Raymond Kopa: The First Modern Footballer

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Ask any French football fan to name the three best players in France’s history and they should all provide you with the same three names, the only issue up for debate being their ranking. Answers given will likely fall into generational categories: while the younger respondents may place Zinedine Zidane as the best, with the next age-group up preferring Michel Platini, […]

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Maxime Lopez : Marseille’s New Star Winning Admirers

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A new name is filling in the column inches in the south of France at the moment. Whereas the return of Dimitri Payet has unsurprisingly captured the imagination of Olympique de Marseille supporters, the real adulation has been reserved for 19-year-old Maxime Lopez who has enjoyed a breakthrough campaign so far in 2016-17 following his graduation from the youth side. […]

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Clement Grenier to Roma : From Lyon to i Lupi

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As far as farewell goals go, Clément Grenier’s strike against Bourg-en-Bresse Péronnas is as distant and lowkey as you’ll find.  Set against the backdrop of the French national team’s Euro 2016 campaign, the one-time international stepped up in a friendly match to caress a trademark free kick into the opponent’s net leaving the poor goalkeeper rooted to the spot. The […]

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Floyd Ayite to Fulham

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After rumours linking Nottingham Forest with SC Bastia’s winger / centre-forward Floyd Ayite after they brought in Philippe Montanier as their new manager, the Togolese international has signed for Fulham on a three-year deal with an option for one more. BREAKING: Please join us in welcoming Floyd Ayité to Fulham Football Club! > https://t.co/dnojOftiyE pic.twitter.com/qcxc0mTTRI — Fulham Football Club (@FulhamFC) July 1, 2016 […]

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The Rebirth of Lassana Diarra – French Football’s Forgotten Man


There are few more impressive stories in European football this season than that currently being played out on the south coast of France. Consider 15 months ago, the name of Lassana Diarra had completely been wiped off the radar for even the hardened football fans and pundits. Aside from a bizarre non-story about the France international popping up in the burnt-out […]

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Corentin Tolisso: Perfect Symbol of Lyon’s Resurrection


One of the big stars of this Ligue 1 season is Lyon’s Corentin Tolisso. The 20-year old midfielder has become a first team regular, valued for his versatility, his workrate and his ability to contribute to both defensive and attacking play. For the first six months of last season, he was mostly seen by watchers of Lyon’s Europa League campaign, where […]

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Is Paul-Georges Ntep On The Cusp of Greatness?

Towards the end of October there was a sharp intake of breath from all Rennes supporters when reports suggested that Newcastle United were interested in signing Paul-Georges Ntep in the January transfer window. The reports may have been fanciful but it showed just how highly Ntep is rated by fans of the Breton side, even though he has been with […]

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From Marseille to Moscow: The success of Mathieu Valbuena


When Mathieu Valbuena left Ligue 1 for Russian side Dynamo Moscow, there was a worry that it was a bad move for the 29-year-old midfielder. He had just come off the back of a wonderful World Cup campaign in Brazil, the football world was left baffled as to why no bigger clubs had made a move. There is always the […]

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