleus-le-quiz-de-l-euro-episode-2-7204540.html

Some gifs via Tumblr:

 

Hugo Lloris was quite funny!

 

 

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Posted in France Football (Other)

FFF Delivers ‘Justice’ For Those Who Misbahaved At The Euro’s

Kamel Ben Arfa, the father of France international footballer Hatem Ben Arfa stands with a picture of his son, in front of the French Football Federation (FFF) headquarters, on July 27, 2012, as Hatem Ben Arfa appears before a disciplinary commission of the FFF, to answer for his behaviour during the Euro 2012 tournament. Ben Arfa will answer for a dispute with coach Laurent Blanc in the dressing room after their 2-0 loss to Sweden.

Ben Arfa’s father, Kamel Ben Arfa, stands outside the FFF headquarters with a photo of his son.

Cutting quick to the chase, here’s the verdict:

Nasri: Banned for 3 matches for using swear words at a reporter from Agence France Presse. I won’t repeat them here. I bet the journalists who said he was going to get a two year ban is sucking their teeth now. They just like picking on Nasri for no apparent reasons. Yes, I said it. Even former coach Blanc knows it.

Blanc: “There is a problem between Nasri and the press.”

France international footballer Samir Nasri arrives in a car at the French Football Federation (FFF) headquarters, on July 27, 2012, to appear with France international footballers Yann Mvila, Hatem Ben Arfa and Jeremy Menez before a disciplinary commission of the FFF, to answer for their behaviour during the Euro 2012 tournament. Nasri will answer for a foul-mouthed tirade against journalists after France's Euro 2012 exit, Ben Arfa for a dispute with coach Laurent Blanc in the dressing room after their 2-0 loss to Sweden, Menez for rebukes against captain Hugo Lloris and insulting a referee, and Mvila for returning to the bench during their 2-0 loss against Spain without shaking his hands of Blanc and substitute Olivier Giroud. The four risk being suspended for bringing French football into disrepute just two years after the fiasco of France's 2010 World Cup campaign during which another four players Nicolas Anelka, Patrice Evra, Franck Ribery and Jeremy Toulalan received varying suspensions for their behaviour.

Nasri arriving at the hearing

Jeremy Menez: This player will only sit out 1 match. Yep, you heard right. The PSG man was handed a one match ban for confronting and insulting the Italian ref, Nicola Rizzoli and his own keeper/captain, Hugo Lloris. Menez was not present at the hearing, but his lawyer was. Talk about how the FFF went all soft on this one. 1 match ban? Seriously? Maybe they were smoking when handing out the verdict.

The man insulted the Ref and his Captain and got off on a one match ban? Delirious!

Lawyer Carlo Alberto Brusa, representing France Euro 2012 soccer player Jeremy Menez, speaks to journalists outside the French Football Federation (FFF) headquarters in Paris July 27, 2012. FFF opened disciplinary proceedings earlier in the month against players Samir Nasri, Hatem Ben Arfa, Jeremy Menez and Yann Mvila for misbehaving at Euro 2012.

Lawyer Carlo Alberto Brusa, representing Jeremy Menez, speaks to journalists outside the FFF headquarters

Yann M’vila: Walks scotch free. He walks free from being substituted during the Spain match and refused to shake hands with replacement, Olivier Giroud and coach, Laurent Blanc. Some sportsmanship! He walks free with a warning.

France international footballer Yann Mvila (L), leaves the French Football Federation (FFF) headquarters, on July 27, 2012, after appeared before a disciplinary commission of the FFF, with France international footballers Samir Nasri, Hatem Ben Arfa and Jeremy Menez to answer for their behaviour during the Euro 2012 tournament. Nasri will answer for a foul-mouthed tirade against journalists after France's Euro 2012 exit, Ben Arfa for a dispute with coach Laurent Blanc in the dressing room after their 2-0 loss to Sweden, Menez for rebukes against captain Hugo Lloris and insulting a referee, and Mvila for returning to the bench during their 2-0 loss against Spain without shaking his hands of Blanc and substitute Olivier Giroud. The four risk being suspended for bringing French football into disrepute just two years after the fiasco of France's 2010 World Cup campaign during which another four players Nicolas Anelka, Patrice Evra, Franck Ribery and Jeremy Toulalan received varying suspensions for their behaviour.

Yann leaving after the hearing. He looks relieved.

