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

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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, […]

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Newcastle United youngster makes France Under-19 squad

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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 […]

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Deschamps selects Chelsea’s Kurt Zouma for France friendlies

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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 […]

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Nabil Fekir Picks France: Where Will Deschamps Use Him?

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

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Manchester United and Real Madrid in transfer battle for Aymeric Laporte

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Aymeric Laporte, one of Europe’s most promising young defenders, is set to become the focus of a bidding war between Manchester United and Real Madrid, if both Marca and Guillem Balague are to be believed. Laporte is only the second Frenchman to represent Athletic Bilbao (qualifying thanks to his Basque great-grandparents), and he is already showing the potential to match […]

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From Marseille to Moscow: The success of Mathieu Valbuena

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

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