Preview: AS Saint-Etienne v AEK Athens – Europa League Qualifying

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Saint-Etienne get back into the competitive swing of things with a third-round qualifying home tie against Greek Superleague side AEK Athens, who are making their first European appearance since 2011/12. ASSE will be hoping that this campaign is more like last year’s creditable round of 32 appearance than their two previous efforts, coming bottom of their group in 2014/15 and failing to qualify […]

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Preview: Lille OSC v FK Qabala – Europa League Qualifying

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Opinions are mixed in Lille right now, fans are somewhat happy, apprehensive and some just plain confused. All that goes out the window on Thursday when the action turns to the pitch – not their normal pitch – as they take on Azerbaijani side FK Qabala in the first leg of their Europa League third round qualifying tie. Due to […]

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Preview: Fenerbahce v Monaco – Champions League Qualifying

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In the last three seasons, the third-placed French team has failed to reach the group stages of the Champions’ League, most recently Monaco losing to Valencia in a somewhat unlucky fashion in the play-off round last season. Again, their season starts in late July, in the third qualifying round, and this time Turkish powerhouse Fenerbahce are their opponents. Fenerbahce have a […]

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Spurs New Boy Faces Fight for First-Team Minutes

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Once his medical is complete and the finer details are ironed out, Georges-Kevin Nkoudou will sign for Tottenham Hotspur. The deal is reported to be for around €13 million and he is another young player with great potential joining Mauricio Pochettino’s squad. You can read more about his strengths and weaknesses in Andrew Gibney’s FourFourTwo Talentspotter piece. If we are […]

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How could Brexit affect Ligue 1?

Brexit Ligue 1

Britain’s decision to leave the EU is a monumental geopolitical event. It will have far-reaching consequences in all areas of society and economics. Football is not immune from this. French football, in particular, will be watching with interest. Ligue 1 and the Premier League have become intrinsically intertwined, with England being the prime destination for France’s best talent. Could the Brexit […]

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Floyd Ayite to Fulham

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After rumours linking Nottingham Forest with SC Bastia’s winger / centre-forward Floyd Ayite after they brought in Philippe Montanier as their new manager, the Togolese international has signed for Fulham on a three-year deal with an option for one more. BREAKING: Please join us in welcoming Floyd Ayité to Fulham Football Club! > https://t.co/dnojOftiyE pic.twitter.com/qcxc0mTTRI — Fulham Football Club (@FulhamFC) July 1, 2016 […]

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What will Philippe Montanier Bring to Nottingham Forest

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The appointment of Philippe Montanier as the new coach at Nottingham Forest came as a surprise to quite a few people in France. Perhaps the same way as his arrival at Stade Rennais did back in 2013. After great success at Real Sociedad, the former goalkeeper turned up in Brittany and offered hope to the Rennes fans, hoping to usher […]

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Chelsea Set to Win Race to Sign Michy Batshuayi from Marseille

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On Monday evening, news broke that Crystal Palace had agreed a fee with Olympique de Marseille for Belgian striker Michy Batshuayi. That must have triggered a few alarm bells around Europe and 24 hours later L’Equipe and RMC were reporting that Chelsea have jumped in, sealing a €40 million move. Confirmation de l'info de l'Equipe. #Batshuayi c'est fait à #Chelsea pour […]

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