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PSG leave Thiago Motta out of squad for Madrid trip

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Paris (AFP) – Paris Saint-Germain have omitted veteran midfielder Thiago Motta from their squad for the trip to face Real Madrid in the Champions League last 16, first leg on Wednesday.

The French giants opted to leave the 35-year-old Italy international behind in Paris, even though he apparently is no longer injured and trained normally on Tuesday morning.

PSG include new signing Lassana Diarra for Cup semi-final

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Paris (AFP) – Lassana Diarra could make his debut for Paris Saint-Germain in Tuesday’s French League Cup semi-final at Rennes after being included in their squad for the first time.

The 32-year-old midfielder, who has been capped 34 times by France, joined PSG last week on a deal until June 2019.

PSG include new signing Lassana Diarra for Cup semi-final

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Paris (AFP) – Lassana Diarra could make his debut for Paris Saint-Germain in Tuesday’s French League Cup semi-final at Rennes after being included in their squad for the first time.

The 32-year-old midfielder, who has been capped 34 times by France, joined PSG last week on a deal until June 2019.

Diarra demands six mn euros compensation

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Brussels (AFP) French international Lassana Diarra, ordered to pay a 10-million-euro ($11m) fine to former club Lokomotiv Moscow, has in turn demanded millions in compensation from FIFA and the Belgian football federation, his lawyer said on Friday.

The 31-year-old appeared before a Belgian court along with his lawyers on Thursday and demanded six million euros from FIFA and the Belgian federation over the midfielder's failed transfer to Charleroi.

Diarra demands 6 mn euros from FIFA – report

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Brussels (AFP) French international Lassana Diarra, ordered to pay a 10-million-euro ($11m) fine to former club Lokomotiv Moscow, has in turn demanded millions in compensation from FIFA and the Belgian football federation, Belgian media reported on Friday.

The 31-year-old appeared before a Belgian court along with his lawyers on Thursday and demanded six million euros ($6.

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.

CAS orders Diarra to pay 10 million euro Lokomotiv fine

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Paris (AFP) France international Lassana Diarra confirmed Saturday that he has been ordered by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to pay a 10 million euro ($11 million) fine to former club Lokomotiv Moscow.

The 31-year-old midfielder arrived in Russia to join Anzhi Makhachkala from Real Madrid in August 2012 but moved to Lokomotiv Moscow in 2013 on a four-year deal, before quitting the club a year later notably because of a salary cut.

CAS orders Diarra to pay 10 million euro Lokomotiv fine

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Paris (AFP) France international Lassana Diarra confirmed Saturday that he has been ordered by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to pay a 10 million euro ($11 million) fine to former club Lokomotiv Moscow.

The 31-year-old midfielder arrived in Russia to join Anzhi Makhachkala from Real Madrid in August 2012 but moved to Lokomotiv Moscow in 2013 on a four-year deal, before quitting the club a year later notably because of a salary cut.

Ibrahimovic crowned France’s football player of year

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Paris (AFP) Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic was voted France's Ligue 1 player of the year for a record third time on Sunday.

Ibrahimovic won the award, voted for by his peers, ahead of PSG team-mate Angel Di Maria, Nice forward Hatem Ben Arfa and Marseille midfielder Lassana Diarra after scoring 35 goals in the capital club's romp to a fourth straight French title.

Ibrahimovic crowned France’s football player of year

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Paris (AFP) Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic was voted France's Ligue 1 player of the year for a record third time on Sunday.

Ibrahimovic won the award, voted for by his peers, ahead of PSG team-mate Angel Di Maria, Nice forward Hatem Ben Arfa and Marseille midfielder Lassana Diarra after scoring 35 goals in the capital club's romp to a fourth straight French title.

Real Madrid

Lassana Diarra set for PSG move – reports

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Paris (AFP) – France midfielder Lassana Diarra is on the verge of a move to Paris Saint-Germain, with footage of him leaving a hospital in the French capital following earlier reports that a deal was imminent.

Le Parisien tweeted a short clip of Diarra, 32, leaving the city’s American hospital while wearing a black hooded top and getting into the back of a car.

Lassana Diarra set for PSG move – reports

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Paris (AFP) – France midfielder Lassana Diarra is on the verge of a move to Paris Saint-Germain, with footage of him leaving a hospital in the French capital following earlier reports that a deal was imminent.

Le Parisien tweeted a short clip of Diarra, 32, leaving the city’s American hospital while wearing a black hooded top and getting into the back of a car.

West Ham United hopeful of signing Lassana Diarra

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Sam Allardyce is hopeful of signing former Real Madrid midfielder Lassana Diarra after confirming the France international is training with the Hammers.

Diarra, 29, has been without a club since leaving Lokomotiv Moscow in August but is not too far away from match-fitness and could be turning out for West Ham inside a fortnight if the expected deal is completed in the coming days.

