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Thursday, July 06, 2006

Henry's new chance to play in a World Cup Final

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Thierry Henry has the opportunity to be closer to the glory than he was in the 1998 World Cup Final, when he was sitting on the bench.

In fact, the Arsenal striker had played in all six of France's matches before a late sending-off cost him his spot in the 3-0 win against Brazil.

Defender Marcel Desailly picked up his second booking in the 68th minute, which prompted Aime Jacquet to bring on Patrick Vieira instead of another forward.

It looked unlikely at the start of the tournament that Henry would get a second opportunity to play in football's most prestigious game.

Indeed, three weeks ago France looked dead and buried following two sluggish performances in the opening draws against Switzerland and South Korea.

And the French lethal striker admitted that his team desperately needed to "step up their game" to defy their critics.

"It is true that we were not playing well at the start of the World Cup, and people were saying we were too old," the striker expressed. "That was pretty harsh, but as soon as we stepped it up it started to work for us."

A convincing win against Togo then set the pace for glorious performances against Spain, Brazil and Portugal.

"We were not listening to what people were saying," he finished.

"We were completely concentrated on playing as a team. That is what the team is all about. We never cared about our critics - we just got it done."

It's important to know that Henry paved the way for France's semi-final victory over Portugal by earning a 33rd-minute spot-kick after Ricardo Carvalho had brought him down in the box. Zinedine Zidane gently placed the penalty past the fast Ricardo to ignite ferocious attacks from the Portuguese.

"We defended like lions," Thierry Henry claims.

"It was not at all an easy win. It was very hard but we were very efficient."

France now take on Italy for what could be another classic meeting, and the Arsenal forward has predicted a tight battle.

"It will be a close game against Italy - nobody expected anything from them (before the tournament) either. We all saw what they did to the Germans and how they worried them. They are a really good squad. We just don't know what will happen in the final."


Blogger BuRCu said...

what a nice post about henry. i m a henry fan. and i ll be in berlin for final of world cup 2006. m so happy that i can see him there.

4:41 AM  
Blogger BuRCu said...

i added u to my favourites in my blogs. and

4:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

YES! Italy won over "France"! Good that "France" didn't win by the cheap penalty-shot (yeah, another one..)! *happy*

4:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh j'adore Thierry, he played very well today and even though French didn't win , they were BETTER players than sono amici Italians

9:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are all africans in the french team even french citizens?

4:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They are all french citizens! And most of them are from the FRENCH WEST INDIES not africa!

3:07 AM  
Anonymous said...

Thierry Henry is the best player in the world.




Can i contact the owner of this blog.

3:11 AM  
Anonymous Ansbert Ngurumo said...

Thierry Henry is the best. He has got quite a good number of fans worldwide. I am one of them. In Tanzania, my home country, Henry is a household name. What superb posts about him!

5:45 AM  

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