While the France team is turned towards the World Cup, this November 17 inevitably brings back bad memories to its coach.
The French team has arrived in Qatar. And four years after their coronation in Russia, the Blues hope to return to France with a new World Cup trophy. With two titles (1998, 2018) and a final (2006), French footballers have taken on new habits. A new dimension which is surprising given their history in the World Cup. Before its first coronation at home, France had also missed the two previous editions, returning to its habits before the Platini period.
The failure of 1993 remains the most cruel. While France raced ahead in their qualifying group, Gérard Houllier’s troops had crumbled in the last two games. A simple draw was enough for Eric Cantona, Jean-Pierre Papin & Co to validate their ticket to America. But after a first shameful defeat at the Parc des Prince against Israel (2-3), the Blues were going to live a new nightmare against Bulgaria, crucified at the last second by a terrible strike from Emil Kostadinov after a lightning counter-attack following a loss of ball from David Ginola in front of the Bulgarian goal.
And it’s a disaster
The Blues were at the bottom of the hole. “When we see the 1990 World Cup on TV, we say to ourselves that it is essential for a great nation to be at this meeting”, recently remembered Didier Deschamps, present on the lawn of the Parc des Princes, adding: “So we all think of 1994. We have to be in the United States. And it’s a disaster. The years have passed, but it is indelible. Honestly, to see myself in the state I was on the pitch, in tears… I don’t think it happened to me a second time. »
“It was inconceivable with two home games. We’re not going to claim professional misconduct, but we don’t have the right, he added. That day, it could have stopped for us, as it stopped for many. It marked me. There, I said: “Never again. » »