Ligue 1: The Battle for Europe

EUROPE

PSG secured their fourth consecutive title last month, so as they motor gently onwards, unencumbered by any distractions, focus turns to the battle for who will join them in Europe next season. This is slightly complicated by the fact that PSG could also win the Coupe de France, so at this point it’s not clear if sixth in the league […]

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Le50 2016: Stéphane Sparagna – Olympique de Marseille

SPARAGNA

Stephane Sparagna is one of the few players Marseille are pinning their hopes on in the next few seasons. In light of a tough financial environment, and lack of decent players available at the back, Sparagna has long been earmarked as one of the new crop of interesting young players to be formed out of La Commanderie. And ask any […]

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Le50 2016: Thomas Lemar – AS Monaco

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Asked to describe Thomas Lemar’s ability, former team-mate Alaeddine Yahia said “his left foot is amazing – it’s like a hand – he puts the ball where he wants”. So Foot magazine said that Lemar’s cross-field balls, delivered with his left foot, should be UNESCO-protected. Anthony Martial said of him “he’s small, thin, frail, but he never loses the ball […]

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Le50 2016: Grejohn Kyei – Stade de Reims

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When Grejohn Kyei suffered a twisted ankle in November, he was originally forecast to sit out a period of around eight weeks. Instead, his path back to fitness would take over five months. For Reims, this was a heavy blow. The 20-year-old attacker had featured heavily in Olivier Guegan’s plans at the start of the season and had done so […]

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Le50 2016: Benjamin Mendy – Olympique de Marseille

MENDY

Marseille’s imposing left-back is one of the most experienced players in Le50 this year, as the 21-year-old is in his fifth professional season; not for him the gentle easing in with a couple of substitute appearances in the league or token starts in less challenging cup games – at just 17 he made over 30 starts for Le Havre in […]

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PREVIEW: PSG v Rennes: Ligue 1 Week 36

PSG Rennes

Stade Rennais travel to the French capital on Friday night for a tough clash against the champions at the Parc des Princes. On one hand, Paris Saint-Germain could be distracted and chance for Rennes to win some vital points in their quest for European football, but Laurent Blanc will expect his team to finish the season strong to help their […]

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Building for Success – PSG and the Champions League

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When Qatar Sports Investments bought Paris Saint-Germain in 2011 (securing 100% ownership in 2012), instantly transforming the Parc des Princes outfit into one of the richest clubs on the planet, it was the Champions League that was their ultimate goal. Champions League also is the way that the club will be judged by those inside and outside France. Their recent […]

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