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Frenchwoman Hardouin wins landmark role on UEFA executive

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Budapest (AFP) European football's governing body UEFA elected Frenchwoman Florence Hardouin as its first female executive member in a landmark vote at a congress in Budapest on Tuesday.

The 49-year-old Hardouin, French Football Federation (FFF) director general, won by 33 votes to 21 against her rival candidate, the former Norwegian international Karen Espelund, 55, who has been a co-opted member of UEFA's Executive Committee since 2012.

Frenchwoman Hardouin wins landmark role on UEFA executive

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Budapest (AFP) European football's governing body UEFA elected Frenchwoman Florence Hardouin as its first female executive member in a landmark vote at a congress in Budapest on Tuesday.

The 49-year-old Hardouin, French Football Federation (FFF) director general, won by 33 votes to 21 against her rival candidate, the former Norwegian international Karen Espelund, 55, who has been a co-opted member of UEFA's Executive Committee since 2012.

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Benzema bounces back from France snub in Real Madrid rout

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Karim Benzema overcame the disappointment of being left out of France's Euro 2016 squad with a goal and two assists as Real Madrid moved to within a point of La Liga leaders Barcelona with a 5-1 thrashing of Getafe on Saturday.

Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane urged Benzema to "rally quickly" after the French Football Federation announced on Wednesday he will not be selected for the tournament on home soil due to his involvement in a sex-tape scandal, where international teammate Mathieu Valbuena was the subject of a blackmail plot.

Benzema bounces back from France snub in Real Madrid rout

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Karim Benzema overcame the disappointment of being left out of France's Euro 2016 squad with a goal and two assists as Real Madrid moved to within a point of La Liga leaders Barcelona with a 5-1 thrashing of Getafe on Saturday.

Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane urged Benzema to "rally quickly" after the French Football Federation announced on Wednesday he will not be selected for the tournament on home soil due to his involvement in a sex-tape scandal, where international teammate Mathieu Valbuena was the subject of a blackmail plot.

Karim Benzema Sees Euro 2016 Thrown Into Doubt After Being Suspended By French FA Over Sex Tape Blackmail Investigation

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Karim Benzema's participation at Euro 2016 has been plunged into considerable doubt this afternoon with the announcementthat he has been suspended by the French Football Federation until the ongoing investigation into a blackmail case involvingteammate Mathieu Valbuena reaches a conclusion.

The Real Madrid striker is tangled up in the case, having been charged and placed under formal investigation after admitting to police he had an involvement in the case which centres around an alleged sex tape.

France

Karim Benzema axed to avoid upsetting French ‘spirit’ at Euro 2016

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Karim Benzema was axed from France's Euro 2016 squad so as not to "disrupt the spirit" in the national squad, French football chief Noel Le Graet told sports daily L'Equipe on Thursday.

The French Football Federation (FFF) president added that the Real Madrid striker had "done something really stupid" over the Mathieu Valbuena sex tape affair.

Karim Benzema axed to avoid upsetting French ‘spirit’ at Euro 2016

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Karim Benzema was axed from France's Euro 2016 squad so as not to "disrupt the spirit" in the national squad, French football chief Noel Le Graet told sports daily L'Equipe on Thursday.

The French Football Federation (FFF) president added that the Real Madrid striker had "done something really stupid" over the Mathieu Valbuena sex tape affair.

France’s Karim Benzema to miss Euro 2016

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Embroiled in the Mathieu Valbuena sex-tape scandal, France forward Karim Benzema will not be selected for Euro 2016, the player and the French Football Federation (FFF) confirmed on Wednesday.

"Unfortunately for me and for those who have always backed me and supported me, I will not be selected for our Euro in France," Benzema revealed on his official Twitter account.

France’s Karim Benzema to miss Euro 2016

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Embroiled in the Mathieu Valbuena sex-tape scandal, France forward Karim Benzema will not be selected for Euro 2016, the player and the French Football Federation (FFF) confirmed on Wednesday.

"Unfortunately for me and for those who have always backed me and supported me, I will not be selected for our Euro in France," Benzema revealed on his official Twitter account.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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

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 [.

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 [.

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.

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

Philadelphia Union and MLS News and Notes 2-10-16

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The Union have signed a capable backup for Andre Blake and more. Check out the latest news below.

Earnie Stewart Will Bring Diverse Experience to Union | American Soccer Now:
Can the season please start so instead of "Earnie Stewart will bring" the headlines can change to "The Improvement that the Union Have Found Under Stewart"?

Man United Panic And Spend Big On Monaco Teen Anthony Martial

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Monaco striker Anthony Martial has been given permission by the French Football Federation to leave international duty to complete his transfer to Manchester United.

The £36 million deal ‒ which could rise to £58m with bonuses ‒ will see the 19-year-old replace Javier Hernandez after the striker joined Bayer Leverkusen in a £12m move on Sunday.

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.