Blaise Matuidi

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France on brink of World Cup, Dutch hopes all but over

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Paris (AFP) – Blaise Matuidi’s early goal saw off Bulgaria 1-0 on Saturday and kept France top of European World Cup qualifying Group A, while the Netherlands’ hopes are hanging by a thread despite a 3-1 win in Belarus.

France took the lead in only the third minute as midfielder Matuidi curled home a fantastic shot from a tight angle into the far top corner.

Matuidi completes move from PSG to Juventus

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Paris (AFP) – France midfielder Blaise Matuidi has completed a move to Juventus from Paris Saint-Germain, the two clubs confirmed on Friday, ending a successful six-year stint in the French capital.

Matuidi, 30, has signed a three-year deal in Turin with the Italian club saying they had paid 20 million euros ($23.

Matuidi completes move from PSG to Juventus

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Paris (AFP) – France midfielder Blaise Matuidi has completed a move to Juventus from Paris Saint-Germain, the two clubs confirmed on Friday, ending a successful six-year stint in the French capital.

Matuidi, 30, has signed a three-year deal in Turin with the Italian club saying they had paid 20 million euros ($23.

PSG’s Matuidi undergoes Juventus medical

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Milan (AFP) – France midfielder Blaise Matuidi is on the verge of signing for Juventus, who have agreed to pay Paris Saint-Germain a reported 20 million euros plus bonuses, after undergoing a medical on Wednesday.

Matuidi, who won four consecutive league titles with PSG, was met by dozens of enthusiastic fans on his arrival at Torino’s Caselle airport on Wednesday before undergoing a medical.

Matuidi calls on France football fans to sing English anthem

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Clairefontaine-en-Yvelines (France) (AFP) – France midfielder Blaise Matuidi has called on home fans to join in the singing of the English national anthem when the nations meet in a friendly on Tuesday out of solidarity following recent terror attacks.

“I encourage those who will be at the stadium - if the English anthem is sung, everyone should join in,” said the 30-year-old Paris Saint-Germain star.

Matuidi calls on France football fans to sing English anthem

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Clairefontaine-en-Yvelines (France) (AFP) – France midfielder Blaise Matuidi has called on home fans to join in the singing of the English national anthem when the nations meet in a friendly on Tuesday out of solidarity following recent terror attacks.

“I encourage those who will be at the stadium - if the English anthem is sung, everyone should join in,” said the 30-year-old Paris Saint-Germain star.

Last-gasp own goal hands PSG French Cup

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Paris (AFP) – The unfortunate Issa Cissokho headed agonisingly into his own net in stoppage time to give Paris Saint-Germain a 1-0 win over Angers in the French Cup final at the Stade de France on Saturday.

Extra time loomed at France’s national stadium - where French President Emmanuel Macron was among the spectators - when Cissokho turned an Angel Di Maria corner past his own goalkeeper while under pressure from Blaise Matuidi at the near post.

PSG rout Monaco to reach French Cup final

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Paris (AFP) – Edinson Cavani celebrated his new contract with his 45th goal of the season as holders Paris Saint-Germain demolished an inexperienced Monaco 5-0 to reach next month’s French Cup final against Angers.

Julian Draxler prodded PSG ahead on 26 minutes at the Parc des Princes and Cavani, who on Tuesday signed an extension through to 2020, swiftly doubled the lead as Unai Emery’s side dominated their understrength opponents.

PSG rout Monaco to reach French Cup final

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Paris (AFP) – Edinson Cavani celebrated his new contract with his 45th goal of the season as holders Paris Saint-Germain demolished an inexperienced Monaco 5-0 to reach next month’s French Cup final against Angers.

Julian Draxler prodded PSG ahead on 26 minutes at the Parc des Princes and Cavani, who on Tuesday signed an extension through to 2020, swiftly doubled the lead as Unai Emery’s side dominated their understrength opponents.

Heroic Matuidi sinks Metz as PSG catch Monaco

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Paris (AFP) – Blaise Matuidi scored a 93rd-minute winner as Paris Saint-Germain recovered from throwing away a two-goal lead to beat Metz 3-2 on Tuesday and move level with Ligue 1 leaders Monaco.

Edinson Cavani netted his 30th league goal of the season and Matuidi quickly added a second at the Stade Saint-Symphorien as PSG sought to crank up the pressure on Monaco.

