“A lot of problems” among the Blue: captain Amandine Henry empties her bag

“When you see yourself on the list (from the France team), there are two feelings: joy and fear. ” During an interview very noticed and broadcast on Canal + this Sunday, the captain of the French football team Amandine Henry assures him: there is “A lot of problems” among the Blue. With a main target: the coach Corinne Deacon. Its management during the World Cup-2019 was thus qualified as «chaos total» by the Lyon midfielder.

During the competition organized in France, “Sportingly, I did not experience 100% fulfillment. Humanly, I saw girls crying in their rooms. It was total chaos ”, confides Amandine Henry, not selected for the last two qualifying matches for Euro-2022, “Sports criteria” being invoked by Deacon.

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Returning to the announcement of her non-selection, the 31-year-old remembers that “the call (by Corinne Deacon) lasted fourteen, fifteen seconds, I’ll remember it all my life. I was shocked at the time […] This discussion hurt me, I was really touched, in addition to sport I felt great ”.

A surprise non-selection which had made several players of the France team react. The blue side and teammate in Lyon Amel Majri had notably mentioned «tensions» around the selection. For Amandine Henry, the choice is anything but sporty: “I think it happened the week that Noël Le Graët came to Lyon to give us a medal following our victory in the Champions League. It’s been a while since I had heavy and negative feedback with players who told me “This is no longer possible, something must be done “. The presence of the president was a godsend to say the things that were wrong. And I think the coach heard about it. For me the problem comes from there

A “very negative climate” around Corinne Deacon

The exit of the captain of the Bleues comes in a context of persistent tensions between the coach and her group. And particularly the contingent of Lyonnaise who form a good part of the workforce of the Blue.

This summer, it was goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi (34 years old, 149 caps) who had chosen to voluntarily withdraw from the France team because of a “Very negative climate” around Corinne Deacon. “Winning a title with this coach seems impossible to me”, she had judged at the end of October. Before Amel Majri, therefore, and Wendy Renard who had already had the captain’s armband removed in 2017.

Atmosphere while the Blue must face Austria in particular (November 27 in Guinguamp), with whom they currently share the head of group G, before receiving Kazakhstan in Vannes on December 1. Amandine Henry knows she is taking a risk with this outing, but assumes it: “In a few years, we have a Euro, a World, Games in France, we can not let that pass. The time to fix the problems is now, not three years from now.»

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“Les Joueuses”, at the OL school

“These are images that we missed. Concentrated women, not women who smile after ten seconds like you always see in the movies. Women at work. ” Céline Sciamma’s words last year, faced with the unprecedented media exposure of the Women’s Football World Cup, also apply to Players, but only in part: women at work, in training, in matches, we often see them in Stéphanie Gillard’s documentary dedicated to Olympique Lyonnais footballers, but we also see a lot of women smiling. The happy ones: OL are a winning team, which does nothing more than that (again recently with a seventh Champions League) and which does so in an atmosphere of apparent recklessness. The ambition of the director and her producer, Julie Gayet, was also to immortalize this radiant dynasty.

Shot between February and May 2019, the documentary borrows from both Eyes in the Blues by Stéphane Meunier and Zidane, a portrait of the XXIe century by Philippe Parreno and Douglas Gordon; alternating the direct cinema of the first and the abstraction – above all sound, while panting breaths and leather rubbing – of the second in too rare match sequences. Locker room film, field film, even playground film, footballers going to advocate the diversity of their sport in schools: by dint of chasing after all the balls, the players runs out of steam to finally hang on to the sporting result, while being cut off from the final images for questions of TV rights.

The defeat having also disappeared from the scoresheet, this could only give a best-of behind the scenes of a successful season, were it not for Stéphanie Gillard’s obsession with the issue of transmission. His first feature, The Ride, followed a Sioux journey in the footsteps of their ancestors slain in the Battle of Wounded Knee. Here, the serenity of a generation in their thirties is measured by the stories of their beginnings, in an amateurism (not quite over) of mismatched jerseys and part-time coaches. In there, a character appears: the left side Selma Bacha, a teenager in the middle of the “big girls”. All women’s football lies in its initiation to professionalism by captain Wendie Renard, a scene from a buddy movie: “Today, I’m talking to you. Tomorrow, you’ll talk to a kid. ” Their matches do not last 90 minutes yet, but a whole career, in the perpetuation of the community of players.

