FC Porto winger James Rodriguez, who has long been linked with a move to Manchester United, is apparently close to sealing a move to French club Monaco. After promotion to the French first division, Monaco are expected to be a big player in the summer transfer window. They are bankrolled by a Russian billionaire, and they also have the advantage of offering a tax haven for the players.
Though France '98 is now fifteen years in the past, the memories and moments created from the showcase tournament still remain engrained in the minds of football fans around the world. Zinedine Zidane put his stamp (and stomp!) on history with his performances throughout the tournament as the French legend lead his nation to glory.
Arsenal appear to have been priced out of a move for Montpellier playmaker Remy Cabella after the French side announced a €100m (£85.4m) asking price. The 23-year-old was reported to be high on Arsene Wenger's wanted list for the summer transfer window, but Montpellier are not prepared to sell on the cheap (or even at [.
Your whistle-stop guide to the latest Premier League arrivals Name: Yaya Sanogo Age: 20 Position: Striker Current club: Auxerre Fee: Free (with compensation) Did you know? Sanogo already has a cult following due to his propensity to turn into a virtual world-beater in the Football Manager computer game series.
An emotional David Beckham played his final home match for PSG and his first match since announcing his decision to retire at the end of the season. Asked if there had been any tears, Becks said: "I expected to have them a little bit, you know it was hard. You try to fight it back [...]
David Beckham's illustrious footballing career looks as if it will finally wind down at the end of this season. The PSG midfielder was rumoured to be extending his stay in Paris but it looks as Beckham will finally call quits on a career that has literally taken him around the world.
"I'm thankful to PSG for giving me the opportunity to continue but I feel now is the right time to finish my career, playing at the highest level," he said.
Lukasz Piszczek of Borussia Dortmund (Google Creative Commons)
Lukasz Piszczek is being hunted down by London's finest in order to replace Bacary Sagna this summer.
The 27-year-old Poland international has been an integral part of Borussia Dortmund' side this season. Jeremy Wilson of The Telegraph reports that Arsene Wenger has requested several reports on Piszczek in the past few months, indicating that there is some interest in seeing the right-back at Arsenal if Sagna were to leave this summer.
PSG's title celebrations were overshadowed by rioting on the streets of Paris. Part of their victory tour had to be cut short, including a planned moonlit boat trip along the Seine river. [Pause to allow you to briefly imagine you're on a moonlit boat trip on the Seine with David Beckham.] Thousands of fans had [.
The managerial merry-go round has commenced as some of Europe's top clubs have already started window shopping ahead of the 2013-2014 season. Jose Mourinho has been linked with Chelsea again, Sir Alex Ferguson has retired, David Moyes has left Everton, and now, Real Madrid appear to be courting Paris St-Germain manager Carlo Ancelotti.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has had a roller-coaster season in charge of Arsenal this season, but he still find his side in control of their own Champions League destiny ahead of their two final two matches of the season.
A mixed bag of results this year has seen him criticized more so than ever by his own fans, and the the fact that the side hasn't won a trophy since the FA Cup in 2005 has only heaped on more pressure.
Paris Saint Germain Crest (Google Creative Commons)
Paris Saint Germain can wrap up the French Ligue 1 title this afternoon with victory over Lyon with two games to spare. Currently on 74 points with a game in hand on Marseille, the Parisians have not ran away with the league but have certainly stamped their superiority on their anticipated crown.
French club PSG have invested heavily in players over the last couple of transfer windows, and they are believed to be increasingly confident about getting Arsene Wenger in the summer. The Frenchman has just over a year left on his contract with the Premier League club. Like never before, there have been huge question marks raised over his ability to lead Arsenal.
Gym members at Tyneside health club were left furious on Monday night after Hatem Ben Arfa turned up to do his workout in a PSG kit. Just two days after the Newcastle winger came on as a sub during the 6-0 hammering at home to Liverpool, he opted for the unfortunate choice of outfit as [...]
David Beckham's cameo appearance for PSG for a bit more cameo than intended after the former England captain was sent-off. Goldenballs saw red for stamping on the ground. He went over the ball in a challenge with Evian's Youssef Adnane. Although no contact was made, the ref didn't like what he saw and gave Becks [.
Mario Goetze of Borussia Dortmund (Google Creative Commons)
Friday's Champions League semifinal draw will have been particularly pleasurable for those symmetrically inclined.
The 2011-12 Bundesliga winners (Borussia Dortmund) are taking on the same season's La Liga champions (Real Madrid) in one match, with each division's runners-up (Bayern Munich and Real Madrid respectively) of that campaign contesting the other.
On a night where Lionel Messi did not feature in the starting XI, Barcelona did at times look very lost. Without the Argentine frontman, PSG largely looked the more aggressive and dominant side which contributed to the opening goal as Javier Pastore was allowed acres of space in the Catalans half of the pitch and converted in the 50th minute.
PSG took a shock lead in in Barcelona on Wednesday night through Javier Pastore but it was Pedro Rodriguez who brought Barcelona level in the 70th minute to secure their passage to the Champions League semi-finals. Pastore timed his run to perfection and got on the end of a pass that saw him through on goal in the second half.
