Four decades have passed. Some high school students at that time are nearing retirement. And there are others, active over time, who are now in their 80s and living their peaceful days. Their names are Danielle, Philippe, Laurent, Daniel, Alain, Beric, Patrice, Patrick, Jean, Roland. Everyone remembers July 8, 1982, a legendary evening in the history of French football, when the French national team failed in the World Cup semi-final against Germany, after a match in the mind-boggling scenario (3-3, 4-5 tabs).
On May 19, Prolongation launched a call for memories to celebrate the 40th anniversarye memory of the meeting. ” never forget “ It is a word that is repeated as the leitmotif in most contributions. Fingers still clinging to emotion, many denounce the aggression of French defender Patrick Battiston by German goalkeeper Harald Schumacher, during this famous 56.eMinutes. “Assassination”Philip writes frankly. Many regret the lack of reaction from Mr. Korver, who slayed Mr. Korver, ruling the meeting.
Many of you also conjure up the ecstatic joy of Alain Giresse, a 3-1 goal scorer for the Blues, at 98eminute of extra time. And many of you are still special “ordeal” And the ‘Tears of the French’, at the end of the meeting. They weren’t the only ones who let their tears stain. Laurent has these words and this photo: “ The emotional elevator ran at full power, even faster than Top of the Rock, with plenty of back and forth, to stop, about 11:49pm, very, very, very low. at 50eCellar. » Daniel has the art of installation: “It is an extraordinary match, which will remain a landmark for the sport because of its strength and all the disappointment it has caused.”
“We managed to make a false antenna with a cable and a fork”
July is synonymous with the holidays, and many blues supporters have struggled to see the meeting. Laurentis Patrice, 14 years old at the time, was at a summer camp in Vercors, in the middle of the mountains, alongside “Many kids who love football and collect Panini stickers on their albums.” On July 8, early in the morning, this merry band “It bothers the camp manager to see the match in the waking room”. Their efforts are rewarded…even the extension, synonymous with turning off the lights. Extreme frustration. But the kids have the resources and follow, each in his room, at the end of the meeting, ear glued to the radio. The goals of Tresor and Jerice are celebrated as they should, by a meeting in a corridor overgrown with cries of joy, far more powerful than the masterpieces of singles.
Philip is barely growing up. In 1982, at the age of 16, he played football under the colors of AS Vitré, and spent early summer with his family in a camp near Royan. In their trailer tent, there is no TV. “I had taken my bike to the nearby camp site, where the various TVs were broadcasting the meeting.” This sense of resourcefulness is not limited to the youthful impetus. Patrick, 28, had been working nights, south of Rennes, as a console operator (in computer management of bank accounts). A colleague brought a TV but we didn’t have a TV socket. We managed to make a false antenna with a cable and a fork. We were able to watch the game in action. »
Not everyone had the opportunity to mix work and match. Daniel, a 30-year-old physician in 1982, was working in the intensive care unit at the University Hospital of Rennes. “The team has requested that we have a TV in the workroom.” The request was rejected by the department’s medical officer. “However, it was a unique moment that we thought we could go through without neglecting permanent work with patients. So I was only able to see a maximum of ten minutes from France and Germany going into the service below surgical resuscitation, which was less than a minute away from the private workstation B, alternating with a fellow who remained on the ground. » Alain’s letter, 34, a resident of Saint-Philippert-de-Grand Léau (Loire Atlantic) tends to prove true. “I had eaten french fries in the afternoon and was forced a little on the quantity. In the evening, I felt a pain in my stomach, to the point of having to lie down, it was very bad. I asked my wife to call our doctor. But since I suspected he was watching the match, I asked him to He tells him not to show up until the break. That was done and I ended up in the clinic for emergency surgery for peritonitis the next day.”
In July 1982, Laurent was also engaged. The 19-year-old, who had just graduated from the bac after his first failed attempt, was helping his family to …