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The Northerners’ Deviant Pocket Dictionary – Pas-de-Calais: Bruno Metsu

DailyNord en anglais Par | 20 octobre 2013

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A sad moment this week for The Northerners’ Deviant Pocket Dictionary Nord – Pas-de-Calais. Bruno Metsu is no longer with us. Bruno who, asks all who aren’t keen football fans? An explanation is in order.

Footballer and then trainer, born in Coudekerque-Village during the cold winter of ’54 and passed away on 14 October 2013 in the same town.

Bruno Metsu’s football career was relatively modest skipping around Nord – Pas-de-Calais clubs: Hazebrouck, Dunkirk, Lille, Valenciennes. He even wore the Roubaix strip. The mid-fielder only ventured further South twice: once to Beauvais- which can hardly be called the South, and once to Nice.

France’s executioner takes his biggest secret to the grave

It was only after he hanged up his boots that he became known to football commentators as a trainer. Beauvais, Lille, Valenciennes, Sedan, once again our man is only attracted by the bright lights. En 1998, Bruno comes to realise two things: Number one is that in the North, you freeze your balls off. Number two, for your talents to be recognised, best to head south. So after a moment of acclimatisation at Valence, Bruno’s life as a globetrotter begins, with challenges in Africa (Guinea, Senegal), as well as the richer Gulf States (Qatar, The United Arab Emirates. In 2002, he achieves one of his greatest exploits: As trainer of Senegal, he brings our National Team to its knees and ousts the pompous World Cup Champion holders in the very first round. France will never forgive him: regularly in the running with French clubs looking for a trainer, and rumour had it, even to become trainer of the French National Team, Bruno’s application never quite makes it. His long blond locks and light blue eyes seemed a trifle too dilettantish for would-be employers. As for those who wondered what hair products he used, that’s a secret he has taken to the grave: Bruno Metsu did not favour any particular hair shampoo*.

Retired from football for a year, and great friend of fellow Dunkirk patriot, Alex Dupont, Bruno fought a long and hard battle against a serious illness, as often phrased in the press. Match lost. No doubt about it, and rightly so, both regional stadiums and teams will pay homage to he who rest in peace in Senegal, “the country where his heart was”. Suggestion to the Lille Metropolitan Urban Community and Martine Aubry: rename the contested Pierre-Mauroy Stadium– The Bruno Metsu Stadium.

*In this interview in French, the reporter asks Bruno what shampoo he uses. Bruno replies that it is strange as the Japanese asked him the same question back in 2002, but he doesn’t use any particular brand.

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