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Ligue 1: Lyon v Metz Match Abandoned After Goalkeeper Anthony Lopes Hit By Firecracker (Video)

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The Ligue 1 clash between Metz and Lyon was abandoned on Saturday, after firecrackers were thrown at 'keeper Anthony Lopes.

The incident occurred after home side Metz had taken the lead just before the half-hour mark. A firecracker was lobbed from the stands and then, as Lopes was receiving treatment, another was thrown which exploded next to the goalkeeper.

Ligue 1: Toulouse Coach Pascal Dupraz Well And Truly Traumatised By Paper Plane Thrown From Crowd (Video)

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Given his reaction you'd be forgiven for thinking that Toulouse coach Pascal Dupraz had cheated death during Friday night's Ligue 1 tie with Rennes.

While stood in his technical area, a paper plane was thrown down from the crowd only to land perilously close to Dupraz with the sonic boom created by the jet's crash-landing causing him to spiral into delerium.

PSG’s Serge Aurier In Hot Water After Celebrating Ivory Coast Goal With Bizarre Throat-Slitting Gesture (Video)

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No stranger to controversy, PSG full-back Serge Aurier was at it again during Ivory Coast's 3-1 World Cup qualifying win against Mali. After seeing his cross converted via an own-goal fromSalif Coulibaly, the 23-year-old defender ran towards his own fans before making a throat-slitting gesture.

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Aurier found himself in big trouble with PSG last season after publicly criticising his then manager Laurent Blanc during a live Periscope chat, with the former Toulouse player copping a suspension from the Ligue 1 giants.

Europa League: Ex-Liverpool Dud Mario Balotelli Nets Fifth Goal in Four Games For Nice (Video)

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Mario Balotelli's resurgence continues, with the ex-Liverpool and Manchester City man getting on the scoresheet again for new club Nice, this time in their Europa League Group I clash with Russian side FC Krasnodar.

With the Russian side 2-0 up, Balotelli got one back for Nice just before the break, via another fine finish.

Ex-Liverpool Flop Mario Balotelli Nets Second Brace In Two Games To Send Nice Top Of Ligue 1 (Video)

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Coming hot on the heels of a fine brace against Marseille in his first game for Nice, Mario Balotelli made it four goals in two Ligue 1 games on Wednesday night, with the striker netting another double against Monaco.

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Ex-Liverpool flop Balotelli's first of the night was a throroughly classy affair, with the Italian superblytaking a pass in his stride before firing pastDanijel Subasic in the Monaco goal.

FC Barcelona

Barcelona Transfer News: Club director in touch with player's father to discuss move for world class star

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Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi is being linked with a move away from Camp Nou once again.

This time, French champions Paris Saint-Germain are thought to be interested in his services and are looking to convince the player’s father about a future transfer.

Barcelona need to keep this top quality new signing fit if they want to be successful this season

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Since Samuel Umtiti’s £20m move to Barcelona he has slotted into their defence excellently. Unfortunately he sustained an injury last month. As a result their defence has suffered without him. But he should be back in the starting line up for Wednesday’s crucial Champions League clash against Manchester City.

Neymar Turned Down World Record Offer From PSG This Summer

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According to Marca, Barcelona star Neymar turned down a staggering €50 million contract, access to a private jet and a string of hotels from Paris Saint-Germain this summer.

The Barcelona forward was linked with a series of moves over the transfer window, including a possible switch to PSG and Manchester United.

English Premier League

Club director reveals Chelsea transfer was 'best option' for this top class South American star

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Brazilian defender David Luiz completed a shock return to Chelsea during the summer transfer window.

The Blues agreed to a £34m deal with French champions Paris Saint-Germain. Looking back at it now, Antonio Conte and the Chelsea fans will be very happy with the decision. Luiz has been outstanding for Chelsea so far and is one of the main reasons why Conte’s three defender formation has been a major hit.

Chelsea favourites to land Arsenal's attacking target, club source confirms bid for 'next Ibrahimovic'

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Chelsea have been linked with the highly talented AIK striker Alexander Isak and as per the latest rumours, the Premier League giants are favourites to sign him right now.

