french team |  The 5 unforgettable seconds of Franck Jurietti - FFL

french team | The 5 unforgettable seconds of Franck Jurietti – FFL

Wednesday October 12, 2005, Franck Jurietti makes his first cape with the French team. Until then, nothing abnormal except the duration of this event. Spoiler alert: forget about minutes, it’s calculated in seconds.

There are courses in the France team that are out of the ordinary. Then, of course, you directly think of Michel Platini and his free kicks, Zizou’s roulette or even JPP’s papinadas. But in the FFL, we have a completely different view of Blues history. For us, Schumacher’s departure, David Ginola’s lost ball or even Zidane’s header are part of our heritage. So what about Franck Jurietti’s legendary entry into the game on a certain Wednesday, October 12, 2005.

Jurietti, the slap of our Liguaina

Franck Jurietti is one of those Ligue 1 players who have made the beauty of this championship. Some do not hesitate to describe it as the most beautiful in the world. Well, okay, maybe we’re alone in this. In the mid-2000s, La Liguaína offered us an exciting weekly program; Close matches, poor technique, top scorer with 15 goals and murderous tackles in spades. And in this last category, one player in particular stands out: Franck Jurietti.

The one who has played more than 500 games with the professionals has a most amazing career. And how not to mention his pronounced appetite for biscuits. With more than 100 yellow cards and 10 red cards received in his career, Jurietti validates an FFL double-double. Your favorite weapon of his? The slap. We knew that from Roger Federer in tennis, changing his forehand. Franck’s tacos have nothing to envy.

His career path is also unusual. Starting with his time at Olympique de Marseille during the 2002-2003 season, and his 20 appearances. A passage that the Marseille fans themselves must have forgotten. But don’t worry, Jurietti is above all the Girondins de Bordeaux. Arriving in Girdonde in 2003, Francky made a strong impression. He to the point of being called up to the France team by Raymond Domenech. The beginning of a crazy experience.

5 seconds to eternity

It is October 12, 2005. France hosts Cyprus as part of the qualifiers for the 2006 World Cup in Germany. The Blues easily punish the Cypriots and go ahead 4-0 in the 91st minute. The moment chosen by Raymond Domenech to bring in a defender instead of an attacker, just to preserve the result. You never know against the Cypriot ogre. As you may have understood, it is Franck Jurietti who is chosen. And he is not just any replacement. The 30-year-old will meet his first pick with the Blues. In other words, a moment that is etched forever in a man’s memory.

And luck is on Franck’s side. In fact, he won’t have to remember many pictures in his head. Sidney Govou runs to him to give up his place. Franck takes ten strides to position himself. Grégory Coupet is finally able to make his clearance, and although the ball has not yet gone down and is still floating in the air, referee M. Stark blows the whistle for the end of the match. Exactly 5 seconds passed between Jurietti’s tackle and the end of the match. Franck couldn’t even hear the ball bounce off the grass.

Jurietti, often quoted, never equaled

For you to measure the magnitude of this feat, it is the time it takes to solve a Rubik’s Cube.

“It will be a great memory for Franck Jurietti in any case” T. Gilardi

Or the art of seeing glass half one thousandth full.

“I can boast of being international, even if it is super short” F. Jurietti

Of course, Franck will not have the opportunity to step on a lawn with the Blues shirt again. A pubalgia afflicted four months before the 2006 World Cup prevented him from participating in the competition. That night, the Stade de France simply witnessed the shortest international football career in history. Thus surpassing the endless two minutes of Bernard Boissier in 1975. The opportunity for us to remind Franck of this feat on each of his birthdays.

A retirement taken a year too late

With this microentry, Jurietti’s career was a model of sorts. Indeed, the right back was, until 2009, triple runner-up in France (in 2003 with Monaco, in 2006 and 2008 with Bordeaux). But like many athletes before him, Franck will play “one season too many.” Jurietti won the French championship with Bordeaux in 2009, and screwed up the work of 16 years to escape the championship title.

What will remain will be the only stain on his fabulous career.


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