Bureaucracy Corner – HT: DNCG 2 – 0 Corsica


Ah, summer is here. While most football coverage right now is a feverish attempt to find who’s been seen at what airport (he’s from Chambery, Lyon is the closest international airport for a family holiday), France has another tradition apart from selling top talent for mates’ rates and loaning each other youth players. Welcome back, the DNCG, staggering into view like a […]

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Le50 2017 – Baptiste Santamaría

Santamaria ASCO

Baptiste Santamaría’s rise has been one of the more surprising in Ligue 1 this season. Signed by Angers from Tours in the summer, he was nominally bought to replace Romain Saiss, who was sold to Wolves, at the base of midfield. While he has performed that role with aplomb, he has also shown considerable signs of being more than the […]

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Le50 2017 – Valentín Vada

Vada GDB

Bordeaux’s ambitious Proyecto Crecer, an academy system located in Argentina, has, to date, yielded little in the way of concrete results. Emiliano Sala was a product of the programme, but never made much of an impact with Bordeaux, eventually being sold to Nantes after various loan spells. The project, a joint venture between Newell’s Old Boys and the French side, […]

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Le50 2017 – Christopher Nkunku

Nkunku PSG

Much has been said about the transfer policy of Paris Saint-Germain and the way in which it has sometimes hindered the development of the team’s academy players. Those moving away have included former captain Mamadou Sakho, Kingsley Coman, and most recently Youssouf Sabaly making his move to Bordeaux permanent. Others have broken through not just to the first team but […]

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Le50 2017 – Maxwel Cornet

Cornet OL

Year in and year out, French football sees the rise of a bevy of talented young attackers, but such was the remarkable ascent of Ousmane Dembélé two seasons ago that the success of others went, at that time, somewhat unnoticed. Monaco’s trio of Kylian Mbappé, Thomas Lemar and Bernardo Silva have emerged from the shadows to a greater degree in […]

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Le50 2017 – Adrien Rabiot

Rabiot PSG

Despite becoming a regular for the French national side and for Paris Saint-Germain, this season has been somewhat of a mixed bag for Adrien Rabiot. There were times earlier in the season where he looked to be the club’s best player, before a hamstring injury left him on the sidelines for an extended period. In his absence, PSG struggled, but […]

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Le50 2017 – Yves Bissouma

Bissouma LOSC

“We continue to invest in the future while not forgetting the present.” The words of Lille CEO Marc Ingla when they presented Yves Bissouma with a new contract, keeping the Malian international midfielder at the northern club until 2021. It’s a huge vote of confidence for the 20-year-old who only started five games in Ligue 1 this season; but it’s […]

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