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Bastia double relegation appeal rejected

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Bastia (France) (AFP) – Bastia failed in their appeal against their demotion to the French third division on Wednesday, having been relegated a second time on financial grounds after finishing bottom of Ligue 1.

“The club is going to immediately appeal this decision to the CNOSF (French Olympic Committee),” Bastia said in a brief statement on the club’s website.

Bastia double relegation appeal rejected

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Bastia (France) (AFP) – Bastia failed in their appeal against their demotion to the French third division on Wednesday, having been relegated a second time on financial grounds after finishing bottom of Ligue 1.

“The club is going to immediately appeal this decision to the CNOSF (French Olympic Committee),” Bastia said in a brief statement on the club’s website.

French football sensation Mbappe surprised by meteoric rise

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Paris (AFP) – At just 18 years of age, Kylian Mbappe is the hottest property in football and the French sensation admits that he has been surprised by how quickly his star has risen.

“I always had lots of imagination when I was little, so I am not going to say that I hadn’t imagined it,” Mbappe told AFP in an interview when asked if he expected to have won a league title and become a full international at such a young age.

Marseille swoop for young French midfielder

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Marseille (AFP) Marseille are set to seal the signing of exciting French midfielder Morgan Sanson from Ligue 1 rivals Montpellier in a deal worth up to 12 million euros ($13 million).

The 22-year-old will arrive in Marseille this week to undergo a medical and becomes Marseille's first signing of the winter transfer window.

Marseille swoop for young French midfielder

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Marseille (AFP) Marseille are set to seal the signing of exciting French midfielder Morgan Sanson from Ligue 1 rivals Montpellier in a deal worth up to 12 million euros ($13 million).

The 22-year-old will arrive in Marseille this week to undergo a medical and becomes Marseille's first signing of the winter transfer window.

France

Investigators raid French football offices in probe targeting Sepp Blatter

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French authorities have seized documents from the country's football federation in connection with the Swiss criminal investigation targeting former FIFA president Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini, Switzerland said Wednesday.

The search was conducted Tuesday two days before Blatter's 80th birthday with Swiss officials present while French investigators searched the French Football Federation (FFF) headquarters.

Investigators raid French football offices in probe targeting Sepp Blatter

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French authorities have seized documents from the country's football federation in connection with the Swiss criminal investigation targeting former FIFA president Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini, Switzerland said Wednesday.

The search was conducted Tuesday two days before Blatter's 80th birthday with Swiss officials present while French investigators searched the French Football Federation (FFF) headquarters.

Thursday Kickoff: French clubs plan strike; Puyol fit for El Clasico; and more

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By DAN KARELL

With their belief that the future of French soccer could be in peril, club's in France's top two divisions are preparing to take a serious stand against the French government.

According to reports in France, Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 clubs will go on strike at the end of November, refusing to play matches scheduled during the weekend of Nov.

Man City consider £7m move for St Etienne defender Kurt Zouma

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French teenager Kurt Zouma is reported to be a £7m transfer target for Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini The St Etienne centre-back has been earmarked as the young pretender who could help City avoid the defensive injury crises that seem to befall them quite regularly while also providing competition for Vincent Kompany and Matija Nastastic.

Arsenal target Sebastien Corchia hints at January move

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Sochaux defender Sebastien Corchia, a transfer target for Arsenal, has suggested he could leave the club during the January transfer window. The full-back had been expected to join Marseille and Lyon during the summer, but a deal with French football's big guns failed to materialised. That could pave the way for Arsene Wenger to make [.

Struggles of the Frenchmen

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Patrick Viera. Thierry Henry. Zinedine Zidane. The list goes on and on, but these are a few of the more recent bastions of French football that have brought glory to the streets of Paris and the beaches of Marseille, players who were widely considered to be some of the world's best. Viera's power and guile coupled with Henry's wit, agility, and clinical finishing dominated the Premier League at Arsenal, while Zidane dazzled fans, opponents, and teammates alike while climbing to global superstar status at Juventus and Real Madrid, the most storied clubs in Italy and Spain respectively.

Paris Saint-Germain Do Charity Work In Gabon, Win ‘Trophee des Champions’ Without Cavani

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Here's an awesome candid of Paris Saint-Germain's proud Brazilian recruit, Lucas Moura, kissing his shiny new "Trophee des Champions" on Saturday, after a 2-1 win over Bordeaux in Libreville. Oh, and they didn't need Edinson Cavani or Marquinhos to get the job done at all Snaaaap!

France: All-time football records

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France: All-time football records - originally posted on Soccerlens.com


France have been one of the most entertaining and dramatic teams to watch in the history of international football.

