United Keeping Tabs On Celtic’s Dembele

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Ever since young French striker Moussa Dembele arrived at Celtic Park from English Championship side Fulham, he has looked every bit a star, scoring eighteen goals for his new club to date. The 20-year-old took his tally for the French Under-21 side to four goals from four games recently, finding the back of the net twice in a 3-2 victory […]

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Preview : Dinamo Zagreb v Olympique Lyonnais – Champions League

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Lyon have slowly but surely started to round into form domestically, following an ugly 3-1 loss to Guingamp with three successive wins over Toulouse, Bastia and Lille. Their attack is still yet to click as it has in the past, but in young defenders Mouctar Diakhaby and Emanuel Mammana, the club’s back line is beginning to look more solid. The […]

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Monaco – Let Them Entertain You

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You can keep your “MSNs” and “BBCs”; for sheer goalscoring entertainment, you would struggle to improve upon the likes of FML down in the glitz and glamour of Monaco. For Messrs Radamel Falcao, Kylian Mbappe and Thomas Lemar, it’s been goals galore so far this season. Across the top five leagues in Europe, Monaco currently stand alone as the most […]

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France Review: Rabiot Shows The Future’s Bright, The Future’s Bleu

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Doucement, doucement, attrape le singe? I’m not convinced softly softly catchee monkey translates well into French, but in trying to find something to take away from France’s latest international double-header, the best I can come up with is that perhaps the benefits of two turgid matches will turn out to be slow-burners and good investment for the future. Les Bleus […]

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Laurent Pokou – the African Pele

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It was with sadness yesterday that the passing of former Rennes and Ivory Coast striker Laurent Pokou was announced. Whilst not necessarily recognisable by name, his impact at both club and country level are still felt today and in the footballing world he will be greatly missed. After shining for his first club, ASEC Abidjan, in the Ivory Coast, Pokou […]

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Preview : France v Sweden – World Cup Qualifiers

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The fourth match of World Cup Qualifying in Europe’s Group A sees the top two face off with little between them. Equal on points (7), goal difference (+4), and goals scored (5), France welcome Sweden to the Stade de France knowing that this could be a key game in getting to Russia 2018. Sweden’s 1-1 draw at home against the […]

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Preview : OGC Nice v Red Bull Salzburg – Europa League

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Group I is shaping up as if Nice have had bigger things on their minds recently. Schalke are top with 9 and welcome FK Krasnodar (6); Nice (3) welcome point-less Salzburg whom they beat 1-0 in Austria through an early strike from Alassane Plea. Lucien Favre is, of course, insisting that this is their only focus – before what looks a very […]

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Preview : Gabala v Saint Etienne – Europa League

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Saint-Etienne are lying seventh in Ligue 1 after a creditable 1-1 draw against Monaco at the weekend, and will be away at Metz on Sunday. They are also in and around in the Europa League standings, as Group C sees a confused mess of trying to rank teams with the same points, as three teams have five, two the same goal […]

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