2013 Under 20 World Cup Winners – Where are they now?

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France has been a well-documented producer of great young players for a number of years now and with the FIFA Under-20 World Cup only a couple of months away, it seems a good time to reflect on how the successful side from 2013 have developed. The 2013 edition of the tournament was held in Turkey and heralded the launching of […]

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Relegation Summation

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Whilst most of the recent Ligue 1 talk has been about the exciting battle at the top of the table, itself something of a welcome and long overdue return, an equally exciting scrap is developing towards the danger end of le classement. With the bottom two facing automatic relegation, the team finishing in 18th place will go into a play-off against […]

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Monaco – Let Them Entertain You

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You can keep your “MSNs” and “BBCs”; for sheer goalscoring entertainment, you would struggle to improve upon the likes of FML down in the glitz and glamour of Monaco. For Messrs Radamel Falcao, Kylian Mbappe and Thomas Lemar, it’s been goals galore so far this season. Across the top five leagues in Europe, Monaco currently stand alone as the most […]

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Laurent Pokou – the African Pele

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It was with sadness yesterday that the passing of former Rennes and Ivory Coast striker Laurent Pokou was announced. Whilst not necessarily recognisable by name, his impact at both club and country level are still felt today and in the footballing world he will be greatly missed. After shining for his first club, ASEC Abidjan, in the Ivory Coast, Pokou […]

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Problem with Youth: Will France Under-21s Blow it Again?

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With just one qualifying game left, we are close to once again seeing the French under-21s failing to live up to their potential. Needing other results to go their way on Tuesday evening, France are staring down the barrel of missing out on a place at the European Championships next summer; a tournament they have not qualified for since 2006. […]

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Adama Diakhaby: Replacing the Irreplaceable at Rennes

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I’ve been asked a couple of times this summer who the next Ousmane Dembele might be. To answer that is very difficult as it’s easy to forget that the former flying Rennes forward has only been playing professional football for ten months. Unearthing an heir apparent after that short a space of time would take some doing! Benefitting from one […]

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XI LIGUE 1 Players Your Club Needs This Summer

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With European sides now regularly scouting Ligue 1 for players to sign, Rich Allen has put together an XI of players whom clubs may want to take a closer look at this summer. Steve Mandanda – Goalkeeper – Marseille Steve Mandanda has been a loyal servant and beyond for Marseille since he joined initially on loan in 2007. Time and again […]

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