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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 […]

Report: France 3 Ghana 1 – Under 20 World Cup

Report: France 3 Ghana 1 – Under 20 World Cup

It could have been a very frustrating start to the tournament for Pierre Mankowski’s young Bleuets, but some poor defending from Ghana and a lovely pass from Geoffrey Kondogbia sent France on their way to all three points and an encouraging start to the tournament. The former Lens midfielder was […]

Florian Thauvin set to shine for Les Bleuets 2.0 – U20 World Cup

Florian Thauvin set to shine for Les Bleuets 2.0 – U20 World Cup

Having two U20 tournaments in the same summer means a particular headache for federations trying to simultaneously protect and develop some of their brightest hopes while fighting on two fronts. The other six nations playing both the Toulon Tournament and the U20 World Cup have significant overlap between the two […]

What AS Roma fans can expect from new boss Rudi Garcia

What AS Roma fans can expect from new boss Rudi Garcia

Sometimes you just know it’s the right time. There are no bad feelings on either side, but something just isn’t right. Maybe you’ll both be happier apart, one day finding love again with another. Things had started to crack before Christmas. There were rumblings of distrust; questions regarding his methods […]

La Perle Noire – The greatest player the world has ever neglected

La Perle Noire – The greatest player the world has ever neglected

Hannover, Germany – October 1954 - Larbi Ben Barek had decided it was time to rest his aching knees. The last 18 years of his life seemed to sap the fluid in his joints; it was now time to retire. Nostalgic reveries brought him back to the scorching tar roads of […]