On the other side of the Channel however, there is an army of well trained superheroes (that's what I believe the French players to be) lead by a clown, high on mushrooms. Domenech sees a different reality from all of us, and always seems to see the bright side of every situation. Well, for a man in his position, you kinda have to. The fact that he should've been replaced a long time ago is probably the only thing all human beings (except for Domenech's boss, obviously) would agree on, yet he's about to take a tremendously talented squad of players to another World Cup. Fine, there's no Zidane this time around, but who needs him when you can have a Ribéry-Gourcuff-Nasri midfield, and a Malouda-Diaby-Anelka as a backup just in case someone catches the latest fake flu pandemic? And really, that's just a few of the multiple possibilities the vast pool of French talent produced by the INF (France's national football institute) gives you. The same folks responsible for the Thierry Henry handball vs The Republic (France shouldn't have to qualify through playoffs), are behind the development of some of our favourite players.
What does all that mean? On both sides of La Manche, there is an internal issue slowing down the efforts to win a World Cup. The FA can buy the best manager but can't teach football to its kids. The FFF did an amazing job correcting the mistakes of the early Nineties (failing to qualify in '90 and '94) but today, bureaucracy wins over creativity. Or like Bill Clinton says: "politics over policy".
Michel Platini replaced a Dinausor at the UEFA presidency, and already positive changes are felt in European Football. Let's hope that wave of change can hit the national federations too.