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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.

‘Irreparable’ Lille Euro 2016 pitch relaid

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Lille (France) (AFP) The playing surface at Lille's Euro 2016 stadium was replaced on Thursday after severe criticism of the state of the pitch.

UEFA admitted the pitch had suffered "irreversible damage" due to severe weather in recent weeks.

The 50,000 capacity stadium will host Germany's last 16 tie with Slovakia on Sunday and a quarter-final clash on July 1.

‘Irreparable’ Lille Euro 2016 pitch relaid

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Lille (France) (AFP) The playing surface at Lille's Euro 2016 stadium was replaced on Thursday after severe criticism of the state of the pitch.

UEFA admitted the pitch had suffered "irreversible damage" due to severe weather in recent weeks.

The 50,000 capacity stadium will host Germany's last 16 tie with Slovakia on Sunday and a quarter-final clash on July 1.

UEFA orders Lille Euro 2016 stadium pitch relaid

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Lille (France) (AFP) UEFA has ordered the pitch at the Lille Euro 2016 stadium to be hastily relaid after Wednesday's game between Italy and the Republic of Ireland because of "irreversible damage" caused by bad weather.

Italy were furious that they were being forced to play on the surface before it is changed.

Marseille Euro 2016 pitch a ‘disaster’ – Deschamps

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Marseille (AFP) The Euro 2016 pitch in Marseille has been labelled a "disaster" by France coach Didier Deschamps adding to fears over several tournament pitches that has led to top British troubleshooters being brought in.

UEFA, which raised concerns about French pitches before the tournament, has banned Iceland and Hungary from training on the Stade Velodrome ahead of their game there Saturday.

Marseille Euro 2016 pitch a ‘disaster’ – Deschamps

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Marseille (AFP) The Euro 2016 pitch in Marseille has been labelled a "disaster" by France coach Didier Deschamps adding to fears over several tournament pitches that has led to top British troubleshooters being brought in.

UEFA, which raised concerns about French pitches before the tournament, has banned Iceland and Hungary from training on the Stade Velodrome ahead of their game there Saturday.

Satisfied Deschamps sees room for improvement

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Marseille (AFP) Late goals by Antoine Griezmann and Dimitri Payet in Marseille secured the win against a stubborn Albania side as well as a slot in the last 16 in another late show for Euro 2016 hosts France.

"This is becoming a bit of a habit, I'd prefer us to break the deadlock a bit earlier," coach Didier Deschamps told media afterwards.

Satisfied Deschamps sees room for improvement

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Marseille (AFP) Late goals by Antoine Griezmann and Dimitri Payet in Marseille secured the win against a stubborn Albania side as well as a slot in the last 16 in another late show for Euro 2016 hosts France.

"This is becoming a bit of a habit, I'd prefer us to break the deadlock a bit earlier," coach Didier Deschamps told media afterwards.

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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.

Where to find Italy vs. France on US TV and streaming

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If you're trying to find out how you can watch Italy vs. France, you've come to the right place.

In Giampiero Ventura's first match in charge of Italy, the coach hopes to take off where Antonio Conte left off. Meanwhile, Didier Deschamps will want to see his France team bounce back after the disappointment of losing in the Euro 2016 final to Portugal.

Portugal 1-0 France (aet) – Star names of the Euro 2016 final

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The dust has now settled on France 2016, and UEFA's European Championships will be mothballed until 2020. Eder was the final's unlikely hero, his injury time piledriver handing Portugal their first...

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UEFA orders Lille Euro 2016 stadium pitch relaid

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Lille (France) (AFP) UEFA has ordered the pitch at the Lille Euro 2016 stadium to be hastily relaid after Wednesday's game between Italy and the Republic of Ireland because of "irreversible damage" caused by bad weather.

Italy were furious that they were being forced to play on the surface before it is changed.

Granit Xhaka, N’Golo Kante stand out among top five players in Euro 2016 Group A

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With the action done and dusted inEuro 2016Group A two teams are safely through to the last 16 – group winners France and second place Switzerland – while Albania's 1-0 win over Romania means...

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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.

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15 Big-Named Foreign Players You Might Have Forgotten Played In The Premier League

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As part of Pies' ongoing mini nostalgia-fest, we thought we'd follow up our compendiumof elderlyfootballers still plugging away out thereby cobbling together a list of some of the big names whose Premier League exploits may have slipped from your consciousness over time.

Let's delve in, starting with the man in the photo above.

Witchcraft: French Football Presenter Walks Straight Through TV Screen And Out Onto The Pitch (Video)

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Having watched mostof Euro 2016 so far on French television,we can definitely say that the level of coverage has been a cut above that of Sky Sports and their piffling touch-screens.

First we sawDavid Ginola interview Didier Deschamps via hologram (via hologram, we say!), followed by a truly majestic piece of technological wizardry on channel M6 during the France-Switzerland game that saw the presenter step out of the studio, THROUGH the giant televisionscreen and out onto the pitch.