Heroic Matuidi sinks Metz as PSG catch Monaco

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Paris (AFP) – Blaise Matuidi scored a 93rd-minute winner as Paris Saint-Germain recovered from throwing away a two-goal lead to beat Metz 3-2 on Tuesday and move level with Ligue 1 leaders Monaco.

Edinson Cavani netted his 30th league goal of the season and Matuidi quickly added a second at the Stade Saint-Symphorien as PSG sought to crank up the pressure on Monaco.

PSG suffer late heartbreak in home draw

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Paris (AFP) Paris Saint-Germain conceded an injury-time equaliser as they warmed up for their Champions League clash next week against Arsenal with a disappointing 1-1 home with Saint-Etienne on Friday.

The big-spending Parisians looked set to top Ligue 1 thanks to a fortuitous second-half Lucas penalty, but Robert Beric popped up in the second minute of added-on time to somehow eke out an unlikely point for the visitors.

PSG suffer late heartbreak in home draw

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Paris (AFP) Paris Saint-Germain conceded an injury-time equaliser as they warmed up for their Champions League clash next week against Arsenal with a disappointing 1-1 home with Saint-Etienne on Friday.

The big-spending Parisians looked set to top Ligue 1 thanks to a fortuitous second-half Lucas penalty, but Robert Beric popped up in the second minute of added-on time to somehow eke out an unlikely point for the visitors.

Pogba, Griezmann back for France in Euro 2016, Payet rested

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Lille (France) (AFP) Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann returned and in-form playmaker Dimitri Payet was rested for Euro 2016 hosts France's final Group A game against Switzerland in Lille on Sunday.

Juventus star Pogba and Atletico Madrid striker Griezmann both started Wednesday's 2-0 win over Albania on the bench, with Pogba coming on at half-time and Griezmann scoring the 90th-minute opener after entering the fray in the 68th minute.

Pogba, Griezmann back for France in Euro 2016, Payet rested

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Lille (France) (AFP) Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann returned and in-form playmaker Dimitri Payet was rested for Euro 2016 hosts France's final Group A game against Switzerland in Lille on Sunday.

Juventus star Pogba and Atletico Madrid striker Griezmann both started Wednesday's 2-0 win over Albania on the bench, with Pogba coming on at half-time and Griezmann scoring the 90th-minute opener after entering the fray in the 68th minute.

France, Switzerland target last 16 berths in Euro 2016

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Paris (AFP) Tournament hosts and leading title contenders France can secure their place in the knockout phase of Euro 2016 on Wednesday when they face Group A rivals Albania in Marseille.

Switzerland, who also won their opening match, can effectively clinch a last-16 berth with victory against Romania in Paris, while Russia and Slovakia meet in Lille aiming to improve their Group B prospects.

France, Switzerland target last 16 berths in Euro 2016

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Paris (AFP) Tournament hosts and leading title contenders France can secure their place in the knockout phase of Euro 2016 on Wednesday when they face Group A rivals Albania in Marseille.

Switzerland, who also won their opening match, can effectively clinch a last-16 berth with victory against Romania in Paris, while Russia and Slovakia meet in Lille aiming to improve their Group B prospects.

Midfielder Matuidi tells French fans to lay off Giroud

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Neustift (Austria) (AFP) France midfielder Blaise Matuidi pleaded with fans on Wednesday to stop jeering his international team-mate Olivier Giroud.

Some fans whistled and booed when Giroud's name was read out before Monday's 3-2 pre-Euro 2016 friendly victory over Cameroon in Nantes.

"I spoke with him after the victory over Cameroon.

Midfielder Matuidi tells French fans to lay off Giroud

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Neustift (Austria) (AFP) France midfielder Blaise Matuidi pleaded with fans on Wednesday to stop jeering his international team-mate Olivier Giroud.

Some fans whistled and booed when Giroud's name was read out before Monday's 3-2 pre-Euro 2016 friendly victory over Cameroon in Nantes.

"I spoke with him after the victory over Cameroon.

Payet helps Euro hosts France past Cameroon

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Nantes (France) (AFP) West Ham's Dimitri Payet scored a last-gasp wonder free-kick to help Euro 2016 hosts France snatch a dramatic 3-2 victory over Cameroon on Monday.

