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World Cup will be Koscielny swansong

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Paris (AFP) – Laurent Koscielny will retire from the France team after the 2018 World Cup, making way for a new generation of players, the Arsenal centre-back said on Tuesday.

“I’m starting to get a bit old at 32. With Sam (Umtiti of Barcelona) and the others in their twenties and on the lookout, the time has come,” Koscielny told a press conference at the French team headquarters.

World Cup will be Koscielny swansong

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Paris (AFP) – Laurent Koscielny will retire from the France team after the 2018 World Cup, making way for a new generation of players, the Arsenal centre-back said on Tuesday.

“I’m starting to get a bit old at 32. With Sam (Umtiti of Barcelona) and the others in their twenties and on the lookout, the time has come,” Koscielny told a press conference at the French team headquarters.

Full steam ahead for Lyon in derby showdown

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Paris (AFP) – Lyon head into Sunday’s Rhone-Alpes derby with fierce rivals Saint-Etienne on a terrific run of form sparked by the return to prominence of captain and leading scorer Nabil Fekir.

The 24-year-old has helped fill the considerable hole left by the sale of prolific striker Alexandre Lacazette in the summer and dragged Lyon out of an early-season rut.

Full steam ahead for Lyon in derby showdown

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Paris (AFP) – Lyon head into Sunday’s Rhone-Alpes derby with fierce rivals Saint-Etienne on a terrific run of form sparked by the return to prominence of captain and leading scorer Nabil Fekir.

The 24-year-old has helped fill the considerable hole left by the sale of prolific striker Alexandre Lacazette in the summer and dragged Lyon out of an early-season rut.

Portugal and France clinch World Cup spots

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Paris (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal and Antoine Griezmann’s France booked spots at the 2018 World Cup finals on Tuesday while the Netherlands crashed out.

Portugal beat Switzerland 2-0 in Lisbon thanks to a Johan Djourou own goal and an Andre Silva strike.

France needed goals from Griezmann and Olivier Giroud in a hard-fought 2-1 win over Belarus at the Stade de France.

France pass test to clinch World Cup spot

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Paris (AFP) – France clinched qualification for the World Cup thanks to goals from Antoine Griezmann and Olivier Giroud in a hard-fought 2-1 win over Belarus on Tuesday.

Didier Deschamps’s side successfully completed their tricky challenge of beating Bulgaria and Belarus in their final two qualifiers.

France pass test to clinch World Cup spot

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Paris (AFP) – France clinched qualification for the World Cup thanks to goals from Antoine Griezmann and Olivier Giroud in a hard-fought 2-1 win over Belarus on Tuesday.

Didier Deschamps’s side successfully completed their tricky challenge of beating Bulgaria and Belarus in their final two qualifiers.

France lose Kurzawa for crucial qualifiers

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Paris (AFP) – France saw Layvin Kurzawa pull out of the squad for their final 2018 World Cup qualifiers on Wednesday with a knee injury suffered in training, joining fellow defenders Benjamin Mendy and Laurent Koscielny on the sidelines.

The Paris Saint-Germain left-back has sprained knee ligaments, leaving France with defensive troubles for their matches in Bulgaria on Saturday and against Belarus at the Stade de France three days later.

France lose Kurzawa for crucial qualifiers

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Paris (AFP) – France saw Layvin Kurzawa pull out of the squad for their final 2018 World Cup qualifiers on Wednesday with a knee injury suffered in training, joining fellow defenders Benjamin Mendy and Laurent Koscielny on the sidelines.

The Paris Saint-Germain left-back has sprained knee ligaments, leaving France with defensive troubles for their matches in Bulgaria on Saturday and against Belarus at the Stade de France three days later.

Versatile Mbappe in Deschamps’s thoughts

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Clairefontaine-en-Yvelines (France) (AFP) – France coach Didier Deschamps enthused over the attacking versatility of teenage starlet Kylian Mbappe as Les Bleus look to secure World Cup qualification this weekend.

Deschamps’s team face Bulgaria and Belarus in their final two World Cup qualifiers, knowing a pair of victories would book France’s ticket to Russia.