ESPN are reporting an exclusive that the Blues are ahead of Paris Saint-Germain in their pursuit of the young striker and have already submitted an offer of around 11 million Euros.

4-2-3-1 v PSG: Wenger without six Arsenal players for vital European clash; Key Stats, Team News & Predicted Lineups

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Arsenal vs Paris Saint-Germain Prediction, Betting Tips, Preview & Live Stream Info ahead of this week’s Champions League fixture.

Arsenal vs Paris Saint German
UEFA Champions League 2016/17
23rd November 2016, 19:45 pm BST
Emirates Stadium, London
Live Stream: Watch Arsenal vs PSG live online on BT Sport

Arsenal Team News & Preview

Arsenal host French champions Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League this week.

Europe's spot-kick specialists are struggling to score nowadays because of this reason

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Have you already noticed that the Premier League referees are awarding more penalties this season? A recent study has revealed that in the first 11 games of the Premier League, the referees have pointed to the spot 36 times.

At this rate, the total penalty count would reach around the 125 mark at the end of the season.

Chelsea confirm desire to sign €42m South American in January; Tricky star will make them title contenders

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Chelsea are looking to sign the Argentine attacking midfielder Javier Pastore during the January transfer window.

French outlet GFFN have published an exclusive claiming that Chelsea have already confirmed their desire to sign the South American playmaker. Pastore has been linked with a move to the Premier League in the past as well.

European Weekend Preview: Chelsea-Man United , AC Milan-Juventus, and more

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This weekend features an exciting slate of matches all around Europe, with a major headliner in every league.

The big game in England this weekend comes on Sunday as Chelsea welcome Manchester United to Stamford Bridge in the return of Jose Mourinho to his former club. Neither side has started the season how they hoped, with Chelsea in fifthand Manchester United in seventh, but each has an opportunity to turn things around by leaving with all three points.

European clubs planning a breakaway league to combat Champions League reforms

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Clubs from lesser European countries are undergoing discussions over a breakaway European league involving teams from Scotland, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, Norway and Sweden to combat the potential freezing out by the new reforms introduced in the Champions League.

FC Copenhagen director Anders Horsholt has revealed discussions have been going on over the formation of a new league to rival the Champions League, which has taken a road to make it more exclusive to the continent’s biggest clubs.

World-class star’s agent confirms Chelsea interest

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The agent of Paris Saint-Germain centre-half Thiago Silva has admitted that his client’s future in the French capital is uncertain and there could be scope for a move to Premier League powerhouses Chelsea.

The Blues bolstered their squad over the summer following the appointment of Antonio Conte, with the Italian manager admitting he wanted to add to his options at central defence.

Versatile French midfielder issues come-and-get-me plea, says he dreams of playing for Arsenal

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French midfielder Corentin Tolisso has fuelled further speculations about his future at Lyon with his comments in a recent interview.

The Lyon star claimed that he dreams of playing for clubs like Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Arsenal.

The 22-year-old is a regular member of the Lyon first team and is being monitored by several European clubs since breaking into the first team scene with the Ligue 1 club in 2013.

European Weekend Rewind: Spurs run past City, Barca and Real Struggle and more

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Europe's top clubs had a weekend to forget over the past three days.

Both Real Madrid and FC Barcelona failed to win, as Madrid drew 1-1 and Barcelona fell 4-3 away from home. Atletico Madrid topped the standings after a 2-0 victory against Valencia.

Borussia Dortmund failed to close the gap with Bayern Munich, as both sides failed to get three points against Cologne and Leverkusen, respectively.

Barcelona and Manchester City beaten, 3 other talking points from the weekend

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The latest round of fixtures in the top European leagues produced cracking bits of action with some of the continent’s heavyweight clubs facing off against each other in another round of entertaining footballing action.

While things were far from satisfying for Spain’s top clubs, the Premier League in England has the stage set for a remarkable title race.

