Euro 2016: les joueurs français évoluent dans l'ombre de leurs prédécesseurs

Sommée de rééditer l'épopée de 1998 et de remporter l'Euro 2016 à domicile, l'équipe de France, malgré tous les efforts de son sélectionneur Didier Deschamps, demeure dans l'ombre des héros nationaux qui l'ont précédée. Mais cette France 98 était-elle si belle qu'on le dit?
28 juin 2016, 16:58
Antoine Griezmann est le nouvel attaquant vedette des Bleus. Il est pourtant loin d'égaler ses illustres ancêtres.

Logiquement, la conquête de ce premier et seul titre mondial a laissé une empreinte profonde dans l'imaginaire collectif. A tel point que perdure le souvenir d'un tournoi parfait, baigné d'une euphorie totale dans le pays et remporté par une équipe composée presque uniquement par de grands joueurs. L'histoire est toujours plus belle après, une fois réécrite à l'encre du bonheur.

"L'engouement, ça n'avait commencé qu'à partir des quarts de finale", rappelle toujours Didier Deschamps, le capitaine de ces Bleus adulés. En fait, la France ne croyait pas du tout à son équipe nationale et ce ne furent pas les trois poussifs matches de poules, ni les moments d'angoisse pure contre le Paraguay (8e de finale), l'Italie (quart) et la Croatie (demi) qui avaient rassuré le public. Hormis la finale (3-0 contre le Brésil), la France a souvent été à la peine durant son ascension.

Donc, pour le fantasme d'un tournoi parfait, l'affaire est réglée. Idem pour le mythe de l'euphorie totale. Reste à se pencher sur la notion de grands joueurs. Et, là aussi, le retour en arrière avec arrêt sur image est instructif.

Bien entendu, plusieurs cadres d'Aimé Jacquet ont déjà une renommée internationale. Deschamps a remporté deux fois la Ligue des champions et trois fois la Serie A et sort de sa quatrième saison avec la Juve. Marcel Desailly a également deux C1 à son tableau avec deux Scudetti et est sur le point de quitter l'AC Milan pour Chelsea après quatre ans et demi en Lombardie.

 

Marcel Desailly s'est amusé avec Laurent Koscielny après la victoire des Bleus face à l'Irlande.

 

Emmanuel Petit vient de remporter la Premier League lors de sa première saison avec Arsenal au côté du pourtant très jeune Patrick Vieira (22 ans), lequel avait déjà été champion d'Italie avec Milan. Youri Djorkaeff, lui, fait le bonheur de l'Inter depuis deux saisons et Christian Karembeu, au sortir de sa première année au Real Madrid, débarque au Mondial avec la Ligue des champions dans ses bagages.

Zinédine Zidane, lui, vient d'achever la deuxième de ses cinq saisons à la Juve, avec deux titres à la clef. Mais "Zizou", au début de la Coupe du monde, n'est par définition pas encore le héros du pays qu'il deviendra avec ses deux buts de la tête en finale et devra attendre d'armer son inoubliable volée contre Bayer Leverkusen en 2002 pour enfin gagner la Ligue des champions avec un Real qu'il ne rejoindra qu'en 2001. Date de son entrée officielle dans la caste des Galactiques.

 

Zidane a fêté son 44e anniversaire pendant l'Euro 2016.

 

La France de 1998 possède d'autres pépites qui ne deviendront toutefois des stars qu'après le sacre. C'est le cas par exemple de Fabien Barthez - qui était même en concurrence avec Bernard Lama pour garder les buts -, encore à l'AS Monaco les deux exercices suivant le titre avant de partir pour Manchester United. Les deux latéraux Lilian Thuram et Bixente Lizarazu ne sont pas non plus encore considérés comme des cadors. Le premier a effectué deux saisons avec Parme et le second termine sa première année dans un Bayern où il n'est encore que... remplaçant.

