Adama Traore: Lille’s Malian Midfielder with a Huge Future

Adama Traore: Lille’s Malian Midfielder with a Huge Future

With Lille’s squad stretched by a heavy autumnal fixture list, Rene Girard had few options but to throw young Adama Traoré into a starting berth away at Lyon. The match was lost 0-3 and les Dogues were abject, but this decision to toss the Malian academy graduate in at the deep end looks like it will bear fruit for the northern club. Lille scouts spotted Traoré playing at the Academy Jean-Marc Guillou in Mali’s capital,…

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Rennes v Marseile: Preview – Week 28 + Ligue 1 Multiplex

Rennes v Marseile: Preview – Week 28 + Ligue 1 Multiplex

Before the season is out there will be many games in Ligue 1 deemed “must wins” for sides up and down the table, but Saturday afternoon’s meeting between Rennes and Marseille brings up a clash where neither side can really afford to go away without any points. There is a gaping hole somewhere in Philippe Montanier’s sinking ship, and unless he can find it, their hopes of playing in Europe next season are going to…

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Lille OSC v Paris Saint-Germain: Coupe de la Ligue Preview

Lille OSC v Paris Saint-Germain: Coupe de la Ligue Preview

Into the closing stages of the most involved route into Europe possible, and a set of fixtures that look likely to pit France’s two Champions League teams against each other in the final. First up on Tuesday is Lille vs Paris Saint-German at the Stade Pierre Mauroy. Last Round Round-Up In the second quarter-final PSG beat Saint-Etienne 1-0 at the Geoffroy-Guichard, Zlatan Ibrahimovic with the goal. Saint-Etienne made some good chances but put most of them…

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Pape Souaré: Crystal Palace’s Adventurous New Left-Back

Pape Souaré: Crystal Palace’s Adventurous New Left-Back

Earlier Monday morning and the football world still wait for official confirmation from either Crystal Palace of Lille OSC to confirm the transfer of Pape Souaré to the Premier League club. In this day of modern technology, we were left with no doubt the move had gone through when Palace’s chairman Steve Parish posted a picture on twitter and Instagram shaking hands with the Senegalese defender. This low key exit is in some way similar…

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Marseille v Evian: Preview + Ligue 1 Saturday

Marseille v Evian: Preview + Ligue 1 Saturday

Marcelo Bielsa’s side return to the Stade Velodrome this weekend and try to forget about their terrible away record. Evian have conceded 25 goals away from home, have only won twice and have no draws to show for their troubles. Evian have a history of turning up and putting in performances when you least expect it – just ask PSG – but it would be a shock if OM didn’t come away with a victory…

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Former Lille Striker and Charlton Atheltic Target Moves to Spain

Former Lille Striker and Charlton Atheltic Target Moves to Spain

Spanish second division side Real Valladolid have today announced on their official website the signing of former Le Mans, Lille and Évian Thonon Gaillard striker Túlio de Melo on a free transfer until the end of June. The club announced that the player arrived in Madrid this morning, and after negotiations were finalised, he successfully completed a medical. [Presentación] De Melo, ilusionado con el reto del ascenso http://t.co/5nxcgkbVmq #pucela @tuliodemelo9 pic.twitter.com/QhbpMpMgy7 — Real Valladolid C.F….

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Preview: Lille OSC v AS Monaco + Ligue 1 Saturday

Preview: Lille OSC v AS Monaco + Ligue 1 Saturday

Earlier in the season, the last meeting between these two was played out in the shadows of Radamel Falcao arranging his move to Manchester United in the stands. Both teams have changed significantly since the end of August and it sets up a very intriguing clash at the Stade Pierre Mauroy. The home side sit in 12th, but their form had improved massively just before the winter break, winning three out of four games before…

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Crystal Palace Move For Defender Could Help Liverpool Land Origi

Crystal Palace Move For Defender Could Help Liverpool Land Origi

Premier League side Crystal Palace have this morning been linked with a move for Lille OSC left-back Pape Souaré. It has been reported by French newspaper L’Equipe, that the London club has made an offer of €4.6 million for the 24-year-old Senegalese defender. There are two interesting developments that the sale of Souaré could lead too. First of all, it would give Lille the money to buy Brazilian centre-forward Derley from Portuguese side Benfica, which…

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