Youssoupha, the cancelled anthem, kneeling & culture wars: Why France are divided before Germany

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Youssoupha, the cancelled anthem, kneeling & culture wars: Why France are divided before Germany

France vs Germany

The huge match at Euro 2020 on Tuesday is the clash of the titans: France versus Germany.

Heading into the game, most suspect France will win.

Les Blues have one of the all-time great international squads, which has been boosted by Karim Benzema’s return.

Meanwhile, Germany are in a state of flux. They have an ageing team, an outgoing manager, and Timo Werner in attack.

Yet, while there’s a groundswell of opinion believing in France, back at home there’s a more divided set of opinions on the national team.

Youssoupha & the cancelled anthem

Heading into the Germany game, there’s fury in France about Youssoupha and the cancelled French football anthem.

Youssoupha is a 41-year-old French rapper. His parents were born in Congo and Senegal.

When Didier Deschamps announced France’s 26-man squad for Euro 2020, the French FA released an official video which used Youssoupha’s “Write my name in blue” as its track.