Le50 2017 – Thomas Didillon

Didillon FCM

Undoubtedly talented, Metz’s young goalkeeper Thomas Didillon has endured a rather savage season in terms of his confidence. Still just 21, the big youngster had been a regular for France’s various youth sides, and been integral to the club’s promotion in the previous season, conceding just two goals in the team’s first seven matches before a broken finger sidelined him […]

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Bureaucracy Corner – HT: DNCG 2 – 0 Corsica

Squillacci

Ah, summer is here. While most football coverage right now is a feverish attempt to find who’s been seen at what airport (he’s from Chambery, Lyon is the closest international airport for a family holiday), France has another tradition apart from selling top talent for mates’ rates and loaning each other youth players. Welcome back, the DNCG, staggering into view like a […]

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Le50 2017 – Olivier Kemen

Kemen GFCA

To say that Olivier Kemen has had a frustrating season would be an understatement. The Cameroon-born midfielder came through Metz’s academy before moving to Newcastle in 2013, where he failed to make an impact, despite making the bench for the Premier League club on a handful of occasions. Seizing on Kemen’s frustration, Lyon moved to bring him on board in […]

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Le50 2017 – Youssef Aït Bennasser

Ait Benasser ASNL

As ways to announce yourself to the wider French footballing public go, Youssef Aït-Bennasser’s choice was quite spectacular. With promotion-chasing Nancy 2-1 up in the 94th minute against Le Havre, Youssouf Hadji unleashed a thunderbolt from 20 yards. The ball hit the top of the crossbar and ricocheted directly upwards. Aït-Bennasser – already named man of the match – was […]

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Le50 2017 – Ismaïla Sarr

Sarr FCM

When Ismaila Sarr made his full international debut for Senegal against Namibia in September 2016, entering the fray late on as a substitute for Sadio Mané, the symbolism was not lost on the watching Senegal fans, as “the next Sadio Mané” replaced the current incarnation. For Metz fans, that symbolism was stronger still, both players having followed the same path […]

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Le50 2017 – Ferland Mendy

Mendy HAC

Paul Pogba. Riyad Mahrez. Steve Mandanda. Vikash Dhorasoo. Lassana Diarra. Gueida Fofana. Benjamin Mendy. The list of talented players who have come through the ranks at Le Havre goes on. So much so that it seems the club is now running out of original names and positions. And so the latest player who promises to follow left back Benjamin Mendy […]

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