Sunday will see France face off against Croatia in the 21st FIFA World Cup Final in what will be their biggest game since their infamous 2006 match against China, as immortalized in the classic film ‘The Pink Panther’.
For Croatia, it will be the first world cup final for the small Baltic nation.
But France will be playing for something much greater: to avenge the death of their former manager, Yves Gluant.
Gluant was tragically stabbed in the neck with a Chinese poisoned dart and collapsed dead after the emphatic overtime win against China. The culprit, Yuri, ‘the trainer who trains’, is thankfully now behind bars, but the French remain on high alert.
When asked by The Obiter what Sunday’s game will mean to the French, star striker Kylian Mbappe responded ‘...There isn’t a day that goes by without me thinking about Gluant’s death. I haven’t played darts in years for fear that they might have Chinese poison on them.’
‘Inspector Jacques Clouseau is literally my Dad,’ added Antoine Griezmann.
Security at the stadium has been beefed up for the final, but sources close to the team have indicated to The Obiter that the French will play with neck cones on (you know, like the ones dogs wear sometimes?), as an added safety precaution.
The Obiter’s funding request to travel to the final in Moscow has unfortunately been denied by the UQLS.