Le50 2016: Georges-Kevin Nkoudou – Olympique de Marseille


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


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


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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PREVIEW: Lille OSC v SCO Angers – Ligue 1 Week 35

Lille Angers

On Wednesday night, Lille need to brush off their weekend hangover and get back to league duty at home to SCO Angers. The northern club lost the Coupe de la Ligue final 2-1 to Paris Saint-Germain and therefore haven’t secured a place in the Europa League for next season – they will now have to focus on their league quest. […]

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Le50 2016: Neal Maupay – AS Saint-Etienne


It seems just like yesterday that Neal Maupay was a 16-year-old forward jumping onto the Ligue 1 stage, giving France fans a reason to get excited. This is his fifth season as a Ligue 1 player, from his debut season for OGC Nice, playing nine games – just three starts – and scoring three goals, to this season, one full […]

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Le50 2016: Morgan Sanson: Montpellier HSC


Now in his third season in Montpellier after what must be one of La Paillade’s best bargain buys when they paid just €700k for the young midfielder from financially-troubled Le Mans, Morgan Sanson is a wonderful player whose promise has been frustratingly impacted by injury recently. Initially bought in as cover for Remy Cabella, rumoured to be departing in summer […]

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Le50 2016: Alexis Blin – Toulouse FC


A quick glance at the Ligue 1 table is enough for one to realise that things have not gone according to plan this year for Toulouse FC. Following managerial upheaval and squad changes, life in France’s top-flight this season has been difficult for the men from the south-west and the threat of relegation has been a constant reality. However, the […]

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Le50 2016: Mike Maignan – Lille OSC


Being second string goalkeeper at Lille is no easy task. Vincent Enyeama continues to be one of Ligue 1’s most consistent shot-stoppers, and the 2015-16 campaign for Mike Maignan has been even more testing because of a shoulder injury that has seen him sidelined for over three months. It was not the way the summer recruit from Paris Saint-Germain wished […]

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