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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Benoit Costil: Licence to Thrill: Rennes v PSG


Stade Rennais are one of France’s more frustrating clubs, capable of the sublime one week and the totally useless the next. New manager Philippe Montanier is still trying to exert his style on the club and he hasn’t been helped by the inconsistency of some his attacking players. One player who hasn’t let him down so far is goalkeeper Benoit […]

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FC Nantes predator Filip Djordjevic future in the balance


Looking at the Ligue 1 top goalscorers chart one finds three veritable superstars in the top four in Radamel Falcao, Edinson Cavani and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The one intruder in that group is FC Nantes’ Serbian hitman Fillip Djordjevic. His eight goals have propelled Nantes up the league and into flirting with the European places, messing with the Ligue 1 karma. […]

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Toulouse striker Martin Braithwaite: “I came to play in a better league”


Since arriving in France this August, Toulouse’s Martin Braithwaite has made an immediate impact in Ligue 1. Having joined from Danish side Esbjerg fB for a fee in the region of €2million, the 22-year-old attacker has already started to pay that fee back and has netted three goals and provided one assist in six matches. His first goal in TFC’s […]

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Beware the explosive talents of Paul-Georges Ntep


Following a strong 2012/13 campaign, young Auxerre attacker Paul-Georges Ntep suddenly came onto the radar of a couple of Ligue 1 clubs. Nantes were one name said to be keeping a ‘close eye’ on him during the summer but they didn’t pounce. Maybe they wished they had now, because Ntep has started this season in smoking-hot form, so much so […]

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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 attacking moves. He’s 29, and turned pro around 2004. After […]

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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 now become the latest addition to Laurent Blanc’s side. So […]

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