Say what you want about France but their preparation for this tournament was second to none. Spent half the 19th century conquering Africa so they could build this side…
– Satirical Social Media Comment
The loss of African, Asian and South American teams has, for many, been a great disappointment to the closing stages of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The semi-finals, and now the final, between France and Croatia, feels more like a Euro Final than a World Cup Final.
Social media, however, has added a new dimension to the entertainment of the 2018 Russia World Cup, with many humorous and insightful messages doing the rounds.
Two texts in particular, since France reached the final, caught the eye of the SMA Communications Department.
The first highlighted the browning of the French team from 1996 to the team who will represent France in the 2018 World Cup Final, with the provocative statement: ‘Don’t tell me climate change doesn’t exist’:
This was followed by a text that highlighted the African origins of 14 of the French national team, with a provocative headline and satarical conclusion:
FRANCE IS THE ONLY AFRICAN TEAM LEFT IN THE WORLD CUP ⚽
France World Cup Players
1) Presnel Kimpembe – Congo
2) Samuel Umtiti – Cameroon
3) Paul Pogba- Guinea
4) Kylian Mbappé – Cameroon/Nigeria
5) Ousmane Dembélé – Senegal/Mali
6) Corentin Tolisso – Togo
7) N’Golo Kanté – Mali
8) Blaise Matuidi – DR Congo, Angola
9) Steven Nzonzi – DR Congo
10) Steve Mandanda – DR Congo
11) Adil Rami – Morocco
12) Nabil Fekir – Algeria
13) Djibril Sidibé – Senegal
14) Benjamin Mendy – Senegal
Say what you want about France but their preparation for this tournament was second to none. Spent half the 19th century conquering Africa so they could build this side ?
On-line ‘The Undefeated’ published an in-depth article on 4 July 2018, entitled: ‘France, the World Cup’s last standing ‘African’ team. It may be accessed by clicking here.
On 10 July 2018, the BBC published another fascinating article which looked at African migrant influence on a number of teams, including France: World Cup 2018: How Africa migrants dey [sic] help European teams for Russia. The article can be accessed by clicking here.
The Washington Post published an opinion piece on 10 July 2018, a response to ‘The Undefeated’ article, entitled: Why calling France ‘the last African team’ in the World Cup is problematic. It may be accessed by clicking here.