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Laurent Koscielny

Franck Ribery Makes 23-Man French World Cup Squad Despite Dodgy Back

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By Alan Duffy

Despite seeing his preparations for Brazil 2014 hampered by a recurring back injury, French heart-throb Fronck Ribery has still made Didier Deschamps' final 23-man squad for the tournament this month.

The Bayern Munich winger is still fighting to be fit for Les Bleus' first game of the tournament.

Interlull: Kos worries and comments, Jenkinson and Wilshere

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Hello there,

no lengthy tales and bad puns this morning, I promise. Tonight sees the final games of the final Interlull of 2012 so like everyone I'm keeping fingers crossed that those involved come through unscathed. Various reports suggest Laurent Koscielny has been training apart from the rest of the French squad with some concerns about the knee injury he picked up last week, so fingers crossed he's ok.

Add some broth and a potato

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Morning all,

quite the feast of stories going on this morning. Makes a change from the quietness of some of the summer days. I guess we'll chop 'em up, add some broth, throw them in a pot with some vegetables, and baby we got ourselves a stew there.

We'll start with the fact that many of our players have gone away on international duty.

France

Video: Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris determined to skipper France to the World Cup through play-offs

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Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is determined to captain the France national team to next summer's World Cup but realises that will probably mean qualifying through the play-offs. Both Lloris and manager Didier Deschamps appear resigned to finishing behind leaders Spain in Group I. The World Cup holders are three points clear with two games [.

Ben Arfa Playing For His Place – France v Iceland

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France begin their warm up schedule for the Euros at 8pm tonight against Iceland at the Stade De Hainaut in Valenciennes. The match will be televised in the UK on ESPN. A number of players deployed by Les Bleus are regarded as fringe players who can still force their way into the final French squad [.

Newcastle United

Top Newcastle Stars Upset At Inability To Fortify Squad

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There's a little bit of disturbing news in the Evening Chronicle today, that some of Newcastle top players, including Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse,  have asked the Newcastle hierarchy why the  first team squad has not yet been strengthened this summer. Cabaye and Debuchy with French squad in the summer Of course some of that concern could be lifted a little if Newcastle are able to [.

No Cabaye Injury – It’s Been Lost In Translation

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Yohan Cabaye had already informed new French manager Didier Deschamps, that he would not be available for the friendly game at Le Havre next Wednesday evening against Uruguay. Yohan Cabaye misses out on France international by choice And subsequently Yohan is not in the French squad named by Deschamps yesterday, and neither was Newcastle's [.

Surprise Newcastle Call-Ups For August Internationals

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There are a number of Newcastle players named in International squads for the upcoming friendly games in August, and there are a couple of surprises- Fab Coloccini has finally been called up again by Argentina, and Ben Arfa has been named in Didier Deschamps' first French squad. Fabricio Coloccini Argentine call up The news [.

Pardew – Marveaux Can Follow In Ben Arfa’s Footsteps

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Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has managed his mercurial French winger Hatem Ben Arfa, brilliantly over the last season. Sylvain Marveaux - could follow Ben Arfa's lead And not only did Ben Arfa become a regular out on the right wing for Newcastle this year, and score two fantastic goals at St.

Pardew – Marveaux Can Follow In Ben Arfa’s Footsteps

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Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has managed his mercurial French winger Hatem Ben Arfa, brilliantly over the last season. Sylvain Marveaux - could follow Ben Arfa's lead And not only did Ben Arfa become a regular out on the right wing for Newcastle this year, and score two fantastic goals at St.

Ben Arfa May Miss Out Again On European Championships

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Hatem  Ben Arfa did not make the French squad for the European Championships held in Switzerland and Austria in June of 2008. Ben Arfa in action for France In 2008, while he was at Lyon, Ben Arfa was one of the players omitted from the final squad in the final cut made by then French manager Raymond Domenech, and Ben Arfa was really cut up about [.

Euro 2012

Ben Arfa In The Dock – Father In Altercation With His Agent

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A hearing is going on before a disciplinary committee today, into the goings on in the French squad during the Euro 2012 tournament, and the four players involved and giving evidence at the hearing are Newcastle's Ben Arfa, Manchester City's Samir Nasri, Renne's Yann M'Vila and PSG's Jeremy Menez.

Big Boys Return Monday – Pardew Hopeful Of New Signings

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News today in the Newcastle Journal that Newcastle's two French stars Hatem Ben Arfa and Yohan Cabaye, who were both very good for the Magpies last term will return to training on Monday, after being given time off to recover from their Euro 2012 exploits. Yohan Cabaye with the French squad in June Newcastle are in the process of [.

Big Boys Return Monday – Pardew Hopeful Of New Signings

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News today in the Newcastle Journal that Newcastle's two French stars Hatem Ben Arfa and Yohan Cabaye, who were both very good for the Magpies last term will return to training on Monday, after being given time off to recover from their Euro 2012 exploits. Yohan Cabaye with the French squad in June Newcastle are in the process of [.

Ben Arfa To Be A Big Player For Newcastle Next Season

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Most of the Newcastle first team squad will report for training this Thursday morning, but players who participated in summer tournaments, will get extra time off. Hatem Ben Arfa in action at Euro 2012 And that will include both Yohan Cabaye and Ben Arfa, who were in the French squad that reached the quarter final of the Euro 2012 tournament, [.

