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The former French international, Yuri Djorkaeff, made a very curious revelation about the ill-fated match with Bulgaria in November 1993. Then the “lions” beat the “roosters” 2:1 and qualified for the World Cup 1994, and the French stayed at home. Subsequently, Bulgaria became fourth in the world, and could have achieved more in the USA.
It is common knowledge that much of France and coach Gerard Houllier blamed winger David Ginola for the loss. Because of his mistake, our team took the ball at “Parc des Princes” and Emil Kostadinov scored the winning goal, with which we qualified for the World Cup. According to Djorkaeff, Ginola could have not played at all that night.
“I should have participated in that match, not David. Gerard Houllier sent us to warm up. Emme (Jacques, note ed.) told me I was in the squad. But Parc des Princes started chanting Ginola’s name. This made Gerard hesitate”said the former French footballer, quoted by soudecanoas.com.br.
“In the end, he bet on David… Without the pressure from “Park”, I would have played against Bulgaria. I regret that in this case we pointed the finger at David. We all lost and it was not the fault of a particular player”Djorkaeff added. And what was the secret dinner of Lubo, Izzo and Emo, which started the French nightmare, read here.