Report: France 3 – 0 England, Women’s Euros

Bleues warm up

So, having won the first two games France had already qualified, so Bruno Bini decided to try changing it up, replacing the goalkeeper, two defenders, one holder, and switching the attack around. While one appreciates that he might be trying to get his back-ups up and running in a safe environment, one does also wonder if he is not doing […]

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Mercato Madness – Lucas here, PSG sign Digne

Digne PSG

News in Brief – Gomis: still in Lyon. Lyon, conversely, are in America. Cavani: ACTUALLY IN PARIS. Thiago Silva: agent has reissued declaration from three weeks ago, that his client is staying in Paris. We take no responsibility, etc and so on. Ajaccio – 32-year-old centre-forward Eduardo, whose last match was in January before returning to Brazil for raisons familiales, has […]

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French Football Finances – Not Waving But Drowning?

RClens

You may already be aware of the travails of AS Cannes, who were facing a very uncertain future, but several other clubs are also in financial difficulties which mean that sporting penalties can be applied. Such decisions are in the hands of the Direction Nationale du Contrôle de Gestion (DNCG) which audits the accounts of clubs in the top five tiers of French […]

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Les Bleus – Teamsheet: U19 Elite Stage

Yes, there is another international tournament to come, people, stay focussed. The bilan so far: les Bleuets 1.0 came third at Toulon (U20 competition), version 2.0 won the U20 World Cup, the women’s team are looking good at the European Championships in Sweden, and the U19 team, having won their group in the Euro Elite Stage (three wins against Sweden, […]

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Report: France 1 – 0 Spain, Women’s Euros

Renard v Spain

Well, that was a game of football. Unlike the frantic shot-frenzy of the first game against Russia, this was a much more balanced and considered encounter. France could afford to be less frantic, perhaps, after going ahead so early. Louisa Necib put in a corner, and Wendie Renard was there in the area to score with a towering header. After […]

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Mercato Madness 5 – A Modeste Proposal

In brief – Gomis-locator: still in Lyon. Cavani-index: still proche. Confirmations: still ripped from L’Equipe. Monaco’s next target: Trinny and Susannah (see above). Bastia – 19-year-old striker Adama Ba, after having his contract with Brest ended by mutual consent, has joined up for three years. Polyvalent defender Fethi Harek has extended his contract until 2015. Bordeaux – after spending last season […]

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Report: France 3 – 1 Russia, Women’s Euros

So, it was a comfortable victory for Les Bleues, and the first of the tournament after Groups A and B drew everything, so that’s nice. But while at this stage, and this level of opponent, that’s fine, there are some issues that have been bubbling under for a while which are still noticeable now and could become problematic later on […]

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Monday Mercato Madness – ASM: Anims Abidal

Abidal ASM

Right, things are starting to motor, as the money deals involving clubs without billionaire backing get hammered out. At time of writing, however, Bafe Gomis is still a Lyon player. More as we have it. Bastia – Jerome Rothen (MMs passés) is rejoining Caen, his first club. Sylvain Marchal has also had his contract torn up by mutual agreement, and […]

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