The attacking midfielder stepped up on the stroke of regulation time to curl a magnificent free-kick past Cameroon goalkeeper Fabrice Ondoa.

Payet helps Euro hosts France past Cameroon

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Nantes (France) (AFP) West Ham's Dimitri Payet scored a last-gasp wonder free-kick to help Euro 2016 hosts France snatch a dramatic 3-2 victory over Cameroon on Monday.

The attacking midfielder stepped up on the stroke of regulation time to curl a magnificent free-kick past Cameroon goalkeeper Fabrice Ondoa.

Ibrahimovic lifts French Cup in PSG swansong

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Paris (AFP) Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored two goals and set up another as Paris Saint-Germain defeated bitter rivals Marseille 4-2 to clinch a 10th French Cup title on Saturday in the Swede's final game with the club.

Blaise Matuidi struck PSG's opening goal inside two minutes at the Stade de France, but Marseille hit back just 10 minutes later through on-loan Newcastle midfielder Florian Thauvin.

Ibrahimovic lifts French Cup in PSG swansong

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Paris (AFP) Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored two goals and set up another as Paris Saint-Germain defeated bitter rivals Marseille 4-2 to clinch a 10th French Cup title on Saturday in the Swede's final game with the club.

Blaise Matuidi struck PSG's opening goal inside two minutes at the Stade de France, but Marseille hit back just 10 minutes later through on-loan Newcastle midfielder Florian Thauvin.

Ibrahimovic lifts French Cup in PSG swansong

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Paris (AFP) Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored two goals and set up another as Paris Saint-Germain defeated bitter rivals Marseille 4-2 to clinch a 10th French Cup title on Saturday in the Swede's final game with the club.

Blaise Matuidi struck PSG's opening goal inside two minutes at the Stade de France, but Marseille hit back just 10 minutes later through on-loan Newcastle midfielder Florian Thauvin.

Ibrahimovic lifts French Cup in PSG swansong

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Paris (AFP) Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored two goals and set up another as Paris Saint-Germain defeated bitter rivals Marseille 4-2 to clinch a 10th French Cup title on Saturday in the Swede's final game with the club.

Blaise Matuidi struck PSG's opening goal inside two minutes at the Stade de France, but Marseille hit back just 10 minutes later through on-loan Newcastle midfielder Florian Thauvin.

PSG beat Marseille to win French Cup

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Paris (AFP) Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored two goals and set up another as Paris Saint-Germain defeated bitter rivals Marseille 4-2 to clinch a 10th French Cup title on Saturday in the Swede's final game with the club.

Blaise Matuidi fired PSG into an early lead at the Stade de France, but Marseille hit back just 10 minutes later through on-loan Newcastle midfielder Florian Thauvin.

PSG beat Marseille to win French Cup

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Paris (AFP) Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored two goals and set up another as Paris Saint-Germain defeated bitter rivals Marseille 4-2 to clinch a 10th French Cup title on Saturday in the Swede's final game with the club.

Blaise Matuidi fired PSG into an early lead at the Stade de France, but Marseille hit back just 10 minutes later through on-loan Newcastle midfielder Florian Thauvin.

Bordeaux come from behind to hold PSG

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Paris (AFP) Bordeaux recovered from falling behind to a Zlatan Ibrahimovic goal to hold champions Paris Saint-Germain to a 1-1 draw in a rearranged game in Ligue 1 on Wednesday.

Ibrahimovic had put the visitors in front with his 36th league goal of a remarkable campaign just before the hour mark, but Nicolas Pallois equalised for Bordeaux shortly after.

Bordeaux come from behind to hold PSG

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Paris (AFP) Bordeaux recovered from falling behind to a Zlatan Ibrahimovic goal to hold champions Paris Saint-Germain to a 1-1 draw in a rearranged game in Ligue 1 on Wednesday.

Ibrahimovic had put the visitors in front with his 36th league goal of a remarkable campaign just before the hour mark, but Nicolas Pallois equalised for Bordeaux shortly after.

Manchester United

Monday Kickoff: Liga MX final, Borussia Dortmund, Perisic and more

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A Liga MX champion was crowned on Saturday as Chivas de Guadalajara won the club's first title since 2006.

