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Rui Almeida replaces Ciccolini as Bastia coach

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Bastia (France) (AFP) – Rui Almeida has replaced Francois Ciccolini as coach of struggling Ligue 1 club Bastia.

Portuguese Almeida, sacked by Ligue 2’s Red Star in December, takes over a club which lies second from bottom of France’s first division, just one point off bottom team Lorient.

Lille lure Bielsa back to France

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Lille (France) (AFP) – Iconic Argentinian coach Marcelo Bielsa, known as ‘el Loco’ for his intense ‘all in’ style, will be back in France as manager of Lille as of July, the newly bought out Ligue 1 club said on Sunday.

“Lille and the Argentine coach have signed a two years deal which comes into effect in July,” Lille announced.

Payet gets his dream move back to Marseille

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London (AFP) France international Dimitri Payet's long drawn out transfer saga ended on Sunday as Premier League side West Ham agreed to sell him to Ligue 1 outfit Marseille for a reported £25million (29.3m euros, $31.3m).

The 29-year-old who starred for the Hammers last season scoring 12 goals had effectively gone on strike at the beginning of the month.

Payet gets his dream move back to Marseille

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London (AFP) France international Dimitri Payet's long drawn out transfer saga ended on Sunday as Premier League side West Ham agreed to sell him to Ligue 1 outfit Marseille for a reported £25million (29.3m euros, $31.3m).

The 29-year-old who starred for the Hammers last season scoring 12 goals had effectively gone on strike at the beginning of the month.

Manchester United

Mourinho worried about distant Euro draw

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Saint-Étienne (France) (AFP) – As Manchester United continue to battle on four fronts, wracking up too many air miles is proving a concern to manager Jose Mourinho.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored the only goal of the game away to Saint Etienne on Wednesday after just 16 minutes, effectively killing off any suspense in the Europa League last 32 tie that the Red Devils won 4-0 on aggregate.

Tweets and Photos: Man Utd players on beating Saint Etienne

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Ibra and Pogba return for Man United

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Saint-Étienne (France) (AFP) – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho restored Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba to his starting line-up on Wednesday against Saint-Etienne in the Europa League.

Leading 3-0 from last week’s last 32 first leg at Old Trafford, Mourinho made six changes to the side that beat Blackburn 2-1 in the FA Cup on Sunday.

Ibra and Pogba return for Man United

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Saint-Étienne (France) (AFP) – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho restored Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba to his starting line-up on Wednesday against Saint-Etienne in the Europa League.

Leading 3-0 from last week’s last 32 first leg at Old Trafford, Mourinho made six changes to the side that beat Blackburn 2-1 in the FA Cup on Sunday.

Photo: Florentin and Paul Pogba take selfies together ahead of Saint Etienne vs Man Utd

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Les frères #Pogba en train d'échanger sur la pelouse de Geoffroy-Guichard #ASSEMUFC H-1 pic.twitter.com/AIXJh1o9mq AS Saint-Etienne...

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Former Chelsea and Man Utd flop Radamel Falcao reacts to his Champions League exploits

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La serie sigue abierta. No era el resultado que esperábamos pero podemos remontar en Monaco. / The key is open. The results it wasn't we...

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Video: Former Man Utd striker Radamel Falcao tearing Man City apart in the Champions League

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Goal Falcao! 1-1 #MCIASM pic.twitter.com/FV5dMIjV2G TheFS_Goals (@TheFS_Goals) February 21, 2017 Radamel Falcao doesn't have the...

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Video: Man Utd training ahead of Saint Etienne game

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Manchester United's players trained at their Carrington base this morning before heading to France for their Europa League last-32 second leg...

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Manchester United’s Rooney still not fit to play – Mourinho

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Saint-Étienne (France) (AFP) – England captain Wayne Rooney is still not ready to return for Manchester United despite training on Tuesday morning, manager Jose Mourinho said ahead of their Europa League clash with Saint-Etienne.

Rooney trained with his United team-mates in Manchester on Tuesday morning but was not part of the 20-man squad that flew to France for Wednesday’s last 32 second leg.

Manchester United’s Rooney still not fit to play – Mourinho

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Saint-Étienne (France) (AFP) – England captain Wayne Rooney is still not ready to return for Manchester United despite training on Tuesday morning, manager Jose Mourinho said ahead of their Europa League clash with Saint-Etienne.

Rooney trained with his United team-mates in Manchester on Tuesday morning but was not part of the 20-man squad that flew to France for Wednesday’s last 32 second leg.

Video: Man Utd en route to France

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The players setting off for France earlier today! pic.twitter.com/hq0WlWTLyL Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 21, 2017 Manchester United...

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Man Utd name 20-man travelling squad for Saint Etienne game

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A post shared by Manchester United (@manchesterunited) on Feb 21, 2017 at 4:07am PST Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has named a 20-strong...

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Video: Life not getting any easier for Memphis Depay since leaving Man Utd

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Memphis Depay misses a sitter or Lyon but they romped to a 4-2 win, so he won't be too unhappy! https://t.co/eWGs3c2SGD...

