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Allez les Bleues!

cartoon: stupification in france
France is stunned by unexpected victory. So is Italy.

Links to Fútbol Mundial '98:

Paris:- Sunday, 4. July 1998:- Ms. Thalman says I should mention the French won their eighth-final match against Italy on Friday, and they will now get to face really mean teams that have also survived to reach the quarter-finals.

She also says that when there are no football matches on, tennis in the UK is bravely filling the gap. So far, she thinks she's watched TV for four whole days since - since I don't know when.

The only thing I know for sure, is the World Cup will probably be over by the time next week's edition rolls around. This being the case, I think I will drop the 'links' page and take up some other hobby.

Even Without Football, The SportsBar! Will Live Forever

While real FootFans are live and in color in Paris these days, the real hardcore sports fans at the SportsBar, known as the Football Café are in SportsFans' heaven - in a place in Saint-Denis that has every variety of French beef known to mankind - except hamburger - so this week it is not merely heaven, but Joyville.

What would sports be without beer? What would sports be without winners and losers? What would life be like without sports?

In honor of the historic invention of football, the French also had the wit to invent a peculiar game to go along with it and it is known throughout the part of the world today as French-style football.

This is a game that takes less time than cricket because it has a shorter pre-season and a shorter post-season. Football has neither of these seasons. Soccer has seasons on both sides of the equator though, and this is the reason for having a World Cup championship - so the Brazilians can come up to Europe and get their pants beaten off by short-handed national teams who have had to borrow half their players from Italy. This 'Football Café' Web site is the great-grandgeezer of them all: more than 10,000 pages! Nothing but sports, sports and more sports.

Despite this over-long blurb, the remainder of the Fútbol Mundial links are exactly the same as last week's. If these are not be enough for you, send me some new ones.

Less uplifting are the 'official' Web sites: represented by the FIFA - which stands for Federation International - and which will be choosing a new leader any minute now - and of course, the French Organizing Committee, known to all far and wide as the CFO. I don't what the initials stand for, just like RATP does not sound like métro to me.

Unique World Cup News - From Issy!

The Paris suburb, next to Paris-Expo, of Issy-les-Moulineaux has had 11 youngsters, aged between 17 and 25, in training for six months, to be 'cyber-reporters.' With a little help from Issy and France Télécom, they have formed a 'Cyber Team' of Web reporters to 'cover' the World Cup '98.

Their reports from Issy are to appear on a city-sponsored Web site, starting Wednesday, 10. June.

What's Issy got that's worth covering? Well, there's the WC'98 International Press Centre at Paris-Expo, the Eurosport TV headquarters, the editorial offices of 'L'Equipe' - the daily sports paper - and TVRS 98, the outfit that will be sending out all worldwide TV coverage.

Libération - Mondial 98 - follow this link for constant updates and fair commentary. For example, there is a site called 'Stade de France,' which Libération says is a 'heavy loader.' Extensive links also point to African sites and even to a religious site, for those whose team is in trouble.

Of the two state-TV channels, France 3 has traditionally handled the bigger Sports Events - with extensive reports on the Paris-Dakar and the Tour de France. Now they take on the World Cup, playing in France for the first time since 1938. For daily reports, tune your Web dial to France 3 TV.

Fútbol Mundial '98 Links: Parlez-vous Foot?
  • In case you have been getting your football news from French sources, the Délégation Générale à la Langue Française has prepared a French/English dictionary of football terms to help you out. Learn French derivatives such as 'footez' and 'footix,' and I suppose I could look at it too to learn the origin of the word 'soccer.'
Anti-Football Site - Anti-SportsFans:
  • 'Down With Football Madness' Site - recommends pouring 1O,000 litres of de-grass on the pitch on the eve of the opening game at the Stade de France. Boo! Also proposes, in French, the idea of dropping 80,022 cream pies from hot-air balloons on hardcore SportsFans. Double-Boo! Linda Thalman, who only champions the Cameroon team, doesn't like this site at all.
Not Yellow Card, But Cartoon:
  • Scorbut is for those for whom 1998 'c'est déjà demi-footue,' and offers cartoons by Cabu, Kerleroux, Wozniak, Luz et Charb - all of whom are well-known lefties and dangerous guys with pencils. Like all of us raving red, commie, cartoonists.
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