I doubt you’ll find an Arsenal fan who has much of a liking for the French coach, Raymond Domenech, who appears to put irritating Arsene Wenger above looking after his players in his list of priorities.
Whenever one of our players is injured, you can be absolutely sure that they’ll play the full ninety minutes in France’s next meaningless friendly in Guadeloupe, just to make sure they’re crocked for at least two months. And then he’ll shrug in that annoying way of his, as if to say ‘not my problem, why do I care?’.
So it is highly amusing to hear him complaining about the injustice of the Euro 2008 seeding system, which sees France amongst the bottom group. The system is based on qualifying for the last two tournaments, and not the finals themselves, so France’s run to the World Cup final does not count. Instead, their two unimpressive qualifying campaigns form the seedings.
And with Austria and Switzerland, as hosts, and Greece, as holders, claiming three of the top four spots, some of the bigger nations find themselves right down the list, with France facing the potential of a group containing Germany, Italy and Holland.
It seems so unfair, so I genuinely do feel sorry for Domenech.
Oh no, hang on, I don’t. My mistake.