Aymeric Laporte leads France’s new-look Under-21 squad

Aymeric Laporte leads France’s new-look Under-21 squad

France Under-21 coach Pierre Mankowski has selected his 20-man squad for the upcoming friendlies against Estonia and Netherlands. Les Espoirs failed to qualify for the 2015 European Championships this summer, but the qualification process for the 2017 Championships in Poland starts in September. Mankowski has moved on to the 1994 born group of players, so the likes of Alphonse Areola, Samuel Umtiti, Gianelli Imbula, Jordan Veretout, Paul-Georges Ntep, Yaya Sanogo and Florian Thauvin are no…

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Newcastle United youngster makes France Under-19 squad

Newcastle United youngster makes France Under-19 squad

Patrick Gonfalone has picked his 18-man squad that will play in the U19 UEFA Elite round games against Azerbaijan, Denmark and England. France are in Group 7 and the winners of each group then go on to the final phase in May with the hosts Greece. There are only one set of fixtures in this round. Goalkeepers: Florian Escales (Olympique de Marseille), Bingourou Kamara (Tours FC) Defenders: Mouctar Diakhaby (Olympique Lyonnais), Abdou Diallo (AS Monaco),…

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Deschamps selects Chelsea’s Kurt Zouma for France friendlies

Deschamps selects Chelsea’s Kurt Zouma for France friendlies

Didier Deschamps has announced his squad for the friendlies against Brazil and Denmark at the end of March. There was a lot of speculation regarding who he would pick since the last friendly against Sweden in November. The main question was regarding the inclusion of Lyon’s Nabil Fekir after he choose France over Algeria earlier in the month, and the 21-year-old as well as Geoffrey Kondogbia and Chelsea’s Kurt Zouma were the most interesting choices….

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Nimes Face Relegation After LFP Decision on Match-Fixing

Nimes Face Relegation After LFP Decision on Match-Fixing

On 17th March, the LFP Disciplinary Commission gave its decision after the investigation of several matches played by Nimes Olympique last season. They found that the club tried to arrange four matches, by the actions of two of their officers, majority shareholder Serge Kasparian and former president Jean-Marc Conrad, both of whom have been banned from football for considerable periods. As a result, Nimes will be administratively relegated one division at the end of this season…

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Europa League – Guingamp go to Kiev

Europa League – Guingamp go to Kiev

After last week’s chaotic 2-1 win over 9-man Dynamo Kiev at the Roudourou, Guingamp have no key injuries as they travel for the second leg. Jocelyn Gourvennec put the weekend’s defeat at home to Montpellier down to tiredness, but stressed that his team has now recovered and is in good shape for the match in Kiev. The squad: Lössl, Samassa, Guichard – Jacobsen, Baca, Angoua, Kerbrat, Sorbon, Dos Santos, Lévêque – Pied, Diallo, Mathis, Cardy, Sankharé,…

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What Will Former France Captain Bring to Charlton Athletic

What Will Former France Captain Bring to Charlton Athletic

Championship side Charlton Athletic have completed the signing of former France national team captain, Alou Diarra, on a short-term contract. The 33 year old defensive midfielder has been without a club following his release from West Ham United at the end of last season and has moved across London to join Guy Luzon’s team until the end of this season. The defender was previously on Bayern Munich’s and Liverpool’s books before going on to represent…

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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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Former Lyon Youth Product Linked With Wigan Athletic Move

Former Lyon Youth Product Linked With Wigan Athletic Move

Wigan Athletic could be close to signing twenty-three-year-old attacking midfielder Harry Novillo. According to Vital Football, Novillo, who represented France’s  U19  side eight times,  is believed to be training with The Latics and is said to have impressed in a training match against Premier League side Burnley at Wigan’s Christopher Park training complex.  Novillo is a free agent after recently leaving Ligue 2 side Clermont Foot by mutual consent. A product of Olympique Lyonnais’ world…

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