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Sunday, July 09, 2006

Soccer World Cup / La Coupe du Monde de Foot

Photograph from AFP


This was Paris, a few hours before the Match started ...
Paris, quelques heures avant le début du Match ...




...and this was San Francisco, after Italy won... Who knew, eh? (See The Chronicle's for further details and photographs).

...et voici San Francisco, après la victoire de l'équipe Italienne ... (Voir le Chronicle (en Anglais) pour plus de détails et de photos).

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My thoughts on the game? Well, I'm not really a soccer fan, so what do I know. In fact, I can't even remember the last time I watched a soccer game from beginning to end, because it's been so long... but I can still say this about this one: Zidane, man, what the fuck were you thinking?!!!

Voulez-vous savoir ce que j'en pense? Eh bien, je ne suis pas exactement une fan de foot, d'ailleurs ça fait tellement longtemps que je n'ai pas regardé un match de foot du début jusqu'à la fin, alors j'ai pas grand chose d'intéressant à contribuer ... mais quand même, Zidane, merde, qu'est-ce qui t'a pris, mon vieux?!!

And then again, I realize that it's easy for us to say this while sitting on the couch feet up with a cold one in our hand while the poor guy has been running for hours, is exhausted, most likely in pain, certainly overexcited, running on sheer adrenaline ... Oh well. Better luck next time, I guess.

Et bien sûr, je me rends bien compte que c'est facile pour nous de critiquer alors que lui il courrait depuis des heures, tombait sans doute de fatigue, avait probablement mal à droite ou à gauche, était surexcité, trop d'adrénaline ... Bon, ben, bonne chance, la prochaine fois.

11 Comments:

Blogger Gabrielle said...

Except there will be no next time for Zidane, that was his final match. Not a good time to show poor judgement, when he's normally not like that. It was interesting to watch the game in France with French people--I think the other Australian and I were more vocal and more disappointed than the French were. Bizarre!

2:01 AM  
Blogger Elisabeth said...

I kind of liked the analysis of the Zidane incident in Why Travel to France. Another perspective. Also, good commentary about the use of videotape footage by the referee, which went against FIFA's rule against the use of replay technology.

But, as you put it, it's now all water under the bridge.

Thanks for the photos.

5:33 AM  
Anonymous Angelina said...

Ce que l'on doit retenir de tout ça, sans être trop démagogue, c'est cet esprit sportif, cette joie de voir les joueurs français évoluer match après match juqu'à la finale.
Là où personne ne les attendait.

Dis Tomate, t'arrives toujours pas à uploader mon blog? ça m'attriste vraiment, snif :-(

10:56 AM  
Anonymous Jerome said...

Zizou still won the World Cup best player title.

But we didn't lose because of this particular action, we still had our chance 50-50 in the PK phase.

I think a more important event was Viera's injury around the 60'. Half a game without him was too much to handle. And then Zidane for the last 10 minutes.

A really weird game, I must say.

3:49 PM  
Blogger DoctorDentons said...

I watched Italys' match with Germany in the town square of Siracusa and they went wild...can't imagine how they reacted to the championship win...both great matches.

5:50 AM  
Anonymous NoComment said...

Moi je sais pourquoi la France a perdu. Si, si: je sais! Pour planter le décor, je voudrais simplement dire que mon interet pour le football est, comment dire… totalement inexistant. J’ai essaye, mais bon, cela n’a pas marche: je ne suis definitivement pas interesse. Par contre, mon mari etait plante devant le televiseur. Il m’appelle: “regarde ce qu’il a fait le francais!” J’ai regarde et je me suis exclame: “salaud! Il n’a pas d’excuse. Cela n’a aucune importance ce que l’italien ait pu dire; on ne reponds jamais a des mots par les poings. Pas d’excuse possible. Italie! Italie! Italie!” En bref, mon support pour l’Italie a fait perdre la France. Voila.

12:58 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

This just in from Jay Leno...American comic:

From his monologue, Monday July 10th :

"Congratulations to the Italian people for winning the World Cup. ... They won after France's best player got ejected for head butting. That's the closest anyone in a French uniform has come to combat in 60 years."

2:42 PM  
Blogger Tomate Farcie said...

Gabrielle: I think he actually might have somewhat of a temper. They showed a clip where he lost it in the same way and did the same thing to a player from Saudi Arabia a while back.

The French around you probably didn't show it but they were VERY disappointed. To come so close and not win? That's gotta sting!

Elizabeth: I saw what she wrote and I'm not sure I agree with her, but it's still an interesting viewpoint.

Ever since the OJ story, I feel really uncomfortable when people put star athletes on a pedestal the way they do Zidane right now. Why?!! What has he really done to be so adored? I know that even Chirac likes him (see Le Monde), but still. Check out this article in Le Monde , that is also an interesting view point from the people of the village he grew up in, in the South of France. They, too, seem to have mixed feelings about him.

Jerome: I think Zidane's sudden departure had a great impact on the morale of the team. They looked a little lost for a while. But of course, what do I know :)

Dr.Denton: There are some pictures of the reaction of the Italian people in Rome
on this blogger's site if you want to see.

NoComment: Right! ;) (Eh, by the way, did you get my email a couple of weeks ago?)

Michael: Aie, if I start debating French bashing jokes here on this post, we'll crash the server! ;) Let me just say this in a nutshell and hope we don't ruffle anybody's feathers with that topic ;)

French bashing jokes have been somewhat popular on prime time TV since 2003. At first, I reacted somewhat defensively, because of some incidents such as people bothering me at work to find out "which side I was on" as they put it, etc. And, we have a saying in French "Laisse les chiens aboyer, la caravane va passer!" which is what I did. If you wait long enough until the dust settles, everybody kind of forgets and move on. Now, looking back on it, I think some of these "French bashing" jokes are kind of funny...

And I'll say this about Jay Leno: he is good comedian. He jokes about everybody, right wing, left wing, middle wing... whatever. You can't take it personally.

Another thing about French bashing jokes: I'm probably one of the very, very few French expats here who doesn't really care about it. Most French expat think it's a big deal. So after I post my opinion on this, you might very well see some ... ahem.. "reactions." Oh well.

10:17 AM  
Blogger Tomate Farcie said...

Angelina: I got to your blog the other day without any problem for the first time in months, immediately after Michael said it worked. I suspect there is something wrong with my main computer at home because it works fine from another computer and I could see it. You've done wonderful stuff with it! See you there, soon! And thanks, Michael, for trying.

11:30 AM  
Anonymous angelina said...

Thanks Tomate.I start turning red a bit..

7:59 AM  
Blogger Michael said...

And the latest headlne is..."FIFA opens Materazzi investigation"

4:20 PM  

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