Marseille in Trouble: Turbulent Times Ahead for OM

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Marseille are a club on the descent. It was a turbulent season in which the club parted ways with two coaches, finished in its worst league position in 15 years and suffered numerous hits to its global image through an investigation into shady transfer deals, coupled with crowd trouble in a number of games in the 2015-16 campaign. Suffice to say, the […]

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Scouting: Leicester City Bid for Claudio Ranieri’s “Makélélé”

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On Monday night, RMC journalist, Mohammed Bouafsi reported that Leicester City had made a €10 million bid for OGC Nice midfielder Nampalys Mendy. It comes on the back of suggestions that N’Golo Kante is on his way out of the club this summer, with the 23-year-old heralded as his replacement. Leicester a transmis ces dernières heures une offre (~10M€) pour […]

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XI LIGUE 1 Players Your Club Needs This Summer

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With European sides now regularly scouting Ligue 1 for players to sign, Rich Allen has put together an XI of players whom clubs may want to take a closer look at this summer. Steve Mandanda – Goalkeeper – Marseille Steve Mandanda has been a loyal servant and beyond for Marseille since he joined initially on loan in 2007. Time and again […]

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France Defence Fails to Convince Against Cameroon #Euro2016

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From the moment that France was eliminated from the 2014 World Cup by Germany, any progress from les Bleus was going to be difficult to gauge. Since that day in Rio de Janeiro, Didier Deschamps’ team have not played a competitive fixture. Monday’s friendly fixture against Cameroon in Nantes’ Stade de la Beaujoire again asked more questions than it answered, […]

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Toulon 2016 – France, England, Hotel loyalty cards

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The Toulon tournament is a great way to see stars of the future but has a slightly Acorn Antiques approach to overall organisation, which can make it difficult to plan trips even if you aren’t heading here from abroad. In 2014, for example, they posted two different sets of match timings for the final day which meant a lot of […]

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Dimitri Payet: France’s Not-So Secret Weapon

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Written by Sathesh Alagappan At the beginning of the season, few would have anticipated that Payet would feature in Didier Deschamps Euro 2016 plans. The Réunion born star had found himself in the international wilderness, with only a handful of international call-ups to his name. However, the 29-year-old has been in scintillating form for West Ham, and now looks set to […]

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France 2 – 1 Mali: Toulon 2016 – Bamba makes the difference

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France went into their third game of the tournament with two wins out of two, needing a point to guarantee a top two spot in Group A, and therefore a place on the final day. Mali had a mountain to climb with only one point after losing to the Czech Republic and then playing out a chaotic 3-3 draw against Mexico in the […]

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Preview: Coupe de France Final – Marseille v PSG

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This is it. The last game of the French football season, the last chance for silverware; PSG aiming for a second consecutive domestic quadruple, Marseille looking to defend their status as record cup-winners. Ooh. Marseille may not have had the most successful or stress-free league season but their cup run has been a bright note, featuring six different scorers (admittedly one […]

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