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A Swiss fan waits for the start of the Euro 2016 round of 16 soccer match between Switzerland and Poland, at the Geoffroy Guichard stadium in Saint-Etienne, France, Saturday, June 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
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Cathy Hummels, left, and Ann-Kathrin Broemmel, girl friend of Mario Goetze during the Euro 2016 round of 16 soccer match between Germany and Slovakia, at the Pierre Mauroy stadium in Villeneuve d'Ascq, near Lille, France, Sunday, June 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
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A Germany supporter smiles on the stands before the Euro 2016 Group C soccer match between Northern Ireland and Germany at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Tuesday, June 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
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A Norther Ireland supporter blows a kiss from the stands before the Euro 2016 Group C soccer match between Northern Ireland and Germany at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Tuesday, June 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
A Norther Ireland supporter blows a kiss from the stands before the Euro 2016 Group C soccer match between Northern Ireland and Germany at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Tuesday, June 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) ©KEYSTONE
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An Ireland team's fan waits for the start of Euro 2016 Group E soccer match between Italy and Ireland at the Pierre Mauroy stadium in Villeneuve díAscq, near Lille, France, Wednesday, June 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)
An Ireland team's fan waits for the start of Euro 2016 Group E soccer match between Italy and Ireland at the Pierre Mauroy stadium in Villeneuve díAscq, near Lille, France, Wednesday, June 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler) ©KEYSTONE
An Italy's fan screams on the stands before the Euro 2016 Group E soccer match between Italy and Republic of Ireland at the Pierre Mauroy stadium in Villeneuve díAscq, near Lille, France, Wednesday, June 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
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An Albanian fan applauds for her national team before the Euro 2016 Group A soccer match between Romania and Albania at the Grand Stade in Decines-≠Charpieu, near Lyon, France, Sunday, June 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
An Albanian fan applauds for her national team before the Euro 2016 Group A soccer match between Romania and Albania at the Grand Stade in Decines-≠Charpieu, near Lyon, France, Sunday, June 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani) ©KEYSTONE
A russian fan is all smile before the Euro 2016 Group B soccer match between Russia and Wales at the Stadium municipal in Toulouse, France, Monday, June 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
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An Austria team's fan smiles prior to the Euro 2016 Group F soccer match between Portugal and Austria at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Saturday, June 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
An Austria team's fan smiles prior to the Euro 2016 Group F soccer match between Portugal and Austria at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Saturday, June 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) ©KEYSTONE
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A Poland team's supporter waits for the start of the Euro 2016 Group C soccer match between Germany and Poland at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, France, Thursday, June 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
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epa05370830 Fans on the so-called fan mile at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany, 16 June 2016, for the public viewing of the UEFA EURO 2016 preliminary round match between Germany and Poland.  EPA/PAUL ZINKEN
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epa05364938 A Portuguese fan cheers for her team before the UEFA EURO 2016 group F preliminary round match between Portugal and Iceland at Stade Geoffroy Guichard in Saint-Etienne, France, 14 June 2016.....(RESTRICTIONS APPLY: For editorial news reporting purposes only. Not used for commercial or marketing purposes without prior written approval of UEFA. Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage. Photographs published in online publications (whether via the Internet or otherwise) shall have an interval of at least 20 seconds between the posting.) EPA/ROBERT GHEMENT EDITORIAL USE ONLY ©KEYSTONE
