Domenech says France deserves World Cup place

08:33, June 11, 2010      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 

France coach Raymond Domenech said his team deserved the World Cup place despite the controversial qualification for the World Cup as they prepare for their opener against Uruguay.

France qualified for the 2010 World Cup finals thanks to a Thierry Henry handball to set up William Gallas in their play-off second leg against the Republic of Ireland, but the coach rejected suggestions his team do not deserve to be in South Africa.

"We finished second in our group, we won the play-off - incidentally it was the same for Uruguay who won their play-off," he said. "Other teams won and qualified and there are 32 who qualified who deserved to qualify. That's football.

"The people who are here deserve to be here and obviously somebody will win at the end and they will have deserved to have won and not others."

Domenech said the spirit within the camp is anything but "calm" - although he has played down reports of disunity.

"I may seem calm," he said. "However, underneath all that there is something of a storm going on. We need to manage that, the 23 of us are ready and determined."

Special Report: World Cup 2010a>


  • Do you have anything to say?



Related Channel News

Special Coverage
  • Premier Wen Jiabao visits Hungary, Britain, Germany
  • From drought to floods
Major headlines
Editor's Pick
  • Giant red lantern lights up in Tiananmen Square to celebrate the coming National Day on Oct. 1. (Xinhua/Li Xin)
  • A ceremony is held in Taipei, southeast China's Taiwan, on Sept. 28, 2011, to commemorate the 2,562nd birthday of Confucius (551-479 BC), a Chinese thinker, educationist and philosopher. (Xinhua/Wu Ching-teng)
  • The world's first Boeing 787 Dreamliner for delivery arrives at Haneda airport in Tokyo, capital of Japan, on Sept. 28, 2011. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner, whose buyer is All Nippon Airways (ANA), will implement a flight of ANA on Oct. 26 from Tokyo's Narita Airport to Hong Kong in south China. (Xinhua/Ji Chunpeng)
  • A Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) fighter shows what is believed to be human jawbone found inside a mass grave near Abu Salim prison in Tripoli, Libya, Spet. 27, 2011. The NTC on Sunday said they had found a mass grave containing the bodies of 1,270 people killed by Gaddafi's security forces in a 1996 massacre at Abu Salim prison in southern Tripoli. (Xinhua/Li Muzi)
  • Rescue workers and local residents search for survivors after a building collapsed in old Delhi, India, Sept. 27, 2011. At least 10 people were killed and 35 injured when an old three-storey building collapsed. More than a dozen people are still feared trapped under the debris, police said. (Xinhua/Partha Sarkar)
  • A visitor has flying experience in the windmill castle of Jinshitan National Holiday resort in Dalian, northeast China's Liaoning Province, Sept. 27, 2011. The castle is a 23-meter-high building with 21 meters in diameter. The castle uses wind tunnel to make objects floating in the air. It is the first indoor stadium in China, which enables people to have flying experience. (Xinhua/Zhang Chunlei)
Hot Forum Discussion