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PSG star suspended ahead of Chelsea game, claims Laurent Blanc performs sex acts on Zlatan

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Paris Saint-Germain have suspended full-back Serge Aurier after footage appeared online in which he allegedly accused manager Laurent Blanc of...

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Manchester United linked with surprise move for former Chelsea midfielder

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Manchester Unitedhave been reportedly linked with a move for Marseille midfielderLassana Diarra, and the Red Devils are considering making a move for the Frenchman in the summer.

Ezequiel Lavezzi representative confirms Chelsea talks

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A representative of Ezequiel Lavezzi says the Paris Saint-Germain striker is in talks with Chelsea. The 30-year-old Argentina international is also...

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Transfer News and Gossip

Man Utd linked with ex-Chelsea midfielder Lassana Diarra

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Manchester United are monitoring the form of Marseille midfielder Lassana Diarra, according to French newspaper L'Equipe. The 30-year-old is...

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Sunderland’s Steven Fletcher joins Marseille on loan

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Bordeaux confirm loan signing of Arsenal’s Mathieu Debuchy

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Bordeaux have announced the loan signing of Arsenal right-back Mathieu Debuchy. The 30-year-old has joined the Ligue 1 side for the remainder of the...

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Arsenal’s Mathieu Debuchy set for Bordeaux loan move

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Arsenal right-back Mathieu Debuchy is expected to complete a loan switch to Bordeaux this evening, according to Sky Sports. The 30-year-old is out of...

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Spurs plot £7.5m deal for Wissam Ben Yedder

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Tottenham Hotspur are hoping to sign Toulouse striker Wissam Ben Yedder in a £7.5m deal, according to the Daily Mirror. The 25-year-old has scored 12...

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Video: Henri Saivet announces himself as a Newcastle player

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CONFIRMED: Welcome to Newcastle United, @Saivet_Henri! https://t.co/iDkcawZlBb #NUFC pic.twitter.com/u52HMRGxB7 Newcastle United FC (@NUFC)...

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Video: Steve McClaren confirms Henri Saivet is having a medical at Newcastle

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Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren has confirmed that Bordeaux winger Henri Saivet is at the club to undergo a medical. As we reported earlier...

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Romelu Lukaku to snub Man Utd move

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Everton striker Romelu Lukaku will snub a possible move to Manchester United in favour of a return to the continent with Paris Saint-Germain or Real...

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Arsenal swoop for Granit Xhaka and Adrien Rabiot

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Arsenal are preparing a £52m double swoop to bolster their midfield, according to the Daily Star Sunday. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is reportedly...

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Radamel Falcao set for Chelsea exit after being spotted at Monaco

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Out-of-favour Chelsea striker Radamel Falcao is set to cut short his loan spell at Stamford Bridge and return to parent club Monaco, according to The...

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Chelsea to rival Man Utd for Gareth Bale signing

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Chelsea will rival Manchester United for the signing of Real Madrid star Gareth Bale if he becomes available, according to The Sun. Long-term suitors...

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Arsenal want Lorenzo Insigne, says his agent

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Napoli star Lorenzo Insigne is a transfer target for Arsenal, according to the player's agent. Six-cap Italy international Insigne's...

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Americans Abroad

Extra time winner for Bedoya in the Coupe de France

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Alejandro Bedoya was the super sub for Nantes in the Coupe de France, scoring in extra time ten minutes after subbing on. Read More

Chauffé Au Rouge

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For the second time in as many Coupe de France rounds, Alejandro Bedoya had propelled Nantes onward with a goal late in extras. This time, he advanced the Canaries to a quarterfinal meeting at second flight Sochaux by bagging his fourth tally in his last six overall matches. - Greg Seltzer

Look who's heating up

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Nantes man Alejandro Bedoya scored for the third time in four games last night. This one stood up as the winner as the warming Canaries moved to within two points of the last Europa League slot and just four away from a Champions League placement. Alejandro Bedoya Goal ~ Nantes vs GFC Ajaccio 2-0 by phuoc-vinh-dinh - Greg Seltzer

Encore!

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Nantes man Alejandro Bedoya has now scored in two straight. The US international nodded home what looked like it could be an insurance tally, but the Canaries blew it late to settle for a 2-2 draw with visiting Bordeaux. Zut alors! Alejandro Bedoya Goal HD - Nantes 2-0 Bordeaux... by FranceCup3 - Greg Seltzer

Better tardif than jamais!

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It sure took a while for Alejandro Bedoya to net his first goal of the campaign, but it served a fine purpose. The Nantes workhorse bagged the 107th minute lone goal winner to send the visitors past mites Mantes (yup, for reals) into the last 16 of the Coupe de France. 0-1 Alejandro Bedoya - Mantes v.

Nantes Non-Non

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I may be a little late to this one, but I can confirm that Nantes have no intention of selling Alejandro Bedoya to the Rapids during this winter window.- Greg Seltzer

Maars Rover?

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To follow up on last week's Björn Maars Johnsen post, that MLS interest is in competition with enduring suitors from all the places I outed in the fall (2.Bundesliga, the Netherlands, Greece, Russia), plus some in France and Turkey. I'm getting closer to pinpointing a few club names, but once the Bulgarian FA announced the fate of Litex Lovech, his move could happen quickly.

Arsenal

Video: Ex-Arsenal man Abou Diaby in training ahead of first game in 506 days

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Injury-prone former Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby has been filmed in training with Marseille ahead of a first match in 506 days. The France...

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Arsenal’s Mathieu Debuchy makes Bordeaux debut

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Arsenal right-back Mathieu Debuchy made his debut for loan club Bordeaux yesterday evening. The France international, aged 30, moved to the Ligue 1...

