The contrast between Franck Ribery in the red of Bayern Munich and the blue of France is a puzzle national team coach Laurent Blanc admits he can't figure out.
Ribery's best ever club season saw him star in Bayern Munich's run to the Champions League final and break his personal scoring record.
For France, he cuts a frustrating figure, somewhere between trying too hard to repeat his club brilliance and desperate to win back the fans who once adored him.
They turned on him after France's miserable World Cup campaign two years ago and his involvement in a prostitution scandal.
''Little signs, little things that sometimes make me feel like everything I do is forced,'' Ribery said. ''It was amazing when I started out in the national team. People loved me and I gave it back to them. I really want things to start over again. I used to be the crowd favorite, but then I was rejected.''
The fact he has not scored for France since April 2009 does not help, either, and Blanc is running ou...