Thursday, June 19, 2014
On June 20 in World Cup history: French players go on strike in Knysna, South Africa, in 2010.
To many, this is the most embarrassing day in French football history. Four years on from losing the World Cup final to Italy in a penalty shootout, the French squad in South Africa was in disarray. The players refused to train following the decision by the French Football Federation to expel striker Nicolas Anelka for a verbal onslaught on coach Raymond Domenech. Two days later, France crashed out of the World Cup, coming last in its group, after losing its final match against the host 2-1. The ignominy was complete.