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England

Dele Alli – Premier League Young Player of the Year? #JF60 Best Youngsters in Europe Review, week 13

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There's only one place to start with our #JF60 60 Best Young Footballers to Watch in 2015/16 Series review this week and that's with the cheeky chappy in incredible form for Spurs right...

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Michy Batshuayi: Europe’s hottest young striker right now? The #JF60 Review, week 12

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After Wallace, Williams, Romagnoli and Co in week 11 we're checking back in on our chosen 60 best young players in Europe for 2015/16. If you've missed out so far, the #JF60 is our annual feature in...

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US’s March tournament will feature four of the top five women’s teams in the world

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Three-time defending Olympic women's soccer champion United States will play host to England, France and Germany in a March tournament among four of the world's top teams ahead of August's Rio Olympics.

The Americans, who beat fourth-ranked Japan in last year's Women's World Cup final at Vancouver, will be tested by second-ranked Germany, third-ranked France and number five England for the SheBelieves Cup from March 3-9.

US’s March tournament will feature four of the top five women’s teams in the world

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Three-time defending Olympic women's soccer champion United States will play host to England, France and Germany in a March tournament among four of the world's top teams ahead of August's Rio Olympics.

The Americans, who beat fourth-ranked Japan in last year's Women's World Cup final at Vancouver, will be tested by second-ranked Germany, third-ranked France and number five England for the SheBelieves Cup from March 3-9.

USWNT to play Germany, England, France in SheBelieves Cup

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The Women's World Cup may have been played in 2015, but the U.S. Women's National Team has decided to play the world's best a year later any way.

On Tuesday, U.S. Soccer announced that the federation will host the SheBelieves Cup in March, a four-team tournament consisting of the USWNT,England, France and Germany.

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Antoine Griezmann should be considered among the world’s best players

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Playing up front for Diego Simeone's Atletico Madrid side cannot be easy. After all, in a team which is so focused on forging a cohesive shape, clearing danger quickly and frustrating opponents, attacking incision often seems as though it's a secondary concern. But over the years the Madrid side have had special attacking players who have added the gloss to this style of soccer.

Antoine Griezmann should be considered among the world’s best players

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Playing up front for Diego Simeone's Atletico Madrid side cannot be easy. After all, in a team which is so focused on forging a cohesive shape, clearing danger quickly and frustrating opponents, attacking incision often seems as though it's a secondary concern. But over the years the Madrid side have had special attacking players who have added the gloss to this style of soccer.

Karim Benzema

Valbuena’s testimony: Benzema ‘lied’ and ‘scared’ him in sex-tape blackmail scandal

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Mathieu Valbuena said that France teammate Karim Benzema "lied" and "scared" him over a sex-tape blackmail bid, according to testimony published Monday. The account given by the Lyon midfielder, reported by Le Monde newspaper, highlighted tensions even though Valbuena said Sunday he would be ready to play with Benzema at the European Championships this year.

Valbuena’s testimony: Benzema ‘lied’ and ‘scared’ him in sex-tape blackmail scandal

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Mathieu Valbuena said that France teammate Karim Benzema "lied" and "scared" him over a sex-tape blackmail bid, according to testimony published Monday. The account given by the Lyon midfielder, reported by Le Monde newspaper, highlighted tensions even though Valbuena said Sunday he would be ready to play with Benzema at the European Championships this year.

The Rest

Video: Sunderland’s Steven Fletcher bags a goal and backheel assist for Marseille

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premier but a l'om de fletcher pic.twitter.com/fJ4WcxJzzT philippe (@philousports) February 11, 2016 On-loan Sunderland striker Steven...

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Zinedine Zidane: A Living Legend

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Zinedine Zidane es considerado uno de los mejores futbolistas en toda la historia del deporte. Famoso por su elegancia y facilidad con el balón, no era sólo un famoso jugador francés, sino también una cara internacional para el juego del fútbol. El atleta nació en el año 1972, y comenzó a jugar al fútbol.

U.S. U-19s overwhelmed by France in Copa de Atlantico

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After falling to Spain in its first game of the Copa de Atlantico, the U.S. Under-19 Men's National Team was overwhelmed in itssophomore effort of the tournament.

The U.S. was thrashed by France, 5-0, on Wednesday in its second game of the tournament, which is being held in the Canary Islands and marks Brad Friedel's first tournament in charge of the U-19 group.

Lilian Thuram, activiste anti-raciste

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Cette semaine, nous commençons notre lecture de l'autobiographie de Lilian Thuram, 8 juillet 1998. Dans la première partie du livre, Thuram raconte ses expériences en tant que jeune immigré guadeloupéen en France. Il décrit la cité des Fougères, une banlieue française dans laquelle il a grandi partir de l'âge de 9 ans.

Man Utd €50m signing confirmed

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The fee paid by Manchester United to sign Anthony Martial has been confirmed. French newspaper Le Figaro has seen a copy of the contract between...

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Le football et la foule sportive

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Dans son livre Le match du football. Ethnologie d'une passion partisane Marseille, Naples et Turin, l'anthropologue Christian Bromberger analyse la sociologie du football, y compris la foule sportive qui a «un statut mixte, hybride, intervallaire balançant entre l'affirmation d'une volonté collective et l'appréhension lucide d'appartenances singulières, entre la conscience aiguë de ce qui se dit et se fait et le débridement des émotions» (210).

Breaking News – French Winger Wants Return To France

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French Newspaper L`Equipe is reporting today that Florian Thauvin could be headed to France and back to former club Marseille, after what has been a disastrous move for him to Newcastle United orchestrated completely by Chief Scout Graham Carr. He was signed for an inflated price of about £12M after he had a poor [.