Thierry Henry, nicknamed Titi
With regard to Thierry Henry, the Stirlitz dictum, which has become classic, is appropriate: “The last phrase is always remembered.” The last sentence, Henri was his handball in the butt match with the Irish, which allowed the French to win and get to the World Cup in South Africa.
For his scam Thierry received in full. All his past exploits somehow immediately faded into the background, and the story in Dublin more and more protruded and grew from a fly to the size of an elephant. And the more the Frenchman regretted and repented of his action, the more he was kicked. The failure of the French team in South Africa was perceived by the world football community with particular gloating. Wash off the shame Henri no longer had time. With the stigma of the “Dublin Thief”, he went to finish playing at the New York Red Bulls Club of the MLS.
And Henri’s career is glorious. World champion in 1998, champion of Europe in 2000, winner of the Champions League in 2009, repeated champion of England, Spain, France. A collection of personal awards is also worthy of respect. There is no gold and other balls there, but there will probably be no more, but the immensity cannot be grasped. Scored 360 goals, a third of which are quite worthy of being called works of football art. Assists gave too much, because Henri has always been and remains a non-greedy, very team player. Enviable speed, the ability to beat two or even three opponents (to cope with one opponent for Henry was never a problem), a decent blow. Being left-handed from birth, Thierry decently owns his right leg, which can not be called weak. One of the favorite techniques of the Frenchman is the ability to play on the verge of offside. How much blood he drank first of all from the English defenders with his abrupt movements!
Henri owes his formation and ascension to the number of great footballers of our time primarily to Arsene Wenger. It was he who gave the nod to enroll in the “Monaco” of the rejected “PSG” skinny kid, it was he who identified the left midfielder in the attack. And of course, Wenger, already being a mentor for Arsenal, reanimated the fading career of a young striker. And thanks in large part to Wenger, Thierry Henry became the best cannon of all time. Fans of Arsenal believe that way. The second godfather of a football player was replaced by Wenger as head coach of Monaco, Jean Tigant. He entrusted a place in the main team of Monegasques to a 17-year-old boy, and Thierry soon became the leading striker of one of the strongest teams in France. And there serious uncles from Real Madrid came and began to promise the young man golden mountains and rivers full of wine. Thierry almost agreed.
And the fate of Samuel Eto’o would be waiting for him … Fortunately, Arsene Wenger came from Japan on vacation. He kept his pet from an ill-considered step. “Do not even think about it. Real Madrid is a great club, but you have nothing to do there. You need to play, but in the “Real” waiting for you, at best, a bench. Play back in “Monaco”, and “Real” from you will not go anywhere. Everything has its time”. So Wenger again helped Thierry to find the right way out of a difficult situation. The young man obeyed his sensei and was right. Successes and fame fell on Henri. Champion of France, the best young football player of the year, a challenge to the national team.
At the World Championships in 1998, which was held in France, les blues head coach Aime Jacquet included Thierry and his partner in the attack “Monaco” David Trezeguet in the application, which caused discontent of a considerable part of the fans. After all, one of the young Monegasques took the place of the forward “Lance” Tony Verel. It is now about a tall blond named Werell only remember the great fans of French football, and in the late 1990s the leader of Lance was considered one of the best D1 hitters. In Lance, it was considered that this upstart Henri had hooked their beloved Verel, and at the first opportunity he subjected Thierry to harsh criticism. The 1998 World Championships, Henri began as a substitute – the experienced forwarder Christophe Dugarry and Stefan Guivark were considered the main forwards, but during the tournament, Jaquet began to use the services of young people – Henri and Trezeguet. And yesterday’s reservists played both more interesting and more productive than their senior comrades, but all the same they could not be counted against them. Well, in Lens, at the Felix Boller Stadium, where the World Cup hosts struggled with Paraguay for a ticket to the quarterfinals, Thierry was completely obstructed. Each of his touch of the ball was accompanied by a whistle. Playing successfully in such an environment was difficult. After this match, Aime Jacquet once again rotated the forwards and again gave preference to Givarku. The final match with Brazil Thierry watched from the bench. And although it was Henri with three goals that became the best sniper of the World Championship, the attack line was called the weakest link in the French team. Even the gold medal did not help the young football player to maintain a shaky reputation. But the young player was a damn that wrote about him in the newspapers. He is a world champion, holder of the Legion of Honor, and therefore in Monaco should, if not pray for him, then raise his salary significantly.