West Ham United hopeful of signing Lassana Diarra

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Sam Allardyce is hopeful of signing former Real Madrid midfielder Lassana Diarra after confirming the France international is training with the Hammers.

Diarra, 29, has been without a club since leaving Lokomotiv Moscow in August but is not too far away from match-fitness and could be turning out for West Ham inside a fortnight if the expected deal is completed in the coming days.

A Slap in the Face (Getafe 2 – Real Madrid 1)

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"I like the [Getafe] coach Luis Garcia. I like how organised his teams are and how he puts them into practice. I admire his work." said Mourinho before the game. My wife and I have started to teach our 15-month old son the nursery rhymes: "The wheels on the bus go.... Round and round (3x).

Milan transfer update: Pazzini officially a Milan player, Cassano officially an Inter player

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As many of you will know, in exchange for Antonio Cassano and €7.5 million Giampaolo Pazzini is now a Milan player. Signing on for three years, Pazzini will earn €2.8 million per season plus bonuses. The move has done little, according to Football Betting, for Milan's chances this season. It is a disappointment to see [.

Stuttering Start (Real Madrid 1 – Valencia 1)

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Football At Last Ah... the Football Begins at last! It's been a long wait for top level football since after the Euros and what a weekend for it to begin for me (with today – Monday, being a public holiday)! I spent my Satuday night watching West Brom shock Liverpool to a 3-0 win (unlucky with the refereeing, their football wasn't bad but their finishing was still atrocious) while flicking through the channels seeing how Arsenal would do with Santi Cazorla and without Van Persie (a scoreless dud).

Stuttering Start (Real Madrid 1 – Valencia 1)

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Football At Last Ah... the Football Begins at last! It's been a long wait for top level football since after the Euros and what a weekend for it to begin for me (with today – Monday, being a public holiday)! I spent my Satuday night watching West Brom shock Liverpool to a 3-0 win (unlucky with the refereeing, their football wasn't bad but their finishing was still atrocious) while flicking through the channels seeing how Arsenal would do with Santi Cazorla and without Van Persie (a scoreless dud).

Milan transfer update: Mexes out, Bendtner in?

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He may not be the best defender. But, he has some experience, is a France international and, on some days, he can be rather good. Yet, reports are circulating that Milan could be ready to ship out Philippe Mexes to Arsenal in return for Nicolas Bendtner. It is not a joke; apparently the club thinks [.

Milan transfer update: Kaka now not so close, Yanga-Mbiwa deal is off

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Maybe the King will not be returning after all. The Kaka saga was headline news in Spain's AS on Tuesday. The story went on tell how Jose Mourinho, if not ecstatic, will be happy to continue working with the Brazilian should he remain in Spain, which he said "will most probably be the case". Still, [.

Lassana Diarra To Spartak Moscow?

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Real Madrid midfielder Lassana Diarra looks set to join Spartak Moscow this summer according to his agent.

The holding midfielder has one year left on his contract with the current La Liga champions but Jose Mourinho seems disinclined to offer Diarra a new deal. Rather than let him leave for free in 12 months, Madrid are looking to recoup some of their investment in the player by selling him this summer.

UEFA Champions League Preview: Chelsea, Real Madrid face tough road games

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If Real Madrid and Chelsea are to end Champions League heartbreak this season, getting off to a good start in difficult environments is crucial.

Real Madrid travel east to face off with CSKA Moscow in freezing temperatures. Jose Mourinho's men have been dominant in the Champions League this season but the weather combined with Moscow's infamous plastic pitch and a few key injuries makes the result far from predetermined.

Weekend Wrap : Lionel Messi’s TIME Cover, Chicharito As Baby Jesus and Liverpool vs Man United

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If you're heading to the bookstore this weekend, look out for Leo Messi on the cover of the latest 'TIME' magazine (International Edition). When your face graces the cover of TIME, you f**king MADE IT! Unfortunately, the lovely Yanks don't seem to think a Messi cover is worthy of the USA edition.

The Morning After

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Just this week, in a podcast we never got to post Managing Madrid's Gabe Lezra asked me a question: "Imagine this: Barcelona wins, Real Madrid loses, the lead has been cut to 3. It's the morning of December 11th – how are you feeling?" I no longer remember what answer I gave, but here I am today in exactly the same question.

Kicking Away The Banana Skin

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So finally we've gotten this game out of the way. After Madrid's Burger King Boys (Getafe) knocked the wind off the sails of Barcelona, opening up a SIX (6!) point lead between us and them, the trolling from Cule trash talkers seems to have gone on overdrive (check out the last few posts at RMFB) – pushing the pre-clasico fever a couple of days too early.

