Preview: France v Albania – EURO2016

France v Albania

France will be aiming to make it two wins from two against Albania tonight and put themselves in pole position to qualify for the knock-out stages. Les Bleus got off to a winning start in their opening Group A fixture against Romania, an Olivier Giroud header and a cracker from Dimitri Payet sealing a 2-1 victory in the Stade de France. Giroud […]

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A Weekend in Marseille: Tear Gas, Culture, Russians and…Football

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I was in Marseille from Friday to Monday with Andrew Gibney and my friend Lawrence, to see England v Russia and soak up the France 2016 atmosphere. We got rather more than we bargained for…  On Friday morning my biggest worries about going to Marseille were if my train would actually show up and whether the meteo would stay at ‘bit cloudy’ or revert to […]

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Preview: France v Romania – EURO2016

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The waiting is over and the 2016 European Champions are finally here. On Friday, Group A favourites France open the tournament against Romania this Friday and it would be a national scandal if Les Bleus didn’t progress out the group and they are full expected to win at least two of their three group games. By finishing in 1st place, […]

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RC Strasbourg: On the Road Back to the Big Time

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After six years in the relative wilderness, French football has welcomed one of its biggest names back to the professional fold. Last Friday, thanks to a 0-0 draw away at ASM Belfort, Racing Club de Strasbourg Alsace secured the Championnat National title and with it a return to Ligue 2. It has been a long and winding road back to […]

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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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