FC Metz Need to Cohade or Go Home

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As promotion celebrations go, you’d be hard-pushed to find more muted: Metz had secured the final promotion slot to return to Ligue 1, but only after a disastrous night during which Le Havre overhauled a three point and six goal deficit, beating Bourg-en-Bresse 5-0, leaving Metz hanging on to a flattering 1-0 loss at Lens. Philippe Hischberger’s men were going […]

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Bureaucracy Round-Up : Evian – it’s a waterfall

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The summer ‘break’ in football is a time for many things – international tournaments, transfer rumours, ill-advised posts on instagram from your favourite players, confusing pre-season matches against Austrian amateur sides that somehow end up on TV anyway, and – in France at least – admin, which is definitely in the top five national sports. The DNCG (financial overseer of French […]

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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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Le50 2016: Thomas Didillon – FC Metz

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As FC Metz brought in a raft of new players during the summer in their quest for an immediate return to Ligue 1, only in one position were no purchases made; however, one major change did take place, as 19-year-old goalkeeper Thomas Didillon took over the number 1 slot from Johann Carrasso. While Metz’s season has been a rollercoaster, with […]

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Ligue 1 PREVIEW: OM v Stade de Reims and Reims v Relegation – Week 37

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To say Marseille have had a difficult season is not so much an understatement as, well, something else entirely. L’Equipe headlined their last match, a 1-0 win away at Angers, after eleven matches without a victory, with ‘Marseille tient son maintien‘ (roughly, ‘Marseille are staying up’) – and this was of a very different mood than those Leicester fans waving a […]

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Le50 2016: Lys Mousset – Le Havre AC

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Sometimes players start seasons as they mean to go on, and that’s exactly how Lys Mousset began this Ligue 2 campaign as Le Havre visited Bourg-en-Bresse. The latest product off from the Normand club’s famous youth system took just one touch after coming off the bench before rifling home a blistering 40-yard strike high past Sébastien Callamand. Some questioned whether […]

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Le50 2016: Fabien Centonze – Evian TG

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few are as versatile as Évian Thonon-Gaillard’s star youth product Fabien Centonze. In a season in which the club has struggled to adapt to another spell in Ligue 2 after last season’s relegation, the 19-year-old utility man’s development has been a much needed source of pride for les Roses’ supporters and directors. The Voiron-born youngster has made an impressive 31 […]

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Le50 2016: Angelo Fulgini – Valenciennes FC

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As first matches as a professional go, it wasn’t a bad start. Making his first Valenciennes appearance since signing his first contract in the summer, it took Angelo Fulgini four minutes to score his club’s – and Ligue 2’s – first goal of the season, in VAFC’s 1-0 win at Niort. It was no surprise that Fulgini seemed in a […]

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