Le50 2016: Issa Diop – Toulouse FC

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When you are struggling in the relegation zone, you want players who care, players who will wear the shirt with pride and honour. With Toulouse mired in a relegation battle for most of this campaign, 15 weeks into the season Dominique Arribage looked to his youth squad for answers and just in front of teenage goalkeeper Alban Lafont stood the […]

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Ligue 1 PREVIEW: Nice v Saint-Etienne – Week 37

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In a crucial tie to determine the Europa League places, fourth-place Saint-Etienne travel to fifth-place Nice, with only a point between them. With ASSE then facing Lille (sixth, only one point further back) in the final game, holding onto their current ranking could be a difficult proposition; LOSC play Guingamp this round, and in a neat coincidence EAG host Nice in the final […]

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Ligue 1 PREVIEW: OM v Stade de Reims and Reims v Relegation – Week 37

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To say Marseille have had a difficult season is not so much an understatement as, well, something else entirely. L’Equipe headlined their last match, a 1-0 win away at Angers, after eleven matches without a victory, with ‘Marseille tient son maintien‘ (roughly, ‘Marseille are staying up’) – and this was of a very different mood than those Leicester fans waving a […]

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Le50 2016: Lys Mousset – Le Havre AC

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Sometimes players start seasons as they mean to go on, and that’s exactly how Lys Mousset began this Ligue 2 campaign as Le Havre visited Bourg-en-Bresse. The latest product off from the Normand club’s famous youth system took just one touch after coming off the bench before rifling home a blistering 40-yard strike high past Sébastien Callamand. Some questioned whether […]

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Le50 2016: Yann Bodiger – Toulouse FC

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Yann Bodiger is a player making strong progress in the 12 months following the signing of his first professional contract with Toulouse FC. Nevertheless, the budding young midfielder was thrown into the deep end, forced to obtain some maturity as Le Tefece were threatened with relegation for much of the campaign. Under Dominique Arribage, Bodiger enjoyed some favour, having been […]

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Le50 2016: Benjamin Pavard – Lille OSC

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As a young footballer, your decisions can make or break your career. In this cut-throat business, you need to grasp every opportunity with both hands. When René Girard was in charge in Lille OSC, rather than take a holiday with his parents, Benjamin Pavard stayed in Northern France, giving himself a chance at turning professional. The 19-year-old took his chance […]

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