France lose Koscielny for World Cup ties

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Paris (AFP) – Didier Deschamps has called up Marseille central defender Adil Rami, who was a succesful last minute draft for Euro 2016, after Arsenal star Laurent Koscielny pulled out of two upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

In their final two qualifiers for Russia 2018, France play in Bulgaria on October 7 and then host Belarus three days later, knowing six points would qualify them for the finals.

France lose Koscielny for World Cup ties

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Paris (AFP) – Didier Deschamps has called up Marseille central defender Adil Rami, who was a succesful last minute draft for Euro 2016, after Arsenal star Laurent Koscielny pulled out of two upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

In their final two qualifiers for Russia 2018, France play in Bulgaria on October 7 and then host Belarus three days later, knowing six points would qualify them for the finals.

PSG’s Kurzawa keeps France place as Payet recalled

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Paris (AFP) – Paris Saint-Germain defender Layvin Kurzawa retained his place in the France squad on Thursday for next month’s 2018 World Cup qualifiers despite a video of him criticising national coach Didier Deschamps.

Kurzawa was the recent victim of a blackmail plot involving a video of the 25-year-old mocking Deschamps, although the footage has not been made public.

Kurzawa video footage ‘taken out of context’ – agent

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Paris (AFP) – Footage of Paris Saint-Germain and France defender Layvin Kurzawa criticising national coach Didier Deschamps - and which led to a blackmail plot against him - was “taken completely out of context”, according to his agent.

“Layvin was the victim a few weeks ago of an extortion attempt based on an extract from a video filmed with a mobile phone at his home and containing elements that were taken completely out of context,” he said in a statement to AFP.

Kurzawa video footage ‘taken out of context’ – agent

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Paris (AFP) – Footage of Paris Saint-Germain and France defender Layvin Kurzawa criticising national coach Didier Deschamps - and which led to a blackmail plot against him - was “taken completely out of context”, according to his agent.

“Layvin was the victim a few weeks ago of an extortion attempt based on an extract from a video filmed with a mobile phone at his home and containing elements that were taken completely out of context,” he said in a statement to AFP.

PSG’s Kurzawa victim of video blackmail plot

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Paris (AFP) – Paris Saint-Germain left-back Layvin Kurzawa was the victim of a 200,000 euro (239,000) blackmail plot involving a video of the France international criticising national coach Didier Deschamps, judicial sources revealed on Monday.

Four men were arrested and charged with the foiled blackmail attempt during the summer.

PSG’s Kurzawa victim of video blackmail plot

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Paris (AFP) – Paris Saint-Germain left-back Layvin Kurzawa was the victim of a 200,000 euro (239,000) blackmail plot involving a video of the France international criticising national coach Didier Deschamps, judicial sources revealed on Monday.

Four men were arrested and charged with the foiled blackmail attempt during the summer.

Man Utd can cope without Pogba, says Mourinho

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London (AFP) – Jose Mourinho says he has ample options in his Manchester United squad to cope without injured midfielder Paul Pogba as Wayne Rooney prepares to return to Old Trafford.

Pogba is widely expected to be out of action for between a month and six weeks after damaging his hamstring just 18 minutes into Tuesday’s 3-0 Champions League victory over Basel.

Mbappe transfer overshadows crunch France qualifier

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Paris (AFP) – France coach Didier Deschamps must ensure any distractions caused by the impending transfer deadline are put to one side as his team face the Netherlands in a crunch World Cup qualifier on Thursday.

The build-up to the game at the Stade de France has been overshadowed by talk of striker Kylian Mbappe’s sensational transfer from Monaco to Paris Saint-Germain.

Mbappe transfer overshadows crunch France qualifier

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Paris (AFP) – France coach Didier Deschamps must ensure any distractions caused by the impending transfer deadline are put to one side as his team face the Netherlands in a crunch World Cup qualifier on Thursday.

The build-up to the game at the Stade de France has been overshadowed by talk of striker Kylian Mbappe’s sensational transfer from Monaco to Paris Saint-Germain.

Mbappe in, Dembele out for France

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Paris (AFP) – Teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe, reportedly on the verge of a move to Paris Saint-Germain, was on Thursday named in France’s squad for World Cup qualifiers against the Netherlands and Luxembourg.

