Building for Success – PSG and the Champions League

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When Qatar Sports Investments bought Paris Saint-Germain in 2011 (securing 100% ownership in 2012), instantly transforming the Parc des Princes outfit into one of the richest clubs on the planet, it was the Champions League that was their ultimate goal. Champions League also is the way that the club will be judged by those inside and outside France. Their recent […]

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Le50 2016: Georges-Kevin Nkoudou – Olympique de Marseille

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Marseille fans have not had much to cheer them this season, but a bright spot has been the performance of young winger Georges-Kevin Nkoudou. Bought from Nantes for only €1.5m in the summer of 2015, he has brought pace, tenacity – and the feeling that he’s actually trying – to a team struggling on so many levels. Nkoudou’s record with […]

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Le50 2016: Adama Traoré – AS Monaco

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To call Adama Traoré’s last 12 months a roller-coaster would be a generous simplification. A year ago he was getting ready to score his second goal of the season for Lille against Bordeaux, and now he has finally made his way back from a five-month absence, recovering from a fractured ankle. For many young players, they would fall out of […]

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Le50 2016: Fabien Centonze – Evian TG

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few are as versatile as Évian Thonon-Gaillard’s star youth product Fabien Centonze. In a season in which the club has struggled to adapt to another spell in Ligue 2 after last season’s relegation, the 19-year-old utility man’s development has been a much needed source of pride for les Roses’ supporters and directors. The Voiron-born youngster has made an impressive 31 […]

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Le50 2016: Aldo Kalulu – Olympique Lyonnais

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Heading into Lyon’s fourth home match of the season, against Bastia, with the team still winless at the Gerland and missing Nabil Fekir who had just sustained a serious knee injury, coach Hubert Fournier needed to do something different. He gave 19-year-old Aldo Kalulu his first start. Less than 20 minutes in and Fournier’s gamble had already paid off. A […]

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Le50 2016: Angelo Fulgini – Valenciennes FC

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As first matches as a professional go, it wasn’t a bad start. Making his first Valenciennes appearance since signing his first contract in the summer, it took Angelo Fulgini four minutes to score his club’s – and Ligue 2’s – first goal of the season, in VAFC’s 1-0 win at Niort. It was no surprise that Fulgini seemed in a […]

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Le50 2016: Neal Maupay – AS Saint-Etienne

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It seems just like yesterday that Neal Maupay was a 16-year-old forward jumping onto the Ligue 1 stage, giving France fans a reason to get excited. This is his fifth season as a Ligue 1 player, from his debut season for OGC Nice, playing nine games – just three starts – and scoring three goals, to this season, one full […]

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