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Juventus’ ex-Man Utd youngster Paul Pogba ‘rejected Arsenal and Chelsea’

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Juventus youngster Paul Pogba says he turned rejected the advances of Arsenal or Chelsea in the summer. The former Manchester United player claims his love of Juventus meant he only ever wanted to stay in Serie A. He told Sky Sports Italia: "Were there other clubs chasing me? Yes, but I had my mind only [.

Arsenal planning to swoop Borussia Dortmund’s Ilkay Gundogan and Bayer Leverkusen’s Lars Bender

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He used to be accused of only buying French players, but now Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is considering two more additions to his growing collection of Germans. According to the Daily Mirror, Wenger is plotting moves for midfielders Ilkay Gundogan, of Borussia Dortmund, and Lars Bender, of Bayer Leverkusen.

Football is back, finally. And for once the result does matter

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Publication on July 20th: Woolwich Arsenal, the club that changed football. The book that re-writes the Arsenal story.

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By Walter Broeckx

14 July...what again is so special about that day? The French national holiday? Okay we do have a lot of French players at Arsenal but no, that can't be the [.

It’s a centre-half themed blog

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Morning to you, and welcome to midweek.

Yesterday we were treated to the first pictures of pre-season training and, leaving aside the the fact that the training kit looks like it was designed by Prince and Helen Keller, everything seemed pretty rosy. Andre Santos was there, looking like he'd spent most of the summer eating delicious pies of all kinds.

New Gunner snubbed European champs

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Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has revealed that he rejected an approach from European champions Chelsea before confirming his transfer to the Gunners earlier this week.

Giroud, 25, scored 21 goals for Montpellier en route to their Ligue 1 triumph last season and was reportedly targeted by the Blues as a replacement for outgoing legend Didier Drogba.

Star striker hails ‘dream’ Arsenal move

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France international striker Olivier Giroud is reportedly finalizing a transfer to Arsenal that the player himself has described as a dream come true.

Giroud, 25, endured a frustrating Euro 2012 campaign as Les Bleus went from a 23-game international unbeaten run to two consecutive 2-0 defeats in which they were outplayed completely by Sweden and Spain.

Newcastle Linked With Another French Attacking Midfielder

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With Newcastle now scouring the French football leagues for good bargains it's not surprising that Arsenal could be int here for the same players. Benjamin Corgnet top French midfielder interesting Arsenal and Newcastle Arsene Wenger has brought in a lot of French players in his time as the Arsenal manager, and it seems that [.

Frenchman: Hazard insufficient for Arsenal

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Lille playmaker Eden Hazard has admitted that in addition to Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal remain one of his desired destinations in the Barclays Premier League.

Former Gunner Emmanuel Petit, however, does not think the Belgian alone can make a difference at the Emirates.

Hazard, one of the most highly coveted players in the world at the moment, has made it clear that playing English football next season is a high priority for him.

Confident Koscielny still looking to improve for Arsenal and France

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Arsenal's French centre-back Laurent Koscielny has set his sights on improving even more after a terrific run of form for the Gunners. Speaking to Le Parisien, Koscielny said, "Like all the French players, I dream of the 2012 European Championship... I know that I need to keep being good to keep being called up.

Scouting Report: Olympique de Marseille

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I am far from the best person to write a scouting report on Olympique de Marseille, but no one else is volunteering. (Add comments if you have any thoughts.)

Match: Champions League Group Phase Away to the Arsenal

Result: 0-0

Standings after this 4th match
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Rio Ferdinand joins Samir Nasri love-in

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Last week we had the Man Utd defender Patrice Evra singing the praises of Samir Nasri, and telling him that he should give up Arsenal and move to United to win trophies, and now Rio ferdinand has joined in by saying that Nasri is one of the best French players in the Premiership. "Samir Nasri [...]

France

Who Are Ya? El-Hadji Ba (Sunderland)

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Your whistle-stop guide to the latest Premier League arrivals Name: El-Hadji Ba Age: 20 Position: Midfielder Signed from: Le Havre Fee: Free Did you know? Ba was linked with a move to Tottenham in 2011, before he had played a single first-team match. What's the deal? Sunderland have decided their rivals on Tyneside might be [.

2012 Olympics: USWNT says cou cou!

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Cou cou is French for "hey girl."

If Les Bleues feel robbed today it's in the way you do after leaving the doors to the house unlocked and the windows wide open. They took the early lead with two quick, confident and gorgeous goals from Gaëtane Thiney and Marie-Laure Delie.

But the Americans kept their cool.

Goodbye Twentieth Century

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A proposal: when we wile away the hours compiling lists of the Greatest Ever Footballers, we are doing a disservice to this form of discourse if we do not take its premises seriously. To pretend that we can go on existing without this genetically-hewn proclivity for reducing the world to an Excel document is both futile and obscene, and we've no interest in arguing as to whether Grand Ranking is really a childish waste of everyone's time.

England Lose World Cup Match On Penalty Kicks

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Perhaps, on a bookshelf in the offices of the Football Association at Wembley Stadium, there is a leather-bound book called "How To Get Knocked Out Of A Major Tournament". It's a well-thumbed tome, of course, and the England team at this year's Women's World Cup couldn't help but crib from its extensive advice in getting themselves eliminated from this year's tournament at the hands of France at the end of a tumultuous match in Leverkusen last night.

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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.

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.

Newcastle United

France Beat Ukraine 2-0 – Cabaye Scores And Runs The Midfield

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In the other Group D tonight in Donetsk, France rather easily beat the Ukraine 2-0, after it had been 0-0 at the half. French players celebrate after great Yohan Cabaye strike And that was France's first win in six years in major tournaments, as they had not won in the South Africa World Cup in the summer [.