While 18-year-old Monaco star Mbappe has been picked, coach Didier Deschamps has omitted Borussia Dortmund’s Ousmane Dembele, who is embroiled in his own transfer saga after attracting the interest of Barcelona as they seek to replace Neymar.

Mbappe in, Dembele out for France

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Paris (AFP) – Teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe, reportedly on the verge of a move to Paris Saint-Germain, was on Thursday named in France’s squad for World Cup qualifiers against the Netherlands and Luxembourg.

While 18-year-old Monaco star Mbappe has been picked, coach Didier Deschamps has omitted Borussia Dortmund’s Ousmane Dembele, who is embroiled in his own transfer saga after attracting the interest of Barcelona as they seek to replace Neymar.

France keep faith in Lloris after costly blunder

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Paris (AFP) – Hugo Lloris will start and will wear the captain’s armband for France against England on Tuesday despite a costly mistake in World Cup qualifying at the weekend, coach Didier Deschamps has confirmed.

“I have spoken about it with him. I think it is best for him and he thinks the same thing,” Deschamps said on Monday when asked if the Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper would line up at kick-off against England.

France keep faith in Lloris after costly blunder

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Paris (AFP) – Hugo Lloris will start and will wear the captain’s armband for France against England on Tuesday despite a costly mistake in World Cup qualifying at the weekend, coach Didier Deschamps has confirmed.

“I have spoken about it with him. I think it is best for him and he thinks the same thing,” Deschamps said on Monday when asked if the Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper would line up at kick-off against England.

France’s Mbappe back training for Sweden clash

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Clairefontaine-en-Yvelines (France) (AFP) – France received a boost on Monday as star young striker Kylian Mbappe joined training following a slight thigh strain.

The Euro 2016 runners-up face a crucial trip to Sweden on Friday in their quest to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

France’s Mbappé doubtful, Dembele returns to Brittany

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Rennes (France) (AFP) – France coach Didier Deschamps revealed on Thursday that Kylian Mbappé was uncertain for Friday’s friendly against Paraguay as fellow wunderkind Ousmane Dembélé returns to the grounds of his former club Rennes.

The match in Brittany will allow the 2016 Euro finalists a warm-up for their World Cup qualifier against Sweden in Stockholm on June 9, followed by a friendly against England on June 13 at the Stade de France.

France’s Mbappé doubtful, Dembele returns to Brittany

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Rennes (France) (AFP) – France coach Didier Deschamps revealed on Thursday that Kylian Mbappé was uncertain for Friday’s friendly against Paraguay as fellow wunderkind Ousmane Dembélé returns to the grounds of his former club Rennes.

The match in Brittany will allow the 2016 Euro finalists a warm-up for their World Cup qualifier against Sweden in Stockholm on June 9, followed by a friendly against England on June 13 at the Stade de France.

France coach Deschamps lashes out at ‘pitiful’ Karim Benzema

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Paris (AFP) – Didier Deschamps took a swipe at Karim Benzema on Thursday as the French coach again left the Real Madrid forward out of his 26-man squad for three key matches next month.

The 29-year-old Benzema has not figured for France since October 2015 over allegations of his involvement in a sex-tape scandal featuring midfielder Mathieu Valbuena.

France coach Deschamps lashes out at ‘pitiful’ Karim Benzema

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Paris (AFP) – Didier Deschamps took a swipe at Karim Benzema on Thursday as the French coach again left the Real Madrid forward out of his 26-man squad for three key matches next month.

The 29-year-old Benzema has not figured for France since October 2015 over allegations of his involvement in a sex-tape scandal featuring midfielder Mathieu Valbuena.

Benzema refuses to give up on France recall

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Paris (AFP) – Frozen-out star forward Karim Benzema wants showdown talks with France coach Didier Deschamps about his international future and said Thursday he hasn’t given up hope of a recall.

The 29-year-old Real Madrid striker has not been picked by Deschamps since October 2015 after being embroiled in a sex-tape blackmail scandal involving former international team-mate Mathieu Valbuena.