Ben Arfa: He walks free as well with a warning. Arfa allegedly quarreled with coach, Blanc in the dressing room after the last group stage defeat from Sweden. Some fans of the France NT thinks that this individual in particular should have been given a sterner punishment seeing that he is a ‘spoil brat’.

France international footballer Hatem Ben Arfa arrives at the French Football Federation (FFF) headquarters, on July 27, 2012, to appear with France international footballers Samir Nasri, Yann Mvila, and Jeremy Menez before a disciplinary commission of the FFF, to answer for their behaviour during the Euro 2012 tournament. Nasri will answer for a foul-mouthed tirade against journalists after France's Euro 2012 exit, Ben Arfa for a dispute with coach Laurent Blanc in the dressing room after their 2-0 loss to Sweden, Menez for rebukes against captain Hugo Lloris and insulting a referee, and Mvila for returning to the bench during their 2-0 loss against Spain without shaking his hands of Blanc and substitute Olivier Giroud. The four risk being suspended for bringing French football into disrepute just two years after the fiasco of France's 2010 World Cup campaign during which another four players Nicolas Anelka, Patrice Evra, Franck Ribery and Jeremy Toulalan received varying suspensions for their behaviour.

Arfa arriving

The FFF has made their decisions. Funny ones too but that’s OK at least I can say I have laughed today. So much for the circus following this show.

Some pics from today:

France international footballer Hatem Ben Arfa arrives at the French Football Federation (FFF) headquarters, on July 27, 2012, to appear with France international footballers Samir Nasri, Yann Mvila, and Jeremy Menez before a disciplinary commission of the FFF, to answer for their behaviour during the Euro 2012 tournament. Nasri will answer for a foul-mouthed tirade against journalists after France's Euro 2012 exit, Ben Arfa for a dispute with coach Laurent Blanc in the dressing room after their 2-0 loss to Sweden, Menez for rebukes against captain Hugo Lloris and insulting a referee, and Mvila for returning to the bench during their 2-0 loss against Spain without shaking his hands of Blanc and substitute Olivier Giroud. The four risk being suspended for bringing French football into disrepute just two years after the fiasco of France's 2010 World Cup campaign during which another four players Nicolas Anelka, Patrice Evra, Franck Ribery and Jeremy Toulalan received varying suspensions for their behaviour.

France Euro 2012 soccer player Hatem Ben Arfa arrives at the French Football Federation (FFF) headquarters in Paris July 27, 2012. FFF opened disciplinary proceedings earlier in the month against players Samir Nasri, Hatem Ben Arfa, Jeremy Menez and Yann M'Vila for misbehaving at Euro 2012.

France international footballer Samir Nasri arrives in a car at the French Football Federation (FFF) headquarters, on July 27, 2012, to appear with France international footballers Yann Mvila, Hatem Ben Arfa and Jeremy Menez before a disciplinary commission of the FFF, to answer for their behaviour during the Euro 2012 tournament. Nasri will answer for a foul-mouthed tirade against journalists after France's Euro 2012 exit, Ben Arfa for a dispute with coach Laurent Blanc in the dressing room after their 2-0 loss to Sweden, Menez for rebukes against captain Hugo Lloris and insulting a referee, and Mvila for returning to the bench during their 2-0 loss against Spain without shaking his hands of Blanc and substitute Olivier Giroud. The four risk being suspended for bringing French football into disrepute just two years after the fiasco of France's 2010 World Cup campaign during which another four players Nicolas Anelka, Patrice Evra, Franck Ribery and Jeremy Toulalan received varying suspensions for their behaviour.

France international footballer Samir Nasri leaves in a car the French Football Federation (FFF) headquarters, on July 27, 2012, after he appeared with France international footballers Yann Mvila, Hatem Ben Arfa and Jeremy Menez before a disciplinary commission of the FFF, to answer for their behaviour during the Euro 2012 tournament. Nasri will answer for a foul-mouthed tirade against journalists after France's Euro 2012 exit, Ben Arfa for a dispute with coach Laurent Blanc in the dressing room after their 2-0 loss to Sweden, Menez for rebukes against captain Hugo Lloris and insulting a referee, and Mvila for returning to the bench during their 2-0 loss against Spain without shaking his hands of Blanc and substitute Olivier Giroud. The four risk being suspended for bringing French football into disrepute just two years after the fiasco of France's 2010 World Cup campaign during which another four players Nicolas Anelka, Patrice Evra, Franck Ribery and Jeremy Toulalan received varying suspensions for their behaviour.

