If he quickly became an essential element of the Blues, Antoine Griezmann saw his international career experience a serious setback in his debut.
Antoine Griezmann is a unique case in the history of the France team. Despite a drop in speed since his time at Barça, the tricolor world champion is still an indisputable holder in the selection. So much so that the Mâconnais has further improved his record by chaining against Australia on Tuesday, a 68th consecutive match with the Blues. Enough to allow him to display at 31 111 selections, which makes him the sixth most capped player.
The international career of Antoine Griezmann has however experienced a delay in ignition. The fault of a suspension following a night party during a rally with the Espoirs in October 2012. Flanked by Wissam Ben Yedder, M’Baye Niang, Chris Mavinga and Yann M’Vila, the one who then played at Real Sociedad had left the Hotel des Bleus in Le Havre to go to Paris by taxi to spend a few hours in a disco a few days before the return match of the Euro 2013 Espoirs play-offs against Norway.
The merry band was well aware of the risks involved. “My sons asked me why I hadn’t taken a picture with them: they didn’t want to take one, because they knew they were doing something stupid”, entrusted their taxi driver to So Foot, who explained that the five culprits had “a little drunk, but moderately”. The sanction of the French Federation, a few weeks later, had been much heavier since Wissam Ben Yedder, Chris Mavinga, M’Baye Niang and Antoine Griezmann had been suspended from the national team until December 31, 2013, i.e. for 14 months (!), and Yann M’Vila until June 30, 2014. Enough to compromise Grizou’s chances of participating in the World Cup in Brazil.
I made a big mistake
“It was a whim. We decided that the same day. Everything happened very quickly. And it was not Yann who was the mastermind, as I have read. I would say that it’s a bit like everyone… Compared to my family and my name, I’m sure I’m ashamed, he confided shortly after the fact. My parents were very disappointed. Especially since I’m not accustomed to big nonsense. And I do not forget the children, the amateur world. I am not proud. And it’s also a shame for the blue jersey, the supporters… There are people who come to see you. And you, you do that… I was preselected with the A’s and, because of some bullshit, you have to do everything again to show who you are. »
“I made a big mistake. When you pretend like me to want to evolve at a certain level, it must not exist. I assume the sanction, it is worthy of my error “, he added at the end of the season, adding: “What I am certain of is that I will not make these kinds of mistakes again. It’s a lesson in life which, even at just over 20 years old, will definitely mark me, especially since I’m not a fan of this kind of thing and aware of my obligations. »
The Basque striker dared to believe that his performance on the pitch would be enough to make up for this childhood mistake. “Personally, I will do everything I can to put on this jersey which gave me so much in the youth team and made me dream so much as a kid, he said. Mr. Deschamps gives off the impression of being a person of integrity, I am convinced that if I perform well, he will find out about my performance. I have never spoken to him, but people close to me know him well. They encouraged me to continue, to persevere. I am working on it with all my strength, the future will tell. » The future was finally bright.