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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France to get their Toulon Tournament challenge underway

France to get their Toulon Tournament challenge underway

This year’s edition of the Toulon Youth Festival kicks off today and France will be hoping to capture their 12th title under the guidance of Ludovic Batelli. It is possibly a less experienced Toulon squad that we are used to seeing from France. Last year’s team included PSG duo Adrien Rabiot and Jean-Christophe Bahebeck, who was top scorer with four, with Nancy’s Paul Nardi winning best goalkeeper and then-Rennes midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko deemed ‘most elegant player’….

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France Run Rampant Over Scotland in Under-17 Victory

France Run Rampant Over Scotland in Under-17 Victory

France kicked off their Under-17 European Championship campaign with a rampant 5-0 victory over Scotland in Stara Zagora. After a tough and even start for Jean-Claude Giuntini’s side, it was Paris Saint-Germain’s Nanimato Ikone that opened the scoring after 18 minutes – he would stun the Scottish side by making it 2-0 just minutes later after dancing through the Scottish defence. His club teammate, Odsonne Edouard scored the pick of the goals when his cute…

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Why Paul-Georges Ntep could be the perfect move for Liverpool

Why Paul-Georges Ntep could be the perfect move for Liverpool

On Thursday, French newspaper L’Equipe reported that Stade Rennais winger and #Le50 alumni, Paul-Georges Ntep has visited Liverpool’s Melwood training ground twice in the last 10 days. Similar to how the Liverpool scouts were taken by the 22-year-old’s ability, he was suitably impressed with the infrastructure of the club, and a summer bid for the player could follow. With two years still left on Ntep’s contract, it would probably take a bid well in excess…

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The Calm Before the Transfer Window Storm

The Calm Before the Transfer Window Storm

Windows sound like a simple concept. They’re open, or closed. Anyone with experience of the Microsoft operating system will know it isn’t always that simple, however. There’s still a month left of the season left to play, but the statements, intentions, reassurances, come-and-get-me pleas, come-and-get-him pleas, etc. have started already. It’s like the sash window that rattles interminably even though you’ve wedged a folded-up pizza leaflet into the frame. Lots of the talk now relates to…

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