What happened to France’s lost ‘87 Generation? A tale of promise, bust-ups and bitterness

This should be their year, but none of them will be there. If, a decade ago, you were to tell anyone involved with French football that their country would be hosting the European Championship this year, they couldn’t have picked a better time for it: 2016, surely, would be when France’s golden crop hit the peak of their powers.

That was a time when France’s precocious, prestigious “‘87 Generation” – a quartet of players born in that year – were coming to the fore. Unlike today, it was a time when that moniker was used with buoyancy rather than bitterness.

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