Les Bleus' popularity has dropped to new lows, with a large majority of French people slamming the players of their national football team for being too well-paid, rude and stupid, according to a poll published on Sunday.
Most French people have strong negative views of their national football team, according to a poll published on Sunday in the French daily Le Parisien.
The opinion survey found that 82% had an overall "negative opinion" of the Les Bleus, with 54% saying Les Bleus would not even make it to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
According to the survey, the behaviour and character of individual players are to blame for these spectacularly negative ratings.
Respondees slammed their national team members for being stupid (85%), rude (73%), individualistic (84%) and overpaid (86%).
‘Worst than politicians’
The BVA polling institute that conducted the survey underlined that some individual players - including well-known footballers such as Bayern Munich’s Franck Ribery, Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema or Manchester’s Samir Nasri – had far lower approval ratings than the country’s most unpopular political leaders, such as former president Nicolas Sarkozy or the astoundingly unpopular President François Hollande.
Les Bleus have been suffering from a deeply entrenched negative image since the squad’s infamous "strike" at the 2010 World Cup, during which the players boycotted a training session following a row between their coach and star striker Nicolas Anelka.
(FRANCE 24 with wires)
Date created : 2013-10-13