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Les Bleus qualifies for Russia 2018!


With goals from Antoine Griezmann and Olivier Giroud, France went on to win 2-1 against Belarus in their last WCQ game winning the top of Group A and qualifying for Russia 2018. Although I am truly pleased about this, I see room for improvement for Les Bleus. They have not been exactly setting the qualifications on fire.

Hugo Lloris was one happy captain last evening! 🙂

Photos via Equipe de France Twitter handle

Watch the highlight reel below of last evening:

Posted in Les Bleus, Russia 2018

Olivier Giroud joins France’s top 10 record goal scorers

The road to Russia is a long one, but the French are doing enough in their group to make sure to stay on top of their game.

My eyes were on Olivier Giroud for Luxembourg v France and he did not disappoint. He struck twice in our 3-1 victory and he’s now in the top 10 goal scorers for Les Bleus.

In the 28th minute, Les Bleus went ahead after Giroud latched onto Djibril Sidibé’s pass. Luxembourg swiftly reacted by putting away a penalty six minutes later to tie things up at 1-1 after Matuidi brought down Daniel Da Mota in the area. Three minutes later, Griezmann saw that Les Bleus was back in front with a well-taken penalty after Sidibé was fouled by Da Mota.

Benjamin Mendy, one of the best passers in Europe, lived up to his reputation in the 77th minute when he assisted Giroud’s wicked header. Hot property Kylian Mbappé earned his first cap for Les Bleus when he replaced Payet in the 78th minute. 

Les Bleus now have 13 points from 5 games ahead of the qualifier against Sweden on June 9th.

Posted in Arsenal, PL

Man of the week: Olivier Giroud!

Arsenal v Crystal Palace - Premier League

On Sunday, Olivier Giroud scored a stinging scorpion kick against Crystal Palace earning him an early contender for goal of the season.

And it was wickedly delicious! 

Last evening, the Frenchman help Arsenal come back from 3-1 against Bournemouth by being involved in all 3 goals (2 assists), the equalizer he ended up scoring (3-3). Continue to do you, boy!

AFC Bournemouth v Arsenal - Premier League

Posted in Les Bleus, Reports

Les Bleus in 2016

I haven’t been updating My Heart Beats Football as I should, but it doesn’t mean that I am not following the beautiful game.

Every Les Bleus game this year was a joy to watch even their last game of 2016 against Côte d’Ivoire last evening, despite it being scoreless at the full-time whistle. Les Bleus have matured and flourished under Didier Deschamps and I enjoy watching them grow. Many critics and skeptics alike thought that without the likes of Karim Benzema and Mathieu Valbuena, the team would’ve been a failure. To tell the honest truth, I was not scared over losing them. We had the likes of Olivier Giroud and Antoine Griezmann to cover us. We made it to the Euro 2016 final and although we didn’t win, we got back up again.

Payet finally emerged and took centerstage. N’Golo had the world smacking their lips at his skills and Pogba shone on the world stage. Adil Rami came back. Areola is finally being noticed. As for the wonderful Hugo Lloris, well, as a captain, he did everything right and as a goalie, he has excelled where past French goalies hadn’t. I am proud of the entire team.

STATS 2016

^ Les Bleus played 17 games, won 13, and had only one defeat which was to Portugal in the final of the Euro 2016.

^ Dimitri Payet racked up the assists with 7

^ Our top scorers are Griezmann and Giroud with 8 goals a’ piece.

This is progress and I am proud to say that we’re going forward. I cannot complain about our campaign this year. Thank you for a beautiful 2016, Les Bleus and here’s to 2017. 

Posted in Les Bleus, Russia 2018

WCQ: Kevin Gameiro shines in Les Bleus victory against Bulgaria

Les Bleus get is right against Bulgaria, but I was HAPPY for Gameiro the most!

This evening, Kevvy G (as I call him) ran off with the headlines after scoring a brace. This was his first start for Les Bleus since November 2011, but please, don’t get carry away. He is not replacing Olivier Giroud. 

Here’s how we lined up:

Les Bleus registered their first victory in the 2018 World Cup qualifying phase after that stalemate against Belarus. The Stade de France was given quite the scare when Bacary Sagna fouled Georgi Milanov and Mihail Aleksandrov converted from the spot in the 6th minute. Les Bleus responded in the 23rd minute through Kevin Gameiro who scored a superb header to make it 1-1. Three minutes later, Dimitri Payet’s cross finds the corner of the net making it 2-1. Antoine Greizmann joined the party in the 38th minute. Gameiro scored the last goal of the game in the 59th minute giving Les Bleus a much-needed boost.

Griezmann with his Euro 2016 Player of the Tournament award 

With this 4-1 victory, this is how Group A currently looks like:

4 pts – Netherlands

4 pts – France

4 pts – Sweden

3 pts – Bulgaria

1 pt – Belarus

0 pt – Luxembourg 

FUN FACT: No other player has scored more goals for France than Antoine Griezmann (8)


Posted in Les Bleus, Russia 2018

WCQ: Disappointed with Les Bleus draw

Watching Les Bleus against Belarus last evening was a major disappointment given that this is the path to the 2018 World Cup. This is the path that Les Bleus have to take in order to secure their safe passage to Russia and they failed miserably during their first game. 

Well, that was a little harsh, but someone has to say it. 

via Twitter

Les Bleus played to a scoreless draw against a stern Belarus side that was unwilling to repeat their 3-1 loss to the French in 2012. I think Deschamps need to make better starting selections in terms of chemistry and synchronization. I didn’t see any of that out there last evening. Steve Mandanda barely saw the ball, so his clean sheet was justified. Giroud had a hat trick of lovely chances, but his first touch failed him severely. Varane enjoyed a much better game than the 3-1 victory in the friendly against Italy. Sissoko simply ran out of energy and steam. Nothing clicked and when Les Bleus doesn’t click, we don’t get the desired result.

