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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Goodbye Kevin Gomis: From Nice to Nottingham Forest

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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 […]

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Anthony’s not-so-Modeste claims for France?

I’m going to put it out there. Anthony Modeste should be part of France coach Didier Deschamps’ squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and Belarus when he names it on Thursday August 29. One year ago this notion would have been scoffed at by many, not least a certain member of the French Football Weekly crew, who wagered that […]

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Young French players heading to Italy in talent exchange

After Paris Saint-Germain’s massive raids on Italy’s Serie A over the past two years, you’d be forgiven for thinking that there is no talent left in Calcio. That is not true of course, there is still plenty coming through the ranks. Some of Italy’s finest young talents are now finally getting the game-time they were previously denied by a stubborn […]

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