Breton Pride Dented as Rennes Comfortably Beaten 2-0 By Celtic

Breton Pride Dented as Rennes Comfortably Beaten 2-0 By Celtic

At the beginning of the day, Glasgow was awash with blue skies and white clouds, but much like Stade Rennais’ Saturday afternoon, it quickly turned for the worse. As the rain fell over Celtic Park, a promising start from Philippe Montanier’s side was washed away within 13 minutes. Goals from Leigh Griffiths and Gary Mackay-Steven gave Celtic a 2-0 lead at HT and left the former Real Sociedad boss scratching his head with only two weeks until their…

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Newcastle United’s Kemen Captains France Towards Under-19 Glory

Newcastle United’s Kemen Captains France Towards Under-19 Glory

France get their UEFA Under-19 campaign in Greece underway on Friday evening, with Coach Patrick Gonfalone looking to take advantage of the favourable draw in order to reach the semi-finals. “The tournament favourites – Germany, Spain and the Netherlands – were drawn into the same group and that’s a relatively tough section. The fact we’re in the other group could potentially open the door for us. However, knowing how football works, we’re aware that every team…

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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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