The new young squad of France seeks redemption at Euro 2012
France endured an utterly miserable campaign in the past two major international tournaments – now that would be a polite way of sugar coating the pathetically woeful form the French national team put up at the 2008 European Championships and the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
At both instances France had to endure an embarrassing exit from the Group Stages of the tournament. Eventually, the French national team led by coach Raymond Domenech became famous for all the wrong reasons.
Revolts, mutinous decisions, locker room bust ups, staff disciplinary problems, abysmal form, affairs, injuries, etc… the French national team had to face every single humiliating taunt in the book during the last two international campaigns.
However, all of that has changed since Laurent Blanc was appointed as the coach of France. Since the suspension of half of the French national team which included Nicolas Anelka, Florent Malouda, Thierry Henry, Franck Ribery and Bacary Sagna, Laurent Blanc has done well to take the French national team to a 20-plus undefeated streak.
In just under two years, Laurent Blanc has turned France into a phoenix that has risen from the ashes of some miserable memories. Pride, success and hunger for glory; Laurent Blanc has successfully instilled these qualities back into the French national team.
Well, Laurent Blanc’s journey to success has been aided by a brilliant group of men that have risen to help France redeem itself. The younger generations of French players have taken it upon themselves to ensure France avoids further humiliation in Euro 2012. So far they have accomplished an excellent job.
“When they put their talent at the service of the group that changes everything... take Karim [Benzema]. The talent was always there, he had it already for five or six years. The difference now is that he is one of Real Madrid’s best players ... In keeping the ball, in duels, in winning balls with his head, he has become a complete player. It is the same for the young Ménez or the young [Hatem] Ben Arfa. They have the talent and the potential,” Laurent Blanc said in a recent interview to the Guardian.
Many analysts believe that France will go deep into the tournament if it continues to provide more playing chances to its younger generations. Presently, France is enjoying a 21-match unbeaten streak. This alone should be reason enough to trust in Laurent Blanc’s young squad at the Euro 2012.