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Known as a maverick of the football world, David Ginola has had a long and colorful career on the international stage and is in a unique position to tell us what to expect from the 2010 World Cup.
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Ginola was born in 1967 and first started playing football at the club level in 1985 with Toulon.
After a few short stints at clubs in Paris and Brest, Ginola was selected to play for the French national team during the qualifying matches for the 1994 World Cup.
During their final qualifying game against Bulgaria, France only needed a draw to qualify for the tournament.
With the match tied at one, Ginola was forcing the ball towards the Bulgarian goal, when his sudden kick hit the ball towards the opposing team.
The kick allowed the Bulgarian defence to break free and eventually resulted in a surprise goal which knocked France out of competition.
The French manager blamed Ginola for the failure and he was quickly ostracized as the ‘assassin of French football.’
In 1995, Ginola moved to England and signed with Newcastle United. After two years, Ginola went on to play for teams including Everton and Aston Villa.
As the French national team prepare to play in the second opening game of the 2010 World Cup, Ginola is ready to offer a unique insight into what to expect from the French side.