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Wednesday 16 June 2004
France's ringmaster might have been responsible for all the entertainment on Sunday night against England, but it is their clown who had the last laugh. Fabien Barthez, so often the butt of English jokes because of his unorthodox goal-keeping, pulled off a world class save to keep David Beckham's penalty out and Les Bleus in the match.
Tuesday 15 June 2004
How easy it is to hand all the blame to David Beckham, how convenient in its removal of any need to explain at a deeper level a football disaster - and how wrong. Beckham missed a penalty, and at a moment so pivotal it will probably always haunt him, but there are greater crimes at the highest level of the game. The most damning is to give away the ball to brilliant opponents pouring at your goal. Unlike key team-mates, at no stage was Beckham guilty of this.
Monday 14 June 2004
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Saturday 12 June 2004
Say it quietly, but there are indications that maybe, just maybe, the French are beginning to worry about tomorrow's game against England. When the draw was made for Group B back in December, Jacques Santini's men played down the importance of the opening tie. Then came the recent praise for David Beckham and his team-mates. Now there is little but a mixture of aggression and fear.
Wednesday 09 June 2004
The prospect of a major tournament can do strange things to people. Yesterday, it made Michael Owen, that most rational of footballers, dream in public.
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