Ligue 1: Mario Balotelli Scores Superb Late Winner For Nice, Gets Sent Off Six Minutes Later (Video)

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He may have long since left the Premier League, but Mario Balotelli shall remain forever in our hearts. The ex-Liverpool flop was once again amongst the goals for Nice on Sunday, nettinga late winner against Lorient before, in classic Balotelli fashion, seeing red just six minutes later.

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Balotelli's goal, his sixth in five games for Nice, came on 86 minutes, with the Italian producing a sublime curling finish.

European Weekend Preview: Man City-Tottenham, Roma-Inter and more

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It's another week that'll see all eyes on England in European football.

The clear headliner around the continent (plus the British Isles) is a top-two showdown in the Premier League between Tottenham and Manchester City. The only two unbeaten teams left in the EPL enter after midweek Champions League play, with Man City failing to winfor the first time under Pep Guardiola and Tottenham cruising to a victory.

European Weekend Preview: Arsenal-Chelsea, Man United-Leicester City and more

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All eyes are on England this weekend as the Premier League hosts some of the most high-profile matchups of the coming days.

Two titanic clashes take place in the EPL as Manchester United hosts Leicester City in the early Saturday match before Arsenal and Chelsea close the day out with a managerial showdown between Arsene Wenger and Antonio Conte.

European Weekend Rewind: Barca, Man City cruise; Man United flounders; and more

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Huge victories by huge teams studded the landscape of European football this weekend.

Teams such as Barcelona, Manchester City, Borussia Dortmund, and Paris Saint-Germain all cruised to massive victories as upsets were few and far between for once in this early season.The biggest upset this week came in the Premier League as Watford dismantled Manchester United 3-0 at home, with the latter now in the midst of a three-match losing streak.

European Weekend Preview: Liverpool face Chelsea, Inter take on Juventus and more

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Plenty of big name matchups headline action across all five major European leagues this weekend after a fantastic slate of midweek European fixtures.

In England, the Premier League slate is led by a big Friday showdown between Liverpool, coming off a huge victory over Leicester City, and Chelsea, coming off their first dropped points of the year against Swansea City.

Europa League 2016-17: Group Stage Fixtures, Preview & Score predictions

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The Europa League 2016/17 campaign begins on Thursday and several European clubs will be eyeing their way back into the Champions League by doing well in this competition.

Defending champions Sevilla are not a part of the competition this year. Los Nervionenses have qualified for this season’s Champions League automatically after winning the Europa League last season.

Champions League 2016/17, Group Stage: Fixtures, Preview & Score predictions

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This season’s Champions League campaign kicks off later today and the European heavyweights will be looking to make a bright start.

The likes of Juventus, Manchester City and Barcelona will be fired up after a disappointing European campaign last season. Atletico Madrid will look end their poor run of form in the finals and win the trophy this year.

FIFA 17: Player Ratings – A Complete Guide

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FIFA 17 is all set for its official launch later this month and here at Soccerlens we have put together a complete guide regarding the player ratings from the latest version of the game.

The demo version of the game will be available for download from the 13th of September and the full version comes out approximately two weeks later (27th September in US and 29th September in the UK).

FIFA 17: Career Mode, Frostbite and Gameplay

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FIFA 17 is all set for its official launch later this month and all eyes will be on the FIFA 17 demo which comes out early next week.

FIFA 17 is one of the most anticipated video games of the year and will be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

The official release date of the full version of FIFA 17 is on Thursday, 29th September (The UK and worldwide).

4-3-3 v PSG: Arsenal without five first team players for vital UCL clash; Team News, Key Stats and Predicted Lineups

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Paris Saint-Germain vs Arsenal predictions, betting tips, team news, and stats ahead of this weekend’s Champions League fixture.

Paris Saint-Germain vs Arsenal
Competition: UEFA Champions League
Kick-off Time: 19:45 pm BST, 13th September 2016
Venue: Parc Des Princes

Arsenal’s Team News & Preview

Arsenal begin their Champions League campaign against Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday.

European Weekend Preview: Manchester derby, Liverpool-Leicester and more

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Finally, football is back after the always-too-long international break, and it does so with a bang.

