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10 Things We Learned From 'A Day In The Life' With The Man Who Broke Irish Hearts

Mikey Traynor
By Mikey Traynor
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Antoine Griezmann.

The name will, for Irish fans at least, be forever associated with Ireland's elimination from Euro 2016 as a brace from the Atletico Madrid striker (as well the challenge that saw Shane Duffy sent off) was enough to erase the lead established by Robbie Brady and send us packing from the tournament.

And there was nothing we could complain about. Both goals were very well taken by one of the rising stars of European football, and when Griezmann it recently emerged that he donated the match ball to a very deserving home, it quickly became apparent that he is just a good bloke.

So when FFF uploaded 'A Day In The Life: Antoine Griezmann' to their official YouTube channel, we decided to have a look and report back on what we learned from this generation's Toto Schillachi (although Griezmann has already achieved far more than the Italian at club level, they share the honor of single-handedly sending us home from major tournaments).

Here is what we learned.

Every French player has a mural of themselves on their hotel room door.

Just in case you forget your room number, and your name, you can find your way back by looking for the drawing of yourself. Handy that.

Cereal and carrott cake is the breakfast of champions.

Many people absolutely hate carrott cake and think it is an insult to cakes everywhere, but those people probably aren't professional footballers because of it.


Any kids out there, ask Mam to pick up a loaf next time she's doing the shopping.

Professional footballers get some seriously nasty blisters.


That'll be what two games in four days will do to you. Oh no wait, that was Ireland.


Morgan Schneiderlin's nickname is 'Momo'.

After Celtic hero Momo Sylla, no doubt.


Or his first name, whatever.

Each French squad member has an assigned seat with their name and number on it.

They really take individual customisation to unnecessary levels.


If you want to sit somewhere else do you have to take your chair with you?

Griezmann keeps all of his match worn jerseys.

He wasn't tempted to seek out Stephen Ward and do the whole 'swap shirts with a modern great' thing, instead he keeps them for his own collection, which is entirely fair enough.

And he has a number of souvenirs from the Ireland match.

Understandable, as it was a big day for him. He rescued France and likely won't forget the day anytime soon. The pennant is a cool memento.


Less cool is this terrible Carlsberg man of the match award.

That's just shocking, looks like it was swiped from a pub.

He's playing Football Manager as Arsenal and has already replaced Olivier Giroud.

Now down to the real news, Griezmann said he wanted to play with Marseille, or Lyon, but they didn't have enough transfer funds, so he went with Arsenal to try and be like Arsene Wenger.


Then he did what Wenger has failed to do by replacing Olivier Giroud. Clearly he has no faith in his international teammate to get the goals, and instead he took Romelu Lukaku from Everton to do the job. Controversial.

He drinks 'Maté', a traditional South American caffeine-rich infused drink, to recover.

This is an odd one, as apparently one of his coaches at Real Sociedad intoduced him to the drink that is very popular in Uruguay. It involves the blending of caffeine infused leaves with bloading water, and after having a look inside his cup we can't help but wonder if he's been tested by UEFA anytime recently.

Paul Pogba has his own custom beanbags depicting him as Superman.

Good pals are Griezmann and Pogba, so when the day concluded with some watching of football in Paul's room, we couldn't help but notice the two massive beanbags custom made for the Juve star.


That's how you know you've made it.

So there you have it. We hope you enjoyed this utterly pointless tour of Clairefontaine, France's basecamp for Euro 2016, and the traits and habits of Antoine Griezmann, if you would like to watch the video in full you can do so below. But you should probably only do that if you speak French.


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