Screenshot X (ex-Twitter)
A publication by the French football team did not cause a reaction among football fans and lovers of the Greek alphabet.
FOOTBALL – Grscs-Frlpcs, the last battle? While the French team prepares to play the last qualifying match for Euro 2024, hoping to achieve an eighth victory in as many matches, the French Football Federation wanted to promote this match against Greece at the social events of its network, next Tuesday, November 21 . With an unfortunate mistake…
Because if you can believe the visuals, it is more likely to be the match “ Grscs-Frlpcs » which awaits TF1 viewers on Tuesday evening. This strange wording actually hides an error, which internet users quickly discovered a few hours before kick-off.
For the images, the FFF tried to draw inspiration from the imagination surrounding ancient Greece. Except that the Greek alphabet doesn’t read the way the author of the image seems to think, which you can find below.
Thus, the letters “Σ”, “Λ” and “Π” used in the image to replace the letters E, A and N of the Latin alphabet actually correspond to the letters S, L and P in Greek. So what “ Grscs-Frlpcs » and not “Greece-France” when translated.
A mistake that made football fans who remember their Greek classes in high school smile as much as language enthusiasts pulled their hair out.
On X (formerly Twitter), where the image of the Federation is widely shared and commented on, the reactions are divided between humor and anger. “ My eyes bleed at so much negligence and incompetence (…) Stop using the Greek alphabet indiscriminately just to satisfy your desire for exoticism, please », noted in particular a French journalist from the Greek capital, who protested against this typographical error.
Some therefore blamed the community manager of the French team. But others preferred to take this bellicose image as a joke, because they no longer knew which language and alphabet to rely on.
In addition to these online adventures, whether with the Frlpcs jersey or that of France on their back, there is no doubt that Didier Deschamps’ team will be eager to complete these qualifiers in the most beautiful way after the historic score (14-0) inflicted on Gibraltar on Saturday.
A win won’t change much for the Blues on Tuesday night, with the French team already having qualified and assured of qualification for Euro 2024. But on a symbolic level, a success would allow Kylian Mbappé and company’s total dominance over Group B to continue , just a few months before the European Championships in Germany next summer. With seven wins in as many games and 27 goals scored and only one goal conceded, the record is currently impressive.
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