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The Players of Stéphanie Gillard (1 h 27).


Champions League: Paris is a defeat

Saturday, the eve of the very first Champions League final of his young career, Kylian Mbappé had somehow reversed the process. For him, it is because this edition was different – final tournament picked up over ten days, disparity in physical preparations due to the protocols to fight against the coronavirus which vary according to the country, behind closed doors, dry match rather than confrontation in round trip – that it took all its value: “Everyone will remember that edition. That makes its price. “

It is Bayern Munich, winner (1-0) of a small final but of a Paris-SG at the height, which will put its name on the prize list. The Bavarian machine-gun attack (155 goals this season, 4.2 per game) was held in check, the French champions made the match but their opponents, artists if we can say so, were able to gangrene the case after half-time. And Neymar dived: isolated by the German organization, annoyed from the hour mark, he was not able to take the usual rabbit out of the hat. To live through an exceptional player is also to fall when he falls.


The start of the match was struck by its balance and by the reluctance of the two teams to lose the ball, that is to say to play quickly. The presumed balance of power being to the advantage of Bayern (fourteen goals in three games and two weeks), this parity put Kylian Mbappé and others in the direction of the match by the grace of a (relative) surprise effect: on his bench, Bavarian coach Hans-Dieter Flick, then smokes like a locomotive, urging his players to do what they came for (control the game) and let go of the handbrake. Nothing helped: the Parisian collective settled into the match little by little. Opportunities would follow. At the 17e, Neymar strikes under German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, who has left a hand trailing under his body. Robert Lewandowski takes the post (21e), but Angel Di María, put into orbit by Neymar and in a lethal position, flies his balloon into the Lisbon sky (22e). Neymar multiplies the powwow on the ground. His teammates listen religiously.

On the Champs-Elysées, at the end of the match on Sunday evening. Photo Denis Allard for Liberation

The Parisians then feel something. They are winning the tactical battle, that of block height – Tuchel’s men climb and descend at leisure without losing its compactness – and combat in the middle of the field. Except that a match is not won in the middle, but in the two penalty areas: a virtuoso exchange “to you to me” with the midfielder Ander Herrera in full German defense leaves Mbappé alone against Neuer, 10 meters from the goal … but the world champion does not put in enough, his strike with the flat of the foot ending in the gloves of the German goalkeeper where one imagined a hoof to split an anvil (45e).

It starts to make a lot of smoky scoring chances, especially at a level where the difference is usually on a quarter of a camel’s hair. 0-0 to lemons. The Germans being able to assert a possible penalty not whistled at the end of the first half, a post and a work of undermining on the sides which one suspects that it will end up translating into opportunities, the two teams are on their wire. Upon returning from the locker room, the aggressiveness immediately increased, rather due to Bayern Munich distributing a few scythes on Neymar and seeming, on purpose, to provoke his opponent to create something. More a strike, less centers or so long distance, that is to say easy to read for the defenders (they are face-to-face, unlike the attackers), holds two, pressing, shots. Another game. Parisian players get lost a bit.

Rough and sticky

Joshua Kimmich makes it rain a center a little shorter than the others from the right side: Thilo Kehrer hesitates to follow Lewandowski in front of him, dropped at the marking by his captain, Thiago Silva, or the international tricolor Kingsley Coman behind him. By dint of tying knots in the head, Kehrer ultimately does not follow anyone, Coman lifts the ball with his head and the Bavarians take control (1-0, 59e).

Tactically, Bayern is now playing on velvet: very solid in the confiscation of the ball and its circulation, it has the means to run the clock without damage, especially since it can be cautious defensively by limiting the climbs of its side players. However, the Paris-SG remains alive, active, anxious to place its arrows – Di María and Mbappé – in a one-on-one situation. However, when Paris-SG forwards face standard players (Alphonso Davies or Niklas Süle) at this level, they are missing something, as Mbappé missed something on the 45th strike.e minute: hard not to see a lack of freshness, or the shadow of the very specific conditions – four months without competition due to confinement – in which the players will have approached this strange Portuguese tournament.