Barcelona v PSG Highlights Pastore scores PSG took a shock lead in the Barcelona v PSG matchup when Javier Pastore raced past the Barcelona defense and finished past Victor Valdes. PSG took the lead and were through to the next round on aggregate but Barcelona leveled things later on in the second half through Pedro Rodriguez.
French powerhouseParis Saint-Germain might have the chance of a lifetime when they face Barcelona this week in the second leg of their Champions LeagueQuarterfinal tie. PSG has everything going their way and not qualifying for the semifinals will seem as an underachievement for many associated with the club, both fan and player alike.
Lionel Messi might not be able to play in Barcelona's second leg game against Paris Saint Germain for the Champions League quarter final round. Messi did not return to the pitch after half time in Tuesday's first leg against PSG. The Argentinian suffered a hamstring injury, and manager Tito Vilanova decided not to risk aggravating the possible injury as a precaution.
FC Barcelona celebrates (Google Creative Commons)UEFA
Barcelona host PSG in the second leg of their quarterfinal match-up in the UEFA Champions League. With the score tied at 2-2, Wednesday's match at the Camp Nou will be full of excitement as both teams have a very realistic chance to secure a spot in the semifinals.
Thiago Silva the best defender in the world? is a post from: Just Football
In my latest piece for FourFourTwo, where I write as a feature columnist on French and African football, I take a look at Paris Saint-Germain's brilliant centre backThiago Silva and his rise to becoming one of if not THE best defender in the world.
Champions League: The most successful countries and cities - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
This year's Champions League will obviously go to Germany and it will be the seventh time a German club will be crowned the champions of Europe. Which makes one wonder, how many Champions League trophies have gone to the other top European football nations.
Our friends at French Football Weekly met up with Joey Bartonand it didn't end with someone on the ground, begging for an ambulance. Nor did it end in a mass recital of Nietzsche's aphorisms. No, Andrew Gibney and Scott Johnson had 30 minutes with England's most outspoken player, and it's one of the most interesting, well-balanced interviews we've seen in months.
It was always likely that David Beckham's kids would be pretty good at football, and they showed just how much they have been practising with Daddy in the garden. Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz visited Paris St Germain's training camp, and impressed the watching media with their showboating. Brooklyn in particular, now aged 14, is expected [.
Reports in the French media suggest that David Moyes might have been Manchester United's second-choice new manager. Le Parisien reports that Sir Alex Ferguson personally called PSG manager Carlo Ancelotti to ask whether he would be interested in succeeding him at Old Trafford. Ancelotti is said to have politely declined, leading Fergie and United to [.
1. There are potential entertaining French-themed headline for every occasion: Roo-la-la, Sacre Roo, Au Roo-voir, Deja Roo. 2. His mum's called Jeanette Marie. Sounds pretty French to us. 3. A regular smoker, Rooney is already au fait with the Catarrh Investment Authority. 4. David Beckham. 5. Fewer people will hear about it when he's dropped [.
Love him or loathe him, there's no denying the impact that David Beckham has had on the global football stage. From his early days as a 17-year old with Manchester United, through his controversial signing with Real Madrid, and then his trip across the pond to act as a defibrillator for Major League Soccer, Goldenballs [.
Radamel Falcao of Atletico Madrid (Wikipedia Commons)
A television station in Spain, La Sexta, has reported that Colombian superstar Falcao, the man widely considered as the world's best true striker, will move to French club AS Monaco for a staggering fee of €60 million. Falcao has been linked with a move away from Atletico Madrid for what seems like an eternity with Chelsea or Manchester City the seemingly probable destinations but if reports are true, the South American hitman has preferred a move to nouveau rich Monaco who are set to be promoted to Ligue 1.
Adil Rami missed Valencia's recent match against Espanyol with blisters sustained in a performance of Gangnam Style. The France international returned to Lille on April 8 to attend a charity concert organised by former team-mate Rio Mavuba. During the event, Rami was brought onto the stage for an impromptu rendition of 2012 most nauseating novelty [.
Well aren't Lyon the clever clogs eh? For this season the French club became the first ever team to release a 3D kit, but their third kit for next season goes a little bit childhood retro on us. It is going to have areas that will glow in the dark. Quite why we are not [...]
The culture of disrespect and even violence against referees is something that needs to be outlawed, but even bearing that in mind you have to feel sorry for PSG defender Thiago Silva. When his side had been awarded a goal kick, the Brazilian went to question the official over an earlier incident, and literally brushed [.
QPR have launched an internal investigation after Stephane Mbia took to Twitter to begin talks about a move away from the club. Mbia tweeted Joey Barton who moved to Marseille on loan as part of the deal that saw Mbia move to Loftus Road asking if they could swap back. He tweeted: "Do [...]
Raphael Varane: A world-class defender in the making - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
When Real Madrid face Borussia Dortmund in their Champions League semifinal first leg clash on Wednesday at the Bernabeu, an array of world-class, household names will be on display. Amid this talent, will be a 19-year-old centre-back by the name of Raphael Varane, who looks set to become a footballing phenomenon over the next decade.
Zinedine Zidane is a Frenchman, and we all know that the French are notorious for their romantic nature. Whether it is flowers, wine, chocolates or exapensive jewellry, the just get things exactly right. Well, rather than toeing the typical line Zidane has broken the mould, buying his wife Veronique Fernandez a football club.