French National Team of 2003- Courtesy of Copa Das confederacoes Website
CAIRO – 9 June 2017: A lot has happened since the Confederation Cup Final in 2003. The French International team players who were in the starting lineup in the Confederation Cup Final in 2003 have seen interesting updates in their lives over the past decade.
The back line that represented France in the final has seen a lot of interesting updates over the past few years.
Citing from Espn, French International Goalkeeper Fabian Barthez has went into motorsport racing and managed to be crowned as the champion of France in GT motorsport series in 2013. According to fight land, Bixente Lizarazu, former left back of France and Bayern Munich, practiced Brazilian combat sport Jiu Jitsu.
In 2009, Lizarazu was the champion in the European Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Open in Portugal. William Gallas the French international has recently retired and appeared several times in the media giving his thoughts on what’s happening on the football world.
Moving to Marcel Desailly ,Chelsea and France national team former player, now works as a football pundit in a major TV Channel. While the left back, Willy Sagnol decided to become a manager and has previously coached France U21 and Bordeaux SC.
All the three midfielders who won the 2003 Confederation cup tournament have shown their passion towards the game by continuing their career with football either as pundits or players. According to the telegraph, Olivier Dacourt the former French international midfielder, works as a pundit in one of the TV channels in France.
Adding on from the telegraph, Ludovic Guily, former Barcelona and France National Team winger, has ended his career in 2016 after playing for the club where he started “Monts d’Or Azergues Foot.” The attacking midfielder Benoit Pedretti plays for the French club AS Nancy.
The three upfront international strikers have all seen their careers go in different directions.
Theirry Henry, The French International runner up of 2006 World Cup, now works for one of the well known T.V. channels as a football pundit after retiring.
According to the Independent, Simon Wiltord former France International winger is planning to come back from his retirement and continue his journey with his beloved sport.
Lastly, Djibiril Cisse French striker has been in the media several times in order to express his thoughts on what’s happening in the football world. According to the Mirror, Cisse has claimed that Gerrard, retired midfielder and former Liverpool player captain, will be a great manager in the future.
Zein El Dine Zidane, current Real Madrid coach and Champions League 2 season consecutive title winner is one of the player’s from France squad’s early to 2000 generation who didn’t get the chance to play in the 2003 Confederation Cup final.