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Benzema, the earthquake

Programming of the 2022 World Cup in the fall obliges, this month of May will not mark the essential meeting the announcement of the list of Didier Deschamps. Last year, the tricolor coach caused an earthquake by recalling Karim Benzema

Never had the announcement of a list of Didier Deschamps created such an event. When the tricolor coach appeared in front of Marie Portolano and Nathalie Ianetta, the rumor had been buzzing for a few hours: what if what still seemed impossible the day before happened. And if Karim Benzemadeprived of the Blues for more than five years and the start of the sextape affair, was making a comeback in the France team for the Euro.

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In the end, there were therefore more than 7 million viewers to listen to Didier Deschamps spell out the names of the 26 lucky winners, including that of the former OL player, at the top of his game with Real Madrid (finally we thought). According to the 1998 world champion, his decision was made ” for a while “. Since, no doubt, a meeting between the two men. ” There were important stages, one in particular, where we saw each other for a long time », he said. A face to face at the initiative of the former midfielder which allowed the two men to iron out the dispute arising from remarks made by the Madrid player in an interview with Brand during which KB9 had explained that Didier Deschamps had “ceded to a racist part of France”.

This return would unleash passions, some seeing it as an intervention by Emmanuel Macron, others assuring that Didier Deschamps had not failed to take the temperature with the executives of the France team, including Hugo Lloris, Raphael Varane, Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba but also Olivier Giroud. The former Gunner had indeed something not to be thrilled with the idea of ​​Karim Benzema. Consequence of their past rivalry with the Blues and the unkind remarks made by the Madrilenian about the Savoyard.

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The merengue striker had also taken care to clear the ground. ” Olive, I saw him during the game against Chelsea. We talked quietly. He congratulated me on my goal. It was good spirit, it was cool. I’ve already played with him, now it’s going to be the same as before “, he thus told. But Karim Benzema was wrong. His return was indeed going to confine Olivier Giroud in a role of extra. Because if he had to take his troubles patiently before unlocking his counter, the Lyonnais quickly proved to be essential. The Euro certainly turned into a fiasco for the Blues, a consequence of their elimination in the round of 16 against Switzerland, but the French No. 19 was the top scorer for the France team with four goals and probably the one of the best players with Paul Pogba.

And the best was yet to come. The matches played this fall have indeed allowed Karim Benzema to confirm his new status alongside Kylian Mbappé, with whom the good understanding is obvious, and Antoine Griezmann. He also played the saviors in the Final Four of the League of Nations, scoring twice against Belgium while the Blues seemed to be at the bottom of the hole, then equalizing against Spain. What allow him to taste a first coronation with the France team. Waiting for the World Cup in Qatar at the end of the year…

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