In Defence of Stephane Guivarc’h

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In a parallel universe somewhere, Stéphane Guivarc’h is a French national hero. After terrorising the Brazilian defence for the first 45 minutes of the 1998 World Cup final with his high-intensity, high-pressing game, the Auxerre striker is rewarded as a long ball from Lilian Thuram in the closing seconds of the half is misjudged by Junior Baiano. Quick as a […]

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Nampalys Mendy Set for Ranieri Reunion at Leicester City

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On Monday morning, French newspaper L’Equipe reported that Leicester City had made a €10 million offer for OGC Nice midfielder Nampalys Mendy. The 23-year-old has been a commanding presence in the south of France since he joined Le Gym from Monaco in the summer of 2013. The English club are obviously in the market for a combative defensive midfielder after […]

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France U19 Men Fall to Spain as Women Stand Strong

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It’s been a busy summer, and France can be rather happy with how things have turned out, overall. First, they won the U17 Euros, beating Germany 4-1 in a final that featured a hat-trick from PSG’s Odsonne Edouard. Then, the Toulon Tournament, where an U20 side came from a goal down against Morocco with an impressive second-half performance in the […]

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OL Pride: Youthful Lyon Ready to Roar Again

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While Monaco picked up ten players before the rest of the league had had a chance to even bookmark the LFP transfer page, and Marseille are shedding last season’s first team like they’ve got some form of bet on, things are a little bit different at the Stade Gerland. Yes, they’ve picked up Claudio ‘Air’ Beauvue from Guingamp and Jeremy ‘Free’ Morel […]

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What Jordan Amavi will bring to the Aston Villa revolution

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When Aston Villa first made an approach for OGC Nice left-back Jordan Amavi, the French club were open to the move but apparently the young defender rejected the deal. However, now, it seems that Tim Sherwood and the midlands club are close to landing their next target. After recruiting Lille’s Idrissa Gueye and following the decision from Fabian Delph to […]

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Marseille : Grand Designs or DIY SOS?

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As the mercato gets into its stride, one team isn’t so much tweaking their squad with a couple of key new pieces and otherwise just mild redecoration, as ripping out walls, fixtures and fittings and starting again with an open-plan approach. Four players have left Marseille on free transfers – Andre Ayew, Andre-Pierre Gignac, Rod Fanni, and Jeremy Morel; as noted, […]

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PROFILE – Idrissa Gueye: Aston Villa’s Newest Midfield Dynamo

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In what has become an unfortunate tradition in the north of France, Lille began the summer by saying goodbye to one of their young talented players – Divock Origi returning to Liverpool after his agreed loan spell. Now, with the confirmation that Idrissa Gueye has signed for Aston Villa for an initial fee of around £9 million, Lille will have […]

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Summer Business Bodes Well for New Look Monaco

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Monaco have been bustling around the transfer market with a speed and efficiency reminiscent of a tricky winger as they continue their conversion from a ‘superstars for silly money’ outfit to a ‘younger players with both footballing and resale potential’ approach. The last month or so has seen three developments that help out on an already pretty robust financial front: the […]

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