Ben Arfa To Be A Big Player For Newcastle Next Season

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Most of the Newcastle first team squad will report for training this Thursday morning, but players who participated in summer tournaments, will get extra time off. Hatem Ben Arfa in action at Euro 2012 And that will include both Yohan Cabaye and Ben Arfa, who were in the French squad that reached the quarter final of the Euro 2012 tournament, [.

Euro 2012: Laurent Blanc on the dock as Nasri prefers off pitch antics

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After France's disastrous 2008 Euro outing followed in quick succession by the 2010 World Cup debacle which saw France go through a self existential paroxysm as the country re-examined what constitutes being French (see Alain Finkelkraut), getting out of the group stage in the 2012 Euro might constitute improvement.

Euro snoozes + The Mirror make Giroud faux pas

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It's a quiet one today.

Perhaps people have been bored into submission by how boring Spain were or how boring people talking about how boring Spain are. As I said yesterday, I was hoping for a really good, exciting game of football between France and Spain last night. What we got was anything but.

Laurent Blanc admits that the French are fighting again

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France's infighting at the 2010 World Cup led to a legendary meltdown that saw Nicolas Anelka get sent home mid-tournament for giving then manager Raymond Domenech a bit of lip and the entire squad later boycotting a training session. And now after their first loss at Euro 2012, cracks are beginning to show once again.

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.

Ukraine v France – Match Preview – Euro 2012 – 15 June 2012

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Co-host Ukraine look to remain unbeaten in Euro 2012 as they face Group D favorites France. The match will take place at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk, Ukraine with kickoff scheduled for 18:00 local time.

Ukraine manager Oleh Blokhin

"I think England and France are leaders of world football.

Gunner rues teammate’s absence

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Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny is very disappointed to see club and country teammate Bacary Sagna miss Euro 2012 through injury but looks forward to seeing the right-back on the football pitch again.

Sagna endured an injury-plagued 2011-12 club campagin, suffering heart-break against Tottenham at White Hart Lane in October last year before re-injuring himself in the 3-3 draw against Norwich a month ago.

Newcastle Star – My Agent Is Dealing With Transfer Rumors

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Yohan Cabaye is currently with the French squad preparing to take on England in the Ukraine next Monday night. Yohan Cabaye speaking to the French media That will be the first game of Group D in the Euro 2012 Championships. The 26-year-old joined Newcastle last summer for €5M, after playing for Lille, the then [.

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.

Great News – Cabaye And Ben Arfa In Final French Squad

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Great news this morning as both Hatem Ben Arfa and Yohan Cabaye have made the French squad for Euro 2012. As expected French manager Laurent Blanc has included both Newcastle players in his final squad of 23, which he had just announced. And Newcastle target Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, the Montpellier captain and Yoann Gourcuff were the [.

Filling the void: the Yoann Gourcuff story

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By Matthew Richards

With the European Championships on the horizon, Matthew Richards profiles the tumultuous career of Yoann Gourcuff, who was somewhat controversially called up to the most recent French squad, in part one of a look at his remarkable journey that has taken him from France to Milan, and back again.

EURO 2012 : Spain National Team Arrives In Switzerland, Ben Arfa Prepares For France ‘Battle’

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You know that horrible moment when you've just woken up mid-flight, and realized that the plane is about to land in 5 seconds? That's exactly what happened to the Spanish National Team when they arrived in St. Gallen, Switzerland yesterday- just look at all their Pillowfaces!

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.

Laurent Blanc – Ben Arfa In Contention For French Squad

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France manager Laurent Blanc has said that Newcastle's Ben Arfa has played himself back in contention for the French squad,  for the Euro 2012 Championships to be held in Poland and the Ukraine mostly in June, with the final being played on July 1st. Ben Arfa in action yesterday challenging French compatriot Gael Clichy Ben Arfa is now 25, and won the last [.

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The Race Ain't Run Yet! 12 Potential Spurs Manager Profiles

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Who's the next Spurs manager going to be I hear you ask! Here we take a look at the front runners and selected others using Paddy Power's next Tottenham manager betting page as a guide...

Andre Villas-Boas 3/10
Experience: Académica, Porto, Chelsea
Honours:
Porto - Primeira Liga 2010–11, Taça de Portugal 2010–11, Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira 2010, UEFA Europa League 2010–11
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The Race Ain't Run Yet! 12 Potential Spurs Manager Profiles

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Who's the next Spurs manager going to be I hear you ask! Here we take a look at the front runners and selected others using Paddy Power's next Tottenham manager betting page as a guide...

Andre Villas-Boas 3/10
Experience: Académica, Porto, Chelsea
Honours:
Porto - Primeira Liga 2010–11, Taça de Portugal 2010–11, Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira 2010, UEFA Europa League 2010–11
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The Rest

United States Women v France Women - Olympics Gamethread

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With four Seattle Sounders Women on the United States National Team there will be greater interest in this year's Olympics Women's soccer tournament than in year's past. The USA starts off with France a team that is clearly on the rise. Similar to the US, the French squad is strengthened by several players playing on one team, in this case Lyon.

Pre-Euro Friendlies – Blanc plays down expectations – French public barely aware of summer tournament

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Loic Remy was declared unfit, and out of the French squad today.

France play the first of three pre-tournament friendlies against Iceland in Valenciennes on Sunday, followed by a couple more friendlies on home soil on Thursday, May 31st (Serbia) and Tuesday June 5th (Estonia).

Blanc is scheduled to announce his final 23-man squad on Tuesday, May 29th, according to some article I read.