Negative Karma From "Hand Of Henry" Just Enough For A French Revolutuon

Snide CommentsCorrespondent IJune 22, 2010

What goes around comes around.

C'est la vie.

Whatever phrase you come up with, I bet you an Irish guy is somewhere with a big grin on his face saying Ireland could have done better than those NBA wannabe's turned professional football players.

On 1 November 2009, France played Ireland in the deciding match for a place in South Africa.

In case you missed the game, the picture above (or a Google search) will give you more insight on how Thierry Henry carried the ball for an assist before the goal that was scored by William Gallas.

France eventually made it into the 2010 FIFA World Cup group stage where they faced Mexico, Uruguay and South Africa in Group A.

Many people cursed the draw and were very angry about France's chances of qualifying which was relatively high seeing that France is a very strong team.

As events unfolded, French coach Raymond Domenech showed his mediocrity with wrong squad selections.

The defense was very disorganized, with natural left back Abidal deputizing at center and giving away a penalty.

Main stars, like Franck Ribery, failed to shine in the opener. France went goalless with Uruguay in the second game and lost 2-0 to a brilliant Mexican side.

The most bizarre event was the mysterious substitution by Domenech when he took out Nicolas Anelka. 

It was later reported that there was a misunderstanding between the two, and Anelka was sent home.

The French squad clearly lacked a leader in Patrice Evra and they stood by Anelka in mutiny and decided not to train.

They approached their last game staring defeat in the eye and Domenech didn't help either, starting fringe players like Andre-Pierre Gignac, Djibril Cisse, and Alou Diarra.

The game against South Africa ended in a 2-1 loss and summed up their horrible World Cup campaign.

France head home in shame, but the big picture that features that lucky handball against Ireland shows that France couldn't run away from karma.

What goes around does come around.