They hold a unique record as they are one of only three countries to have held the World Cup and European Championships titles at the same time.

Thuram – France v Croatia – 1998

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kp8QHXtQoIo

While there may have been more beautiful goals scored, few have been as remarkable as this one. This was a hugely important goal, not only for French football but also for the country as a whole.

Joe Cole at Lille – success or failure? What next for Liverpool’s Londoner?

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Joe Cole at Lille success or failure? What next for Liverpool's Londoner? is a post from: Just Football

He arrived in France on deadline day, greeted by fanfare and trumpets and great expectations. By the end he left almost under the radar, the attention of most Lillois occupied more by the departure of golden child Eden Hazard.

Samir Nasri: Foot In Mouth Means No Foot

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International suspensions in the wake of a disappointing major tournament exit are becoming something of a national pastime for Les Bleus. After the clusterfuck that was South Africa 2010, Laurent Blanc seemed to right the ship, losing to Spain in the quarters, but that's nothing to cry about. (On a double by Xabi Alonso?

Euro 2012: Jérémy Ménez catches the eye in glimpse of the new France

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This article titled "Euro 2012: Jérémy Ménez catches the eye in glimpse of the new France" was written by Amy Lawrence, for The Guardian on Friday 15th June 2012 19.29 UTC

Considering France were on an unwelcome streak of eight matches without a win in tournament football, a run that goes back to the cataclysmic moment when Zinedine Zidane suddenly slammed into Marco Materazzi during the 2006 World Cup final, Laurent Blanc looked impressively indifferent when his team seized control in Donetsk.

Euro 2012 : France Struggle With Ukrainian Heat As Laurent Blanc Defends Karim Benzema’s Role

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France vs Ukraine
Matchday 2 Group D
Donetsk | 18:00

We know that the Frenchies haven't stopped complaining about the Ukrainian heat since their arrival two weeks ago they've even devised cooling jackets and ice packs to help them sleep at night ("ingénieux!

Rennes say there are TWO Major Clubs in for Yann M’Vila

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The massive French football site RMCsport has announced this morning that they have been informed that Rennes have received official offers from TWO major European clubs for Yann M'Vila. They have not been told the two clubs involved but they are assuming that it is two out of Arsenal, Man United and Inter Milan, who [.

Filling the void: the Yoann Gourcuff story (pt II)

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By Matthew Richards

Things have changed since part one of this story appeared last week, and Yoann Gourcuff has been left out of the French squad travelling to Poland and Ukraine. Powering on regardless, Matt Richards reviews Gourcuff's international career, with a focus on the recent omission, and his disappointing time at Lyon.

Paris Saint Germain

Laurent Blanc: Taming egos at PSG By Nicol Hay It had been 72...

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Laurent Blanc: Taming egos at PSG

ByNicol Hay

It had been 72 very Paris Saint German minutes.

The French Super Cup was in full swing in Libreville, Gabon – and the Parisians were doing their best impression of the worst of themselves: diffident, lazy, and unwilling to match the effort of an opponent whose collective wage would struggle to buy Edinson Cavani's soul patch.

Sao Paulo’s Lucas Moura Joins PSG After Leonardo The ‘Player Whisperer’ Steps In and Bonus Carnaval Candids!

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So after days of intense talks, Sao Paulo's Lucas Moura spotted looking bored out of his mind at Salvador's Carnaval in February this year is joining the magnifique Paris-Saint Germain project! Indeed, Leonardo's true purpose at the club has finally been revealed.

Ibrahimovic Seeks First Ligue 1 Trophy With Paris Saint-Germain & Bonus Vacation Photo

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Bring out your capes and Batman cereals because today, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has officially escaped from the claws of the Italian Paparazzi Mafia! Yes, it's a sad day for Milanistas young and old (well, for the ones who do love him, at least) as Ibrahimovic has sealed a reported €20 million ($25 million) move to Paris Saint-Germain, after their Chief Prophet, Leonardo put in a good word and basically whispered : "We'll make you a star here" under his breath at the meeting yesterday.

Ligue 1

The champions from Paris

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Anything can happen in football, but money often is victorious. After 19 years Paris St. Germain again won the French League title after a 1-0 victory over Olympique Lyon (a team that dominated French football with seven league titles in a row until 2008). In 2012 the Qatar Investment Authority bought the stock majority in Paris St.

Noticias : David Beckham aka “Père Noël” Will Donate PSG Salary To Children’s Charity

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In news that is only set to delight a segment of the Parisian population and Victoria herself (Paris Fashion Week!!), David Beckham has joined Paris Saint-Germain. Of course, he justified the short-term move by saying he didn't want to play for another Premiership club aside from Man United and that Carlo Ancelotti was "one of the best coaches" he had ever worked with at Milan.