France international footballer Hatem Ben Arfa arrives at the French Football Federation (FFF) headquarters, on July 27, 2012, to appear with France international footballers Samir Nasri, Yann Mvila, and Jeremy Menez before a disciplinary commission of the FFF, to answer for their behaviour during the Euro 2012 tournament. Nasri will answer for a foul-mouthed tirade against journalists after France's Euro 2012 exit, Ben Arfa for a dispute with coach Laurent Blanc in the dressing room after their 2-0 loss to Sweden, Menez for rebukes against captain Hugo Lloris and insulting a referee, and Mvila for returning to the bench during their 2-0 loss against Spain without shaking his hands of Blanc and substitute Olivier Giroud. The four risk being suspended for bringing French football into disrepute just two years after the fiasco of France's 2010 World Cup campaign during which another four players Nicolas Anelka, Patrice Evra, Franck Ribery and Jeremy Toulalan received varying suspensions for their behaviour.

Carlo Alberto Brusa, lawyer of France international footballer Jeremy Menez, arrives at the French Football Federation (FFF) headquarters, on July 27, 2012, after France international footballers Jeremy Menez, Samir Nasri, Yann Mvila, and Hatem Ben Arfa appeared before a disciplinary commission of the FFF, to answer for their behaviour during the Euro 2012 tournament. Nasri will answer for a foul-mouthed tirade against journalists after France's Euro 2012 exit, Ben Arfa for a dispute with coach Laurent Blanc in the dressing room after their 2-0 loss to Sweden, Menez for rebukes against captain Hugo Lloris and insulting a referee, and Mvila for returning to the bench during their 2-0 loss against Spain without shaking his hands of Blanc and substitute Olivier Giroud. The four risk being suspended for bringing French football into disrepute just two years after the fiasco of France's 2010 World Cup campaign during which another four players Nicolas Anelka, Patrice Evra, Franck Ribery and Jeremy Toulalan received varying suspensions for their behaviour.

France international footballer Samir Nasri arrives in a car at the French Football Federation (FFF) headquarters, on July 27, 2012, to appear with France international footballers Yann Mvila, Hatem Ben Arfa and Jeremy Menez before a disciplinary commission of the FFF, to answer for their behaviour during the Euro 2012 tournament. Nasri will answer for a foul-mouthed tirade against journalists after France's Euro 2012 exit, Ben Arfa for a dispute with coach Laurent Blanc in the dressing room after their 2-0 loss to Sweden, Menez for rebukes against captain Hugo Lloris and insulting a referee, and Mvila for returning to the bench during their 2-0 loss against Spain without shaking his hands of Blanc and substitute Olivier Giroud. The four risk being suspended for bringing French football into disrepute just two years after the fiasco of France's 2010 World Cup campaign during which another four players Nicolas Anelka, Patrice Evra, Franck Ribery and Jeremy Toulalan received varying suspensions for their behaviour.

France international footballer Samir Nasri (L) arrives in a car at the French Football Federation (FFF) headquarters, on July 27, 2012, to appear with France international footballers Yann Mvila, Hatem Ben Arfa and Jeremy Menez before a disciplinary commission of the FFF, to answer for their behaviour during the Euro 2012 tournament. Nasri will answer for a foul-mouthed tirade against journalists after France's Euro 2012 exit, Ben Arfa for a dispute with coach Laurent Blanc in the dressing room after their 2-0 loss to Sweden, Menez for rebukes against captain Hugo Lloris and insulting a referee, and Mvila for returning to the bench during their 2-0 loss against Spain without shaking his hands of Blanc and substitute Olivier Giroud. The four risk being suspended for bringing French football into disrepute just two years after the fiasco of France's 2010 World Cup campaign during which another four players Nicolas Anelka, Patrice Evra, Franck Ribery and Jeremy Toulalan received varying suspensions for their behaviour.

Posted in Miscellaneous

Blanc Says ‘Adious Bleus’

“Everyone believes in the coach’s philosophy and his views. It’s not up to us but we favour continuity.” – Hugo Lloris

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Yesterday, Laurent Blanc stepped down as France coach although several players – including the skipper – expressed their interest in his continuity. Blanc took the team to the Euro 2012 and  although the team bade us goodbye in the quarterfinals, he has to be credited for rebuilding the team over the two year period.

Blanc informed the French Football Federation of his decision following lengthy negotiations with FFF president Noel Le Graet on Thursday. The FFF said there would be no further comment before a news conference Tuesday, when its executive committee meets.

