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Talent Scout: Franck Ribery – World Soccer

We wrote about Franck Ribery in December 2005, as controversy swirled round him at Marseille.

Expertise Scout: Franck Ribery (December 2005) 

There are uncanny parallels between former Marseille striker extraordinaire Jean-Pierre Papin and the membership’s newest hero, French Underneath-21 attacking midfielder Franck Ribery. Each have been born within the Channel port of Boulogne to working-class households, each battle on the pitch for the total 90 minutes, and each got here to Marseille in controversial circumstances.

In 1986, Papin was set to hitch Monaco from Membership Brugge when he was snatched away by Marseille president Bernard Tapie. Ribery was granted a free switch to the Stade Velodrome this summer time after FIFA deemed that his former membership, Galatasaray, whom he joined from Metz final January, had did not make a number of wage funds and have been thus in breach of contract.

Ribery and Papin may quickly have one thing else in frequent. Inside months of becoming a member of Marseille, Papin had clawed his means into the nationwide squad; if Ribery maintains his excessive requirements, Les Bleus coach Raymond Domenech can be hard-pressed to disregard him.

Controversy: Ribery joined Marseille below controversial circumstances (Getty Photographs)

The 22-year-old, at house on both flank or when chopping inside, is at all times seeking to confront defenders, his tempo, flawless ball management and sinuous modifications of route make him extremely elusive, and he comes up with rearguard-shredding by means of balls. “Ribery has soccer in his blood, he’s an instinctive participant,” says Marseille coach Jean Fernandez. “He jogs my memory a lot of Chris Waddle.”

Nevertheless, there are some negatives. Ribery tends to overdo the diving to win free-kicks and his temperament is suspect, whereas off the pitch his judgement and behavior have been discovered wanting at instances. This summer time, for instance, he claimed to police that his ex-agent and Galatasaray’s director of sport had turned up at his mother and father’ house in Boulogne and threatened him with a baseball bat. An investigation concluded the pair had visited him however not armed with something, and a Justice of the Peace denounced the criticism as sheer fantasy.

Disgrace, as a result of Ribery’s expertise is definitely not trumped up.

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