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Ribery ruled out of World Cup

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Every four years, the World Cup unites soccer fans across the globe with a display of top international sides consisting of the world's best players. However, the injury bug has claimed yet another one of the game's biggest stars: Franck Ribery.

The 31-year-old French winger has officially been ruled out of the France squad due to back injury.

Evra: I love this club so much

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Patrice Evra has been under some scrutiny recently after calling 1998 World Cup winner Bixente Lizarazu and three other commentators "tramps" after France's 3-0 win over Finland. Lizarazu and his fellow pundits criticised an impromptu half-time talk Evra gave his team-mates during the qualifying game against Belarus in September, which France won 4-2.

Ben Arfa Escapes French Ban – Nasri Banned For Three Games

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News today that French stars Samir Nasri and Jeremy Menez have been handed suspensions from the France national team,  following a disciplinary hearing into what went on at Euro 2012 tournament, which was held at the French Football Federation (FFF) headquarters in Paris. Newcastle midfielder Ben Arfa in Paris earlier today But the good news if that [.

Tuesday Kickoff: Roma-El Salvador friendly scheduled at Red Bull Arena, more problems for France and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

AS Roma is coming to Red Bull Arena for a summer friendly, but it will not be against a club team.

Roma is set to take on El Salvador's national team in a friendly at Red Bull Arena on July 27, the New York Red Bulls announced on Monday. The match will be Roma's final exhibition in their first preseason trip to the United States, while it will also serve as another tune-up for El Salvador before World Cup qualifying resumes.

Backpage Roundup: Giroud, Park Chu-Young, Wiltord and Ox

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Arsenal Close to Sealing Giroud Deal

French international striker Olivier Giroud is on the verge of completing his £12 million deal from Montpellier to Arsenal. (BBC)

The 25-year-old frontman, who scored 21 goals in Montpellier's Ligue 1 triumph last season, is being tipped to complete his move to Emirates Stadium in the next few days.

City star ruled out of U.S. friendly

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It has been confirmed that a knee injury will rule Manchester City's French midfielder Samir Nasri out of Friday night's high-profile exhibition against the United States at Stade de France.

Nasri suffered from issues with his knee tendon following City's UEFA Champions League win over Villarreal last week and did not make his club's starting line-up for the thrilling 3-2 Premier League triumph over QPR on Saturday.

French channels to broadcast live women’s football

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Live women's football matches will be broadcast for the first time in France as of next season, the French Football Federation (FFF) president Noel Le Graet said Thursday after selling the rights to France Television and Eurosport.

French Racism Storm Blacked Out by British Press?

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Laurent Blanc has today been cleared of any wrongdoing in the ongoing race scandal that is threatening to tear the French Football Federation apart. Race scandal? Yeah, you know, the race scandal in French football? You don't know?! What a surprise.

Allow me. There has been a massive uproar in France this past week about the fact that a French website reported that members of the FFF's technical board had met in November and discussed introducing race quotas at French football academies.

Mid-day Ticker: Blanc cleared in racism claims; Earthquakes, Timbers to host West Brom and more

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By CALEB SONNELAND

French national team manager Laurent Blanc today has been cleared of racism charges by the French Football Federation.Â

Claims that Blanc had backed a project to reduce the number of ethnic minority players in the national set-up put the Frenchman under the spotlight.

Uproar over Racial Quotas in French Football

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An investigative report by the Mediapart website revealed that numerous managers of the National Technical Directorate (DTN) and the French Football Federation (FFF) approved the "principle of discriminatory quotas" in November 2010. Their objective? To limit the number of players of West African and North African origin.

Mid-Day Ticker: Mourinho banned, Once Caldas upsets Cruzeiro and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

If Jose Mourinho didn't receive enough punishment by seeing Real Madrid bounced out of the Champions League by arch-rival Barcelona, he surely has now.

Mourinho was handed a five-match suspension and fined about $81,000Â by UEFAÂ for his sending off during the first leg of the Champions League semifinal against Barcelona.

Heroes?

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The last few days have offered some new and crucial details in the story of racism at the French Football Federation. The initial reaction by those implicated, including Laurent Blanc, was to deny that they had said what Mediapart accused them of saying. But they rapidly backtracked, perhaps because they had realized that in fact the blog had access to a tape-recording of the entire meeting, from late 2010, in which the idea of the need for "quotas" aimed at limiting certain kinds of youth players was discussed.

Was that an Apology?

