France's abject failure can be laid at coach Raymond Domenech's feet
The last time France were knocked out of an international tournament (Euro 2008), coach
Others did not have the same problem. "A total failure," said France's 1998 World Cup winning-coach
Sympathy is in short supply throughout France: Domenech has been
"Domenech was suffocated by his own ego and overtaken by the egos of his players," read
That would be appropriate for the center-back partnership of
L'Equipe gave Abidal¹s performance a rating of 2 out 10, but he was not the only one.
Instead, Anelka was the center forward, once again dropping far too deep but at least he hit a shot on target, his first in five France matches. It was no surprise to see him replaced at halftime. "How Anelka kept his place I will never know," Lizarazu told
How France could have done with
Domenech's passivity in the last 10 minutes of the game against Mexico summed up France's ineptitude. With the team still not mathematically out of the competition, one goal could have been crucial to the goal difference in the group: but there was no reaction, no coaching, and no third substitute to be seen from the bench. Of those that could have come on,
So, what's next for this team? The good news is that new coach
As for Domenech, with no club likely to employ him, he has said he's happy to return to the ranks of the French football federation, where he will probably help upcoming coaches pass their exams. His most outspoken critic, TF1 summarizer
Domenech once admitted that he almost wore a Mickey Mouse tie before his interview for the post of France coach in July 2004, but he decided against it at the last minute. He should have worn the tie in the end -- it would have summed up the six years of his reign perfectly.