Sweden adds verb ‘to Zlatan’ to official national dictionary

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Whilst England's press and football pundits haven't always appreciated thewizardryof Zlatan Ibrahimovich, there is certainly no doubt that his countrymen are head-over-heels in love with him so much so that they have added a new dictionary entry to honour him. As of next year, the verb 'to zlatan' will be added to Sweden's national [.

New PSG signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic admits lack of Ligue 1 knowledge in a very Zlatan Ibrahimovic way

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After days of tedious speculation and negotiation, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has finally been unveiled as a Paris Saint-Germain player. The oil-rich side have reportedly handed AC Milan €20m for the privilege of being graced with Ibra's daily presence, while the Swede is set to personally take home €15m a year after tax for the next three seasons.

FC Nantes Errea 2012/13 Home and Away Jerseys

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A second tier club since relegation from Ligue 1 in 2009, Football Club de Nantes is one of the most successful soccer clubs in French football with eight Ligue 1...

Chelsea signing discusses PL quality

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Eden Hazard acknowledges that playing for Chelsea in the Barclays Premier League will involve more difficulty than his Ligue 1 experience but insists that the latter is more difficult than perceived.

Hazard played a starring role in Lille's revival in recent years and although many English football fans feel that he will have a much tougher task proving himself in the Premier League, the Belgian argues that French football prepared him well.

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OTP Rebounds: Manchester City’s summer clear-out, Gary Neville’s guide to assassination and Tottenham keeper Brad Friedel’s mum

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Playing tiki-taka with the interwebs Uber-pundit Gary Neville knows everything. Here's his guide to assassination [YouTube] Carlos Tevez, Gareth Barry, Edin Dzeko and Samir Nasri could all be sold by Manchester City this summer [Guardian] Young Athletic Bilbao fan not pleased by Fernando Llorente's impending move to Juventus [101GG] Brad Friedel inherits his boundless energy [.

Welcome to the new Just Football!

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Welcome to the new Just Football! is a post from: Just Football

Having been created in late 2007, in February 2010 Just-Football.com was a simple football blog run on a simple Blogger template, slightly customised and with one of the worst banner header images ever known (why no-one pointed this out to me at the time I'll never know).

French Ligue 1

AS Monaco Macron 2012/13 Away Kit

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Association Sportive de Monaco Football Club (usually called AS Monaco) is one of the most successful clubs in French football with seven league titles and five French Cup titles. AS...

AS Saint-Étienne adidas 2012/13 Home and Away Kits

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Association Sportive de Saint-Étienne Loire (also called ASSE or A.S. Saint-Étienne) is a French soccer club founded in 1920. It is one of the most successful teams in French football...

French Cups (CdL, CdF, TdC)

Coming to America: Troph̩e des Champions РMontpellier vs. Lyon

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Tomorrow, Ligue 1 winner Montpellier will be facing Lyon in the Trophée des Champions, otherwise known as the French Supercup. Lyon have won this trophy seven times, more than any other team in the league. Also significant is that this is the fourth year in a row that this competition will be held on foreign soil.

Trophée de Champions (Montpellier vs. Lyon) Will Be Held in the US + Friendly

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It's been confirmed the game will take place on July 28th, 3 PM EST, at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ. This is the fourth time that this match has been held on foreign soil (Montreal, Tunisia, and Morocco), but French football is finally coming to America!!!

Just to recap, the Trophée de Champions is held between the winners of the L1 title and the Coupe de France.

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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.

US Outreau

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Tuesday 21st July
Match Amicale
US Boulogne 0 Le Havre 2 ht: 0-2 att: circa 1,000 @ Stade D'Outreau, home of US Outreau

A Family holiday in Stella Plage. Some serious delving on the internet finally found a friendly (match amicale) dans Boulogne, just 30 miles up the coast, on the Tuesday.

French Report Of Specific Problem With Remi Garde Appointment

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The French Football site Foot-7 is reporting that the problem with Remi Garde joining Newcastle United as their new head coach is that Remi wants to bring in his own coaching team. Remi Garde wants his own coaching staff at Newcastle It's been reported before that Remi would want to bring in his own [.

French football goes on strike. French supporters support the state

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Tax is difficult. Ask Lionel Messi. It is always so difficult to quite what work out what's required.

Or ask Fifa and Uefa who demand that they never pay tax to their host countries during competitions. Not a penny. If the state does not agree, then don't bother applying. (They don't even pay to [.

Thuram – France v Croatia – 1998

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While there may have been more beautiful goals scored, few have been as remarkable as this one. This was a hugely important goal, not only for French football but also for the country as a whole.