Neuer released another shot at close range from the Brazilian Marquinhos (69e), with this funny style (one leg bent horizontally at ground level on the open side, one leg almost standing on the closed side) of which he has the exclusivity, but it is a very modest tribute in view of the passing minutes in bundles while the ball is far from the German goal, the overall superiority of the Germans in the air, whenever the Parisians are locked on the sides, having to retreat from then on to resume the work upright. Above all, we have the impression that it is the second match which then buries the players of both camps. That of the return of the locker room. Tougher, a little sticky. This one, it is nevertheless often the German teams which win it. Bayern arguably played their worst game of the competition. But he hadn’t come to turn the towels either.

Gregory Schneider


Curse – Liberation


Sunday evening, 11 p.m. Thiago Silva, captain of Paris-Saint-Germain, lifts the so-called big-eared cup, Neymar and Mbappé jump together like kids on the dais, confetti is raining, the stadium sound system – empty – de Luz can spit it out. anthem of UEFA. The television cameras linger for a moment on the smile less content than usual of the president of the PSG, the Qatari Nasser al-Khelaïfi. Paris is finally holding its Football Champions League, the holy grail after which the club has been chasing for so many years.

Fictional scenario. First, because the captain of Bayern Munich, who starts off as the favorite in this final, may be in place of Thiago Silva. The German club would then win for the sixth time this flagship competition of world football.

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But perhaps fiction also in the event of a Parisian victory: the joy of the players in the locker room, the horns on the Champs, that special flavor of the evenings of victory that takes you to the end of the night, the excitement of the early morning to redo or rather relive the match by listening to the radio or by reading the press, all the press, will all this sound a little false? In case of victory on Sunday, will PSG actually win a title in knock, marked with the seal of the Covid? The emotion of the supporters, which will not be feigned, will it be a little attenuated by this bit of lucidity which will tell even the most partial minds that yes, the epidemic has indeed altered the competition and will have robbed them? the pleasure of a real victory? It’s a safe bet that in ten years, we will talk about this final Covid version, as we still talk about the curse of the Glasgow square posts in 1976. Curse, this term that sticks to the jersey of PSG, and which will stick to him again Monday, even in case of victory.

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When Carola Rackete is asked if she is interested in giving an interview, she responds dryly: “The world doesn’t need another white hero.” She does not use the word “heroine”, just as she prefers to be called “captain” instead of “captain” when commanding a ship. She argues that her womanhood is obvious enough that she needs to twist the feminine words. On board the Arctic Sunrise, of the Greenpeace organization, Rackete travels through Antarctica as part of the crew. She knows that the thunder of glaciers breaking, several times a day, is the soundtrack of a planet in climatic collapse. Antarctica is melting. To deal with overheating, call on the global community to conjugate the verb disobey. And live what she preaches: Rackete is a disobedient.

For disobeying, in 2019 she became known all over the planet. On June 12, she captained the humanitarian ship. Sea-Watch 3 when they found a boat adrift in the Mediterranean full of people fleeing the violence in Libya. Rackete disobeyed. Rather than return them to the country from which they had fled, as the coast guard demanded, he took them on board. He stated that Libya was not a safe place for survivors. With his ship loaded with refugees, many of them embroidery Due to torture, he tried to dock on the Italian island of Lampedusa. The then Minister of the Interior, the far right Matteo Salvini, prevented him. While she waited for an ever-postponed solution, the health of the passengers deteriorated. On June 29, Rackete disobeyed again: she docked without authorization in the port of Lampedusa with her ship of desperation. And they arrested her.

