Le50 2016: Adrien Rabiot – Paris Saint-Germain

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Sometimes one has to wonder what is going on in some professional footballers’ heads. In the middle of December Adrien Rabiot was in a great place: with Marco Verratti struggling with injury the youngster had featured in every game since the middle of October, starting eight out of ten league games during that period. Verratti’s injury was the perfect opportunity […]

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Le50 2016: Adrien Hunou – Clermont Foot/Stade Rennais

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Another player to emerge from the renowned Rennes academy, Adrien Hunou has really blossomed whilst on loan with high-flying Ligue 2 side Clermont Foot. Under coach Corinne Diacre, Hunou has progressed leaps and bounds from the slight figure who only got the occasional game at Rennes. In his second spell on loan with Clermont, after a successful time in early […]

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Le50 2016: Adam Ounas – Girondins de Bordeaux

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“An interesting player with explosive qualities” is how ex-Bordeaux coach Willy Sagnol referred to Adam Ounas on his exciting start to his professional footballing career at the tail end of 2015. The young Franco-Algerian was not exactly touted for a breakthrough, though somehow managed to weave his way into his Bordeaux squad heading into the 2015-16 campaign. It was at […]

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Le50 2016: Ramy Bensebaini – Montpellier HSC

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Montpellier’s budgetary constraints mean that their transfer policy can often be a little left-field, so acquiring a 20-year-old central defender on loan from a second-division Algerian side, and who had spent the previous season on loan getting relegated in Belgium, is pretty characteristic. Ramy Bensebaini had joined the Paradou AC / JMG Academy when it opened in 2007, before moving […]

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Le50 2016: Maxwel Cornet – Olympique Lyonnais

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In any regular season, Maxwel Cornet would likely have been hailed as the next big thing. The Lyon attacker, though, has been pushed firmly into the shade by Ousmane Dembele, despite a breakthrough campaign that has seen the 19-year-old become increasingly influential on the banks of the Rhone. Cornet’s explosion comes as little surprise. He bubbled away quietly last term, […]

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Sochaux v Marseille: Coupe de France Preview

Sochaux Toko

Wednesday night’s Coupe de France semi-final against FC Sochaux was already going to be a tough fixture for Olympique de Marseille, but the pressure, intrigue and mystery over the game was quickly raised on Tuesday when OM announced that Michel was no longer the head coach at the southern club. The Spanish coach was already heading down a slippery slope, […]

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Le50 2016: Marcus Coco – EA Guingamp

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It was nearly the moment that Marcus Coco needed this season, but it ended up finishing as a move that captures the frustrating season the 19-year-old has had at EA Guingamp. Within the opening seconds of the Breton derby game against Stade Rennais at Roazhon Park, Coco, playing upfront beside Jimmy Briand, is put through on goal, made possible due […]

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Le50 2016: Wylan Cyprien – RC Lens

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In April, Wylan Cyprien repaid the faith that his current side have shown in him by signing a contract extension which would keep him at RC Lens until 2018. In recent years, the club’s La Gaillette youth system has seen the likes of Geoffrey Kondogbia, Raphael Varane and Serge Aurier pass through its gates before moving on to other clubs. […]

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