Why the French love the British: The first-team team
Posted On July 13, 2021
The French love their footballers and, as you would expect, they adore their coach.
Philippe Saint-Andre is one of the world’s best coaches in his own right, having taken his career from France to the UK with Bolton Wanderers, and he has been able to mould his players to the highest standards in his adopted homeland.
The French have been so enamoured with their team’s ability that they have been willing to pay more than £50m to bring them in.
But it is not just the French that have become enamored with the team.
They also have a history of loving the British.
In the 1960s, the likes of Thierry Henry, Paul Gascoigne, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs all joined their respective national teams, but it was the English and Scottish who got the most affection.
They became known as the ‘Boys’ for their strong-willed approach to football, the English as the “boys who play for England”, and the Scots as “the boys who play Scotland”.
The ‘Boks’ would be known as ‘England’s Boys’ by the majority of the English public at the time, but they were also referred to as ‘The English Boys’ as a badge of honour, a way of indicating that the team was British.
They were known to be particularly fond of their own players, who were known for being “strong, confident and self-assured”.
After a few years, the British became the ‘British Boys’ in their own right.
Now, with the likes, for example, of Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Wayne Rooney and Phil Jones being lured away to Manchester United by their country, the affection is back.
For years, Manchester United has been considered one of England’s most successful clubs, and the team’s success has brought them a wealth of trophies, winning the Champions League and the Premier League in the process.
However, it is the French who have had the most success, winning seven successive French league titles and the Champions Leagues.
It is the players that have inspired the fans of their country.
After losing the World Cup in 2014, France’s star striker Edinson Cavani went on to win the Golden Ball for his efforts, while his side also finished runners-up in the Champions league.
Cavani’s impact was so great that, despite his loss, his former club Paris Saint-Germain also won the Europa League.
And the same is true for their centre-back Laurent Blanc, who was named the man of the match in France’s 2-1 win over Belgium in the Euro 2016 quarter-finals.
Blanc, along with Cavani and Manchester United captain Michael Carrick, has been the most sought-after centre-backs in Europe over the last few years.
So, despite losing the Euros, the French have won the league title for the second time in three years, and they will be looking to add another trophy to their trophy cabinet this summer.
But will they be able to get there?
In recent years, French football has been hit by a drop in the quality of their players, with several players, including David Luiz and Paul Pogba, having had their careers ruined by injuries.
Despite the recent resurgence of the French national team, there is a perception that they are not good enough to challenge for the Premier league, and there is an assumption that they will never get the same treatment from the English clubs.
This has led to a sense of complacency in France, as the French are still seen as the most talented team in the world, but are still overlooked by English clubs for the most part.
France will need to be patient if they want to compete with the big boys.
If they can find a way to win some of their big matches against their rivals, then they may have a chance to challenge the English for the title.
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