Could former Liverpool forward be a shrewd addition at Lyon?

Could former Liverpool forward be a shrewd addition at Lyon?

Lyon are going to have to get creative in what remains of the winter transfer window as the purse strings are pulled tight at Stade Gerland. Coach Hubert Fournier is embracing the challenge, though, and will leave no stone unturned in his efforts to unearth potential bargains. That search is reported to have led him to Turkey and in particular to an experienced performer on the books of Fenerbahce who is catching the eye. Dirk…

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Europa Euround-up : Beauvue brace keeps the Ligue 1 end up

Europa Euround-up : Beauvue brace keeps the Ligue 1 end up

The last group game in both European competitions and with only one team (PSG) sure of progressing to the next round, some tension in the air. The midweek of destiny was upon us. On Tuesday, Monaco welcomed Zenit St Petersburg to the Stade Louis II needing a point to progress, and ended up topping the group after a 2-0 win as Bayer Leverkusen downed tools and drew 0-0 away at Benfica. With a back four of…

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Europa Euround-up: Don’t Roux Missed Chances

Europa Euround-up: Don’t Roux Missed Chances

Another midweek European round, with the Champions League serving as an amuse-bouche for the serious business of the Europa League on Thursday. In group F, PSG stay top, a point ahead of Barcelona, after their 3-1 win over Ajax. Cavani opened the scoring around the half-hour mark, Ajax pulled it back level in the second half through Davy Klaassen, then PSG made it safe with Ibrahimovic’s first goal since August, and a second for Cavani. Barcelona put…

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L’Affaire Crocodile – Investigation into Ligue 2

L’Affaire Crocodile – Investigation into Ligue 2

On Tuesday morning, news broke of multiple arrests in the world of French football. Confusingly, there seemed to be two different inquiries going on – one into transfer dealings relating to OM, and one into match-fixing, involving several Ligue 2 teams but pivoting around Nimes, who were battling relegation last season, finally managing to stay up in 15th. The following is a summation of developments in the latter case, for the benefit of non-French-speaking readers,…

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Willy Sagnol Comments Revive Football and Race Debate

Willy Sagnol Comments Revive Football and Race Debate

Willy Sagnol the player never hesitated to tell the world what he was thinking. Willy Sagnol the manager has been similarly content to speak his mind, particularly on the subject of referees. So when Bordeaux’s main newspaper, Sud-Ouest, organised a group interview between the Bordeaux manager and some fans among their readership, we were entitled to expect plenty of material to chew over. What we didn’t expect was to be thrown into another row about racism and…

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Kevin Anin

At around 6pm yesterday (Tuesday), a news item appeared on L’Equipe’s website (and many other places) saying that Nice midfielder Kevin Anin had been involved in a car accident. It had happened overnight, on the motorway Seine-Maritime, and he was in hospital at Rouen, along with three other people who had been in the car, in which he had been sitting in the back. Their condition was not at that time known, although rumours began to…

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FC Lorient – a new space for Le jeu a la Lorientaise

When it comes to footballing academies across Europe we think about the Barcelona academy, the Ajax academy, the Sporting Lisbon academy, and when thinking about academies in France we think about Clairefontaine. Clairefontaine is known as the national institution for football in France and it has been the starting place for many FFF national team representatives. When thinking of academies in France it’s no surprise that most also think of the academy at Rennes, and…

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Mercato Summer 2012 – They’ve spent how much?

Mercato Summer 2012 – They’ve spent how much?

The transfer window has (as is traditional) slammed shut – sort of. Possibly there are still some frees / late release deals to be done, but for now, we’re putting a pin in it and sending up the dashboard.  This takes the details of all the deals done by Ligue 1 and Premiership clubs this window, and visualises the results – click here for the dashboard.   Our sources for this project are L’Equipe’s Transfer Tableau,…

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