Breton Pride Dented as Rennes Comfortably Beaten 2-0 By Celtic

Breton Pride Dented as Rennes Comfortably Beaten 2-0 By Celtic

At the beginning of the day, Glasgow was awash with blue skies and white clouds, but much like Stade Rennais’ Saturday afternoon, it quickly turned for the worse. As the rain fell over Celtic Park, a promising start from Philippe Montanier’s side was washed away within 13 minutes. Goals from Leigh Griffiths and Gary Mackay-Steven gave Celtic a 2-0 lead at HT and left the former Real Sociedad boss scratching his head with only two weeks until their…

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What Jordan Amavi will bring to the Aston Villa revolution

What Jordan Amavi will bring to the Aston Villa revolution

When Aston Villa first made an approach for OGC Nice left-back Jordan Amavi, the French club were open to the move but apparently the young defender rejected the deal. However, now, it seems that Tim Sherwood and the midlands club are close to landing their next target. After recruiting Lille’s Idrissa Gueye and following the decision from Fabian Delph to continue his career at Vila Park, it has been reported that Amavi has been convinced…

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PROFILE – Idrissa Gueye: Aston Villa’s Newest Midfield Dynamo

PROFILE – Idrissa Gueye: Aston Villa’s Newest Midfield Dynamo

In what has become an unfortunate tradition in the north of France, Lille began the summer by saying goodbye to one of their young talented players – Divock Origi returning to Liverpool after his agreed loan spell. Now, with the confirmation that Idrissa Gueye has signed for Aston Villa for an initial fee of around £9 million, Lille will have to find a way to replace a player who has become a vital part of…

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Timing is Key if Newcastle United Want Good Deal for Florian Thauvin

Timing is Key if Newcastle United Want Good Deal for Florian Thauvin

There are suggestions from both the French and English media this morning to suggest that Newcastle United are preparing a €15 million bid for Olympique de Marseille winger Florian Thauvin. It all began on Monday when La Provence reported that OM had received a bid for that amount for the 22-year-old former France under-21 international. Then early on Tuesday morning, Mark Douglas of The Chronicle reported that Thauvin is one of the favourites of Graham…

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Ligue 1 Stars Looking to Lift Under-21 European Championship

Ligue 1 Stars Looking to Lift Under-21 European Championship

On Tuesday evening the 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championships begins in the Czech Republic and although France failed to qualify, it doesn’t mean there is a lack of Ligue 1 interest at the tournament. Out of the eight teams, there are five players representing the French top-flight, and we wish them all the best over the next few weeks. The Serbian national team will be representing Toulouse this summer, with both Aleksandar Pesic and Uros…

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Exclusive: Liverpool Target Simon Kjaer In No Rush to Move

Exclusive: Liverpool Target Simon Kjaer In No Rush to Move

Although the Ligue 1 season is over, many of the players are still on international duty before they can have a well-deserved break. Lille OSC’s Danish centre-back, Simon Kjaer, spoke to French Football Weekly before facing a double header with Denmark this week: “I am fit again after the injury that kept me out of our last game in Metz and ready to play both games for Denmark.” Finishing in eighth place and out of…

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Toulon: France take step towards final beating Costa Rica 2-1

Toulon: France take step towards final beating Costa Rica 2-1

On Tuesday evening, France guaranteed passage from the Group stage at Toulon with a 2-1 win over Costa Rica. It hasn’t confirmed their place in the weekend’s final, but they are one step closer. A double from Bordeaux’s Enzo Crivelli means that Les Bleuets only need a point from their final game against Netherlands and they will be in the final. Coach Francis Smericki made eight changes from the 2-0 win over Qatar on Friday…

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Toulon: All-change for France in 2-0 Victory Over Qatar

Toulon: All-change for France in 2-0 Victory Over Qatar

France took control of Group A on Friday evening, beating Qatar 2-0 in Hyeres. Adrien Hunou’s early goal separated the two sides, but Younes Kaabouni stole the show with a stunning second half strike. Francis Smerecki made nine changes to the side that beat USA 3-1 on Wednesday, but it only strengthened France’s chances of winning the tournament, showing the depth in class they have to offer. In a prematch interview he stressed that with games…

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