Postmortem on Nabil Fekir’s decision to pick France over Algeria

Postmortem on Nabil Fekir’s decision to pick France over Algeria

A few months ago, Nabil Bentaleb spoke about his decision to play for the Algerian national team. Bentaleb explained, ‘When I was younger and I used to watch matches on TV and France lost, I didn’t cry. But when Algeria lost, I would cry for hours.’ In late February Nabil Fekir made a very different declaration. He said, ‘I’ll announce my decision (to play for a national team) at the end of March. I’ll choose what’s best…

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Les Espoirs: Refitted and Firing Into a Bright Future

Les Espoirs: Refitted and Firing Into a Bright Future

The senior team haven’t been the only ones playing friendlies over the recent interlull, and while their displays give some interesting clues as to how Didier Deschamps will be setting things up for France 2016, the performances of les Espoirs have also been very promising. France 6 – 0 Estonia The opening encounter couldn’t have gone better for a team introducing some new blood after the ultimately disappointing Euro qualifying campaign, losing to Sweden in the play-offs….

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Why Patrice Evra Deserves Place In Current France Squad

Why Patrice Evra Deserves Place In Current France Squad

Ever since the 2010 World Cup, Patrice Evra has divided the French public. Adam Digby, author of “Juventus: A History in Black and White” tells us why the left-back continues to deserve a place in France’s squad heading towards the 2016 European Championships. Putting aside their wonderful performance against Borussia Dortmund, the last three domestic fixtures contested by Juventus have each ended with the Bianconeri winning by a 1-0 scoreline. Sassuolo, Palermo and Genoa have…

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Aymeric Laporte leads France’s new-look Under-21 squad

Aymeric Laporte leads France’s new-look Under-21 squad

France Under-21 coach Pierre Mankowski has selected his 20-man squad for the upcoming friendlies against Estonia and Netherlands. Les Espoirs failed to qualify for the 2015 European Championships this summer, but the qualification process for the 2017 Championships in Poland starts in September. Mankowski has moved on to the 1994 born group of players, so the likes of Alphonse Areola, Samuel Umtiti, Gianelli Imbula, Jordan Veretout, Paul-Georges Ntep, Yaya Sanogo and Florian Thauvin are no…

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Newcastle United youngster makes France Under-19 squad

Newcastle United youngster makes France Under-19 squad

Patrick Gonfalone has picked his 18-man squad that will play in the U19 UEFA Elite round games against Azerbaijan, Denmark and England. France are in Group 7 and the winners of each group then go on to the final phase in May with the hosts Greece. There are only one set of fixtures in this round. Goalkeepers: Florian Escales (Olympique de Marseille), Bingourou Kamara (Tours FC) Defenders: Mouctar Diakhaby (Olympique Lyonnais), Abdou Diallo (AS Monaco),…

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Deschamps selects Chelsea’s Kurt Zouma for France friendlies

Deschamps selects Chelsea’s Kurt Zouma for France friendlies

Didier Deschamps has announced his squad for the friendlies against Brazil and Denmark at the end of March. There was a lot of speculation regarding who he would pick since the last friendly against Sweden in November. The main question was regarding the inclusion of Lyon’s Nabil Fekir after he choose France over Algeria earlier in the month, and the 21-year-old as well as Geoffrey Kondogbia and Chelsea’s Kurt Zouma were the most interesting choices….

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Nabil Fekir Picks France: Where Will Deschamps Use Him?

Nabil Fekir Picks France: Where Will Deschamps Use Him?

The front page of Tuesday’s L’Equipe featured Olympique Lyonnais forward Nabil Fekir, confirming his decision to play for the country of his birth, France, over Algeria, the country where his parents were born. Front page of L’Equipe today. Fekir has made his decision. #FRA #OL pic.twitter.com/GnS3rIsY0o — FFW (@FrenchFtWeekly) March 10, 2015 It is wonderful news for France as Fekir follows in the footsteps of Zinedine Zidane and Karim Benzema in choosing Les Bleus over Les…

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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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