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Premier League
Why Kelechi Iheanacho must leave Leicester City in January
17:00 Tuesday 8th October 2019

"Kelechi is just 17 years old and he’s a very important player for us in the future. "It depends on the way he takes this profession, but I think he’s a good talent." Those were words from then Manchester City gaffer,…

France
Why is Ligue 1 star-power fading?
12:01 Monday 2nd September 2019

Ligue 1 is known as a division in which its top clubs attract quality players but such stars can't stay and develop into what they want to become. This trend was thought to stop when Neymar moved from Barcelona to Paris Saint…

Transfers
What next for Mario Balotelli after leaving Marseille?
08:00 Thursday 1st August 2019

After winning the 2010 Golden Boy award, Mario Balotelli said he didn’t know who runner-up Jack Wilshere was. That winter in 2010, Balotelli claimed only Lionel Messi betters him in terms of talent. Nine years on, the Italy international is…

Managerial News
6 contenders as the next Newcastle United manager
10:01 Saturday 29th June 2019

It had been coming. On Monday, Newcastle United and Rafael Benitez parted ways. Attributed to a contract dispute in which this summer’s transfer budget proved an unresolvable issue, the reasoning goes far beyond that. The Spaniard’s…

France
What has gone wrong for Rudi Garcia and Marseille?
09:00 Wednesday 6th February 2019

AS Monaco has grabbed all the headlines for its uncharacteristic struggles in Ligue 1 this season and rightly so. But Marseille has a seat on the same table, too... The 2018 Europa League finalists have been a shadow of themselves this term…

France
Is Patrick Vieira having a time in Nice?
15:00 Monday 17th September 2018

'Those who do, can't teach' is a saying to suggest great players usually become bad managers. Apparently, as on-pitch craft is perfected, the ability to communicate understanding often gets worse. Good examples are Diego Maradona,…

Premier League
African Xavi: What does Jean-Michael Seri bring to Fulham?
12:00 Monday 16th July 2018

With fans anxious over transfer inactivity, Fulham scouts embarked on an odd trip to France. The Cottagers toured around Paris but preferred the beaches on the coast, ultimately settling in Nice. On their return, two of the Riviera’s…

Premier League
Should English clubs target Mario Balotelli?
15:00 Thursday 15th March 2018

With strikers going at a premium, it is quite surprising that Mario Balotelli isn't featuring more prominently in the gossip columns. 22 goals in 30 appearances is a more than decent for any striker; it's even more impressive considering…

Europa League
3 players to watch during UEFA Europa League's Round of 32 action today
09:30 Thursday 22nd February 2018

The UEFA Champions League gave us four impressive games this week. Okay, three and Manchester United/Sevilla, but the European action is far from over. Even though it sometimes doesn't receive deserved recognition, you…

France
Hatem Ben Arfa became a ghost in Paris
09:00 Sunday 4th February 2018

Ever wondered about a ghost's existence? If anything, it must feel completely ignored and unrecognizable. There’s a French footballer who feels the same way. Hatem Ben Arfa is watching on helplessly at Paris Saint-Germain. On 1 July…

Premier League
4 Premier League flops excelling this season in France
12:00 Thursday 26th October 2017

Almost every football player's ambition is to compete in the Premier League. For some, however, that dream can turn into a nightmare.  Unsuited to the rigorous demands of England's top tier, players have then been known to take their craft…

France
French grassroots football is flourishing in the shadow of Nice and Monaco
14:00 Wednesday 26th July 2017

Football on the French Cote d'Azur received a real boost last season with Monaco winning the domestic title and Nice also qualifying for the Champions League after finishing third in Ligue 1, but there are also indications of progress at a…

Opinion
Southampton's sacking of Claude Puel, harsh but justified
19:56 Thursday 15th June 2017

Southampton's decision to axe Claude Puel after just one season appears harsh from a football sense, but in reality, was inevitable. Though there were a couple high points illuminated by flashes of his incredible tactical ingenuity, however,…

France
Ligue 1 Title Race Set To Go The Distance
17:00 Friday 10th March 2017

At the start of the season, nobody would have predicted France's top tier would have been the captivating and competitive league we are getting. With ten games left to play in Ligue 1, Monaco leads the pack but only by three points – as both…

Premier League
Claude Puel needs to be reunited with genius Hatem Ben Arfa
10:04 Tuesday 31st January 2017

Despite Southampton's incredible run to the EFL Cup Final where they haven't conceded a single goal, Claude Puel has taken the Saints backwards from previous Premier League successes. His transfer record has been pretty shocking so all Saints…