Archive for category: Player Profiles

Henri Bedimo: Talented full-back available for the right price

Henri Bedimo: Talented full-back available for the right price

With all the transfer hoo-hah about Younes Belhanda, the other Montpellier player cleared for departure from Mosson has been slightly overlooked in the rumour stakes. Cultured left-back Henri Bedimo shouldn’t cost a lot (ignore LouLou, he says things all the time) and would bring one lucky buyer some very attractive […]

Marquinhos makes it a PSG hat-trick of signings

Marquinhos makes it a PSG hat-trick of signings

On Thursday evening French champions Paris Saint-Germain completed a hat-trick in transfer dealings this week. For the tiny sum of €35 million they have signed Brazilian defender Marcos Aoás Corrêa – you may know him as Marquinhos. The former Corinthian defender signed for AS Roma only 12 months ago and […]

First Class Feret: Return trip to Brittany

First Class Feret: Return trip to Brittany

By Pete Sharland If you had a quick browse through Julien Feret’s career you would see that he started his time in football with Stade Rennais and after a number of transfers, has ended up back with his original club. It is a pattern repeated by many footballers but this […]

La Perle Noire – The greatest player the world has ever neglected

La Perle Noire – The greatest player the world has ever neglected

Hannover, Germany – October 1954 - Larbi Ben Barek had decided it was time to rest his aching knees. The last 18 years of his life seemed to sap the fluid in his joints; it was now time to retire. Nostalgic reveries brought him back to the scorching tar roads of […]

Aurelien Chedjou: From Forgotten Man to Wanted Man

Aurelien Chedjou: From Forgotten Man to Wanted Man

Ever since he established himself as one of Ligue 1′s premier centre-backs, Aurelien Chedjou has been a player in demand. On the radar of Europe’s top clubs for a number of years, it seemed a move away from northern France was a matter of when, not if. The gossip columns […]

Idrissa Gueye: The driving force behind Lille’s charge towards Europe

Idrissa Gueye: The driving force behind Lille’s charge towards Europe

There are only two weeks left in the Ligue 1 season, and with the title finally in the hands of Paris Saint-Germain the focus turns to the race for the third and final Champions League place and of course the Europa League. Lille travel south to Montpellier in what is […]

Griez-proof: Scouting Report – Antoine Griezmann

Griez-proof: Scouting Report – Antoine Griezmann

Following Franck Ribery’s exploits with Bayern Munich, and Mathieu Valbuena’s weekly heroics for Les Phoceens, it’s only fair we tilt the spotlight at another pixie-sized French midfield dynamo: Antoine Griezmann. Griezmann has more in common with the aforementioned two than just an impressive stat line. Griezmann, like Ribery and Valbuena, […]

This Charming Man: Yoann Gourcuff

This Charming Man: Yoann Gourcuff

The tortured artist of the number 10 shirt is a so-what tired cliché at this point in the 21st century. The image projected by these magical players has changed dramatically since the days of the solitary artists of bygone years. The likes of Iniesta, Ozil and David Silva are no […]