Magical Brazil, artistic Platini, incompetent Domenech… 14 World Cups seen by Jacques Vendroux

And if we had to remember only the best and the worst memories of his 14 World Cups followed behind a microphone? Jacques Vendroux lent himself to the game. He praises Brazil 70, the United States and Platini, but severely tackles Raymond Domenech, called “notorious incompetent”.

Special Envoy for European 1 (alongside Jean-François Peres and Cyrille De la morinerie) in Qatar, Jacques Vendroux will follow his 15th World Cup as a journalist.

The 16th in total, if we count the World Cup held in Sweden in 1958, where he had attended the semi-final and the final with his father. At the time, Jacques was 10 years old and probably had no idea that the World Cup would become almost a chestnut tree, which comes up in his diary every four years, for nearly 60 years.

“Raymond Domenech is a notorious incompetent, a sham”

“Since 1966, in England, I have followed all the World Cups”proudly underlines the emblematic journalist of Eeurope 1. No journalist has done better. Less than a fortnight before the start of the event (November 20 – December 18), Jacques talks about these magical competitions for us, to a global audience.

The best team

There have been many great teams, but the most beautiful is unquestionably the Brazil of 70. Pelé, Rivelino, Gerson, Félix… exceptional players! True magicians and on top of that, great guys. They entertained us on the field and remained accessible outside. I remember Felix, the goalkeeper. It was the first time I had seen a goalkeeper play all in black. With his haircut, he looked like a tango dancer.

The most beautiful match

The semi-final between France and Germany in 1982. This is my fondest memory as a commentator. An exceptional game. We thought we knew the end and a few minutes later, everything changed. An incredible match, in quality and emotion. I advise you to relive the course of the Blues through the podcast of Alain Giresse * There is an incredible emotion!

The player who impressed him the most

Michael Platini. It is an artist. To be a great number 10, you have to be a scorer, a provocateur, a magician too… Michel had it all. Like Zidane, Maradona, Messi… But the best Platini, we will see him especially in 1984, during the European championship, in France. In 1982 he was a little tired, in 1986 he was injured…

The most beautiful moment

1998 of course! You win the World Cup at home, beating Brazil in the final! There can’t be a better scenario.

The best World Cup

The World Cup in the United States, in 1994. The matches took place in Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington… With Michel Platini, when we traveled, we had fun saying: “We are going to Chicago, we have an appointment with Al Capone”Where : “We are going to Los Angeles to see Brad Pitt”. Everything was fabulous.

The worst World Cup

The masquerade of the 2010 World Cup. I say masquerade, because we knew in advance that France would not go far. The team was not good, but above all, it was coached by an incompetent. Raymond Domenech may be a nice guy, but he’s not cut out to be a manager. He is a notorious incompetent. With his friend Pierre Répellini (Editor’s note: Pierre Répélini is deputy vice-president of UNECATEF, the coaches’ union)these are two impostures.

The worst game

The France – South Africa of 2010. Not only, after the masquerade of Knysna, we bow against the South Africans (Editor’s note: who will finish 3rd in the group and who will not be qualified either)but in addition, Raymond Domenech refuses to shake hands with Carlos Aberto Parreira (coach of South Africa, champion, 1994 with Brazil)!

“I believe a lot in the French team”

The World Cup in Qatar

I am of course aware of everything that is said, but I go there without qualms, with the pleasure of covering my 15th World Cup, at the rate of three matches a day. I have no lessons to give, I go there to do my job, to comment on matches. I believe a lot in the French team, I also expect Brazil, Argentina and England.

* A dream cast for season 2 of the Europe 1 Podcast, Giants : Michel Platini, Alain Giresse, Fabien Barthez, Hugo Lloris, Wendie Renard. The greatest moments in the history of French football told by its legends. 1st episode: Fabien Barthez and Euro 2000. Listen here:

Magical Brazil, artistic Platini, incompetent Domenech… 14 World Cups seen by Jacques Vendroux