Banana thrown at Brazilian players in soccer friendly in Paris
The first soccer-themed charity event hosted in France, took place at the Parc des Princes on Sunday. Twenty football players from around the world were invited as guests at the Parisian club’s home football stadium, with each team divided into two sections: the guests and the home fans. To the surprise of many, the guests were not asked to watch all the games but were simply given a ticket to the Parc, so they could view as much of the action as possible.
The French soccer federation decided to take a page from the United States’ book and put its players in action.
On Sunday, members of the Brazil national team and the French national under-17 team ran out onto the pitch as part of an exhibition game for charity, known as the FIFA U-17 World Cup.
The game, which took place in a soccer-specific stadium in the French capital, was organized by French club Paris Saint-Germain, with Brazil playing France. The Brazil team was made up of the youngsters who won the 2006 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Germany.
A number of the Brazilian team’s older generation were watching the match.
“Most of the players, if not all of them, were watching the match. And they were completely involved in the game,” the Brazilian manager said.
When the match began, the French under-17 team went on the attack, attacking on their counter-attack, and with very good style. In just ten minutes the Brazilian team was clearly in control of the game. They won eight of the first 11 goals against the French team.
At one point the referee called the match, which had the score at 0-0. In a split second the French coach interjected that the score was still 0-0, and the Brazilian team scored again to make the score 0-1. A minute into the second half, the referee stopped the match at that point.
Several times, it seemed as if the whole Brazilian team was involved; they were involved in the