However, sources convey that the favorite to replace Blanc is former France captain Didier Deschamps, who is set to leave as Marseille manager after a difficult last season. Blanc was reportedly unhappy that he was not offered a contract extension before the Euro tournament with the FFF preferring to wait and see how the team performed.

Blanc took charge of Les Bleus in July 2010. As a Les Bleus coach, his era was successful. He was responsible for the then unbeaten streak of 23 before the team lost to Sweden at the Euro 2012. Under Blanc, France reached the quarterfinals of a competition for the first time since the 2006 World Cup, drawing a line through the failures of Euro 2008 and the 2010 World Cup in which France failed to win a single game under Domenech.

Deschamps on the other hand has voiced his passion to coach France so it’s no secret that he might be heavily favored. He was part of the winning 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 French team, him being the captain.

Blanc was the one who restored the pride of the French team after the 2010 World Cup scandal. For this and more, I thank you for the contribution you’ve made to the French football team and wish you all the best in your future endeavors, even if you return to Bordeaux, although I think you’re too great a tactician to go back there.

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Merci beaucomp, Blanc.

Posted in Euro 2012

Thank You and Goodbye Germany

Say what you want, but the Germans had a great campaign and was one of the most exciting team in the Euro 2012 tournament. I can vouch for that. I have watched all their matches and enjoyed them all.

Yesterday, they lost 2-1 to Balotelli’s Italy and today, they depart, but hold your heads up boys, because you have done well.

Germany's national soccer players Mario Goetze (L) and Mesut Oezil arrive at the plane at the airport of Warsaw after their Euro 2012 soccer match against Italy in Warsaw, June 29, 2012.

Germany's national soccer player Mario Gomez (C), his wife Silvia Meichel and Sarah Brandner arrive at Frankfurt Airport after returning from Euro 2012, June 29, 2012.

WARSAW, POLAND - JUNE 29:  Sarah Brandner (L), girlfriend of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Silvia Meichel, girlfriend of Mario Gomez are pictured at the Warsaw airport following Germany's defeat to Italy in the semi-final of the UEFA EURO 2012 in Poland on June 29, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland.

FRANKFURT AM MAIN, GERMANY - JUNE 29: Mario Gomez (R) and Holger Badstuber of Germany board a jet after they arrive at Frankfurt Airport following Germany's defeat to Italy in the semi-final of the UEFA EURO 2012 in Poland on June 29, 2012 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

FRANKFURT AM MAIN, GERMANY - JUNE 29:  Mario Gomez (C), his girlfriend Silvia Meichel (L) and Sarah Brandner, girlfriend of Bastian Schweinsteiger are pictured at the arrival at the airport on June 29, 2012 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

FRANKFURT AM MAIN, GERMANY - JUNE 29: Mario Gomez of Germany is pictured at the arrival at the airport on June 29, 2012 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

FRANKFURT AM MAIN, GERMANY - JUNE 29:  Philipp Lahm of Germany boards a jet after they arrive at Frankfurt Airport following Germany's defeat to Italy in the semi-final of the UEFA EURO 2012 in Poland on June 29, 2012 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

WARSAW, POLAND - JUNE 29:  Head coach Joachim Loew of Germany talks to the media aboard a plane from Warsaw to Frankfurt am Main following Germany's defeat to Italy in the semi-final of the UEFA EURO 2012 in Poland on June 29, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland.

Joachim Loew (L), coach of Germany's national soccer team is interviewed with  Wolfgang Niersbach, president of the German soccer federation (DFB) as they arrive at Frankfurt's airport June 29, 2012. Germany will not undergo a radical overhaul after they stumbled out of Euro 2012 at the semi-final stage against Italy and now have to wait longer for their first major title since 1996.

WARSAW, POLAND - JUNE 29: Lena Gercke, girlfriend of Sami Khedira of Germany and his father Lazhar Khedira are pictured at the Warsaw airport following Germany's defeat to Italy in the semi-final of the UEFA EURO 2012 in Poland on June 29, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland.

Germany's national soccer player Sami Khedira (R) and his girlfriend Lena Gercke go to their plane at Frankfurt Airport after their Euro 2012 soccer match against Italy in Warsaw, June 29, 2012.

WARSAW, POLAND - JUNE 29: Head coach Joachim Loew (R) and Sami Khedira of Germany are pictured aboard a plane from Warsaw to Frankfurt am Main following Germany's defeat to Italy in the semi-final of the UEFA EURO 2012 in Poland on June 29, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland.

Vielen Dank für alles!