Gourcuff Bullied and Other World Cup TalesBy: Jennifer | June 16th, 2010
Everyone is suffering from World Cup fever, myself included, so there isn’t much coming from the Bordeaux camp. But perhaps it’s time to do a little update on the 4 Bordelais in the French camp.
Firstly, some real updates in the form of my tweets this week:
1.Rumour is circulating that former Bordelais Obertan might return to France, though very likely to ASSE, or maybe to Galatasaray.
2. Adbou Traoré to be loaned out to Toulouse?
3. Training kit for Bordeaux leaked.
4. Surprise, Yoann Gourcuff is married (to Thierry Henry’s wife).
5. Lille and St. Étienne interested in Gouffran.
6. Puma releases new ball for Ligue 1…I’m not a fan.
7. According to le Parisien, Bordeaux are now tracking Galatasaray’s Sabri Sarıoğlu, a right winger who can also play wingback/rightback.
8. Bordeaux president Jean-Louis Triaud defends the France national team and is confident in their abilities.
9. Friendlies are released for FCGB: Lille, Ajaccio, Legia Warszawa, Tours and participation in the tournois de Paris, playing Roma & Porto. Exact schedule is available here.
Remember you can follow me on twitter @BordeauxOffside.
As all of you probably already know, Carrasso, Les Bleus’ third keeper injured his left hamstring in training (it’s a muscle spasm) earlier this week and is expected to be out for a month. Thankfully there are 2 keepers before him but as we all know shit happens (i.e. when Keita had to start for us…). The FIFA rule is that after the first game is played, there will be no replacements allowed, and Carrasso was declared to be unfit 2 days ago, France having played the previous Friday. They submitted an appeal for an exemption to call up Ruffier from Monaco, but that request was turned down today.
Now Carrasso will sit out the World Cup and France will be whittled down to 22 men for the rest of the tournament. Ho hum, he seemed to have enjoy beating out Mikaël Landreau for that 3rd keeper spot too.
Next topic on the agenda is the issue of Gourcuff’s isolation and our golden boy being bullied. Reports are arising that Gourcuff has been eating his meals alone because no one would sit with him, and that people are reluctant to train with him as well. Based on my pictorial research, Gourcuff’s only friends in the NT seem to be his Bordeaux teammates Carrasso (who is his seatmate) and Planus, as well as Lyon’s Toulalan and friend Lloris. Maybe it’s the nature of his character (the fast kind of partying lifestyle apparently no longer appeals to him, and he prefers to sit around at home), or perhaps it’s the the prestige of his upbringing (the son of an acclaimed former player and coach), but many French players (Ribery, etc.) prefer not to talk to or befriend him.
(Old-fashioned souls sticking together.)
Speculation are now surfacing that his isolation and strained relationships with much of the team are now affecting his performance on the pitch and ability to communicate with the other starters (though Gourcuff chalks this up to the annoying buzzing of the vuvuzelas.)
(Gourcuff, the loner.*)
Whatever the case is, it seems now that his performance against Uruguay was not satisfactory. Despite being Domenech’s clear favourite and the coach’s pet, Gourcuff will not start in tomorrow’s game against Mexico, and might only come off the bench (this is purely in the realm of speculation). His role will be filled with Toulalan and Ribery, with Anelka pushing forward.
*By the way, note that he is NOT tweeting. Gourcuff does not have a twitter, those of you fangirls be warned.
(Marc enjoying the benefits of the luxury hotel, oh wait — no, that’s the physio.)
First time WC’er Marc Planus is doing just fine, maybe with a bit of extra physio work to help him through the injury he sustained in the past season. While he isn’t having a stellar time playing for Les Bleus…he seems to be enjoying himself.
To be honest I have no clue what’s going on with him ’cause no one bothers to report on some substitute defender who wasn’t even called up before the warmup against China. Here’s a picture anyway.
Unlike Gourcuff, Alou Diarra integrates into the group perfectly, with him considered the stingiest of the group (from the videos released Euro2008…).
Here he is flipping through a comic rendition of les Bleus. Actually a picture of Alou not flipping comics. I will now look at lots of Diarra photos and try to memorize his face.
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