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May 21, 2010

Sagna learns to cope with grief of brother’s death

TIGNES, France (Reuters) – France’s Bacary Sagna said Friday he was enjoying football again after going through a nightmare following the death of his brother two years ago.

After his older brother, Omar, died suddenly in 2008, Sagna struggled for almost a year, his performances on the pitch suffered and critics started to doubt his ability.

May 21, 2010

Soccer-World-Sagna learns to cope with grief of brother’s death

TIGNES, France, May 21 (Reuters) – France’s Bacary Sagna
said on Friday he was enjoying football again after going
through a nightmare following the death of his brother two years
ago.

After his older brother, Omar, died suddenly in 2008, Sagna
struggled for almost a year, his performances on the pitch
suffered and critics started to doubt his ability.

May 21, 2010

France’s Domenech prepares for musical chairs

TIGNES, France (Reuters) – Worries about William Gallas’s fitness could force France to reorganise their defence at the World Cup.

Gallas, who has been sidelined since late March because of a recurrence of a left calf muscle injury, is a doubtful starter for the June 11-July 11 finals in South Africa, which means coach Raymond Domenech has to work on contingency plans.

May 21, 2010

Soccer-World-France’s Domenech prepares for musical chairs

TIGNES, France, May 21 (Reuters) – Worries about William
Gallas’s fitness could force France to reorganise their defence
at the World Cup.

Gallas, who has been sidelined since late March because of a
recurrence of a left calf muscle injury, is a doubtful starter
for the June 11-July 11 finals in South Africa, which means
coach Raymond Domenech has to work on contingency plans.

May 20, 2010

Gallas returns to France training

TIGNES, France (Reuters) – France centre back William Gallas kicked a ball for the first time since late March on Thursday, raising hopes he will be fit for the World Cup.

Gallas, suffering from a recurrence of a calf muscle injury which has kept him on the sidelines for nearly two months, took part in a light training session at France’s camp in Tignes.

May 20, 2010

Soccer-World-Gallas returns to France training

TIGNES, France, May 20 (Reuters) – France centre back
William Gallas kicked a ball for the first time since late March
on Thursday, raising hopes he will be fit for the World Cup.

Gallas, suffering from a recurrence of a calf muscle injury
which has kept him on the sidelines for nearly two months, took
part in a light training session at France’s camp in Tignes.

May 20, 2010

Blanc’s class of 1998 seize power

PARIS (Reuters) – They are known as the class of 1998, have achieved a lasting mark by handing France their only World Cup triumph and will soon seize power with Laurent Blanc becoming the national team coach.

Blanc, a prominent member of that fabulous 1998 side, although he missed the final through suspension, will replace Raymond Domenech in the top job after the June 11-July 11 World Cup finals in South Africa, the French Football Federation (FFF) confirmed on Thursday.

May 20, 2010

Soccer-Blanc’s class of 1998 seize power

PARIS, May 20 (Reuters) – They are known as the class of
1998, have achieved a lasting mark by handing France their only
World Cup triumph and will soon seize power with Laurent Blanc
becoming the national team coach.

Blanc, a prominent member of that fabulous 1998 side,
although he missed the final through suspension, will replace
Raymond Domenech in the top job after the June 11-July 11 World
Cup finals in South Africa, the French Football Federation (FFF)
confirmed on Thursday.

May 20, 2010

Soccer-World-Valbuena dreams of Ribery-like breakthrough

TIGNES, France, May 20 (Reuters) – A young Olympique
Marseille player full of energy and skill who has never started
a game for France has been included in their World Cup squad
and dreams of making an instant impact on the big stage.

Four years ago, that description matched Franck Ribery
prior to the World Cup in Germany. This time, Mathieu Valbuena
is the player being thrust into the limelight at next month’s
finals in South Africa.

May 19, 2010

France to hike up glacier in search of new heights

TIGNES, France (Reuters) – Hiking up an awe-inspiring glacier has helped France reach vertiginous heights in the past.

Doing it again, they hope, will help them make it back to the top after a run of dismal performances.

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