France

Manchester United linked with surprise move for former Chelsea midfielder

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Manchester United linked with surprise move for former Chelsea midfielder - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester Unitedhave been reportedly linked with a move for Marseille midfielderLassana Diarra, and the Red Devils are considering making a move for the Frenchman in the summer.

Lassana Diarra tells Marseille coach that soccer will be his escape from tragedy

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France midfielder Lassana Diarra has told his club coach at Marseille that he has no intention of putting his career on hold despite being hit hard by last week's terror attacks in Paris.

Diarra was playing for France in last Friday's friendly against Germany when three enormous explosions were heard in the vicinity of the Stade de France.

Lassana Diarra tells Marseille coach that soccer will be his escape from tragedy

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France midfielder Lassana Diarra has told his club coach at Marseille that he has no intention of putting his career on hold despite being hit hard by last week's terror attacks in Paris.

Diarra was playing for France in last Friday's friendly against Germany when three enormous explosions were heard in the vicinity of the Stade de France.

Lassana Diarra’s Statement on the Paris Attacks

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Lassana Diarra issued a statement about the Paris attacks today. Here is the original. Below is a translation of the statement.

"In the wake of the dramatic events that took place yesterday in Paris and Saint-Denis, it is with a heavy hard that I speak today.

As you have perhaps read, I was personally touched by the attacks.

Ex-Arsenal and Chelsea midfielder Lassana Diarra confirms his cousin was killed in the Paris attacks

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Former Arsenal and Chelsea star Lassana Diarra has taken to social media to confirm that his cousin was one of the victims of the terror attacks in...

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Angel Di Maria, El Shaarawy and the Top 10 Most Notable Ligue 1 Transfers Of The Summer So Far

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Euro 2012: France’s Yann M’Vila makes progress but is a doubt for England

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This article titled "Euro 2012: France's Yann M'Vila makes progress but is a doubt for England" was written by Marcus Christenson, for guardian.co.uk on Friday 8th June 2012 09.14 UTC

The France midfielder Yann M'Vila is unlikely to be fit to face England on Monday 11 June despite making a "spectacular recovery" from his ankle injury.

Arsenal

Spurs in ‘advanced talks’ with ex-Arsenal and Chelsea midfielder Lassana Diarra

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Tottenham are on the verge of bringing in free agent Lassana Diarra, according to reports in France. The former Arsenal midfielder is in...

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‘It’s Absurd!’ – Lassana Diarra Forced To Legally Deny Rumours He’s Become A Syrian Jihad Terrorist

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By Chris Wright

Lokomotiv Moscowmidfielder Lassana Diarra has been forced to deny the ludicrous internet rumours that he is the "ex-Arsenal footballer-jihadist" who was recently filmed calling for fellowIslamist extremists to join the fighting in Syria.

The footage, circulated by theIslamic State of Iraq and Syria, shows a Portuguese man of African descent claiming to have grown up with Cristiano Ronaldo and having formerly been on the books at Arsenal before converting to Islam, assuming the name"Abu Issa Al-Andalusi" and leaving the football world behind "to make the path of Allah".

The Rest

Paris, West Chester United wins USOC qualifier, report says Linc a Copa Centenario venue, more

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Explosions outside France-Germany friendly signal start of Paris attacks. West Chester United advances to final round of US Open Cup qualifiers. Report says The Linc will be a Copa Centenario host. More.

DM. Dee, em. Deeeee M. Dee-M. D-Emmmmm.

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The resurrection of Francis Coquelin has been one of the revelations of 2014-15, not just for Arsenal, but for the Premier League. Rarely does a player rise from a Championship outpost such as Charlton Athletic on loan to become one of the most important components of a top Premier League side. But what does Coquelin's rebirth tell us about Arsene Wenger's attitude to the defensive midfield position?

Anzhi At Anfield

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The Russians with the rubles travel to Anfield on Thursday night as Guus Hiddink's Anzhi face Liverpool in the Europa League. The two sides have never met before and although Anzhi are well known in the media it's still guess work for many as to what they are like on the pitch.

Uh-Oh (Villarreal 1, Real Madrid 1)

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Lightning Strikes Twice in the space place in 3 days. This had Madridisimo collectively groaning: "Oh Shit - Not Again!" .
Just a week after we started to fancy our Champions League odds by drawing APOEL Nicosia last Friday while enjoying our 10 point lead in La Liga, we have all of a sudden decided to expose our soft underbelly.

FA Cup Preview: Chelsea v. Portsmouth

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I awake from a two-day coma, just in time for the magic of the FA Cup. Provided this magic includes Romelu Lukaku and, of course, Josh McEachran I'm all in. Bring forth some elaborate illusions at the expense of our third-round opponents, Portsmouth.

Setup, the performance, and the prestige.