Ben Arfa And Yohan Cabaye In Provisional French Euro Squad

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Hatem Ben Arfa has been named by France coach Laurent Blanc along with Newcastle team-mate Yohan  Cabaye in his preliminary European Championship squad. Mercurial French winger Ben Arfa in provisional French Squad Laurent will announce the provisional squad in two bits if you like, and this squad is those French players based abroad.

Demba Ba Release Clause Below £7M – Player Interested In Joining PSG

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Demba Ba has been interviewed on the French web-site RMCSport and what he says will  worry Newcastle fans. Demba Ba was interviewed in general by RMCSport about other French players at Newcastle and how he expects to do at the African Cup of Nations. Ba was born in Sèvres, which is a community in the southwestern suburbs of Paris, and the player [.

Laurent Robert Impressed With The New Newcastle Side

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Former France international Laurent Robert has talked today about the new Newcastle side, who have a number of French players in their ranks. Laurent Robert - while at Newcastle Laurent played for Newcastle 129 times from 2001 through 2006, with 30 goals, and from 2005 through 2006, was on loan at Portsmouth.

David Ginola Backs French Legion On Tyneside

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David Ginola, Newcastle's former winger under manager Kevin Keegan in the 1990s, thinks the new French players will have a big impact at Newcastle. David Ginola very popular player at Newcastle Yohan Cabaye, Sylvain Marveaux, Gabriel Obertan, Mehdi Abeid and Demba Ba were all born in France,  and were signed in the summer by Newcastle for a total of around £8M - which was [.

Some Top Characters Now At Newcastle United

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Alan Pardew is almost the perfect players' manager. John Carver staff have done well to integrate players The Newcastle manager supports his players, has regular communication with them privately, so they all know not only what's going on at Newcastle, but they also know what the manager expects of them.

You Can Almost Taste The Passion Of The Geordie People

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Sylvain Marveaux has come across great, in his recent interview with the Newcastle press corps. Sylvain Marveaux - you can almost taste the passion of the Geordie people With so many French players in the squad now, there is a distinct danger the squad will develop cliques as they did in the past, but John [.

Revolutions, radical change and a sense of foreboding: why French imports come with a warning label for Newcastle United fans

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Revolutions, radical change and a sense of foreboding: why French imports come with a warning label for Newcastle United fans - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

In the Age of Enlightenment, a European nation overcame financial crises and numerous regime changes to briefly flourish on the big stage for a few years.

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Survey Says: Olivier Giroud Is Ligue 1′s Sexiest Player Of The Year

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'Who, me?' The reality of being identified as a Level 1 Hottie hits home for Olivier when five hundred rampant Tetu readers (plus a couple of well-informed Kickette staffers) turn up and request unsolicited snuggles. Cheers to @Philby1976 for the tip!

We thought we had the inside track on controversial decisions involving the relative hotness of French players.

Spurs linked with young French defender

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One of the areas that Harry Redknapp will surely need to strengthen is in defence and with that in mind, there are a number of rumours today linking Tottenham with Elaquim Mangala. A defender of Congolese descent who current plays his football with Belgian outfit Standard Liege.

Mangala is just 20 and has so far made a dozen appearances for France at Under 21 level.

The Rest

Japan - France Women's Olympic Semifinal

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A clash of truly tricky and skilled teams! A chance to see some of my favorite creative players in the women's game in action.
France v Japan, naturally.
Japan should take it, but never count the Frenchies out - especially since they can match Japan skill for dribbling skill in team passing.

USA vs. France: The Pre-Game Tailgate

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The U.S. men's national team returns to action later today in Paris, where the Americans will take on France (2:55pm, ESPN).

Jurgen Klinsmann will look to help the U.S. team post its first win in Europe since March of 2008 (against Poland) by beating a young French team that is expected to field an experimental squad against the United States.

PSP talks to Nicole Barnhart

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(Photos: Paul Rudderow)

With PPL Park playing host to it's first playoff game this Saturday, August 20 at 4:00pm when the second-seeded Philadelphia Independence host the WPS Super Semifinal, the PSP caught up with Independence and US National Team goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart. A former WPS champion with FC Gold Pride who has earned 39 caps for the USA, Barnhart discusses the recent Women's World Cup, the Philadelphia Independence, PPL Park and WPS.

Former Thunder Player Marco Terminesi Signs Again with Montreal

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Lots of news coming out of Montreal recently. The Impact had announced the resignation of head coach Marc Dos Santos last month after a very disappointing and poor start. The team was 2-3-7 under Dos Santos this season.

Sporting Director Nick De Santis took over the team on an interim basis and is trying to turn his squad around.

Evra: Cantona is The King

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Patrice Evra has sung the praises of fellow Frenchmen Eric Cantona, claiming that he paved the way for their other countrymen to join United,

"I already knew Cantona was 'The King', but I really discovered who he was when I arrived here," Evra told the official website. "He is a legend.

Poland-France 0:1. Ambition Is Not Enough When Smuda Doesn't Help The Team.

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0:1 against France is always better than 0:6 against Spain. We've made progress during the last year, but in all honesty we started from a really low level. The players gave their all and played to the best of their abilities. The 'problem' is that the French players took the game seriously and they are more skillful.

Blanc cleared of discrimination

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French national team coach Laurent Blanc has been cleared by France's Sports Minister Chantal Jouanno of discrimination claims.

Jouanno said no anti-discrimination laws were broken when Blanc and soccer federation colleagues discussed whether quotas should be introduced to curb training academy access for young French players with dual nationality, many of them black and Arab.