Gardiens of the Galaxy: Options for Euro 2016

Gardiens of the Galaxy: Options for Euro 2016

The position of back-up goalkeeper is often one that sees limited opportunities but huge responsibility when their time in the spotlight comes. France it seems has been blessed with a large number of excellent goalkeepers in recent times and the friendly matches against Brazil and Denmark at the end of March gave les Bleus’ coach Didier Deschamps a chance to try out a couple of his deputies in the absence of captain Hugo Lloris. With…

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Why Paul-Georges Ntep could be the perfect move for Liverpool

Why Paul-Georges Ntep could be the perfect move for Liverpool

On Thursday, French newspaper L’Equipe reported that Stade Rennais winger and #Le50 alumni, Paul-Georges Ntep has visited Liverpool’s Melwood training ground twice in the last 10 days. Similar to how the Liverpool scouts were taken by the 22-year-old’s ability, he was suitably impressed with the infrastructure of the club, and a summer bid for the player could follow. With two years still left on Ntep’s contract, it would probably take a bid well in excess…

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Bon Courage Philipp Hosiner

Bon Courage Philipp Hosiner

Philipp Hosiner and Stade Rennais have todaygiven clarity on the players’ unfortunate health issues. The Austrian striker was all set to complete a loan move to Bundesliga side Cologne when his medical unearthed a kidney issue that neither the clubs nor Hosiner himself was aware of. After undergoing further tests it was discovered he was suffering from a tumour in his kidney. #comebackstronger http://t.co/LOQUUOwN8a — Philipp Hosiner (@HosinerP) February 20, 2015 Hosiner underwent surgery last week…

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AS Monaco v Stade Rennais: Coupe de France Preview

AS Monaco v Stade Rennais: Coupe de France Preview

Are the wheels starting to come off the Monaco revival? Just a week ago, they were still going strong in both cups, had reached the Champions League knockout round (Arsenal await!), were up to joint-fourth in Ligue 1, and were in the midst of a nearly 800-minute shutout streak, having not conceded a league goal since November. Now, though, just a few days later, they’ve gone out of the Coupe de la Ligue on penalties…

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Debut Goal for Lucas Ocampos Marseille’s Last Gasp Transfer

Debut Goal for Lucas Ocampos Marseille’s Last Gasp Transfer

One of the most interesting moves of the January transfer window was the loan of Argentine winger Lucas Ocampos from Monaco to Marseille – particularly when it looked like it might not happen. How ironic that he would go on to save Marseille’s blushes this weekend. With the clubs in agreement, somebody pointed out that Monaco had made too many loans already. According to LFP Regulations (article 266), teams can only have seven players out on…

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Rennes v Marseile: Preview – Week 28 + Ligue 1 Multiplex

Rennes v Marseile: Preview – Week 28 + Ligue 1 Multiplex

Before the season is out there will be many games in Ligue 1 deemed “must wins” for sides up and down the table, but Saturday afternoon’s meeting between Rennes and Marseille brings up a clash where neither side can really afford to go away without any points. There is a gaping hole somewhere in Philippe Montanier’s sinking ship, and unless he can find it, their hopes of playing in Europe next season are going to…

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Paris Saint-Germain v Rennes: Preview – Week 23

Paris Saint-Germain v Rennes: Preview – Week 23

The vision of Julien Feret steaming past Edson Mexer on Sunday will probably have woken Philippe Montanier in a cold sweat a few times this week. The prospect of taking on Paris Saint-Germain at the Parc des Princes after shipping four at home against relegation candidates Caen, will be a huge cause for concern – as will losing four of their last six games. Rennes last three victories all came in the two domestic cups,…

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Preview: Rennes v SM Caen + Reims v RC Lens

Preview: Rennes v SM Caen + Reims v RC Lens

Although Rennes sit 10 places and 12 points above Caen in the Ligue 1 table, you would have to say that the bottom placed club are actually the form team going into Sunday afternoon’s game. The Breton side has only won once in the last six league games and hasn’t won any of their last three games at the Stade de la Route de Lorient. Caen has picked up four points in their last three…

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