Corentin Tolisso: Perfect Symbol of Lyon’s Resurrection

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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

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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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André-Pierre Gignac: Letting the good times roll at Marseille

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“He doesn’t scare me!” was the rallying cry of an unnecessarily defensive André-Pierre Gignac in May when rumours were swirling that fearsome, but respected coach Marcelo Bielsa was about to be handed the reins at a disjointed and down Olympique de Marseille. You can excuse Gignac for again feeling like he needed to prove a point for the incoming coach […]

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Sheffield Wednesday signing one of France’s hot young talents

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FC Istres midfielder Florian Tardieu is close to agreeing a deal that will see him move from France’s third division to the English Championship. Sheffield Wednesday have agreed a fee with the club and personal terms are close to being agreed. He’s not a name that the Wednesday fans will have heard of, but that doesn’t mean the 22-year-old isn’t […]

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Emmanuel has many Rivières to cross to succeed at Newcastle United

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It would be quite easy to label Emmanuel Rivière as one of Ligue 1’s most frustrating talents, but at 24 years old, it is far too early to rule him out of future greatness. The AS Monaco striker is on the verge of sealing a reported €8 million move to Newcastle United, becoming the next member of the French revolution […]

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PSG’s Edinson Cavani to be Uruguay’s main man in Brazil?

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Uruguay and Paris Saint-Germain’s Edinson Cavani comes into the FIFA World Cup on the back of a satisfactory debut season in Ligue 1. After scoring 16 times in 30 league appearances – 25 goals across all competitions – El Matador will have his sights set on gunning down the likes of England and Italy in Group D. The prolific 27-year-old […]

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The Black Star Who’s More Than Just a John Boye

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At 27, John Boye has reached a critical point of his career, both for club and country. A few weeks after his contract with Rennes expired, putting an end to a six year-stint at the Breton club, the Ghanaian centre-back was included in James Appiah’s 23-man squad for the World Cup in Brazil. A fair reward for a player whose […]

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