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The French Football Federation has issued a communiqué by Laurent Blanc in response to the allegations published last week by Mediapart about the existence of a plan to limit the numbers of "black and Arab" football players within the national youth system. It's a rather strange statement. Blanc, who initially issued a blanket denial about everything attributed to him in the article, now seems to be admitting that he did participate in a discussion about the topic of players who might have the possibility of playing for other national teams, and more broadly about the issue of the style of play being developed within the youth system.

FFF Director Suspended Pending Investigation

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French Football Federation (FFF) technical director François Blaquart has been suspended by the French Government pending an investigation following his statement that the FFF is concerned about investing in training players who make themselves unavailable for selection for the French national team by choosing to play for another country.

France

Chelsea target Radamel Falcao could be sold by Monaco

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Monaco striker Radamel Falcao could be back on the transfer market again after just a couple of games for his new club. The £51m signing from Atletico Madrid is on a huge tax-free salary in the principality. This has not impressed Monaco's Ligue 1 rivals who cannot compete on those terms. The French Football Federation [.

Joey Barton’s 12-match QPR ban applies in France too

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After all the conspiracy theories about Joey Barton moving leagues or countries to serve his 12-match ban more quickly, or not at all, it turns out that his suspension is still valid in France. The QPR midfielder made a season-long loan move to Marseille on transfer deadline day, but it has now emerged that fans [.

The Veil on the Turf

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On Friday, the French Football Federation announced that it would ban the wearing of veils during all organized competitions held in France. The Federation declared that in doing so it was fulfilling it's "duty to respect the constitutional and legislative principles of secularism that prevails in our country and features in its statutes.

France: Mo’ Problems, No Money

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There is just no end to the toxic storm which encircles the French national team. After seemingly breaking from the dysfunction which defined their World Cup 2010 campaign, Euro 2012 was to be their fresh new start under the fresh new Laurent Blanc regime. Yeah, didn't happen.

Into the Blue

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A tremendous game today: the polar opposite of U.S.-Brazil, and indeed of France-England, but as riveting in it's way. That was a relief, since I'm not sure I could have handled the kinds of emotional ups and downs that this past weekend delivered. Tonight, instead of the drama of confusing calls and the absurdity of penalty kicks, we had a clean, flowing game, one won through determined and brilliant play-making by the U.

Louisa Necib, Algeria, and the Redemption of French Football

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Watching the France-Canada game of the Women's World Cup yesterday, I was exhilarated by the playing of the French side. Their dominance in the game was a surprise to many, and to me, and also a little ghostly: suddenly, I was watching the sort of flowing, graceful, entertaining French football which for the past years had existed mainly in my imagination.

Euro 2016 stadia confirmed

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UEFA has confirmed eleven stadia as venues for the 2016 European Championship.

The French Football Federation have finalised the following as host cities:

Paris - Stade de France 81,000, Parc des Princes 51,000
Marseilles - 67,000
Lyon - 51,000
Toulouse - 41,000
Saint Etienne - 41,000
Bordeaux - 42,000
Lens - 45,000
Lille - 50,000
Nancy - 35,000
Nice - 35.

Major League Soccer

Meeting the Don

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Commissioner Garber, accepting a Class VI scarf at the DSG Park Opening
Today I was invited by the Rapids to a media lunch with MLS Commissioner Don Garber and Rapids President Tim Hinchey. Also included were media from Goal.com, MileHighSports, the Denver Post, and Centennial 38, among others.

MLS and the French Football Federation Partner Up: Portland Timbers' Academy Coach to get French Training

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Here's an announcement we certainly weren't expecting, especially considering that MLS has never before partnered with anything France prior to today. According to a press release sent out early this morning, Major League Soccer and the French Football Federation have entered into a strategic partnership which will allow MLS academy coaches to get 16 months worth of French-European academy training.

FIFA

The Hijab on the Pitch

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(Article cross-posted from "Muslim Feminisms" forum at The Feminist Wire) Members of the Iranian National Women's Football team (Source: FIFPro) On Friday, July 6, the French Football Federation announced that it would ban the wearing of hijab during all organized competitions held in France. The Federation declared that in doing so it was fulfilling [.

The Hijab on the Pitch

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(Article cross-posted from "Muslim Feminisms" forum at The Feminist Wire) Members of the Iranian National Women's Football team (Source: FIFPro)

On Friday, July 6, the French Football Federation announced that it would ban the wearing of hijab during all organized competitions held in France.

