Monday, May 24, 2010

The 23 for France and their numbers

So the forfeit of LDiarra also solves Domenech's problem with regards to cutting his roster down to 23...he need not make any changes.  Domenech will head to South Africa with 3 true "holding" midfielders - Toulalan, ADiarra and ADiaby (although I might argue the latter is not a pure holding player). To me this is a clear indication that he will need to also switch to a 4-3-3 formation, which is positive. The roster is also set with regards to their shirt numbers.

Gardiens de but
N.1 : Hugo Lloris (Lyon)
N.23: Cédric Carrasso (Bordeaux)
N.16: Steve Mandanda (Marseille)

N.3 : Eric Abidal (Barcelone)
N.22: Gaël Clichy (Arsenal)
N.13: Patrice Evra (Manchester United)
N.5 : William Gallas (Arsenal)
N.6 : Marc Planus (Bordeaux)
N.4 : Anthony Reveillère (Lyon)
N.2 : Bacary Sagna (Arsenal)
N.17: Sébastien Squillaci (Séville FC)

Milieux de terrain
N.19: Vassiriki Diaby (Arsenal)
N.18: Alou Diarra (Bordeaux)
N.8 : Yoann Gourcuff (Bordeaux)
N.15: Florent Malouda (Chelsea)
N.14: Jérémy Toulalan (Lyon)

N.21: Nicolas Anelka (Chelsea)
N.9 : Djibril Cissé (Panathinaikos Athènes)
N.11: André-Pierre Gignac (Toulouse)
N.10: Sidney Govou (Lyon)
N.12: Thierry Henry (Barcelone)
N.7 : Franck Ribéry (Bayern Munich)
N.20: Mathieu Valbuena (Marseille)

Nothing really of note, except for Gouvou wearing the #10...sigh...let's see Platini, Zidane, and Gouvou....right. I would have given the number to Gourcuff or Ribery, send a message to these two players that they are the key to France heading into the world cup, but Gouvou??? Maybe even give it to Gallas...he does wear it for Arsenal (although that is also a head scratcher)! The #10 shirt does hold significance in the world of football and does not seem right on a player that will most likely spend his time on the bench....sorry Sidney.

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