20 years ago, France won the soccer world cup. In 1998, a few weeks before their triumph, the Blues of Aimé Jacquet had taken a selfie for Paris Match.
June 1998. We are a few days away from the World Cup played in France and on the eve of their departure for Finland, for a final friendly match which the Blues will win 1-0 without convincing. At Clairefontaine, they are not yet the heroes of France will celebrate but 22 players in search of the world title which the Blues are sorely lacking.
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Our photographer Jacques Lange entrusts an autofocus to the players as well as to the coach Aimé Jacquet, then the most hated man of all the supporters (or the Footix, Editor’s note).
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The practice of the selfie has not yet become global, but almost all of them play the game, with some cult clichés: the grimace of Marcel Desailly, the failed self-portrait of Didier Deschamps, the captain, or even the smile of Robert Pires which However, he had to beef up his game. This improvised self-portrait session offered a moment of relaxation to a group which was then under enormous pressure. On June 12, the Blues started their World Cup with a victory over South Africa. A month later, it will be the triumph against Brazil with the same score of 3-0.
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