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


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


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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Newcastle United’s Kemen Captains France Towards Under-19 Glory


France get their UEFA Under-19 campaign in Greece underway on Friday evening, with Coach Patrick Gonfalone looking to take advantage of the favourable draw in order to reach the semi-finals. “The tournament favourites – Germany, Spain and the Netherlands – were drawn into the same group and that’s a relatively tough section. The fact we’re in the other group could potentially […]

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Who is Sehrou Guirassy? The Fox Catches His Newest Dogue


The Hervé Renard-era is now officially here and the charismatic coach has been quick to make his mark on his new team by buying and selling within the current transfer window. The former Sochaux boss has obviously learned from the success of one of Lille’s best pieces of business last year, by returning to Ligue 2 to source his latest […]

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Profile – FC Porto’s New Dynamic Midfielder: Gianelli Imbula

Imbula Porto

As is the way in modern day football, on Wednesday morning a tweet posted by the FC Porto account on twitter, confirmed the transfer of Olympique Marseille midfielder Gianelli Imbula. Bem-vindo, Giannelli Imbula. / Bienvenue, Giannelli Imbula. / Welcome, Giannelli Imbula. — FC Porto (@FCPorto) July 1, 2015 The Belgian-born, former France Under-21 international moves for €20 million – […]

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DNCG Strike Again As SC Bastia Face Ridiculous Relegation to Ligue 2

SCB fence

While most football sites are currently focussing on the transfer window and various international tournaments going on, French football has another traditional subject to factor in – admin. Every summer, the DNCG (Direction Nationale du Controle de Gestion – responsible for oversight of rules, budgets, etc) gets through a frankly ludicrous amount of bureaucratic to-ing and fro-ing, which can also […]

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Les Bleues say Au Revoir to the Women’s World Cup

Germany v France

After 120 scintillating minutes of football, in what was an exhilarating quarter-final match, France are coming home after drawing 1-1 with Germany, then losing 5-4 in the penalty shoot-out. It was an odd match-up to happen in a quarter-final, with the teams ranked 1st and 3rd in the world facing off. This article from Grant Wahl helps to explain why it happened, and […]

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Timing is Key if Newcastle United Want Good Deal for Florian Thauvin


There are suggestions from both the French and English media this morning to suggest that Newcastle United are preparing a €15 million bid for Olympique de Marseille winger Florian Thauvin. It all began on Monday when La Provence reported that OM had received a bid for that amount for the 22-year-old former France under-21 international. Then early on Tuesday morning, […]

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