Le50 2016: Benjamin Mendy – Olympique de Marseille

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Marseille’s imposing left-back is one of the most experienced players in Le50 this year, as the 21-year-old is in his fifth professional season; not for him the gentle easing in with a couple of substitute appearances in the league or token starts in less challenging cup games – at just 17 he made over 30 starts for Le Havre in […]

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PREVIEW: PSG v Rennes: Ligue 1 Week 36

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Stade Rennais travel to the French capital on Friday night for a tough clash against the champions at the Parc des Princes. On one hand, Paris Saint-Germain could be distracted and chance for Rennes to win some vital points in their quest for European football, but Laurent Blanc will expect his team to finish the season strong to help their […]

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Building for Success – PSG and the Champions League

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When Qatar Sports Investments bought Paris Saint-Germain in 2011 (securing 100% ownership in 2012), instantly transforming the Parc des Princes outfit into one of the richest clubs on the planet, it was the Champions League that was their ultimate goal. Champions League also is the way that the club will be judged by those inside and outside France. Their recent […]

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Le50 2016: Georges-Kevin Nkoudou – Olympique de Marseille

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Marseille fans have not had much to cheer them this season, but a bright spot has been the performance of young winger Georges-Kevin Nkoudou. Bought from Nantes for only €1.5m in the summer of 2015, he has brought pace, tenacity – and the feeling that he’s actually trying – to a team struggling on so many levels. Nkoudou’s record with […]

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Le50 2016: Adama Traoré – AS Monaco

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To call Adama Traoré’s last 12 months a roller-coaster would be a generous simplification. A year ago he was getting ready to score his second goal of the season for Lille against Bordeaux, and now he has finally made his way back from a five-month absence, recovering from a fractured ankle. For many young players, they would fall out of […]

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Le50 2016: Aldo Kalulu – Olympique Lyonnais

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Heading into Lyon’s fourth home match of the season, against Bastia, with the team still winless at the Gerland and missing Nabil Fekir who had just sustained a serious knee injury, coach Hubert Fournier needed to do something different. He gave 19-year-old Aldo Kalulu his first start. Less than 20 minutes in and Fournier’s gamble had already paid off. A […]

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