Azpilicueta plays on for Marseille despite Chelsea interest

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After already crossing the Channel once this summer to sign Lille’s star midfielder Eden Hazard, Chelsea are strongly rumoured to be about to dip into the Ligue 1 talent pool again, this time to pick up the services of Marseille’s right back Cesar Azpilicueta. The young defender, who will turn 23 later this month, arrived at the Stade Velodrome in […]

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Deschamps rings the changes for his first France squad

New France boss Didier Deschamps this morning announced his first squad, for the upcoming friendly against Uruguay at Le Havre on 15 August.   After another disappointing performance for the team at Euro 2012, both in terms of performance and attitude, talk beforehand was about whether France’s former World Cup winning captain would make wholesale changes to personnel – particularly […]

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Olivier Giroud helps melt tough Icelandic defence

by Jeremy Smith France got their three match preparation for Euro 2012 off to a difficult start with a very late win against Iceland tonight in Valenciennes. Coming into the match unbeaten in 18 games, a good performance was expected against a young Iceland side which had suffered 10 defeats in their last 13 games. Manager Laurent Blanc started with an […]

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PSG late show not enough to reclaim top spot


  By Jeremy Smith Paris Saint-Germain scored yet another late goal to salvage a draw at home to Bordeaux this evening, but Carlo Ancelotti and his team will see it as two points dropped, as they concede first place to Monpellier. PSG began with Nene, Pastore and Menez supporting Hoarau up front, whilst Bordeaux were led by Maurice-Belay and Cheick […]

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