Pour faire progresser le football francais

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The post-mortems have started after France’s defeat in the final of Euro 2016. In the semi-final, they beat Germany in a competitive match for the first time since 1958, before going on to lose for the first time ever in a competitive fixture to Portugal, in a tournament arguably featuring more karma than quality. So, what is to be done? I […]

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Bureaucracy Round-Up : Evian – it’s a waterfall

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The summer ‘break’ in football is a time for many things – international tournaments, transfer rumours, ill-advised posts on instagram from your favourite players, confusing pre-season matches against Austrian amateur sides that somehow end up on TV anyway, and – in France at least – admin, which is definitely in the top five national sports. The DNCG (financial overseer of French […]

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U19 Euros : France 1 – 2 England

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Les Bleuets’ Euro campaign couldn’t really have got off to a worse start; the commentators were still discussing how much more first-team experience France had compared to their opponents when both Jérôme Onguéné and Clément Michelin got their feet to a ball from the right from Chelsea’s Dominic Solanke, only to turn it into their own net. Things rapidly got worse as Solanke was put […]

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U19 Euros : France v England

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That Euros might be over, but fear not, the junior version has kicked off in Germany, and France start their campaign against England this evening. The French squad includes some pretty experienced heads, with goalkeeper Paul Bernardoni and defender Issa Diop both regular starters in Ligue 1 last season, as were Jerome Onguene and Jeandro Fuchs in Ligue 2. Olivier Boscagli was a useful […]

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France 2016 : highlights and happier times

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So, that happened. As we come to terms with France’s defeat in the Euro 2016 final to Portugal, it’s important to remember the good stuff. Team FFW have finished the bottle, pulled themselves together, dabbed the tearstains off their wallcharts, and put together a few moments that remind us of happier times. Best Goal Dimitri Payet’s winner against Romania, group game […]

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Floyd Ayite to Fulham

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After rumours linking Nottingham Forest with SC Bastia’s winger / centre-forward Floyd Ayite after they brought in Philippe Montanier as their new manager, the Togolese international has signed for Fulham on a three-year deal with an option for one more. BREAKING: Please join us in welcoming Floyd Ayité to Fulham Football Club! > https://t.co/dnojOftiyE pic.twitter.com/qcxc0mTTRI — Fulham Football Club (@FulhamFC) July 1, 2016 […]

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Chelsea Set to Win Race to Sign Michy Batshuayi from Marseille

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On Monday evening, news broke that Crystal Palace had agreed a fee with Olympique de Marseille for Belgian striker Michy Batshuayi. That must have triggered a few alarm bells around Europe and 24 hours later L’Equipe and RMC were reporting that Chelsea have jumped in, sealing a €40 million move. Confirmation de l'info de l'Equipe. #Batshuayi c'est fait à #Chelsea pour […]

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Paris Saint Germain appoint Unai Emery as new coach

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PSG have begun what is expected to be a summer of sweeping changes by appointing Sevilla coach Unai Emery to replace Laurent Blanc. Although Blanc won back-to-back domestic trebles with the Ligue 1 champions, he pays the price for a disappointing Champions League exit at the quarter-final stage to Manchester City. Blanc’s sacking seemed inevitable after PSG chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi […]

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