“The Jewel” of French soccer, Franck Ribery

Americas Now

As 1998 hosts of the World Cup, France took home the championship trophy, beating Brazil in the final game. Now it is France’s turn to play on Brazilian turf. Elaine Reyes sits down with the man often called “the Jewel” of French soccer, Franck Ribery.

For France, 1998 sparks a special moment in soccer history. It was one that prompted hundreds of thousands of fans to fill the streets in celebration of their country’s first ever World Cup championship win. For Brazilians, Ribery is a bitter reminder of an upsetting 3-0 defeat that left their country without a trophy. This past November, the French took to the streets once again. This time, it was to celebrate a hard-fought qualification for the 2014 World Cup that many did not think would happen.

France will make its debut on June 16, as it takes on Honduras. The team will then play Switzerland and Ecuador for its chance to advance to the second round. Elaine Reyes speaks with one of “Les Bleus” star players to see if he expects history to repeat itself in Brazil.

“The Jewel” of French soccer, Franck Ribery

“The Jewel” of French soccer, Franck Ribery

As 1998 hosts of the World Cup, France took home the championship trophy, beating Brazil in the final game. Now it is France’s turn to play on Brazilian turf. Elaine Reyes sits down with the man often called “the Jewel” of French soccer, Franck Ribery.