To see ourselves as others see us

In France for a conference, and reading the paper on the way, I see le Figaro has a special feature on English football in its sports section. The general tone is summed up by the headline “L’Europe du football aux pieds de l’Angleterre”, and the three-page feature has profiles of Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea in advance of the Champions League semi-finals.

Extracts after the jump.

“In the last 4 in Europe there are three English teams and one Italian. (The games) will certainly live up to their promise of top-class football – operas for the eye. So many international players are present, the teams look like selections.”

“The spectacular clashes of English clubs are shown around the world, while PSG v. OM is of no interest to the BBC.”