Talk of France ...

"Players today are paid to play soccer. Therefore, it seems to me the least you can ask them is to be alert and rigorous for two hours at practice. Two hours isn't a lot, hey? A day's work is eight hours. They should be able to handle that."

-- French women's national team coach Corinne Diacre, on her reputation for being hard on young players. Diacre, who played for the Bleues at the 2003 Women's World Cup, said they don't know what it means to wear the blue jersey like she did -- playing without pay. (L'Equipe en French)
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