epa05364958 A Portuguese fan before the UEFA EURO 2016 group F preliminary round match between Portugal and Iceland at Stade Geoffroy Guichard in Saint-Etienne, France, 14 June 2016.....(RESTRICTIONS APPLY: For editorial news reporting purposes only. Not used for commercial or marketing purposes without prior written approval of UEFA. Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage. Photographs published in online publications (whether via the Internet or otherwise) shall have an interval of at least 20 seconds between the posting.)  EPA/ROBERT GHEMENT   EDITORIAL USE ONLY
epa05364958 A Portuguese fan before the UEFA EURO 2016 group F preliminary round match between Portugal and Iceland at Stade Geoffroy Guichard in Saint-Etienne, France, 14 June 2016.....(RESTRICTIONS APPLY: For editorial news reporting purposes only. Not used for commercial or marketing purposes without prior written approval of UEFA. Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage. Photographs published in online publications (whether via the Internet or otherwise) shall have an interval of at least 20 seconds between the posting.) EPA/ROBERT GHEMENT EDITORIAL USE ONLY ©KEYSTONE
epa05365062 Iceland fan prior the UEFA EURO 2016 group F preliminary round match between Portugal and Iceland at Stade Geoffroy Guichard in Saint-Etienne, France, 14 June 2016.....(RESTRICTIONS APPLY: For editorial news reporting purposes only. Not used for commercial or marketing purposes without prior written approval of UEFA. Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage. Photographs published in online publications (whether via the Internet or otherwise) shall have an interval of at least 20 seconds between the posting.)  EPA/MAST IRHAM   EDITORIAL USE ONLY
epa05365062 Iceland fan prior the UEFA EURO 2016 group F preliminary round match between Portugal and Iceland at Stade Geoffroy Guichard in Saint-Etienne, France, 14 June 2016.....(RESTRICTIONS APPLY: For editorial news reporting purposes only. Not used for commercial or marketing purposes without prior written approval of UEFA. Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage. Photographs published in online publications (whether via the Internet or otherwise) shall have an interval of at least 20 seconds between the posting.) EPA/MAST IRHAM EDITORIAL USE ONLY ©KEYSTONE
epa05365087 A Portuguese fan cheers for her team before the UEFA EURO 2016 group F preliminary round match between Portugal and Iceland at Stade Geoffroy Guichard in Saint-Etienne, France, 14 June 2016.....(RESTRICTIONS APPLY: For editorial news reporting purposes only. Not used for commercial or marketing purposes without prior written approval of UEFA. Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage. Photographs published in online publications (whether via the Internet or otherwise) shall have an interval of at least 20 seconds between the posting.)  EPA/ROBERT GHEMENT   EDITORIAL USE ONLY
epa05365087 A Portuguese fan cheers for her team before the UEFA EURO 2016 group F preliminary round match between Portugal and Iceland at Stade Geoffroy Guichard in Saint-Etienne, France, 14 June 2016.....(RESTRICTIONS APPLY: For editorial news reporting purposes only. Not used for commercial or marketing purposes without prior written approval of UEFA. Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage. Photographs published in online publications (whether via the Internet or otherwise) shall have an interval of at least 20 seconds between the posting.) EPA/ROBERT GHEMENT EDITORIAL USE ONLY ©KEYSTONE
epa05365095 A supporter of Portugal before the UEFA EURO 2016 group F preliminary round match between Portugal and Iceland at Stade Geoffroy Guichard in Saint-Etienne, France, 14 June 2016.....(RESTRICTIONS APPLY: For editorial news reporting purposes only. Not used for commercial or marketing purposes without prior written approval of UEFA. Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage. Photographs published in online publications (whether via the Internet or otherwise) shall have an interval of at least 20 seconds between the posting.)  EPA/CJ GUNTHER   EDITORIAL USE ONLY
epa05365095 A supporter of Portugal before the UEFA EURO 2016 group F preliminary round match between Portugal and Iceland at Stade Geoffroy Guichard in Saint-Etienne, France, 14 June 2016.....(RESTRICTIONS APPLY: For editorial news reporting purposes only. Not used for commercial or marketing purposes without prior written approval of UEFA. Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage. Photographs published in online publications (whether via the Internet or otherwise) shall have an interval of at least 20 seconds between the posting.) EPA/CJ GUNTHER EDITORIAL USE ONLY ©KEYSTONE
