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Midweek Mercato Madness – Monaco Get Martial

Midweek Mercato Madness – Monaco Get Martial

This week has mostly been about loan deals, young players, contract extensions, and another tortuous transfer saga relating to Younes Belhanda, as is traditional. As ever, official moves / stays per L’Equipe; and as at close of business on Wednesday, so Bafe Gomis is still technically a Lyon player and various […]

Report: France 4 Turkey 1 – Under 20 World Cup

Report: France 4 Turkey 1 – Under 20 World Cup

Despite a spirited spell in the second half, Turkey could do nothing to stop a confident performance from a much improved French side as they cruised to a 4-1 victory in Gaziantep. First-half goals from Geoffrey Kondogbia and Jean-Christophe Bahebeck gave Pierre Mankowski his easiest half-time team talk to date, […]

Exit Music For A Film – Remembering Zidane’s Spectacular Finale

Exit Music For A Film – Remembering Zidane’s Spectacular Finale

Conor Kelly from The Final Third podcast writes about Zinedine Zidane’s final match and the lasting impression it left on him. Seven years ago this summer, Italy won their fourth World Cup amid the looming cloud of the Calciopoli match fixing scandal. While the Azurri defeated France on penalties after […]

More Mercato Madness – Nice Move Mendy, Marseille Pay Out for Payet

More Mercato Madness – Nice Move Mendy, Marseille Pay Out for Payet

Things started with a flurry of big-name signings courtesy of Monaco, but are starting to get more practical (if you don’t count the Djibril-Cisse-to-Montpellier thing, where the major thing we learned is that Louis Nicollin is not a fan of rinsin’ beats, and Cisse isn’t prepared to put up with […]

Report: Spain 2 France 1 – Under 20 World Cup

Report: Spain 2 France 1 – Under 20 World Cup

Having stuttered against USA, les Bleuets put in a more convincing performance in their final group game, but were ultimately undone by the superior technique of their opponents. Watch the highlights here. Paul Pogba was suspended after being booked in the first two games, and his presence was missed in […]

Report: France 1 USA 1 – Under 20 World Cup

Report: France 1 USA 1 – Under 20 World Cup

For 88 minutes France looked comfortable, too comfortable. Yaya Sanogo’s penalty just after the break gave Les Bleuets the lead they just about deserved, but their complacency and lackadaisical style in the end cost them dearly. The Americans never gave up, and when the ball fell kindly to substitute Daniel […]

Mercato Madness – Monaco Millions on Isimat-Mirin

Mercato Madness – Monaco Millions on Isimat-Mirin

The summer transfer window hasn’t really got started yet, with several leagues not opening up until 1 July, but we are already seeing some interesting moves, and trying to ignore the swirling mass of rumour and speculation. After PSG’s heavy spending in the last two seasons, the new preferred Ligue 1 […]

Mastering the poker of penalty shootouts

Mastering the poker of penalty shootouts

How the art of poker can help you identify the ‘je ne sais quoi’ behind penalty shootout success. As the fans of super-rich Paris Saint Germain discovered in this season’s French cup quarter final defeat to lowly Evian, like the average poker player, having all the aces in the pack […]