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Aug 9, 2010

Bordeaux start with defeat at Montpellier

PARIS (Reuters) – Girondins Bordeaux emulated fellow heavyweights Olympique Marseille and Olympique Lyon with a poor start to their Ligue 1 campaign, slumping to a 1-0 defeat at Montpellier on Sunday.

Missing several key players through injury or suspension, Bordeaux, who lost their Ligue 1 crown to Marseille last May, looked sluggish and hardly created a chance.

Aug 8, 2010

Soccer-Bordeaux start with defeat at Montpellier

PARIS, Aug 8 (Reuters) – Girondins Bordeaux emulated fellow
heavyweights Olympique Marseille and Olympique Lyon with a poor
start to their Ligue 1 campaign, slumping to a 1-0 defeat at
Montpellier on Sunday.

Missing several key players through injury or suspension,
Bordeaux, who lost their Ligue 1 crown to Marseille last May,
looked sluggish and hardly created a chance.

Aug 8, 2010

Champions Marseille start with embarrassing loss

PARIS (Reuters) – Olympique Marseille made an embarrassing start to the defence of their Ligue 1 title with a shock 2-1 home defeat by promoted Caen on Saturday.

A header by midfielder Youssef El-Arabi five minutes from time silenced the Velodrome stadium and gave the visitors from Normandy a stunning victory.

Aug 7, 2010

Soccer-Champions Marseille start with embarrassing loss

PARIS, Aug 7 (Reuters) – Olympique Marseille made an
embarrassing start to the defence of their Ligue 1 title with a
2-1 home defeat by promoted Caen on Saturday.

A header by midfielder Youssef El-Arabi five minutes from
time silenced the Velodrome stadium and gave the visitors from
Normandy a stunning victory.

Jul 3, 2010

System failure led to France debacle, says Malouda

PARIS (Reuters) – The failure of an entire system led to France’s World Cup debacle, said winger Florent Malouda who blamed a poor environment and the coach’s refusal to listen to his players for the team’s fiasco in South Africa.

Unlike at their clubs, the players did not find ideal conditions when playing for France, Malouda told weekly L’Equipe Magazine in a interview released on Saturday.

Jul 2, 2010

France name Blanc coach, hope for fresh start

PARIS (Reuters) – Laurent Blanc was officially appointed France coach on Friday with the mission to restore the team’s pride after their disastrous World Cup performance.

The 44-year-old, a prominent member of France’s 1998 World Cup-winning squad, replaces Raymond Domenech, whose contract ended with France’s group stage exit from the 2010 finals.

Jun 30, 2010

France denies interference, keeps debating

PARIS (Reuters) – The French government on Wednesday denied any political interference in soccer affairs but kept debating the national team’s World Cup debacle amid a suspension threat by FIFA.

World governing body president Sepp Blatter said on Tuesday FIFA could suspend the French Football Federation (FFF) if France’s politicians kept meddling in soccer.

Jun 29, 2010

French debate to continue despite FIFA threats

PARIS (Reuters) – The national soul-searching and high-level meetings looks set to continue in France after the team’s World Cup fiasco despite FIFA warning French politicians to beware of meddling in the running of soccer.

Outgoing coach Raymond Domenech and French Football Federation (FFF) president Jean-Pierre Escalettes, who has also announced his resignation, will both appear at a parliamentary commission on Wednesday, a National Assembly spokesman said on Tuesday.

Jun 28, 2010

French soccer chief resigns after fiasco

PARIS (Reuters) – French Football Federation (FFF) president Jean-Pierre Escalettes said on Monday he was resigning after France’s World Cup fiasco.

France left the World Cup with one point and one goal from the group stage after the team created a scandal by boycotting a training session in support of striker Nicolas Anelka, who was sent home for insulting coach Raymond Domenech.

Jun 23, 2010

France crawl home needing to explain shameful show

KNYSNA, South Africa (Reuters) – France are going home with their heads down, needing to explain the reasons for their shameful World Cup showing, with plenty of scandals off the pitch and not a hint of class on it.

Coach Raymond Domenech, whose traumatic six-year tenure ended it controversy when he refused to shake South Africa coach Carlos Alberto Parreira’s hand after a 2-1 defeat by the hosts, is now out the picture and not many France fans will regret him.

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