Like the men of Didier Deschamps, eliminated in the eighth round of the Euro, the French teams have had a series of poor results.
Noël Le Graët’s ears are ringing since the pitiful elimination of Sylvain Ripoll’s men during the group stage of the Olympic Games. If the Bleuets saved the furniture by snatching an unexpected victory against South Africa (4-3), the record is no less terrible for the France team with two heavy defeats against Mexico (4- 1) and Japan (4-0). For once, Sylvain Ripoll has extenuating circumstances, the French technician having had to deal with the refusals of many clubs to release their young players.
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These pitiful results nonetheless tarnish its record a little more, two months after the elimination of Bleuets from the quarter-finals of the Euro Espoirs against the Netherlands, this time with a golden generation: Gouiri, Edouard, Upamecano, Aouar, Ikoné, Tchouaméni, Diaby… Noël Le Graët did not drag on to reinforce the former coach of Lorient, despite the many criticisms of the Breton technician.
A calamitous toll for Le Graët
He had done the same at the beginning of the month with Didier Deschamps after the fiasco of the Blues at the Euro, the tricolor coach however having for him the victory at the World Cup won in 2018 in Russia. Since this world coronation, the French teams have chained disillusionment after disillusion. In 2019, the daughters of Corinne Deacon had thus been taken out from the quarter-finals of their World Cup organized in France and the under-20s had meanwhile failed in the round of 16, surprised by the United States after having was in the lead at the start of the last quarter of an hour.
A calamitous record which does not prevent Noël Le Graët, recently reelected at the head of the FFF, from staying straight in his boots. At 79 years old, the Breton leader has just celebrated his ten years of presidency.
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