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France
Andre Villas-Boas giving Marseille a new lease of life
12:01 Friday 6th December 2019

Andre Villas-Boas has come an extremely long way from his time at Porto where he enjoyed his breakthrough as a manager. He led the Portuguese giants to an undefeated 2010–11 season in the Primeira Liga, winning four trophies…

Germany
Can Euro 2020 group of death give Germany new life?
17:01 Tuesday 3rd December 2019

Joachim Loew’s expression spoke a grim story upon realising Germany’s Euro 2020 group of death pairing alongside France and Portugal. Didier Deschamps cut a wry smile, Fernando Santos looked bemused. The real pressure, however,…

Premier League
Where does Paul Pogba fit in on his Manchester United injury return?
19:00 Tuesday 19th November 2019

Back in September's end, Manchester United fans rejoiced as Paul Pogba made his injury return against Rochdale. The mercurial Frenchman had spent the two weeks prior to said Carabao Cup match sidelined with an ankle problem. Unbeknown to…

European Championships
Will Hungary face the Topknot of God?
12:01 Tuesday 19th November 2019

November 18 2009, Stade de France, 104th minute: As Florent Malouda lined up the free-kick from  45 yards, centre-half Sebastien Squillaci hustled into the Ireland box. Referee Martin Hansson blew the whistle to resume play. Malouda’s…

European Championships
Olivier Giroud must choose between Euro2020 and Chelsea
09:00 Monday 18th November 2019

France were in Tirana on Sunday evening attending to formalities. Already qualified for Euro 2020 this coming summer, a victory over Albania would allow Les Bleus to top their group, easing the minds of other top seeds reluctant to draw the…

Bundesliga
Marcus Thuram: The secret behind Gladbach’s surge 
08:00 Sunday 10th November 2019

Marcus Thuram schleps a lofty burden throughout his career. He must uphold a famous family legacy. Another awaited in Germany last summer; filling Thorgan Hazard's huge void. Unheralded, Thuram has done both with aplomb, in the process,…

France
Can Nantes outshoot Ligue 1's big guns?
12:01 Sunday 3rd November 2019

Every season comes with its surprise packages, including this one. Freiburg surpasses expectations early on in the Bundesliga. Leicester City recalls their 2015/16 fairy tale despite Liverpool and Manchester City's dominance.…

France
Must Mbappe leave Paris Saint-Germain to win the Ballon d'Or?
12:00 Monday 28th October 2019

When Kylian Mbappe broke the record for the youngest player to score 15 Champions League goals, it only served as a reminder of how good a player he is. It’s not every day someone breaks a record set by Messrs Lionel Messi. It takes a…

France
Mauro Icardi must keep cool head to excel at Paris Saint-Germain
12:01 Friday 25th October 2019

Mauro Icardi has been through a lot in his relatively young life. But he can be thankful for the opportunity to live his dreams playing for some of the best clubs in Europe. Unlike some of his contemporaries, who started the journey to the…

France
Can Rudi Garcia revitalise Lyon?
09:01 Tuesday 22nd October 2019

It was always going to be a tall order expecting Sylvinho to come up with the goods in charge of a club with Lyon's stature. The Brazilian had paid his dues, learning as an assistant at Cruzeiro and Inter Milan under Roberto Mancini.…

Spain
Opportunity knocks twice for Alphonse Areola
08:00 Sunday 13th October 2019

Football is about taking advantage of opportunities. Alphonse Areola has two knocking. At Real Madrid, Thibaut Courtois’ position is there for the taking. Meanwhile, Hugo Lloris' injury could spell a turnaround with France. Even though…

European Championships
Can Iceland hurt an already wounded French side?
12:00 Friday 11th October 2019

Iceland take on France Friday evening in a Group H Euro 2020 qualifier. Expect an intriguing encounter. Surprisingly, Turkey lead the group on 15 points. The World Cup champions are second on head-to-head records. Iceland aren’t…

European Football
Is Idrissa Gueye PSG's missing Champions League piece?
19:01 Wednesday 25th September 2019

Paris Saint-Germain bolstered an already strong squad during the January transfer window. The French giants have dominated Ligue 1 for the better part of a decade. However, that hasn't translated into success in the Champions…

France
Should PSG faithful forgive Neymar?
12:00 Monday 16th September 2019

The biggest saga of the summer transfer window only fell short of the original transaction's sensationalism when a deal failed to materialise. Having left Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of 2017, Neymar finally returned…

France
Will Monaco return put Tiemoue Bakayoko’s career back on track?
08:00 Monday 2nd September 2019

Tiemoue Bakayako moved to Chelsea two years ago after superb performances in midfield for Monaco. He featured at the Stade Louis II during a time when the French side were the main challenger to Paris Saint-Germain. He helped them beat the…