Chivas de Guadalajara took down Tigres, 2-1, in Sunday's second leg to win the Clausura title. (REPORT)

Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel insists he wishes to remain with the club.

From France: Chelsea step up chase for €30m Manchester United target

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PSG midfielder Blaise Matuidi’s future has come under intense speculation this summer. New PSG boss Unai Emery hopes to retain the services of the French midfielder, whom he described as a “fantastic” and a “great” player, for the 2016/17 season, however, PSG could be open to selling him if they receive a good offer.

Marco Verratti

‘We’re Four Goals Ahead, I Think We’ll Make It’ – PSG Quartet Verratti, Draxler, Meunier & Matuidi Discuss Barcelona Second Leg Over Supper (Video)

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In which we listen in on a quartet of PSG players Marco Verratti, Blaise Matuidi, Thomas Meurier and Julian Draxler discussing the prospect of playing Barcelona over a pizza supper, shortly after beating the Catalans 4-0 in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.

The conversation, though while mostly politeand respectful,is in French so you may wantto turn on the subtitles to catch some of the following fateful remarks:

We're gonna have to hold firm.

Surprise OGC Nice looking to keep momentum going

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Heading into the current campaign, many assumed that Paris Saint-Germain would ease into their fifth consecutive Ligue 1 title. After all, the Parisians are one of the richest clubs on the planet and have superstar players such as Angel Di Maria, Marco Verratti, Edinson Cavani, Thiago Silva, and Blaise Matuidi.

Surprise OGC Nice looking to keep momentum going

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Heading into the current campaign, many assumed that Paris Saint-Germain would ease into their fifth consecutive Ligue 1 title. After all, the Parisians are one of the richest clubs on the planet and have superstar players such as Angel Di Maria, Marco Verratti, Edinson Cavani, Thiago Silva, and Blaise Matuidi.

Chelsea - PSG: Preview and Lineups Prediction

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Chelsea host Paris Saint-Germain at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday evening in a scenario that will be all too familiar for Blues fans.

With an away goal in hand thanks to John Obi Mikel, the home side have a decent shout of progressing to the quarter finals. A 1-0 win would be enough for Chelsea to go through, but if the Ligue 1 side find the net, things become far more complicated.

France

Striding Sissoko stakes claim for France role at Euro 2016

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Lille (France) (AFP) With a purposeful display against Switzerland, France's Moussa Sissoko served notice that he can bring drive and dynamism to the Euro 2016 hosts' problematic midfield.

Aligned alongside Yohan Cabaye and Paul Pogba in a three-man midfield, Sissoko impressed as France recorded a 0-0 draw against the Swiss in Lille on Sunday that took them into the last 16 as Group A winners.

Striding Sissoko stakes claim for France role at Euro 2016

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Lille (France) (AFP) With a purposeful display against Switzerland, France's Moussa Sissoko served notice that he can bring drive and dynamism to the Euro 2016 hosts' problematic midfield.

Aligned alongside Yohan Cabaye and Paul Pogba in a three-man midfield, Sissoko impressed as France recorded a 0-0 draw against the Swiss in Lille on Sunday that took them into the last 16 as Group A winners.

VIDEO: Martial’s assist for France

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Le but de #Matuidi Vs Pays-Bas, avec la célébration ! #PSG pic.twitter.com/wrEb129bzg

- Paris No Limit™ (@ParisNoLimit) March 25, 2016


After coming on a half-time for France, Anthony Martial assisted Blaise Matuidi's winning goal to make it 3-2 against the Netherlands.

The Rest

Steve Clark to D.C. United?, Jelle van Damme is going back to Belgium, and more: Freedom Kicks for 8/17/2017

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Forbes claims D.C. United's value has increased this past year

Hello! I'm back from Tajikistan [ed. note: this is not a joke, Caitlin just set us up as the #1 American soccer site in Tajikistan] and returning to Freedom Kicks duty. Decent amount of news yesterday so let's get started!

Antoine Griezmann To Voice Superman In French Version Of ‘The Lego Batman Movie’

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It's been announced that Antoine Griezmann will provide the voice of Superman in the French version of the upcoming'Lego Batman Movie'.

The Atletico Madrid striker broke the news of his first major screen role via his official Facebook page...

For the record, it was Channing Tatum who provided Superman's dulcet tones in original The Lego Movie.