Le50 2016: Yann Bodiger – Toulouse FC


Yann Bodiger is a player making strong progress in the 12 months following the signing of his first professional contract with Toulouse FC. Nevertheless, the budding young midfielder was thrown into the deep end, forced to obtain some maturity as Le Tefece were threatened with relegation for much of the campaign. Under Dominique Arribage, Bodiger enjoyed some favour, having been […]

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Le50 2016: Rémi Walter – OGC Nice


At just twenty years old, Rémi Walter is already a fairly experienced footballer at first-team level. Having made his debut in 2013 with Nancy after he progressed through the club’s youth ranks, the local boy went on to make over 75 first-team appearances in a short period of over just three years at the club. So when Claude Puel’s Nice […]

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Le50 2016: Benjamin Pavard – Lille OSC


As a young footballer, your decisions can make or break your career. In this cut-throat business, you need to grasp every opportunity with both hands. When René Girard was in charge in Lille OSC, rather than take a holiday with his parents, Benjamin Pavard stayed in Northern France, giving himself a chance at turning professional. The 19-year-old took his chance […]

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Ligue 1: The Battle for Europe


PSG secured their fourth consecutive title last month, so as they motor gently onwards, unencumbered by any distractions, focus turns to the battle for who will join them in Europe next season. This is slightly complicated by the fact that PSG could also win the Coupe de France, so at this point it’s not clear if sixth in the league […]

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Le50 2016: Stéphane Sparagna – Olympique de Marseille


Stephane Sparagna is one of the few players Marseille are pinning their hopes on in the next few seasons. In light of a tough financial environment, and lack of decent players available at the back, Sparagna has long been earmarked as one of the new crop of interesting young players to be formed out of La Commanderie. And ask any […]

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Le50 2016: Thomas Lemar – AS Monaco


Asked to describe Thomas Lemar’s ability, former team-mate Alaeddine Yahia said “his left foot is amazing – it’s like a hand – he puts the ball where he wants”. So Foot magazine said that Lemar’s cross-field balls, delivered with his left foot, should be UNESCO-protected. Anthony Martial said of him “he’s small, thin, frail, but he never loses the ball […]

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Le50 2016: Grejohn Kyei – Stade de Reims


When Grejohn Kyei suffered a twisted ankle in November, he was originally forecast to sit out a period of around eight weeks. Instead, his path back to fitness would take over five months. For Reims, this was a heavy blow. The 20-year-old attacker had featured heavily in Olivier Guegan’s plans at the start of the season and had done so […]

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