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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Preview: France vs Ireland – Euro 2016

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Well, if France are going to win their home Euros, they’re going to have to do it the hard way. After a workmanlike, unspectacular, but efficient group stage, Didier Deschamps’ men turn to the business of the knock-out rounds with, perhaps, a little regret that Bacary Sagna’s injury-time shirt-pull against Switzerland was not spotted; the 0-0 draw with the Swiss ensured […]

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Michel removed as head coach of Olympique de Marseille

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Olympique Marseille’s already awful season fell into further disarray this morning as it was reported that coach Michel had been relieved of his duties as Marseille coach. The writing had been on the wall for a while for the ex-Spain international, who has presided over a calamitous tenure, which sees Marseille currently sitting only six points and two places above […]

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Monaco v Marseille: Ligue 1 Preview – Week 34

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Sunday evening’s headline match is a south-coast derby between two of Ligue 1’s big guns. And as we enter full squeaky-bum time, both Monaco and Marseille could really do with a win. Having been PSG’s dauphin for 12 straight weeks, at one point with a double-figure lead over their rivals, recent poor form has dropped Monaco to third place (behind […]

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Montpellier v Lyon: Ligue 1 Preview – Week 33

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This weekend’s fixtures open with a match between Montpellier and Lyon at the Stade de la Mosson. It’s a capital match for both teams for differing reasons and has the added attraction that they both welcome back returning heroes. Montpellier have been battling around the bottom quarter of the table all season and – despite only three defeats in 10 matches […]

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Freed Willy: What Went Wrong for Sagnol at Bordeaux

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At half-time of Willy Sagnol’s second match in charge of Bordeaux, at home to Monaco, his team were trailing 1-0 and fortunate to be only a goal down after a poor display. A technical switch after the break transformed the match and Bordeaux ran out 4-1 winners. Sagnol was lauded for his tactical nous and flexibility, but amidst the euphoria […]

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Rennes v FC Nantes: Ligue 1 – Week 29 Preview

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Another week, another Breton(-ish) derby. But this is the biggest one – Rennes vs Nantes – and is arguably the biggest match between the two in a while, the winner having the chance to steal a march on the loser in the fight for European places. Heading into injury time last weekend, Rennes were on the way to a poor […]

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Granville v Marseille: Coupe de France Preview

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Although at first glance Saint-Etienne vs PSG looked like the stand-out quarter-final of this year’s Coupe de France, it is Granville vs Marseille which has been given top billing. The match-up between the fifth tier minnows and France’s favourite club is really catching the nation’s imagination, as indicated by the fact that the match, to be held at the Stade […]

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