She is vegan. Always carry a Kindle and do not watch movies or series, read

Rackete does not speak Italian, but he does speak German, Spanish, English, Russian and French. Rather than German, she prefers to identify herself as “European,” a statement that becomes more significant after Brexit. She grew up in a town around Celle, in Lower Saxony, and as a teenager her main activity, apart from studying and sleeping, was playing games. World of Warcraft in the computer. Her father is an electrical engineer who came to work in the arms industry and her mother is an accountant. There was no magical awakening to the planet’s overheating. It was, as she defines it, “a journey.” Working on ships that go on scientific expeditions, I listened to researchers, witnessed the effects of climate change, and saw their desire to learn grow. After graduating in Nautical Sciences, she did a master’s degree in Environmental Conservation.

He hasn’t had a home for eight years. It goes from project to project, lots of volunteers. If you are forced to live with money during the intervals, you never spend more than 500 euros a month. She wears dreadlocks because the oceans are very windy and she prefers not to waste time fixing her hair. There are no children or marriage on her horizon. Your loved ones are a community made up of friends scattered all over the planet. She is vegan, although she accepts the vegetarian menu if there is no other option. Rackete’s house is where she puts her backpack, in which she carries a tent, a sleeping bag, half a dozen clothes, two pairs of shoes, 10 panties, the computer and a Kindle with about 100 books. Rackete does not watch movies and series. Read.

Attack the dogma of economic growth. Faced with the collapse of the planet, he says, it would be worse to obey

Last summer, the Italian judge who released her claimed that Rackete had fulfilled her duty to save the people on board. But Rackete still has two pending charges in Italy and her future is uncertain. How to move in a world where people are arrested for saving lives? Where do the authorities of so-called democratic countries criminalize humanitarian rescue calling it human trafficking or encouragement of illegal immigration? Rackete’s answer is to live by your own rules, which means “confronting the system directly”: fighting for the collective well-being instead of the individual, cooperating instead of competing, caring for the other instead of protecting yourself from it.
At 31, she represents a new type of human emerged on the fringes of the climate war. Unlike rebels in other historical moments, she is not driven by hope, but by what she calls a “humanitarian imperative.” Their logic is not to win, but to fight. Not alone, but with all those who are willing to create a society capable of living without leaving the planet exhausted. “The Earth has not been depleted because there are too many people, but because a minority has consumed most of the resources,” he says. In her first book,. It is time to act (Paidós), stands alongside the thinkers who attack the dogma of economic growth: you cannot grow more, you have to distribute the wealth that exists equitably.

While touring Antarctica, the geography where he spends most months of the year, Rackete dedicates himself to thinking about how to face the economic system. The future may be very difficult from a climate point of view, but there is an opportunity to create a more just society. Quickly, because there is no time. This captain already has a course: “The problem is not civil disobedience, but obedience.” It is time to act. And to act, he says, is to disobey.


Champions League: Paris in half hard

A “Comeback” express as a birthday present and the hope of a historic European coronation in three matches, still alive: PSG, the 2-1 snatch winner of Atalanta Bergamo on Wednesday in Lisbon, qualified for the semi-finals of the Champions League, on his fiftieth birthday. On the edge of the abyss since the opening scoring of Mario Pasalic (27e) and from yet another European disillusion, the Parisian leap came from a vice-captain who never gave up until the “95e minute ”and an always exemplary replacement: Marquinhos (90e) and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (90e+3) saved the 50th anniversary, as well as the title hopes in the most prestigious of European competitions. “You had to believe it until the end, that’s what we did. We missed a few opportunities to unlock this match but football goes through that, through motivation, through faith ”, savored “Marqui” on RMC Sport.

Absent from the last square of the C1 since 1995, Paris did not miss a golden opportunity to repeat the best course in its history when it was time to blow its 50e candle. “Honestly, we need that to change the mentality. Something is blocking us a bit but today I promise you that the players all want to give 200% more », stressed President Nasser Al-Khelaïfi.

Considered the best possible draw before the match, Bergamo has yet failed to reveal the shortcomings of the Thomas Tuchel era since his arrival on the bench in 2018. PSG has long been incapable, as much by clumsiness as by lack of rhythm, to get rid of the Lombard club while Neymar has tried everything: the special “Mohican” cup for the big event, the gris-gris of great evenings, the acceleration of major matches… Without success!

