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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France shock USA with 3-1 opening win at Toulon

France shock USA with 3-1 opening win at Toulon

France got their 2015 Toulon Tournament campaign off to a fantastic start on Wednesday. Three first half goals put a swift end to the challenge from the United States and announced a new group of talented young players. Francis Smerecki lined up his side playing 4-2-3-1 with Yann Bodiger and Baptiste Santamaria anchoring the midfield so the three talented attacking midfielders – Romain Habran, Fares Bahlouli and Thomas Lemar – could play with freedom. Bahlouli of Lyon started in a…

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Lille OSC v RC Lens: The Must-Win Derby du Nord

Lille OSC v RC Lens: The Must-Win Derby du Nord

In the Lille suburb of Villeneuve d’Ascq, the summer sun glistened through the trees at the Stade Lille Metropole on a warm Sunday evening in August 2006. Not since 1994 had the Derby du Nord been played so early in the season, and with both teams starting with a victory, defeat for either RC Lens or Lille OSC could spell disaster to the entire campaign. 90 minutes later and Lille had blown their bitter rivals…

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Is Claudio Ranieri the Man to Save Florian Thauvin?

Is Claudio Ranieri the Man to Save Florian Thauvin?

It’s rare that a week goes past without a new twist in the Olympique de Marseille soap opera. After two consecutive defeats to Paris Saint-Germain and Girondins de Bordeaux, news emerged that Italian coach Claudio Ranieri could be the man to replace Marcelo Bielsa at the Stade Velodrome if, as expected, El Loco should leave at the end of the season. Hometown boy and Saint-Etienne coach Christophe Galtier may be the fans’ choice to take over…

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