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Liverpool set to sign Man Utd target Yasser Larouci

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Liverpool are closing in on a deal to sign France youth international Yasser Larouci, according to the Liverpool Echo. The article claims the...

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Video: Man Utd vs Saint Etienne (highlights and goals)

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Manchester United took command of their Europa League last-32 tie with a 3-0 victory over Saint Etienne at Old Trafford. Zlatan Ibrahimovic was the...

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Photo: The Pogba family get together after Man Utd 3-0 Saint Etienne

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BLESSED #lapogbance tag your family, spread the love pic.twitter.com/DM97pDk8tT Paul Pogba (@paulpogba) February 16, 2017 There was a Pogba...

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Tweets and Photos: Man Utd players react to beating Saint Etienne

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First one but not the last one @manchesterunited A post shared by IAmZlatan (@iamzlatanibrahimovic) on Feb 16, 2017 at 4:49pm PST Manchester...

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GIF: Mama Pogba goes half-and-half for Man Utd vs Saint Etienne

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Man Utd belittle tonight’s opponents Saint Etienne on Twitter

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Mathias Pogba predicts Man Utd vs Saint Etienne

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Video: Jose Mourinho’s press conference ahead of Man Utd vs Saint Etienne

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho faced reporters at Carrington for his pre-match press conference ahead of Thursday night's Europa...

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Pogba outs himself as an Arsenal fan ahead of Man Utd game

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Man Utd’s Anthony Martial responds to PSG transfer rumours

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Evra old cool head for Marseille dressing room

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Marseille (AFP) Former France full-back Patrice Evra indicated Thursday he saw himself as the old cool head to stabilise Marseille after joining the club from Juventus.

"I am someone who looks after the wellbeing of the dressing room," said the 81-cap, 35-year-old former Manchester United star, who has been released from the last six months of his contract with Juve.

Evra old cool head for Marseille dressing room

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Marseille (AFP) Former France full-back Patrice Evra indicated Thursday he saw himself as the old cool head to stabilise Marseille after joining the club from Juventus.

"I am someone who looks after the wellbeing of the dressing room," said the 81-cap, 35-year-old former Manchester United star, who has been released from the last six months of his contract with Juve.

Europe

PSG, Monaco and Ajax stars among our #JF70 young talents of the week, week 11

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Our #JF70 review is back for another week on Just Football. From our chosen 70 best young talents to watch in Europe in 2016/17 which stars are standing out lately? Deji Faremi selects a handful of...

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Alban Lafont: Meet the sensational teenage goalkeeper lighting up Ligue 1

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Generation Next is a regular feature on Just Football profiling the best upcoming young players in world football, the stars of tomorrow. Recently we have scouted Franck Kessie and Malang Sarr on...

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From Alex Iwobi to Donnarumma: The JF70 Team of the Year so far

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All this season, we have been covering the exploits of our #JF70 best young players in Europe to watch in 2016/17, with regular updates on their performances. Some of the 70 have...

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3 To See: FA Cup shocks, PSG v Monaco and Real Madrid title battle continues

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Another weekend is upon us, and as usual that means: football. And plenty of it, too. Not sure what games you should be paying attention to? 3 To See is here to help you out. What excitement lies in...

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Transfer News and Gossip

Chelsea open talks to sign Bernardo Silva

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Chelsea have initiated discussions over a deal to sign Monaco's Bernando Silva, according to The Times. The 22-year-old attacking midfielder...

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French winger Achille Degan gatecrashes Arsenal training ground

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French winger Achille Degan has pitched up at Arsenal's training ground uninvited in an effort to secure a move to the club. The 24-year-old...

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Spurs and Arsenal vying to sign Kylian Mbappe

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Tottenham Hotspur are battling north London rivals Arsenal for the signing of Monaco starlet Kylian Mbappe, according to the Daily Mirror. The...

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Photo: West Ham’s Dimtri Payet undergoes medical at Marseille

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Wantaway West Ham United star Dimtri Payet has been pictured undergoing a medical at former club Marseille this evening. Payet informed the Hammers...

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The Rest

Stop Us If You’ve Heard This One Before: Donald Trump Was Once Sued By Ex-Leeds Midfielder Olivier Dacourt

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Of all the myriad enemies Donald Trump has madeover the years, you may be surprised to learn that one of them used to play in midfield for Leeds United.

According to documents stumbled upon by the New York Timeslast year, Trump was once sued by none other than Olivier Dacourt.

Photo: Chelsea star at PSG training ground

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With copacabana @davidluiz_4 toujours souriant

Arsene Wenger admits interest in signing “next Thierry Henry”

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Arsene Wenger’s search for his next superstar has taken him to a familiar destination in his home country in France. He is interested in bringing Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe to the Emirates Stadium, according to a report today in Le 10 Sport.

Mbappe is only 18 and has already drawn comparisons with Arsenal and France legend Thierry Henry.