Neymar, cursed hero

After breaking the curse of injuries, the curse of eighths, and waiting five months after the incredible paralysis of competitions caused by the coronavirus, everything was in place for the Brazilian No.10 to shine fifty years to the day after the foundation official PSG, August 12, 1970. But after his huge missed opportunity at the start of the match, the entire Parisian clan in the stands clashed with both hands, incredulous. As if the turning point of the match had already taken place in the 3e minute of play. After having initiated the action himself by relying on Icardi with a subtle deflection, “Ney” opened his way to the goal on his own by perforating the defense with a full-axis supersonic race. But once alone against the goalkeeper, he opened his foot too wide as the goal seemed certain.

Aligned in an offensive trident where he often appeared as a false No. 9, the Brazilian was at the heart of all offensives. But unable to be decisive in the zone of truth, as in this one-two perfectly played on the left side that he was unable to achieve once again after a long race (19e).

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Concentrated and diligent, Atalanta also relied on the paw of his n ° 10, “Papu” Gomez, to make a difference. On his center in the back of the defense, the right piston Hateboer saw his dangerous head being pushed back in extremis by Keylor Navas, very vigilant (11e).

Mbappé, winning entry

But on a billiard, Bergamo ended up opening the scoring. In the snatch, Duvan Zapata managed to counter a ball poorly cleared by Kimpembe near the surface. Mario Pasalic, alone and on the lookout, did not miss the opportunity to deceive Navas with an unstoppable coiled left strike (1-0, 27e). Once again, Neymar could have brought his team back to a tie. But he missed a huge gift (42e). Despite the sound and raucous encouragement of Keylor Navas, perceptible on the other side of the field, the Parisians let themselves be lulled by the false rhythm of the Italians, who multiplied the faults.

The hour of play precipitated the entry into play of Mbappé. Directly placed on the left wing, his pep brought dynamism and scoring opportunities like this raid that he was unable to conclude (74e, 80e). “His entry gave an energy to PSG which was losing the match, it was fundamental because of what he brought”, can only deplore Gian Piero Gasperini, the coach of Atalanta Bergamo, at the end of the match.

Navas’ injury was however the detonator of a completely crazy scenario: first with the equalizing goal of Marquinhos on a center-shot from Neymar (1-1, 90e), then on Mbappé’s perfect pass for Choupo-Moting (2-1, 90e+3), just after coming into play. Two already legendary goals.



The last jump of the ‘captain wonders’

Soccer and athletics mourn the loss of an exceptional athlete, of a champion in every facet he touched. Marcelino Vaquero passed away yesterday in Avilés at the age of 89 and with it goes a way of understanding sport as the need to be the best having fun in each adventure that one undertakes. Marcelino was Campanal II, and also the captain of wonders, a hero for the Seville fans who enjoyed that defender who jumped more than anyone in the 1950s.

To understand his reach as a footballer, one only has to see the image of Sánchez Pizjuán dismissing one of his myths with the ‘Asturias Patria Querida’ playing on the public address system. There were 16 seasons at the highest level, he became international, but in turn, Marcelino had another passion, athletics. So much so that he got to run 100 meters in 10.8, but as he was a soccer professional they did not count him what was the record for Spain.

So he waited to quit soccer to enjoy his other passion. And boy did he. He stopped the gold medal counter in athletics nationals at 115, since he competed until practically two years ago, in races, in long jump and triple, in shot put … he even dared with the pole.

Campanal II played 17 seasons in the First Division –16 at Sevilla and one at Deportivo–, he was 16 times international and those who remember him speak of him as a true physical wonder. His link with athletics comes from 1945, when the Exposition stadium, the current Suárez Puerta, opened in Avilés. “Then I started practicing athletics, I was 13 years old,” he recalled in an interview with this newspaper, and he combined it with soccer until, at 16, he went to Seville following in the footsteps of his uncle, the great Guillermo del Río. “Campanal I”. “I am the first soccer player to come to Seville by boat, it took me four days to go from Asturias.”