All eyes will be on England this weekend as the marqueematch of the Premier League season headlines the action in Europe. United welcome City as the two face off in the fabled Manchester Derby in a showdown with more storylines than you can count.

Italy

Top 5 Young Goalkeepers in Europe

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Historically, goalkeepers come to prominence and reach their peak in their late 20’s. In recent times, there has been a surge in the number of quality young goalkeepers becoming first team regulars for their clubs.

Below is a list of the top 5 young goalkeepers in Europe under the age of 22 (born on or after 1st January 1995) who have impressed for their clubs, despite their inexperience.

Top 5 Young Goalkeepers in Europe

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Historically, goalkeepers come to prominence and reach their peak in their late 20’s. In recent times, there has been a surge in the number of quality young goalkeepers becoming first team regulars for their clubs.

Below is a list of the top 5 young goalkeepers in Europe under the age of 22 (born on or after 1st January 1995) who have impressed for their clubs, despite their inexperience.

Top 5 Young Goalkeepers in Europe

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Historically, goalkeepers come to prominence and reach their peak in their late 20’s. In recent times, there has been a surge in the number of quality young goalkeepers becoming first team regulars for their clubs.

Below is a list of the top 5 young goalkeepers in Europe under the age of 22 (born on or after 1st January 1995) who have impressed for their clubs, despite their inexperience.

Attacking star on fire right now, Klopp's Liverpool transfer decision looking like a mistake

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Mario Balotelli’s career appeared to be in permanent decline after disastrous spells at Liverpool and A.C. Milan where he managed just 2 league goals. However, his decision to move to Nice appears to be an inspired choice.

Many had questioned whether Balotelli’s career at the top level of European football was over when Liverpool allowed him to move on a free transfer to Nice.

Lyon

Lyon Forced To Take Unusual Step Of Confirming That Mathieu Valbuena Is Still Alive

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Lyon have been forced to take the unusual step of having to confirm that Mathieu Valbuena is still among the living.

After not making the squad for Saturday's win over Toulouse, a macabre rumour rippled around Twitter that the pint-sized midfielder had shuffled off this mortal coil at the age of 32.

Emmanuel Adebayor Denies ‘Smoking Cigarette And Asking For Whisky In His Coffee’ During Contract Talks With Lyon

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Emmanuel Adebayor has denied claimsthat he acted like a bit of a berkwhile meeting with representatives from Lyon over a potential move.

Perish the thought!

Adebayor met with Lyon manager Bruno Genesio last week to discuss a move to Ligue 1 but the negotiations fell through at an early stage because the club were not prepared to release the striker for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations in January.

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OGC Nice Auction Off Special Commemorative Shirts, Raise €121,500 For Victims Of Bastille Day Attack (Photo)

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In the aftermath of the Bastille Day terror attack in their home city, OGC Nice decided to play their next game against Rennes with both teams wearing special shirtsproduced in tribute to the 85 victims.

The plan was to auction off the jerseysafter the match in order to raise money for the families of the 85 people who lost their lives whilecelebrating the French public holiday on July 14th.

Lyon: Rafael Da Silva Refused To Get Paid While Recovering From Injury, Donated Wages To Charity Instead

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As if you didn't think that Rafael da Silva was a loveable little scamp anyway, it's been revealed that theex-Manchester Unitedfull-back madea lovely charitable gesture after tearing his thigh muscle last season.

After succumbing to the injury while playing for Lyon in September of 2015, Rafaelspecifically asked to meet with the Ligue 1 club's top brass and request that he not receive any salary while he was sidelined.

Soccer TV: Borussia Dortmund vs Hertha BSC

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The club schedule returns in Europe with Borussia Dortmund playing Hertha BSC on Fox Sports 1 and Ligue 1 games on beIN Sport.

2 reasons that helped shape up Monaco's moneymaking transfer policy

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Monaco have adopted a clever transfer policy in recent years. It has enabled them to make huge profits on player transfers.

Originally, Monaco’s billionaire owner Dmitry Rybolovlev wanted them to become Europe’s elite club. He was willing to spend as much as necessary to get them there.