Three Pailladins – Benjamin Stambouli

3 - Stambouli

Away at Valenciennes in game 13, Benjamin Stambouli played his 100th professional game for his club formateur, Montpellier. A native of Marseille, as a child he played for them, then FC Sion and CS Sedan Ardennes, where his father Henri was working, and ES Uzès Pont du Gard before joining MHSC at the age of 14. Part of the Gambardella-winning youth […]

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Five Girondins : Henri Saivet

Handmade jumpers, crafty television infomercial appliances, or a weathered album of postage stamps; Christmas tends to bring bizarre gifts in tow. Ones that you often forget, rediscover, and then learn to value. Henri Saivet is kind of like those enigmatic gifts. Saivet became the youngest Bordeaux player to ever sign a professional contract at the precarious age of 16. Tabloids […]

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Six Canaries Tweeting: Vincent Bessat

6 - Vincent Bessat

Every so often a player just catches your eye, something draws you in, makes you sit up and pay attention. Usually it’s tricky winger, a powerful centre forward or a cavalier full-back. Vincent Bessat is none of these, but every time he enters the pitch clad in yellow, you can’t help but notice him. Possibly your attention is caught with […]

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Seven Hake-a-swimming: Vincent Aboubakar

7 - Aboubakar

As a Chelsea fan first and foremost there’s always been something about big strikers that love bulldozing through defences that has attracted me. The famous one for me needs no introduction, but another man caught my eye a couple of years ago when he moved to France, perhaps not because of similarities with Didier Drogba but because he gave the […]

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Eight Kids-a-playing: Maxime Gonalons

8 - Maxime Gonalons

If you can imagine Lyon as the Christmas sleigh (stay with me on this), you have the likes of Yoann Gourcuff, Clement Grenier and Bafetimbi Gomis as the reindeer, erratic but for the steady leadership and direction given to them by their leader, good old Father Christmas! Step forward Santa Gonalons! Maxime Gonalons, the captain of Les Gones, has recently […]

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Nine Roses Growing : Daniel Wass

9 - Daniel Wass

Here we come a-wassailing among the leaves so green… Daniel Wass doesn’t strike you as the carol-singing type, but if he was, it is probably safe to say that one of his favourite tunes would be the one that bears his name (kind of). One thing the Evian Thonon Gaillard man does excel at however is football, and since he […]

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Eleven Eaglets Soaring: Christian Brüls

11 - Chrstian Bruls

Unless things improve drastically in the last two league matches of the year, the chances are that there will not be much Christmas cheer at the Allianz Riviera Noël party. Despite the optimism at the start of the season, with a shiny new stadium about to open, last year’s surprise star Valentin Eysseric returning from suspension and Nampalys Mendy arriving […]

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