Soccer is full of stories of redemption. And if the French midfielder keeps up his World Cup form of 2006, where he helped France to reach the final, then his job will have been accomplished. But why the redemption? Because Ribery has been caught up in a sordid tale this past year involving his fellow footballers under investigation for allegedly visiting an "under age," high-price prostitute in a bar just off the Champs-Elysées in Paris. If Ribery focuses on football then his wing wizardry can make mincemeat out of the opposition; but even Ribery's sumptuous skills may not be able to carry some of his under par teammates nor the tactics of unpopular coach Raymond Domenech.
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I don't know if they did this before or after the recent injuries...