Le50 2016: Almamy Touré – AS Monaco

TOURE

Considering that he had been compared numerous times already to Lilian Thuram, it seemed almost inevitable that Almamy Touré should mimic France’s record cap-holder’s most celebrated match. In Monaco’s 3-3 draw at Marseille in November 2015, Touré stole the show, scoring an excellent double from right back. His first was nothing spectacular, diverting home a free kick when left unmarked, […]

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Le50 2016: Yoan Cardinale: OGC Nice

CARDINALE

With the return of Hatem Ben Arfa and the incredible counter-attacking football on display at Nice, the goings-on further back have gone slightly under the radar. At the start of the season most expected Simon Pouplin to be the first choice but he lasted just over 30 minutes in the opening game of the season. Talented youngster Mouez Hassen, who […]

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Le50 2016: Bernardo Silva – AS Monaco

SILVA

Just as it has been a frustratingly stop-start season for Monaco, so too has it been a campaign lacking any particular rhythm for Bernardo Silva. The Portuguese attacking midfielder was one of their shining lights offensively last term, and with the likes of Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco departing last summer, it was anticipated that the former Benfica man would take up even […]

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Michel removed as head coach of Olympique de Marseille

Michel OM

Olympique Marseille’s already awful season fell into further disarray this morning as it was reported that coach Michel had been relieved of his duties as Marseille coach. The writing had been on the wall for a while for the ex-Spain international, who has presided over a calamitous tenure, which sees Marseille currently sitting only six points and two places above […]

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FC Lorient v PSG: Coupe de France Preview

Lorient v Gaz CDF

The next step in PSG’s attempt to repeat last season’s domestic quadruple [if we really must count the Trophee des Champions – Ed] is a Coupe de France semi-final against Lorient. FCL are 11th in the table on 43 points, so can be fully focussed on this match, whereas despite its importance for the holders, they will also be looking forwards to […]

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Le50 2016: Vincent Koziello – OGC Nice

KOZIELLO

“I am no angel!” The words of OGC Nice midfielder Vincent Koziello at the start of 2016. It’s hard to believe when you look at the short, blonde haired, blue-eyed 20-year-old. “When I go into battle, I do not retreat.” This has been an amazing season for the home-grown youngster. He has burst into the first-team under Claude Puel, making […]

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Le50 2016: Paul Bernardoni – Girondins de Bordeaux/ES Troyes AC

BERNARDONI

A fire-sale is usually a bad sign. Troyes had come up to Ligue 1 with high hopes as Ligue 2 champions, but received a rude awakening back at the top table. Having played only one game for them in 2014/15, Paul Bernardoni was just 18 when he was handed his first taste of Ligue 1 – a clean sheet in […]

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Le50 2016: Léo Dubois – FC Nantes

DUBOIS

When Nantes announced over the summer that they had handed Leo Dubois a new contract it seemed to suggest that the youngster would be part of Michel Der Zakarian’s plans for the season. Indeed, that proved to be the case with the youngster starting the first eight league games of the campaign. Der Zakarian has never been afraid to throw […]

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