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Joys, tears, religion, “rivalry” with Benzema… Olivier Giroud unveils his souvenir album

MAJOR MAINTENANCE – On the occasion of the friendly match France-Ukraine, this Wednesday, the striker of the Blues will enter the very closed club of players with one hundred selections.

“I will never be unanimous and it must be accepted,” says Olivier Giroud. CHARLES PLATIAU / REUTERS

This Wednesday evening, at the Stade de France, Olivier Giroud will win his 100e selection for the French team against Ukraine (9:10 p.m., TF1). A symbolic figure which testifies to the longevity of a man constantly criticized throughout his career in selection. His joys, his tears, the rivalry with Benzema, religion … Le Figaro, the third top scorer in the history of the Blues (40 goals against 41 for Michel Platini, 2e) has agreed to leaf through the souvenir album of his life in Blue. Nostalgia sequence.

● The beginning of the love story: “I must have done the part 50 times in my head”

“At the Stade de France, against the United States, in November 2011, I remember it perfectly. At the time, I had a series of good performances and goals with Montpellier. When I learned my selection, I was like crazy, a real childhood dream come true. I remember the night before the game, I must have played the game fifty times in my head, how to celebrate the goal if I scored… I was a little tense. It was a context light years away

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