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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Southampton’s Schneiderlin could be Deschamps’ Brazil wildcard

Recently we were lucky enough to publish an interview that our friends over at French Radio London conducted with French national team boss Didier Deschamps. During the interview Deschamps was asked about the prospect of players outside the current national set-up being called up to his World Cup squad. Of course Deschamps played it very cool, but one name that was mentioned was Morgan Schneiderlin of Southampton, a player whose continuing international exclusion seems totally…

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Newcastle United’s French Connection

It’s fair to say that Newcastle United have become the Arsenal of the early 2000s. Whilst of course they are unlikely to have the same success, after all Alan Pardew’s squad doesn’t contain Thierry Henry, Robert Pires and Patrick Vieira, they do have a lot of Frenchmen. The Magpies have been heavily reliant on French superstars this season, with the likes of Yohan Cabaye, Yoan Gouffran and Hatem Ben Arfa catapulting them into 8th in…

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Goodbye Kevin Gomis: From Nice to Nottingham Forest

Goodbye Kevin Gomis: From Nice to Nottingham Forest

The fact that Kévin Gomis started 11 matches for Nice this season (nine of them in Ligue 1) speaks perhaps more to the fragility of the club’s first-choice central defenders than it does Claude Puel’s faith in Gomis. In fact, Gomis sat fourth in the club’s centre-back pecking order, behind starters Nemanja Pejcinovic and Mathieu Bodmer – himself a natural midfielder – and Romain Genevois, a natural right back. With both starters out injured, however,…

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