After two seasons on loan at Coria and Illiturgi, Marcelino made his debut in Primera at the age of 18, in a match in which Sevilla beat Athletic 1-0 in old Nervión. “I debuted marking Iriondo”. From there, a whole professional career that led him to become international alongside footballers like Di Stéfano and to become the idol of the Spanish fans, who nicknamed him “Captain wonders”, in honor of a comic of the time. His physical ability was amazing. Very few rivals were capable of overwhelming that footballer who could play as a center back or left back.

But Campanal never forgot athletics. “He always practiced it when he returned to Avilés in the summer, after having accumulated 50 or 60 games during the season.” Only by mentioning his best brands can one understand the physical capacity of this footballer-athlete. «In length I jumped 7.50 meters and in triple 14.87. And in 100 10.8 meters, everything on the cinder track ». They were records of Spain of the time, but Campanal never appeared in the rankings due to a problem. «I was a soccer professional and athletics was amateur. So I had to compete out of competition », remembered the avilesino, who will always have a doubt. “I used to do athletics with soccer training, so I never knew how far I could have gone.”

Once retired from football, he regained his passion for athletics. «I go to the track every day, and there I tangle with my things. I love athletics and I train whenever I can, but with a limit, and maintaining a fundamental question to continue without physical problems, rest, ”I had four years ago. Since he began in the professional world, Campanal II has been strict with what he believes has been key in his sports career. «The secret of my physical form, aside from genetics, is rest. Today’s players don’t rest what they should. I played 50-60 games a year, kept running in the summer, and I never had any muscle breaks.

At the end of April, Campanal recognized that for many days “he could not” do anything to stay in bed “when he” habitually “works at home” with the exercise bike and some weights “. Yesterday his death was known. Soccer and athletics mourn the loss of their ‘captain wonders’.


Medical professionals trained at a university with identity from Chaco

“When I found out about this initiative, I was surprised that a university in the North had started a career in Medicine.” Dr. Damián Verzeñassi, director of Medicine-Uncaus.

This week we are witnessing a historic event for our province: on Wednesday, May 27, four doctors and three women doctors graduated from the Universidad Nacional del Chaco Austral (Uncaus), the first since the creation of this house of studies and the medical career. Professionals trained entirely in the Chaco, connoisseurs of the territory, of the customs of our people, with a local vision and imprint.

This training based on the concept linked to the territory and primary health care means that, from the first years of the career, new doctors are directly linked to environmental health problems. For this reason, in the exercise of their profession, they will be prepared for the care of the conditions prevailing in the deep Chaco.


Surely we will remember that act and the hippocratic oath of doctors for its atypical characteristics, in the midst of a pandemic that crosses us all.

A pandemic and a crucial moment in the entire world, where medicine and science, hand in hand with the State, are substantial in offering answers to the population, not only from knowledge but also from a deep sense of social service, which is another basis for the training of recent graduates.

It is also an enormous incentive to know that the highest level of public education is possible in our land, in that deep interior, in that strategic Chaco center occupied by the Roque Sáenz Peña Presidency; and that, after these first graduates, there are 45 others who have finished the fifth year of the degree.

The role of Capitanich

The path that led us to this achievement of which we are proud was not an easy one. Throughout his journey, what was done by Governor Jorge Capitanich – then senator and author of the legislative project – was key. So it is worth going over it and keeping it alive in memory.

On December 4, 2007, the National University of Austral Chaco was created, at the request of the Capitanich initiative converted into Law 26,335 approved by the National Congress.

Shortly after, that norm was promulgated by decree 153/07 of December 26, 2007, with the signature of the then President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner. Finally, in 2013, the Medicine career at that university began in August.

The creation of the university in the geographic center of Chaco was a response to voices that for many years asked to extend elite public education to that place, bringing training opportunities to populations in the region.

For this, the social outcry achieved 40 thousand individual signatures and 400 public and private institutions that supported the initiative.

It is a paradigm shift for our province that doctors and doctors trained in Uncaus, graduate and are prepared to provide services at this time.

They will be remembered, without a doubt, for being the first and for offering us this great hope of making health training possible in the interior, in a university created with Chaco identity, by Chaco people and for the Chaco people, even when students from different parts of the country choose Sáenz Peña to start the academic path.