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France's left backs

Posted by Frank Dell'Apa, Globe Staff  February 9, 2011 09:23 AM

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Paris is known for its Left Bank and now France is becoming know for its left backs.

A French left back was a starter for five of the eight quarterfinalist teams in the Champions League last year: Eric Abidal (Barcelona), Aly Cissokho (Lyon), Gael Clichy (Arsenal), Patrice Evra (Manchester United), and Benoit Tremoulinas (Bordeaux).

So, apparently, the Revolution went to the right country as they recruited Didier Domi this season.

But the left back position has become controversial at the national team level, as Evra, the France captain at the World Cup last year, was left off the team which was to meet Brazil at Stade de France Wednesday.

"There's a lot of competition -- when you see Evra not there for Brazil," Domi said. "It's always been strong, even if you had less you had quality I've always been a fan of all left backs, so it's good to see all the young players, honestly."

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