Maxime Lopez : Marseille’s New Star Winning Admirers

Maxime Lopez

A new name is filling in the column inches in the south of France at the moment. Whereas the return of Dimitri Payet has unsurprisingly captured the imagination of Olympique de Marseille supporters, the real adulation has been reserved for 19-year-old Maxime Lopez who has enjoyed a breakthrough campaign so far in 2016-17 following his graduation from the youth side. […]

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Clement Grenier to Roma : From Lyon to i Lupi

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As far as farewell goals go, Clément Grenier’s strike against Bourg-en-Bresse Péronnas is as distant and lowkey as you’ll find.  Set against the backdrop of the French national team’s Euro 2016 campaign, the one-time international stepped up in a friendly match to caress a trademark free kick into the opponent’s net leaving the poor goalkeeper rooted to the spot. The […]

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Coupe de la Ligue Semi Finals : Monaco v Nancy

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The first semi-final finished Bordeaux 1 – 4 Paris-Saint Germain as the holders rolled over their hosts with braces from Angel Di Maria and Edinson Cavani. Eric Devin looks at the match-up to decide who will face PSG in their fourth consecutive final.  Given the clubs involved and their histories, it is likely that, of the two Coupe de la […]

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Coupe de la Ligue Semi-Finals : Bordeaux v PSG

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When Bordeaux met Paris Saint-Germain in the league in early October, the match, a 2-0 victory for the hosts at the Parc des Princes, was a bit of a damp squib. Edinson Cavani had a brace within half an hour and the result was never in doubt. Things have changed in the intervening nearly four months, however, as PSG went […]

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Memphis Blues: Can Depay Relaunch His Career At Lyon?

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“The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some become strong at the broken places.” Ernest Hemmingway There’s a Japanese art form known as kintsugi which is the reconstruction of shattered pottery with lacquer mixed with gold. The idea is to recognize the beauty in broken things and embrace the damage. If any player is in need of a footballing version of […]

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Coupe de la Ligue Quarter-Finals – Wednesday: Bordeaux v Guingamp and PSG v Metz

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The cup competition continues apace this mid-week with the second two quarterfinals of the Coupe de la Ligue. A suddenly resurgent Paris Saint-Germain are obviously favoured, but don’t rule out a scrappy Guingamp, either. The Breton side were seconds away from defeating Monaco in the season’s opening league match, and turned aside the Parisians handily in the first half’s penultimate matchday.  Girondins […]

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Coupe de la Ligue Quarter-Finals – Tuesday : Nantes v Nancy and Sochaux v Monaco

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We’re yet to see the return of Ligue 1 in France, but the cup competitions continue apace this mid-week with the quarterfinals of the Coupe de la Ligue. Monaco, authors of a 7-0 defeat of Rennes in the previous round, look to be co-favorites with a suddenly resurgent Paris Saint-Germain, and face the last remaining Ligue 2 side, FC Sochaux. Elsewhere, […]

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