Pour faire progresser le football francais

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The post-mortems have started after France’s defeat in the final of Euro 2016. In the semi-final, they beat Germany in a competitive match for the first time since 1958, before going on to lose for the first time ever in a competitive fixture to Portugal, in a tournament arguably featuring more karma than quality. So, what is to be done? I […]

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Bureaucracy Round-Up : Evian – it’s a waterfall

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The summer ‘break’ in football is a time for many things – international tournaments, transfer rumours, ill-advised posts on instagram from your favourite players, confusing pre-season matches against Austrian amateur sides that somehow end up on TV anyway, and – in France at least – admin, which is definitely in the top five national sports. The DNCG (financial overseer of French […]

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U19 Euros : France 1 – 2 England

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Les Bleuets’ Euro campaign couldn’t really have got off to a worse start; the commentators were still discussing how much more first-team experience France had compared to their opponents when both Jérôme Onguéné and Clément Michelin got their feet to a ball from the right from Chelsea’s Dominic Solanke, only to turn it into their own net. Things rapidly got worse as Solanke was put […]

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U19 Euros : France v England

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That Euros might be over, but fear not, the junior version has kicked off in Germany, and France start their campaign against England this evening. The French squad includes some pretty experienced heads, with goalkeeper Paul Bernardoni and defender Issa Diop both regular starters in Ligue 1 last season, as were Jerome Onguene and Jeandro Fuchs in Ligue 2. Olivier Boscagli was a useful […]

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Floyd Ayite to Fulham

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After rumours linking Nottingham Forest with SC Bastia’s winger / centre-forward Floyd Ayite after they brought in Philippe Montanier as their new manager, the Togolese international has signed for Fulham on a three-year deal with an option for one more. BREAKING: Please join us in welcoming Floyd Ayité to Fulham Football Club! > https://t.co/dnojOftiyE pic.twitter.com/qcxc0mTTRI — Fulham Football Club (@FulhamFC) July 1, 2016 […]

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A Weekend in Marseille: Tear Gas, Culture, Russians and…Football

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I was in Marseille from Friday to Monday with Andrew Gibney and my friend Lawrence, to see England v Russia and soak up the France 2016 atmosphere. We got rather more than we bargained for…  On Friday morning my biggest worries about going to Marseille were if my train would actually show up and whether the meteo would stay at ‘bit cloudy’ or revert to […]

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Toulon 2016 – France, England, Hotel loyalty cards

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The Toulon tournament is a great way to see stars of the future but has a slightly Acorn Antiques approach to overall organisation, which can make it difficult to plan trips even if you aren’t heading here from abroad. In 2014, for example, they posted two different sets of match timings for the final day which meant a lot of […]

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France 2 – 1 Mali: Toulon 2016 – Bamba makes the difference

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France went into their third game of the tournament with two wins out of two, needing a point to guarantee a top two spot in Group A, and therefore a place on the final day. Mali had a mountain to climb with only one point after losing to the Czech Republic and then playing out a chaotic 3-3 draw against Mexico in the […]

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