Champions League Qualification Preview: OGC Nice vs Ajax Amsterdam

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We’ve barely put the Confederations Cup in the rear-view mirror, but already football is upon us once again, as Nice seek to reap the rewards of their impressive 2016/17 season. Les Aiglons‘ third place finish earned them a place in the third round of the Champions’ League qualifiers, and this evening they host an Ajax side which, less than three […]

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Lyon V2.0 – a football reboot

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Three seasons ago a young, exciting Olympique Lyonnais team filled with homegrown talent and coached by Hubert Fournier threatened to upset the PSG juggernaut and knock the Parisians off their perch as champions. Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be for Les Gones but there was a genuine sense of excitement at what a side featuring the likes Anthony Lopes, Alexandre Lacazette, […]

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Le50 2017 – Nicolas Pépé

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Now part of Gerard Lopez’s “LOSCUnlimited” project at Lille, Nicolas Pépé’s rise seems set to continue unabated. Born in the western Paris suburb of Mantes-la-Jolie, the young winger, late of Angers, has moved to the north of France for a sum rumoured to be in the order of €10m. His move is one of a host of acquisitions made by […]

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Le50 2017 – Thomas Didillon

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Undoubtedly talented, Metz’s young goalkeeper Thomas Didillon has endured a rather savage season in terms of his confidence. Still just 21, the big youngster had been a regular for France’s various youth sides, and been integral to the club’s promotion in the previous season, conceding just two goals in the team’s first seven matches before a broken finger sidelined him […]

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Le50 2017 – Adam Ounas

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Ligue 1 followers will be well aware by now that it is a league littered with young, ambitious and naturally gifted raw diamonds destined to be stars. Those three descriptions perfectly fit 20-year-old midfielder Adam Ounas. Despite talents such as Lyon’s Nabil Fekir and Nantes’ Amine Harit grabbing the headlines, Ounas – a product of the fabled Bordeaux academy – […]

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Le50 2017 – Yann Karamoh

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The match: Caen v Dijon. The score: 0-0. The 24th minute, and a wiry number 7 drifts to the right-hand channel before taking one touch and whipping an inch-perfect deep cross to the head of the arriving Ivan Santini for an opening goal. That number 7? Yann Karamoh. This perfectly encapsulates the young winger’s qualities all in one goal: pace, […]

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Le50 2017 – Martin Terrier

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Nearly every six-year-old kid, when they pull on their boots and begin kicking a ball, dreams of making it all the way to the very top. For Lille’s Martin Terrier, that became a reality while playing for SC Bailleul. Recruiters from LOSC were standing on the touchline when the little midfielder apparently went on a mazy run. There and then […]

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Louis Nicollin : lived 1943 – 2017; reigned 1974 – 2017

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Montpellier’s larger-than-life President, Louis Nicollin, has died. LouLou was one of the great characters in football and seemed indestructible. I thought he’d go on for ever, hugging his players, snaffling shirts from the best of the opposition, giving interviews that you knew had the rest of the MHSC staff with their heads in their hands and/or swearing loudly in the office…but […]

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