Benzema refuses to give up on France recall

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Paris (AFP) – Frozen-out star forward Karim Benzema wants showdown talks with France coach Didier Deschamps about his international future and said Thursday he hasn’t given up hope of a recall.

The 29-year-old Real Madrid striker has not been picked by Deschamps since October 2015 after being embroiled in a sex-tape blackmail scandal involving former international team-mate Mathieu Valbuena.

First call-up for Monaco starlet Bakayoko

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Paris (AFP) – France coach Didier Deschamps on Monday called up highly rated Tiemoue Bakayoko for the first time, a week after the young Monaco midfielder played a major part in dumping Manchester City out of Europe.

The 22-year-old Bakayoko, who has been strongly linked with a move to Chelsea and Manchester United, replaces United’s Paul Pogba for Saturday’s World Cup qualifier against Luxembourg and the friendly with Spain after the world’s most expensive footballer suffered a hamstring problem.

France held in Ivory Coast friendly

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Lens (France) (AFP) A much-changed France team was held to a goalless draw by African champions the Ivory Coast in a friendly in the northern city of Lens on Tuesday.

The Ivorians came closest to breaking the deadlock at a packed Stade Bollaert-Delelis in the 11th minute when a fierce strike by the Basel left-back Adama Traore smashed against the post and Salomon Kalou converted the rebound, only for the offside flag to deny the Hertha Berlin striker.

Pogba’s game not about the goals – Deschamps

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Paris (AFP) France coach Didier Deschamps insists there is an awful lot more to Paul Pogba's game after the Manchester United star found the net again in his country's 2-1 win over Sweden on Friday.

The world's most expensive player headed in France's equaliser before Dimitri Payet got the winning goal in the World Cup qualifier at the Stade de France on Friday.

Ranieri and Coleman take on super-coaches for FIFA title

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Zurich (AFP) Leicester's Claudio Ranieri and Wales boss Chris Coleman are on a FIFA shortlist for coach of the year against the managers of Europe's major club and international sides.

Fernando Santos, who guided Portugal to their upset victory over France in the Euro 2016 final, also makes the 10-man list released ahead of the start of voting on Friday.

Pogba fires France as Belgium, Portugal run riot in World Cup qualifying

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Amsterdam (AFP) A searing first-half strike from Paul Pogba handed France a 1-0 win in the Netherlands as Belgium and Portugal clocked up 6-0 wins and Christian Benteke grabbed a slice of World Cup qualifying history.

Criticised by coach Didier Deschamps for his performance in Friday's 4-1 win over Bulgaria in Paris, the world's most expensive footballer emphatically replied with a towering display for Les Bleus in Amsterdam in the most eye-catching fixture on Monday.

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Where to find Bulgaria vs. France World Cup qualifier on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Bulgaria vs. France World Cup qualifier, you’ve come to the right place.

After tying Luxembourg recently 0-0, France knows that they have to win this game against Bulgaria as well as getting a win against Belarus next week to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

World Cup Qualifiers: L’Equipe Not Impressed As France Fail To Beat Lowly Luxembourg For First Time In Over 100 Years (Photos & Video)

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Unlikely as it may seem, little ol' Luxembourg pulled off the most remarkable result of the international weekend with a landmark 0-0 draw against the mighty France.

Despite fielding an expensively-adorned starting XI featuring the likes of Paul Pogba, Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe and racking up almost 80% of possession, the hosts ultimately failed to beat the Luxembourgians for the first time in over a century.

France: Jeremy Mathieu Called Up For World Cup Qualifiers, Immediately Retires From International Duty

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You may be surprised to learn that Barcelona veteranJeremy Mathieu has only ever amassed five caps for France since making his international debut in 2011.

Indeed, despite his credentials as a perfectly reliable utilitariandefender, the 32-year-old has been largely overlooked by Les Bleus.

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Giroud Has No Plans To Leave Arsenal In January

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Olivier Giroud says he has no plans to leave Arsenal during the January transfer window, despite his inability to break into Arsene Wenger's Premier League line-up.

Giroud has not started a single Premier League game this campaign, as Wenger prefers Alexis Sanchez and Alexandre Lacazette, prompting speculation of a transfer when the winter market opens.