Festival International Espoirs Final Day – England win, Scotland third

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After three trips to the final day of what used to be called the Toulon Tournament which featured France playing in the final (losing to Brazil in 2014, beating Morocco in 2015, and losing to England in 2016), in this year’s expanded edition they didn’t even make it out of the group. This left a final day line-up of Scotland v Czech Republic […]

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FFW Podcast : PSG win the Cup

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Phil, Jeremy and Rich round up some end-of-season events including the Coupe de France and Gambardella finals, and international tournaments currently underway, before getting on to the serious business of exactly what type of midfielder Jean Michaël Seri is as they pick a team of the season. The podcast is available on… SOUNDCLOUD …and after much to-ing-and-fro-ing, the Team of the […]

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United Keeping Tabs On Celtic’s Dembele

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Ever since young French striker Moussa Dembele arrived at Celtic Park from English Championship side Fulham, he has looked every bit a star, scoring eighteen goals for his new club to date. The 20-year-old took his tally for the French Under-21 side to four goals from four games recently, finding the back of the net twice in a 3-2 victory […]

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Problem with Youth: Will France Under-21s Blow it Again?

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With just one qualifying game left, we are close to once again seeing the French under-21s failing to live up to their potential. Needing other results to go their way on Tuesday evening, France are staring down the barrel of missing out on a place at the European Championships next summer; a tournament they have not qualified for since 2006. […]

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Toulon 2016 – France, England, Hotel loyalty cards

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The Toulon tournament is a great way to see stars of the future but has a slightly Acorn Antiques approach to overall organisation, which can make it difficult to plan trips even if you aren’t heading here from abroad. In 2014, for example, they posted two different sets of match timings for the final day which meant a lot of […]

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France 2 – 1 Mali: Toulon 2016 – Bamba makes the difference

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France went into their third game of the tournament with two wins out of two, needing a point to guarantee a top two spot in Group A, and therefore a place on the final day. Mali had a mountain to climb with only one point after losing to the Czech Republic and then playing out a chaotic 3-3 draw against Mexico in the […]

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France U19 Men Fall to Spain as Women Stand Strong

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It’s been a busy summer, and France can be rather happy with how things have turned out, overall. First, they won the U17 Euros, beating Germany 4-1 in a final that featured a hat-trick from PSG’s Odsonne Edouard. Then, the Toulon Tournament, where an U20 side came from a goal down against Morocco with an impressive second-half performance in the […]

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