Timing is Key if Newcastle United Want Good Deal for Florian Thauvin

Timing is Key if Newcastle United Want Good Deal for Florian Thauvin

There are suggestions from both the French and English media this morning to suggest that Newcastle United are preparing a €15 million bid for Olympique de Marseille winger Florian Thauvin. It all began on Monday when La Provence reported that OM had received a bid for that amount for the 22-year-old former France under-21 international. Then early on Tuesday morning, Mark Douglas of The Chronicle reported that Thauvin is one of the favourites of Graham…

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France Weather Moroccan Storm to Lift the Toulon trophy

France Weather Moroccan Storm to Lift the Toulon trophy

At around the time that Hugo Lloris was picking the ball out of net in the Stade de France for the first time last night, France’s under-20 team were picking up their winners’ medals down in the Stade Mayol. Following the France Under-17 team’s European championship win last month, Francis Smerecki’s under-20 side added another piece of silverware to the Clairefontaine trophy cabinet, as his team came from behind to beat Morocco 3-1 and win the Tournoi de…

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Exclusive: Liverpool Target Simon Kjaer In No Rush to Move

Exclusive: Liverpool Target Simon Kjaer In No Rush to Move

Although the Ligue 1 season is over, many of the players are still on international duty before they can have a well-deserved break. Lille OSC’s Danish centre-back, Simon Kjaer, spoke to French Football Weekly before facing a double header with Denmark this week: “I am fit again after the injury that kept me out of our last game in Metz and ready to play both games for Denmark.” Finishing in eighth place and out of…

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Lyon Youngster Interesting Celtic and the Premier League

Lyon Youngster Interesting Celtic and the Premier League

Reports have emerged within the French press tonight that suggest Scottish champions Celtic and a host of English Premier League teams are interested in Olympique Lyonnais and Morocco under-23 international Fahd Moufi. According to sources at Foot Mercato, the 19-year-old right-back is also attracting attention from a number of Les Gones’ Ligue 1 rivals. The promising youth prospect is said to be hopeful of signing a first professional contract with his current club which would…

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Toulon: France take step towards final beating Costa Rica 2-1

Toulon: France take step towards final beating Costa Rica 2-1

On Tuesday evening, France guaranteed passage from the Group stage at Toulon with a 2-1 win over Costa Rica. It hasn’t confirmed their place in the weekend’s final, but they are one step closer. A double from Bordeaux’s Enzo Crivelli means that Les Bleuets only need a point from their final game against Netherlands and they will be in the final. Coach Francis Smericki made eight changes from the 2-0 win over Qatar on Friday…

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Toulon: All-change for France in 2-0 Victory Over Qatar

Toulon: All-change for France in 2-0 Victory Over Qatar

France took control of Group A on Friday evening, beating Qatar 2-0 in Hyeres. Adrien Hunou’s early goal separated the two sides, but Younes Kaabouni stole the show with a stunning second half strike. Francis Smerecki made nine changes to the side that beat USA 3-1 on Wednesday, but it only strengthened France’s chances of winning the tournament, showing the depth in class they have to offer. In a prematch interview he stressed that with games…

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France shock USA with 3-1 opening win at Toulon

France shock USA with 3-1 opening win at Toulon

France got their 2015 Toulon Tournament campaign off to a fantastic start on Wednesday. Three first half goals put a swift end to the challenge from the United States and announced a new group of talented young players. Francis Smerecki lined up his side playing 4-2-3-1 with Yann Bodiger and Baptiste Santamaria anchoring the midfield so the three talented attacking midfielders – Romain Habran, Fares Bahlouli and Thomas Lemar – could play with freedom. Bahlouli of Lyon started in a…

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FFW 2014/15 Ligue 1 Team of the Year

FFW 2014/15 Ligue 1 Team of the Year

After handing out the individual awards, it’s time to reveal our 2014/15 Ligue 1 Team of the Year. The FFW writers all voted for their choices, the players with the most votes in each position were chosen for the team. Maxwell of Paris Saint-Germain, Andre-Pierre Gignac at Marseille and Lyon’s Maxime Gonalons all narrowly missed out on a place. Here is the 2014/15 FFW Ligue 1 Team of the Year:   GK: Anthony Lopes (Lyon)…

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