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July 13, 1998 - Image 15

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Michigan Daily Summer Weekly, 1998-07-13

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Zidane scores two goals, lifts
rance to first ever World Cup

Monday, July 13, 1998 - The Michigan Daily - 15

SAINT-DENIS, France (AP) - Nearly 70 years after a
Frenchman created the World Cup, his countrymen final-
ly own it.
Vive la France, champions of soccer after a stunning 3-
0 rout of mighty Brazil. Jules Rimet, who came up with
re idea for a world championship in this most popular of
orts, would have loved it.
He would have loved Zinedine Zidane, the master play-
maker from Marseille who turned into an unstoppable
scorer yesterday. He would have loved Fabien Barthez,
the fierce-looking, bald-headed goalkeeper who allowed
just two goals in the tournament - and none to four-time
champion Brazil.
Most of all, he would have loved joining the wild cele-
brations in space-age Stade de France and throughout a
nation that rarely has been a sports power.
"We won the final because we wanted it the most,"
ench coach Aime Jacquet said. "It was the result of
rd work. We really worked as a team. There was good
will and friendship between all of us.
"We played better and better because we had confi-
dence, and we proved we had great players."
Never have the French had a team like this. And not
since World War 11 ended have they had a reason to party
like this.
Zidane was the main reason, scoring twice on headers
in the first half - his first goals of a tournament he
began by getting suspended for two games. By the time
manuel Petit made it 3-0 in the final seconds, the
stands were rocking with song and cheers. And the streets
were mobbed in a French festival that might last, well,
until the next World Cup.
When the referee blew the final whistle, the French
players stormed the field and Barthez kneeled in prayer
in front of his net, tears flowing down his cheeks. Zidane
kissed every teammate he could get near, while others lay
on the field, kicking their legs in the air in delirious joy.
Then all the winners gathered arm in arm and jumped

up and down, hands in the air, inviting their countrymen
to join along. As they all did - inside the stadium and
from the Mediterranean to the beaches of Normandy.
The thoroughly beaten Brazilians sat stunned, trying to
figure out how they came up so flat in the biggest of
games. They watched silently as the French players car-
ried a huge flag of their "tricoleur" jersey around the
"Brazil lost the final in the first half," Brazil coach
Mario Zagallo said. "In the second half we did everything
we could, but we were not able to make up the difference.
"The whole nation was behind France. The fifth title
will have to be some other time. This wasn't our day.
France was better."
As the French players were handed their championship
medals, each received a hearty hug from Michel Platini,
the nation's greatest player and the organizer of France
98. Then captain Didier Deschamps was presented the
Jules Rimet Trophy, setting off more revelry.
The French secured their place in the pantheon of great
teams by throttling the defending champions. And France
did it in its first tournament appearance since 1986 -
when it eliminated Brazil in a quarterfinal shootout.
France is the first host to win the championship since
Argentina in 1978.
Winner of all seven of its games, the French beat Brazil
at its own game and did so down a man for the last 22
minutes after defender Marcel Desailly was ejected for
rough play.
It was France that had the flair and Brazil that was
overly cautious and sloppy. It was France that threatened
from the opening kickoff, and it was Brazil that was reel-
ing all night.
And it was France that held the trophy high as the
Stade de France rocked with cheers, singing and the fren-
zy that comes with winning the world's biggest sporting

Zinedine Zldane (left), who scored two goals in France's 30 victory over Brazin the
Wodd Cup championship game, hugs the World Cup trophy as Marcel Desaily looks on.
The University of Michigan WHAT'S
Department of Recreational Sports HAPPENING

ed from Page 14
And there were almost tears in
Carras' eyes when he read a letter
Baribeau had written at the end of the
school year. A letter to his teaching pro.
Baribeau had come to a crossroads,
he explained. Next year, he needed to
make the Michigan golf team again or
it looked like he'd have walked down
his last fairway as a competitive golfer.
*He was ready to do whatever it took
to improve his game.
Summer job. He'd worry about
money later.
Girlfriend. See you after practice.
Buddies. Get in line.
"I dream of someday walking down
the last fairway of (the) Big Ten
Tournament as the champion. I dream
Ontinued from Page 214
"Joe has that energy and enthusi-
asm," Bahr said.
"He's good at selling Michigan" to
recruits. To coach wrestling, "you
really get down and wrestle with the
McFarland was a four-time All-
American at Michigan and wrestled
under Bahr and alongside Trost.
McFarland "understands the
Sichigan tradition," Bradley-
Doppes said. "He understands the
athletic and academic balance.
"He's a world-class coach."

of playing in the NCAA Tournament
and being a factor. I don't know for
sure if any of this is possible, but I am
sure that it is not possible if I don't
believe in myself, and if I don't work
He gave himself this last summer, a
make-or-break summer, to find out
what he's made of. If he made the team,
he'd worry about that then and tackle
the new set of challenges that would
arise. If he didn't, he'd give the matter
some serious thought.
"If I make every effort to improve
my game ... if I do all this, I can walk
away happy with my efforts and proud
of my accomplishments no matter what
happens," Baribeau wrote.
"I don't see this much from a 19-
year-old kid," Carras said.
And who does? But anyone can learn

from it.
And it may sound cliched. It may
seem simplistic, especially in the world
of academia which this campus is, even
in summer. But the best lessons usual-
ly are the simplest. Even if you need to
see a teenager being turned from side
to side in his hospital bed. Even if he
answers your questions with eyeblinks.
At the end of his letter, after the sig-
nature, Baribeau left an anonymous
"That which we are, we are, and if
we are ever to be any better, now is the
time to begin," it read.
He meant it to apply to his golf
game. But it's just as applicable to his
current situation. And anyone else's.
Get started. Now. Waiting around,
dreaming idle dreams, can't help at all.
Now is the time to begin.

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