However, I believe in this team and I hope that we’ll get it right in the next game.


Posted in Les Bleus! The Path

Seize: We are united!

This is it.

After two years of preparing, after Deschamps walked out, after a new crazy head coach took over, the moment France was waiting for have finally arrived: the last game of the Euro 2016 tournament. Play time was over. Tonight, it was do or die. Nerves had to take a back burner. Passion, spirit, and heart will take first place. Determination and strength will prevail. This was not a battle for the weak hearted.

Coach had yet to smile wholeheartedly, but he cracked jokes occasionally, took up for his boys when everyone else was dragging them down, and although he shouted at them during training or matches, he had wormed his way into their hearts unintentionally. He was going to be missed.

Joint coach was the total opposite. Ray was open, honest, funny, and a lover. The boys had immediately gravitated towards him from day one and by the second day, everyone had his personal cell number.

Tonight, the boys were not only going into battle for France, but for their managers. They wanted to write their own story in the history book and create everlasting memories.

Griezmann rolled up his socks and took one last sip of mate. Giroud pulled his jersey on. Pogba double-checked his shin pads. Koscielny quietly drummed his fingers on his thigh. Kanté picked imaginary fluff off his jersey sleeve. Evra quietly meditated. Lloris sat calmly observing his team with a watery smile. There were no finer men he’d rather go into battle with for the last time this summer.

“Gentlemen,” Marcus greeted the team probably for the last time as he walked in with the twin. “Are we ready to go out there and give it the best shot?”

“And he still doesn’t smile!” Giroud teased.

“Oh, he’ll smile tonight,” Ray assured him.

“It’s been a blast working with you guys in the last few months. We’ve been through many things together, but tonight, tonight is where it begins, not end. Tonight, we’re going to go out there, fearless, ready to fight for what are rightfully ours and France’s.” Marcus looked at every individual as he gave the pre-game speech for probably the last time. “Tonight, we’re going to give the French people something to treasure in years to come. We’re going to make them smile. We’re going to prove everyone wrong. Our fans are our driving force and we’re going to do this for them.

“We owe it to them. So let’s do this, and make Euro 2016 ours to remember. Who are we?


“And whose house is this?”




Portugal v France

Date: 10 July 2016

Venue: Stade de France, Paris


In the 86th minute of the final Euro showdown, the score was 2-2. Time was ticking by, but Marcus was calmer than the entire Stade de France. He stood by the sideline looking on at the game as fans stared nervously at him expecting to find the answer hidden somewhere in his smart, dark YSL suit. Ray had his fingers crossed tightly, willing that the boys quickly find a goal to avoid extra-time. Tired legs could lose an important game especially when all the substitutions were already made.

The entire Stade de France was quiet. Everyone was afraid to breathe. Portugal was awarded a free kick and Marcus clenches his fist, his jaw tightening. If Portugal manages to score and win the … Hugo Lloris caught the header and yelled at his mates as they launched a counter-attack.

The fans looked at the clock.

89th minute.

Martial raced into the opposition’s half dancing with the ball. He quickly laid it off to Griezmann, who twisted and turned, eventually passing to Matuidi, who launched it at goal, but Rui Patricio made the save giving Portugal a lifeline. Marcus gritted his teeth, Ray slapped his thigh and Lloris grunted in disappointment. They now had an additional four minutes to win the game otherwise, Coach will have a reprimanding tirade if they were to play extra-time. Portugal wasn’t letting up so easy, though. They played down the left and made an attempt at the French goal, which Lloris managed to tip over for a corner. The Portuguese corner came to nothing, and Payet led the French attack this time. Down the right-hand side he ran, laying the ball off to Martial, who quickly manages to find Giroud. The forward played a neat one-two with Griezmann, before finding the back of a stunned Patricio’s net.


The Stade de France erupted. Ray and the substitutes screamed in joy and hugged each other. Everyone was reacting to Giroud’s sure winner except Marcus, who was waiting for the final whistle to sound. Two minutes later, the Stade de France was alive and buzzing with joy, happiness, and tears. Marcus smiled as he finally soaked in the beautiful atmosphere. They have done it. They have won Euro 2016 and it was going to be the most memorable tournament ever for the delighted French people. Not because of the struggles they had to overcome, but because of the smile on Coach’s face. It was the first time that France have seen him smile and it lit up the entire stadium. Who needed stadium lights when his smile was the biggest prize of the bittersweet victory?

The team mobbed the coach and hoisted him in the air. They yelled in happiness as he threatened to have their hides if they dropped him. A few seconds later, they hoisted a surprised Ray in the air also. France was going to have a memorable summer all thanks to their wonderful team.



^ I had written this particular victory ending with Germany in mind before the tournament. It was easy to switch Germany with Portugal for this chapter.

^ Once again, congrats Portugal, and Les Bleus, merci mille fois! This wasn’t your chapter to write this tournament, but it will come.


Posted in Euro 2016 France, Les Bleus

Congrats Portugal, merci Les Bleus

Portugal v France 1-0

*sighs* It wasn’t to be for France in the end after all. But I am super proud of this team. In a few years, this team is going to be unstoppable. The only thing I disliked tonight was Deschamps not substituting Matuidi for Kanté. Now, that the Euro is over, I can concentrate on other things on hand.

Griezmann (6), Cristiano (3), and Giroud (3) were the top scorers of the tournament. I know the boys are disappointed and heartbroken now, but they’ll get over it in time to come. We still have our story to write. This is not the end.

This was my last Euro as I mentioned a month aback. In a few days or so, I’ll decide what I’m doing with the blog. Heck of a ride! This tournament.