Montanier Rolls Out of Rennes – Rolland Courbis Fills in

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The stadium may have been renamed and had a lick of paint but there’s been very little fresh about the performances Rennes have been putting in this season. Yet another tame, limp and disappointing defeat at home, this time to Ligue 2 Bourg en Bresse in the Coupe de France, resulted in club President Rene Ruello finally putting under-pressure coach […]

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Patrice Garande Caen Continue the Normand Conquest

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Stade Malherbe Caen, just that quiet, little club from Normandy right? Whilst that may be, it is time credit was given to this hard-working team led by coach Patrice Garande. Whilst Friday evening’s surprise home defeat to Nantes will have dampened spirits, it will only be momentary as by and large it has been a very successful start to the […]

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Blow for Nice as Alassane Plea Ruled Out for Four Months

Nice's French forward Alassa Plea celebrates after scoring during the French L1 football match Guingamp vs Nice on October 26, 2014 at the Roudourou stadium in Guingamp, western of France.  AFP PHOTO FRED TANNEAU        (Photo credit should read FRED TANNEAU/AFP/Getty Images)

It’s no secret that Nice have played some of the most entertaining football in Ligue 1 this season. Claude Puel seems to have found the right blend of experienced heads and exciting youthful talent. At the time of publication, only Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund had scored more goals across the top five European leagues then les Aiglons With a […]

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Ola Toivonen: What can Sunderland expect from the Rennes flop

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On Thursday morning it was confirmed that Sunderland had secured the signing of Rennes’ striker-come-attacking midfielder Ola Toivonen on a season long loan deal. The Swedish forward has ended what has mostly been a frustrating spell in Ligue 1 by joining up with his former PSV Eindhoven coach Dick Advocaat. It was in the Eredivisie that Toivonen probably played his best football […]

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Belgium Defeat Raises More French Questions Than Answers

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Another les Bleus game, another pointless friendly you might say. Well Sunday night’s Stade de France encounter with Belgium proved just how entertaining an end of season friendly can be (Ireland and England take note!!). The Red Devils demonstrated just why they are now ranked second in the world with a comfortable display, despite what the 3-4 scoreline will show. The […]

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Gardiens of the Galaxy: Options for Euro 2016

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The position of back-up goalkeeper is often one that sees limited opportunities but huge responsibility when their time in the spotlight comes. France it seems has been blessed with a large number of excellent goalkeepers in recent times and the friendly matches against Brazil and Denmark at the end of March gave les Bleus’ coach Didier Deschamps a chance to […]

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Why Paul-Georges Ntep could be the perfect move for Liverpool

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On Thursday, French newspaper L’Equipe reported that Stade Rennais winger and #Le50 alumni, Paul-Georges Ntep has visited Liverpool’s Melwood training ground twice in the last 10 days. Similar to how the Liverpool scouts were taken by the 22-year-old’s ability, he was suitably impressed with the infrastructure of the club, and a summer bid for the player could follow. With two […]

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Bon Courage Philipp Hosiner

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Philipp Hosiner and Stade Rennais have todaygiven clarity on the players’ unfortunate health issues. The Austrian striker was all set to complete a loan move to Bundesliga side Cologne when his medical unearthed a kidney issue that neither the clubs nor Hosiner himself was aware of. After undergoing further tests it was discovered he was suffering from a tumour in his […]

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