The Hijab on the Turf

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On Friday, the French Football Federation announced that it would ban the wearing of hijab during all organized competitions held in France. The Federation declared that in doing so it was fulfilling it's "duty to respect the constitutional and legislative principles of secularism that prevails in our country and features in its statutes.

Mid-Day Ticker: Sagna breaks leg, Bin Hammam fails in appeal and more

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By CALEB SONNELAND

All is not well in London — more specifically, at Arsenal.

The club confirmed today that long-time regular right back Bacary Sagna suffered a broken leg in Arsenal's 1-2 defeat at the hands of Tottenham in the North London derby on Sunday.

Euro 2012

Didier Deschamps New France Manager – Bad News For Ben Arfa

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Didier Deschamps was last night named the new France manager, replacing Laurent Blanc, who resigned following the Euro 2012 tournament, after France had been beaten 2-0 in the quarter-finals by eventual winners Spain. Didier Deschamps - the new France manager We had reported last Wednesday that Deschamps was the hot favorite that the French Football Federation [.

Deschamps As France Manager Could Be Bad News For Ben Arfa

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We reported yesterday that The French Football Federation had opened disciplinary proceedings against four of their players Samir Nasri, Hatem Ben Arfa, Jeremy Menez and Yann Mvila for misbehaving at Euro 2012. Didier Deschamps as Marseilles manager And with Laurent Blanc giving up the France manager job after the Euro 2012 ended, it seems that [.

The Joy of Six: classic European Championship matches

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This article titled "The Joy of Six: classic European Championship matches" was written by Scott Murray and Rob Smyth, for guardian.co.uk on Friday 8th June 2012 10.02 UTC

1) France 4-5 Yugoslavia (Euro 60, semi-final)

Like the World Cup before it, the European Nations Cup was fathered by a Frenchman.

France Euro 2012 Nike home shirt

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Nike and the French Football Federation have launch the 2012/13 official France Euro 2012 football kit. The new kit blends military heritage with modern class and cutting-edge innovation.

The Rest

Ben Arfa And Three Other French Players In The Dock

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Reports are coming through that Samir Nasri, Hatem Ben Arfa, Jeremy Menez and Yann M'Vila will be called before the French Football Federation disciplinary committee. They will face charges brought for a variety of offences committed during the tournament in Poland and Ukraine, when France lost in the quarter-final to Spain, the evenutal winners.

Nasri ‘a sensitive person’ – French star defended after goal celebration

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Noel Le Graet, president of the French Football Federation, has defended Samir Nasri's goal celebrations after the player was seen "quietening" the French media following his score against England on Sunday.

Ticket Information for USA-France

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Tickets for the U.S. Men's National Team match vs. France are now available online through the French Football Federation Website. While the website is in French, you can change the language to English at the bottom left hand corner of the page.

For U.S. fans, the visiting supporters section is located in the South Stand - and tickets are only 10 euros!

Sagna surgery successful

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Arsenal full-back Bacary Sagna has undergone successful surgery on his broken leg and is expected to be sidelined for a minimum of three months.

The France international suffered the injury during the Gunners' 2-1 defeat to North London rivals Tottenham on Sunday.

The French Football Federation revealed later that evening that the defender was set to be ruled out of action for around 12 weeks.

Swansea Stunned As FIFA Disallows Two Transfers

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Swansea City have been left stunned by FIFA's decision to deny international clearance for the signings of Darnel Situ and Rafik Halliche.

Swansea had agreed a £250,000 transfer fee to sign Situ from Lens, as well as a loan deal for Fulham defender Halliche, on transfer deadline day.

French federation names host cities for Euro 2016

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PARIS, France — The French football federation has named the nine cities that will host matches during the 2016 European championships. Bordeaux, Lens, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nancy, Nice, Paris and Saint-Denis were chosen on Friday ahead of Saint-Etienne and Toulouse, which have been named as reserve locations.

Throwing Stones

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- Maxi Rodriguez

The French Football Federation's racial quotas are such a fascinating topic, in large part because it's such a unique demonstration of prejudice. Racism, unfortunately, is not an issue alien to the footballing world. Fascist ultras, shaven-head neo-nazis, and primate imagery are all familiar territory for football fans.

Major Link Soccer - Sometimes its Nice to Dominate Edition

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It was a great weekend for Seattle sports. The sun made a welcome appearance and plenty of people were out in the parks playing pick-up games. The Seattle Sounders absolutely dominated Toronto FC in front of a packed house and the crowd was as loud as I've ever heard them at a regular season game.