France Warm-Up for World Cup with 1-0 win over Canada

France Warm-Up for World Cup with 1-0 win over Canada

Having solidified their third place in the FIFA rankings after a good debut performance at the Algarve Cup, France took on the hosts of this summer’s World Cup, Canada, winning 1-0 through a goal from Eugenie Le Sommer. It was a slightly difficult match for les Bleues who, still without Louisa Necib, failed to develop much rhythm. Canada’s physical approach and solid organisation frustrated France’s attempts to create chances after an early move when Amel Majri…

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Women’s Champions League : PSG in the Semi-Finals

Women’s Champions League : PSG in the Semi-Finals

PSG have sealed their spot in the semi-finals of the WCL with a comfortable 7-0 aggregate win over Glasgow City. Having never previously been past the last 16, the capital club is building up a head of steam in European competition as well as domestically. Although Lyon have now sewn up a ninth straight Division 1 title, PSG put a real challenge together, and will relish their chances of breaking through on the continental stage…

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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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