What Will Former France Captain Bring to Charlton Athletic

What Will Former France Captain Bring to Charlton Athletic

Championship side Charlton Athletic have completed the signing of former France national team captain, Alou Diarra, on a short-term contract. The 33 year old defensive midfielder has been without a club following his release from West Ham United at the end of last season and has moved across London to join Guy Luzon’s team until the end of this season. The defender was previously on Bayern Munich’s and Liverpool’s books before going on to represent…

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Former Arsenal Star: I Can Be a Bit of a Dick Sometimes

Former Arsenal Star: I Can Be a Bit of a Dick Sometimes

There are few players in French football today who are able to divide opinion like Samir Nasri. A misunderstood genius to some; a trouble-maker, incapable of showing accountability for his actions to others. Loved then hated by Arsenal fans; from great white hope to great white elephant for France fans. Performing (intermittently) well enough for Manchester City to earn another France call up, only to disappoint when swapping sky blue for Bleu. Nasri’s international career now…

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Former Newcastle United Winger: Bobby Robson Was A Second Father

Former Newcastle United Winger: Bobby Robson Was A Second Father

From 2001 to 2005, Laurent Robert lit up the left wing of St James’ Park, putting in several memorable displays for Newcastle United and scoring 32 goals, many of which were spectacular and fully deserving of their own youtube compliation. After falling out with Graham Souness, the Réunion-born winger moved on to pastures new, but in extracts from an interview this week with L’Equipe, it is clear that he still has strong memories of the…

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From Marseille to Moscow: The success of Mathieu Valbuena

From Marseille to Moscow: The success of Mathieu Valbuena

When Mathieu Valbuena left Ligue 1 for Russian side Dynamo Moscow, there was a worry that it was a bad move for the 29-year-old midfielder. He had just come off the back of a wonderful World Cup campaign in Brazil, the football world was left baffled as to why no bigger clubs had made a move. There is always the worry that his career would take a dive and he’d end up back in France…

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Les Espoirs: It’s Sanogo-go-go for the Euro play-offs

Les Espoirs: It’s Sanogo-go-go for the Euro play-offs

On Monday evening, les Espoirs played their last group match in qualifying for the U21 European Championships next summer, and having won all seven of their previous matches, the hope was that they could finish on a perfect score. However, qualification had already been assured, and their opponents Iceland were the strongest of their group rivals. As Iceland still had something to play for as they sought to be one of four strongest runners-up, there was a sneaking…

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Antoine Griezmann: From Rebel to Real Superstar

Antoine Griezmann: From Rebel to Real Superstar

Rarely does a forbidden venture to a nightclub, on the eve of a crucial game, lead a football player to his most prolific season. And yet, this is exactly what has happened to Antoine Griezmann this year. The Real Sociedad striker this month made his national team debut against the Netherlands, crowning a season of excellence in La Liga. With 15 goals, he is only two behind his countryman Karim Benzema and fast approaching maturity…

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Les Bleus : France v Holland

On Thursday, Didier Deschamps announced his squad for tonight’s friendly against Holland. This has been seen as the final opportunity for players seeking a first call-up to have a chance to play in Brazil, as the May friendlies (against Norway, Paraguay and Jamaica) will no doubt be used to sort out first v second choices from the established list. One player getting a debut on the 24-man list, Antoine Griezmann, was available for selection after…

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Interview: Arsenal’s Robert Pires – The Early Years

In the recent ITV4 show Keane & Vieira: Best of Enemies, the two great midfielders attempted to agree on their era’s combined Arsenal-Manchester United dream team. Some proposed players were the subject of heated debate, but one player who was included with no argument was Robert Pirès. His inclusion in the team is an indication of the respect in which the former Arsenal and France midfielder is held, not only by Keane and Vieira but also…

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