Who is Sehrou Guirassy? The Fox Catches His Newest Dogue

Who is Sehrou Guirassy? The Fox Catches His Newest Dogue

The Hervé Renard-era is now officially here and the charismatic coach has been quick to make his mark on his new team by buying and selling within the current transfer window. The former Sochaux boss has obviously learned from the success of one of Lille’s best pieces of business last year, by returning to Ligue 2 to source his latest transfer target. Before his January move to the Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Sofiane Boufal stood out as…

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Exclusive: Liverpool Target Simon Kjaer In No Rush to Move

Exclusive: Liverpool Target Simon Kjaer In No Rush to Move

Although the Ligue 1 season is over, many of the players are still on international duty before they can have a well-deserved break. Lille OSC’s Danish centre-back, Simon Kjaer, spoke to French Football Weekly before facing a double header with Denmark this week: “I am fit again after the injury that kept me out of our last game in Metz and ready to play both games for Denmark.” Finishing in eighth place and out of…

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Lille OSC v RC Lens: The Must-Win Derby du Nord

Lille OSC v RC Lens: The Must-Win Derby du Nord

In the Lille suburb of Villeneuve d’Ascq, the summer sun glistened through the trees at the Stade Lille Metropole on a warm Sunday evening in August 2006. Not since 1994 had the Derby du Nord been played so early in the season, and with both teams starting with a victory, defeat for either RC Lens or Lille OSC could spell disaster to the entire campaign. 90 minutes later and Lille had blown their bitter rivals…

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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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