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Lights out at midnight for Les Bleus ahead of Euro 2016

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Paris (AFP) French coach Didier Deschamps has imposed a lights out at midnight regime in the team base as he prepares his players to launch the European Championship finals on Friday, according to striker Olivier Giroud.

"He (Deschamps) doesn't want any music after midnight so the players have to leave the games room," Giroud told Europe 1 radio on Tuesday, three days ahead of the opening match against Romania in Paris.

Lights out at midnight for Les Bleus ahead of Euro 2016

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Paris (AFP) French coach Didier Deschamps has imposed a lights out at midnight regime in the team base as he prepares his players to launch the European Championship finals on Friday, according to striker Olivier Giroud.

"He (Deschamps) doesn't want any music after midnight so the players have to leave the games room," Giroud told Europe 1 radio on Tuesday, three days ahead of the opening match against Romania in Paris.

Injured Diarra replaced in France Euro 2016 squad by Schneiderlin

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Neustift (Austria) (AFP) Lassana Diarra has become Euro 2016 hosts' France's latest injury casualty after the midfielder was ruled out of the tournament with a knee problem, the French Football Federation (FFF) announced on Tuesday.

The 31-year-old Marseille player, who was nominated for the French Ligue 1 player of the season award, is replaced in the squad by Manchester United's Morgan Schneiderlin.

Injured Diarra replaced in France Euro 2016 squad by Schneiderlin

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Neustift (Austria) (AFP) Lassana Diarra has become Euro 2016 hosts' France's latest injury casualty after the midfielder was ruled out of the tournament with a knee problem, the French Football Federation (FFF) announced on Tuesday.

The 31-year-old Marseille player, who was nominated for the French Ligue 1 player of the season award, is replaced in the squad by Manchester United's Morgan Schneiderlin.

France blow as Varane ruled out of Euro 2016

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Paris (AFP) France's Euro 2016 preparations took a knock on Tuesday with key defender Raphael Varane ruled out injured of next month's tournament on home soil with his place taken by Adil Rami.

Coach Didier Deschamps had feared the worst after Real Madrid announced Sunday that the 23-year-old Varane, capped 29 time for France, had suffered a serious left thigh injury.

France blow as Varane ruled out of Euro 2016

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Paris (AFP) France's Euro 2016 preparations took a knock on Tuesday with key defender Raphael Varane ruled out injured of next month's tournament on home soil with his place taken by Adil Rami.

Coach Didier Deschamps had feared the worst after Real Madrid announced Sunday that the 23-year-old Varane, capped 29 time for France, had suffered a serious left thigh injury.

France blow as Varane ruled out of Euro 2016

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Paris (AFP) France defender Raphael Varane has been ruled out of Euro 2016 with a left thigh injury and will be replaced by Adil Rami, the French Football Federation (FFF) confirmed on Tuesday.

The FFF said in a statement that scans had confirmed the initial diagnosis of Real Madrid team doctors who estimated their player would be out of action for up to three weeks.

France blow as Varane ruled out of Euro 2016

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Paris (AFP) France defender Raphael Varane has been ruled out of Euro 2016 with a left thigh injury and will be replaced by Adil Rami, the French Football Federation (FFF) confirmed on Tuesday.

The FFF said in a statement that scans had confirmed the initial diagnosis of Real Madrid team doctors who estimated their player would be out of action for up to three weeks.

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.

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FFF boss slams Cantona attack on Deschamps as ‘stupid, pathetic’

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Paris (AFP) French football chief Noel Le Graet on Saturday slammed claims by former international Eric Cantona that France coach Didier Deschamps was guilty of racial discrimination in his Euro 2016 selection as "stupid" and "pathetic".

Cantona told British daily The Guardian on Thursday that Deschamps had snubbed Karim Benzema and Hatem Ben Arfa because of their "north African origins".

FFF boss slams Cantona attack on Deschamps as ‘stupid, pathetic’

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Paris (AFP) French football chief Noel Le Graet on Saturday slammed claims by former international Eric Cantona that France coach Didier Deschamps was guilty of racial discrimination in his Euro 2016 selection as "stupid" and "pathetic".

Cantona told British daily The Guardian on Thursday that Deschamps had snubbed Karim Benzema and Hatem Ben Arfa because of their "north African origins".

France’s Varane ruled out of Euro 2016

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Paris (AFP) France's Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane has been ruled out of Euro 2016 because of a left thigh injury and will be replaced by Adil Rami, the French Football Federation (FFF) announced on Tuesday.

The FFF said in a statement that scans had confirmed the initial diagnosis of Real Madrid team doctors who estimated the player would be out of action for up to three weeks.

France’s Varane ruled out of Euro 2016

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Paris (AFP) France's Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane has been ruled out of Euro 2016 because of a left thigh injury and will be replaced by Adil Rami, the French Football Federation (FFF) announced on Tuesday.

The FFF said in a statement that scans had confirmed the initial diagnosis of Real Madrid team doctors who estimated the player would be out of action for up to three weeks.

Marseille, PSG face action over Stade de France disturbances

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Paris (AFP) The French Football Federation (FFF) opened disciplinary proceedings against both Marseille and Paris Saint-Germain on Monday, after crowd disturbances in the French Cup final at the Stade de France at the weekend raised further concerns about security just weeks before Euro 2016.

"The body condemns the unacceptable behaviour of some supporters of Marseille and Paris, inside and outside the Stade de France," the FFF said in a statement.

Marseille, PSG face action over Stade de France disturbances

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Paris (AFP) The French Football Federation (FFF) opened disciplinary proceedings against both Marseille and Paris Saint-Germain on Monday, after crowd disturbances in the French Cup final at the Stade de France at the weekend raised further concerns about security just weeks before Euro 2016.

"The body condemns the unacceptable behaviour of some supporters of Marseille and Paris, inside and outside the Stade de France," the FFF said in a statement.

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.

Real Madrid

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.

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.

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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.

Newcastle United

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 [.

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.

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.