epa05365106 An Iceland fan before the UEFA EURO 2016 group F preliminary round match between Portugal and Iceland at Stade Geoffroy Guichard in Saint-Etienne, France, 14 June 2016.....(RESTRICTIONS APPLY: For editorial news reporting purposes only. Not used for commercial or marketing purposes without prior written approval of UEFA. Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage. Photographs published in online publications (whether via the Internet or otherwise) shall have an interval of at least 20 seconds between the posting.)  EPA/ROBERT GHEMENT   EDITORIAL USE ONLY
epa05365106 An Iceland fan before the UEFA EURO 2016 group F preliminary round match between Portugal and Iceland at Stade Geoffroy Guichard in Saint-Etienne, France, 14 June 2016.....(RESTRICTIONS APPLY: For editorial news reporting purposes only. Not used for commercial or marketing purposes without prior written approval of UEFA. Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage. Photographs published in online publications (whether via the Internet or otherwise) shall have an interval of at least 20 seconds between the posting.) EPA/ROBERT GHEMENT EDITORIAL USE ONLY ©KEYSTONE
A Slovakian supporter smiles as she waits for the start of the Euro 2016 Group B soccer match between Russia and Slovakia at the Pierre Mauroy stadium in Villeneuve díAscq, near Lille, France, Wednesday, June 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
A Slovakian supporter smiles as she waits for the start of the Euro 2016 Group B soccer match between Russia and Slovakia at the Pierre Mauroy stadium in Villeneuve díAscq, near Lille, France, Wednesday, June 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein) ©KEYSTONE
epa05366680 A Russian fan cheers for her team before the UEFA EURO 2016 group B preliminary round match between Russia and Slovakia at Stade Pierre Mauroy in Lille, France, 15 June 2016.....(RESTRICTIONS APPLY: For editorial news reporting purposes only. Not used for commercial or marketing purposes without prior written approval of UEFA. Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage. Photographs published in online publications (whether via the Internet or otherwise) shall have an interval of at least 20 seconds between the posting.)  EPA/LAURENT DUBRULE   EDITORIAL USE ONLY
epa05366680 A Russian fan cheers for her team before the UEFA EURO 2016 group B preliminary round match between Russia and Slovakia at Stade Pierre Mauroy in Lille, France, 15 June 2016.....(RESTRICTIONS APPLY: For editorial news reporting purposes only. Not used for commercial or marketing purposes without prior written approval of UEFA. Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage. Photographs published in online publications (whether via the Internet or otherwise) shall have an interval of at least 20 seconds between the posting.) EPA/LAURENT DUBRULE EDITORIAL USE ONLY ©KEYSTONE
A french supporter during the Euro 2016 Group A soccer match between France and Romania, at the Stade de France, in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, Friday, June 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
A french supporter during the Euro 2016 Group A soccer match between France and Romania, at the Stade de France, in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, Friday, June 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein) ©KEYSTONE
epa05359224 Deniz (L) and Gozde wear Turkey jerseys on the 'Fanmeile' (Fan mile) in front of the Brandenburg Gate where the UEFA Euro 2016 soccer match between Germany and Ukraine will be broadcasted live later on the same day, in Berlin, Germany, 12 June 2016.  EPA/SOPHIA KEMBOWSKI
epa05359224 Deniz (L) and Gozde wear Turkey jerseys on the 'Fanmeile' (Fan mile) in front of the Brandenburg Gate where the UEFA Euro 2016 soccer match between Germany and Ukraine will be broadcasted live later on the same day, in Berlin, Germany, 12 June 2016. EPA/SOPHIA KEMBOWSKI ©KEYSTONE
A Polish supporter smiles prior to the Euro 2016 Group C soccer match between Poland and Northern Ireland, at the Allianz Riviera stadium, in Nice, France, Sunday, June 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)
A Polish supporter smiles prior to the Euro 2016 Group C soccer match between Poland and Northern Ireland, at the Allianz Riviera stadium, in Nice, France, Sunday, June 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Claude Paris) ©KEYSTONE
