Manchester United and Real Madrid in transfer battle for Aymeric Laporte

Manchester United and Real Madrid in transfer battle for Aymeric Laporte

Aymeric Laporte, one of Europe’s most promising young defenders, is set to become the focus of a bidding war between Manchester United and Real Madrid, if both Marca and Guillem Balague are to be believed. Laporte is only the second Frenchman to represent Athletic Bilbao (qualifying thanks to his Basque great-grandparents), and he is already showing the potential to match the great career of his illustrious predecessor, Bixente Lizarazu. Laporte broke into the Bilbao first…

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Charlton Athletic In Talks with Former Lyon Youngster

Charlton Athletic In Talks with Former Lyon Youngster

Charlton Athletic are believed to be in discussions for the loan signing from Sporting of Lisbon of France Under-21 international and Under-20 world champion Naby Sarr. The 21 year old centre back joined the Portuguese giants in a surprise €1 million move from Lyon last summer. Although he was on the books at PSG as a child, he moved down to the Rhône-based club as a 15 year old and became one of the great young…

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Fabulous Feret Finishes Off Rennes #FFWTOTW

Fabulous Feret Finishes Off Rennes #FFWTOTW

This weekend was more about movement at the bottom of the table than at the top, and at the end of all of that, we have a new lanterne rouge. Metz are now the team propping up the rest of Ligue 1 after going down 2-0 at the Gerland to league leaders Lyon, who are now four points clear at the top. There was another goal for Lacazette, putting away a penalty to make it…

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Guerreiro Roars as Les Merlus topple Lille #FFWTOTW

Guerreiro Roars as Les Merlus topple Lille #FFWTOTW

The Lyon fun bus continues to roll on. This week, Hubert Fournier’s youngsters gained revenge for their shock early season home defeat by coming away from Amiens with a comfortable 2-0 win over Lens. OL weren’t at their best but did enough for the win, helped by an unfortunate Gbamin own goal and a careless Sylla handball. Despite the win, questions have to be asked over Alexandre Lacazette’s form: after four straight doubles, all he…

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ASF Andrézieux-Bouthéon v Iris Club de Croix – Preview

ASF Andrézieux-Bouthéon v Iris Club de Croix – Preview

L’ASF Andrézieux-Bouthéon, based in the suburbs of giant neighbour Saint-Etienne, have reached the Round of 32 – the best Coupe de France performance in their history – by beating Saint-Priest, who are based on the outskirts of Lyon. Two late goals, scored in the final four minutes by Causevic and Sekou Mangara, gave l’ASF local bragging rights as well as the chance to tread uncharted territory for the club. The tonic of that victory –…

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AS Yzeure v Valenciennes – Preview

AS Yzeure v Valenciennes – Preview

One of the last round’s party-poopers turn underdogs this time round, as AS Yzeure host Valenciennes in the Round of 32. Valenciennes’ name came out of the proverbial hat first but, due to the two-division gap between the teams, the match will be played at Yzeure’s Stade de Belleville. It is fair to say that the auvergnat team were not overly excited with the draw that fate picked out for them: “We’re pleased to play…

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Palmieri At The Double As Bastia Stun PSG #FFWTOTW

Palmieri At The Double As Bastia Stun PSG #FFWTOTW

Just as people across France were taking down their Christmas decorations and preparing their Galettes des Rois, the country was this week rocked by the horrific attacks on Paris. Although football was not at the forefront of people’s minds this weekend, the Ligue 1 show must go on. Eyes therefore turned, at least temporarily, to the football grounds of France where, amidst emotional scenes and a minute’s silence at every match, French top flight football…

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Coupe de France Preview: SAS Epinal v FC Metz

The range of teams that make it through to the latter rounds of the Coupe de France generally provide scope for quirky derbies that would not normally take place in a league situation. This year’s Round of 64 draw has thrown up one such scenario, as the Stade Athléthique Spinalien, better known as Epinal, host Ligue 1 Metz in a Lorraine derby. Epinal will be hoping to repeat their giant-killing heroics of two years ago,…

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