French fans betting on World Cup semi-final

30th May 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, May 30, 2006 (AFP) - Reports of dissension within France's World Cup squad has failed to douse public enthusiasm with over 50 percent of fans canvassed in an opinion poll saying the team would at least reach the semi-finals.

PARIS, May 30, 2006 (AFP) - Reports of dissension within France's World Cup squad has failed to douse public enthusiasm with over 50 percent of fans canvassed in an opinion poll saying the team would at least reach the semi-finals.

Raymond Domenech's men were under siege last week when they were accused of being aloof from their fans at a training camp in the French Alps while a row over who is the squad's top goalkeeper resurfaced with a vengence.

That resulted in ugly scenes at a friendly game against Mexico in Paris on Saturday when sections of the home crowd booed certain French players.

But the opinion poll carried out by L'Equipe newspaper found that French fans were optimistic over how Zinedine Zidane and his team-mates will perform in Germany where they are grouped with Switzerland, Togo and South Korea.

The poll showed that 51 percent of fans thought that their side would reach at least the semi-finals, while 15 percent said they would go all the way and win it as they did in 1998.

There was good news too for the embattled Domenech with 68 percent of fans saying they had full confidence in him and only 19 percent saying the opposite.

On whether the team was dependent on Real Madrid playmaker Zinedine Zidane, French fans were split with 45 percent saying it was and 48 percent saying it was not.

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