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Dave Hanratty’s Winners & Losers – Day 12

Winners

The Irish

Although it is somewhat bittersweet. It’s quite something to almost (and I do mean almost) feel sorry for the Irish media sponsored “Ireland’s nemesis” but once the dust had settled, there was something rather depressing about seeing such world class talent go to waste.

While many generous observers believed that Ireland would easily escape Group A, the reality may have been much different. What we can be sure of though, is that Ireland would have given everything they had in the process. That France poured salt on the wound by lying down and dying is the bigger insult. That said, you would hard pressed to find an Irishman who is upset at their failure, and despite my attempt at seeing it from both sides of the coin, I am not one of them.

Argentina

82% possession in the game, a 100% record in the group and a tie they will fancy against Mexico in the next round. Job done.

Diego Maradona

Credit where it’s due. While the group may not have been terribly challenging, Argentina were extraordinarily poor in qualifying. This is where it really counts though and while other fancied nations are self-destructing, Diego is steering the ship comfortably. For now.

Martin Palermo

A lovely and deserved moment for Saint Martin.

Uruguay

In the end deserving winners of a tight group. Finishing at the summit means they will avoid Argentina and take the (potentially) easier route through Greece.

Mexico

Goal difference keeps them in it, but Diego’s men are waiting. A repeat of the excellent 2006 second round clash which went 120 minutes and was won in fine style by one of the goals of the tournament courtesy of Maxi Rodriguez, is welcome stuff.

South Korea

By the skin of their teeth. It’s nice to see a good footballing team progress at the expense of Greece.

South Africa

Although they become the first host nation in history not to see the second round, Bafana Bafana (Whatever will ITV say now?) brought entertainment, pride and team spirit to their games, winning over many new fans in the process. A famous victory against a disgraceful French side will do little to cushion the blow of bowing out at the group stage, but there should be no shame in the South African camp.

Darragh Maloney

In reference to Patrice Evra’s now-infamous “I’ll give the Irish a replay…on my Playstation” quote, the future Bill O’Herlihy remarked; “He’ll have plenty of time to play with his Playstation now.” Sick burn Darragh, sick burn.

Adrian Chiles

Even ITV stuck the boot in as Chiles exclaimed: “As we say goodbye to two more teams from the 2010 World Cup, one of them will be sadly missed; the other, well, in all honesty, won’t be.” Zing.

Losers


France

What goes around comes around and other such clichés. In truth, this team were beaten before a ball was kicked. The message from the French players’ faces and body language was clear; “I want to go home”. Nicolas Anelka couldn’t keep the smile off his face when confronted by reporters and photographers after being sent home in disgrace. His verbal condemnation of the manager likely echoed the thoughts of the majority of the French dressing room.

The story of France’s World Cup campaign is a fascinating one that some of the best Hollywood scribes would fail to better. From the villainous method of their qualification to the mutinous players to an exit laced with apathy and self-contempt, Les Bleus have shown their true colours, making a disgraceful embarrassment of themselves in the process.

This is a broken team and incoming manager Laurent Blanc has the biggest and most challenging task of his life on his hands.

Raymond Domenech

Standing in the centre-circle, arms-folded and staring into space, Domenech looked like a lost man surveying the damage following a lengthy and bloody battle. However, when the soon-to-be-former French manager took up his stance on the halfway line, the game had yet to even kick off.

90 minutes later his team (or rather what was left of them) were out of the World Cup and Domenech cemented his legacy as both a fool and poor loser when he refused to shake the extended hand of South Africa coach Carlos Alberto Parreira. While both men had managed their last game in South Africa 2010, the gulf in class between them was shown to the entire world.

Domenech had announced that he would step down after the tournament whatever happened, so there will be no axe to fear, but the mystery remains as to just how he remained in the job for so long. It’s a fitting tribute that he leaves France rooted to the bottom of their group in a World Cup finals for the second time in eight years. Guess it was written in the stars. Au revoir Raymond, please disappear into obscurity.

Greece

Guess Nigeria was a one-off then. More horrible anti-football from the masters. Good riddance.

Nigeria

Worked hard but never really got going.

Yakubu

I would have scored that.

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Engimatic Domenech leaves out Benzema

In a typically questionable move from Les Bleus’ coach Raymond Domenech, Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has been left out of France’s preliminary World Cup squad. The decision has come as a surprise to the general sporting public. Domenech has justified the decision, citing Benzema’s poor form for Real Madrid this season.

Manchester City’s Patrick Viera and Arsenal’s Samir Nasri are too other noteworthy omissions.

Domenech has called upon the services of teenagers Yann M’Vila and Mathieu Valbuena, the moves reminiscent of his derided decision to bring Pascal Chimbonda to the 2006 World Cup.

Goalkeepers Hugo Lloris (Olympique Lyonnais), Steve Mandanda (Olympique de Marseille), Cedric Carrasso (Girondins de Bordeaux), Mickael Landreau (Lille)

Defenders Rod Fanni (Stade Rennais), Patrice Evra (Manchester United), Eric Abidal (FC Barcelona), Adil Rami (Lille), William Gallas (Arsenal), Sebastien Squillaci (Sevilla), Bacary Sagna (Arsenal), Anthony Reveillere (Olympique Lyonnais), Marc Planus (Girondins de Bordeaux), Gael Clichy (Arsenal)

Midfielders Alou Diarra (Girondins de Bordeaux), Lassana Diarra (Real Madrid), Jeremy Toulalan (Olympique Lyonnais), Franck Ribéry (FC Bayern München), Yoann Gourcuff (Girondins de Bordeaux), Florent Malouda (Chelsea), Yann M’Vila (Stade Rennais), Abou Diaby (Arsenal)

Forwards Thierry Henry (FC Barcelona), Nicolas Anelka (Chelsea), Djibril Cissé (Panathanaikos), Sidney Govou (Olympique Lyonnais), Hatem Ben Arfa (Olympique de Marseille), Mathieu Valbuena (Olympique de Marseille), Jimmy Briand (Stade Rennais), Andre-Pierre Gignac (Toulouse)