France: No Exit

The hall (hell) of mirrors that is the French men’s national team becomes more funhouse by the day — at least from the outside. John Harpham at Soccer Politics says it’s an exercise in national self-disgust — that “[everyone], for once, is Domenech.” Jennifer Doyle at From a Left Wing translates So Foot’s Simone Capelli-Welter‘s take that the team is at last performing — as “the parody of itself, finally, that it should be.” And The Run of Play’s Brian Phillips says we are watching the death of World Cups past and the birth of the future: “It’s like watching a ruin explode.”

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