epa05359966 A German fan poses before the UEFA EURO 2016 group C preliminary round match between Germany and Ukraine at Stade Pierre Mauroy in Lille Metropole, France, 12 June 2016.....(RESTRICTIONS APPLY: For editorial news reporting purposes only. Not used for commercial or marketing purposes without prior written approval of UEFA. Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage. Photographs published in online publications (whether via the Internet or otherwise) shall have an interval of at least 20 seconds between the posting.)  EPA/MOHAMED MESSARA   EDITORIAL USE ONLY
epa05359966 A German fan poses before the UEFA EURO 2016 group C preliminary round match between Germany and Ukraine at Stade Pierre Mauroy in Lille Metropole, France, 12 June 2016.....(RESTRICTIONS APPLY: For editorial news reporting purposes only. Not used for commercial or marketing purposes without prior written approval of UEFA. Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage. Photographs published in online publications (whether via the Internet or otherwise) shall have an interval of at least 20 seconds between the posting.) EPA/MOHAMED MESSARA EDITORIAL USE ONLY ©KEYSTONE
A supporter of Germany waits for the start of the Euro 2016 Group C soccer match between Germany and Ukraine at the Pierre Mauroy stadium in Villeneuve díAscq, near Lille, France, Sunday, June 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
A supporter of Germany waits for the start of the Euro 2016 Group C soccer match between Germany and Ukraine at the Pierre Mauroy stadium in Villeneuve díAscq, near Lille, France, Sunday, June 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert) ©KEYSTONE
epa05360033 An Ukrainian fan smiles before the UEFA EURO 2016 group C preliminary round match between Germany and Ukraine at Stade Pierre Mauroy in Lille Metropole, France, 12 June 2016.....(RESTRICTIONS APPLY: For editorial news reporting purposes only. Not used for commercial or marketing purposes without prior written approval of UEFA. Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage. Photographs published in online publications (whether via the Internet or otherwise) shall have an interval of at least 20 seconds between the posting.)  EPA/MOHAMED MESSARA   EDITORIAL USE ONLY
epa05360033 An Ukrainian fan smiles before the UEFA EURO 2016 group C preliminary round match between Germany and Ukraine at Stade Pierre Mauroy in Lille Metropole, France, 12 June 2016.....(RESTRICTIONS APPLY: For editorial news reporting purposes only. Not used for commercial or marketing purposes without prior written approval of UEFA. Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage. Photographs published in online publications (whether via the Internet or otherwise) shall have an interval of at least 20 seconds between the posting.) EPA/MOHAMED MESSARA EDITORIAL USE ONLY ©KEYSTONE
epa05362012 An Irish supporter before the UEFA EURO 2016 group E preliminary round match between Ireland and Sweden at Stade de France in Saint-Denis, France, 13 June 2016.....(RESTRICTIONS APPLY: For editorial news reporting purposes only. Not used for commercial or marketing purposes without prior written approval of UEFA. Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage. Photographs published in online publications (whether via the Internet or otherwise) shall have an interval of at least 20 seconds between the posting.)  EPA/ABEDIN TAHERKENAREH   EDITORIAL USE ONLY
epa05362012 An Irish supporter before the UEFA EURO 2016 group E preliminary round match between Ireland and Sweden at Stade de France in Saint-Denis, France, 13 June 2016.....(RESTRICTIONS APPLY: For editorial news reporting purposes only. Not used for commercial or marketing purposes without prior written approval of UEFA. Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage. Photographs published in online publications (whether via the Internet or otherwise) shall have an interval of at least 20 seconds between the posting.) EPA/ABEDIN TAHERKENAREH EDITORIAL USE ONLY ©KEYSTONE
epa05356166 French fan at the fan zone in Lens, France, 10 June 2016, watching the opening game of the UEFA EURO 2016 between France and Romania.  EPA/LAURENT DUBRULE
epa05356166 French fan at the fan zone in Lens, France, 10 June 2016, watching the opening game of the UEFA EURO 2016 between France and Romania. EPA/LAURENT DUBRULE ©KEYSTONE
An Italian fan chants in the stands during the Euro 2016 Group E soccer match between Belgium and Italy at the Grand Stade in Decines-Charpieu, near Lyon, France, Monday, June 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
An Italian fan chants in the stands during the Euro 2016 Group E soccer match between Belgium and Italy at the Grand Stade in Decines-Charpieu, near Lyon, France, Monday, June 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani) ©KEYSTONE