Laurent Pokou – the African Pele


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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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! > — Fulham Football Club (@FulhamFC) July 1, 2016 […]

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Coupe de la Ligue Quarter Finals : Saint Etienne v PSG


After the excitement of the still massive and slightly random Coupe de France to reopen proceedings after the winter break, we are hitting the business end of one cup competition already, as the Coupe de la Ligue pops up with four all-Ligue 1 fixtures. Last Round Round-Up There were only three Ligue 2 teams involved in the huitiemes, and after all […]

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Willy Sagnol Comments Revive Football and Race Debate


Willy Sagnol the player never hesitated to tell the world what he was thinking. Willy Sagnol the manager has been similarly content to speak his mind, particularly on the subject of referees. So when Bordeaux’s main newspaper, Sud-Ouest, organised a group interview between the Bordeaux manager and some fans among their readership, we were entitled to expect plenty of material to chew […]

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Christian Gourcuff: Swapping Ligue 1 Warriors for Desert Warriors


Journalist Daniel Riolo once said, “Give Christian Gourcuff 10 million more in the budget and he’ll take Lorient to third place.” Though Riolo’s prediction was brave, under Gourcuff the suggestion would not have been impossible. In the last ten years, Gourcuff has overseen a constant improvement that has transformed FC Lorient from Ligue 2 welterweights to Ligue 1 competitors. Yet, […]

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Hérve Renard: Sochaux get into bed with suave Renard


He looks like a man who should be well away from the high emotional atmosphere of the football pitch, with his suave black slip-ons, well-fitting blue jeans and a white shirt that looks like it’s about to be ripped wide open by his pectorals. Standing nonchalantly on the touchline, thumbs rarely slipping from the top of his pockets, he absolutely […]

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Africa Cup of Nations: Semi-Final Round-up

Mali 1 -4 Nigeria and Ghana 1 – 1 Burkina Faso, Burkina Faso win 3-2 on penalties So – we said that Mali v Nigeria would be a tight match. And…not really. The Malian defence had looked solid, keeping their previous matches close affair, but they got simply battered here. Nigeria had lurked through the group stage, drawing with Burkina […]

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Africa Cup of Nations: Quarter-Finals Review


South Africa 1 – 1 (a.e.t.) Mali; Mali win 3-1 on penalties The hosts are out! They scored on 30 minutes through Tokelo Rantie, forgotten in the box in a rare Malian defensive slip, and dominated the first half, but didn’t pull away, and Mali claim another cap as ‘host-killers’ (they beat Gabon on penalties in the quarter-final in 2012). […]

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