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Steven Fletcher Praised For His ‘Flair’ After Scoring First Goal On First Start For Marseille (Video)

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After completing a slightly off-kilter move to Ligue 1 on deadline day, Steven Fletcher made his first start in Marseille colours last night, scoring and providing an assist in his new side's 2-0 win over amateur outfit Trelissac in the Coupe de France.

Fletcher laid on Romain Alessandrini for the opener before getting on the scoresheet himself in the 87th minute by applying a rather smart finish to a low cross.

Retro Football: Zinedine Zidane Scores First Ever Professional Goal And Wins Himself A New Renault Clio, 1991 (Video)

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Twenty five years ago this very day, a promising monobrowed young prodigy by the name of Zinedine Yazid Zidane opened his professional goalscoring account at the tender age of 18.

After muscling his way up through the youth ranks, Zidanefinally broke into the Canne senior set-up in 1989 aged just 16, just two short years after leaving home to chase down his dream.

Top Of Le Flops: Lyon’s Jordan Ferri Pulls Off Outrageous Dive In 3-0 Win v Bordeaux (Video)

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We love a good old fashioned dive here at 'Pies, despite the obvious moral dubiousness of the whole thing. And in Lyon's 3-0 home Ligue 1 win against Bordeaux on Wednesday night, substitute Jordan Ferri pulled off a right doozy of a flop.

Running at speed towards the Bordeaux box, the 23-year-old midfielder lost control of the ball before falling to the ground courtesy of a quite fabulous dive.

Ligue 1: Man Utd Cast-Off Angel Di Maria Volleys Home Stunner For PSG v Angers (Video)

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On the same day that Manchester United produced yet another toothless display at Old Trafford, Red Devils' cast-off Angel Di Maria was helping PSG to a 5-1 mauling of Angers in the French capital, with one of his two goals in the game an absolute beaut.

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With the score at 3-1 to Laurent Blanc's Ligue 1 giants, Di Maria produced an outstanding volley from outside the box, which sailed over Anger 'keeperAlexandre Letellier and into the back of the net.

Skill Zone: Newcastle Cast-Off Hatem Ben Arfa Gets All Fancy While Dancing Through Angers’ Defence (Video)

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It may have gone pear-shaped for him in the Premier League, but former Newcastle and Hull City wastrel Hatem Ben Arfa is making a decent fist of rebuilding his reputation at Nice this season.

Indeed, the temperamental winger scored twice (both from the penalty spot) in his side's 2-1 win over high-flying Angers in Ligue 1 on Friday evening, but it was his mercurial dribbling skills that once again caught the eye of the wider world.

Ref Ricket During PSG v Lyon Clash Highlights Pointlessness Of Fourth Official (Video)

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No thatPSG need any help in their procession to total domestic domination in 2015/16, however on Wednesday night the all-conquering Parisians got a helping hand from the officials during their Coupe de la Ligue quarter-final clash with Lyon.

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Adrien Rabiot's scrappy opening goal was hardly a thing of beauty.

Textbook Professional Foul: PSG’s Marco Verratti Brings Down His Man By Attempting To Steal His Clothes (Video)

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There was nothing particularly untoward about PSG beating Bastia 2-0 in Ligue 1 on Friday evening, save for a truly exquisite professional foul from Marco Verratti.

The Italian midfielder sprintedsome 30 yards to stop a counter-attack, stopping his opponent in his tracks by using an unorthodox technique usually reserved for lionesses bringing down gazelles on the plains of Africa.

Monaco Striker Lacina Traore Manages To Score Four Goals And Get Sent Off At Half-Time In French Cup Game (Video)

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It proved to be a funny old weekend for Monaco striker Lacina Traore, who experiencedsomething of a 'mixed bag' type of outing in the French Cup on Sunday afternoon.

Traorehelped himself to four goals in the first 45 minutesof Monaco's 10-2 win overamateursideSt Jean Beaulieu in the Coup de France round of 64 before getting himself sent off before the start of the second half.

English Premier League

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.

Photo: Arsenal agree January deal for experienced defender

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Photo: Arsenal agree January deal for experienced defender - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal right back Mathieu Debuchy has joined the French outfit Bordeaux on loan for the remainder of the season.

Arsenal have confirmed the deal on their official website.

The 30-year-old French international is desperate to be a part of the national team squad for the Euros and he knows that it is only possible if he keeps playing regularly.

Official: Watford Become First Premier League Club To Actually Spend Money On Deadline Day By Spluffing £8m On Abdoulaye Doucoure

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He's totalled just 11 starts for Rennes so far this season, but Watford have still gone and spluffed £8million on Abdoulaye Doucoure therefore becoming the first Premier League club to actually spend any money (on a transfer fee) so far this deadline day. It's now 7.00pm.

Doucoure has signed a four-and-a-half year deal at Vicarage Road.

Arsenal close to completing deal for £70k-a-week star today

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Arsenal close to completing deal for £70k-a-week star today - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal right-back Mathieu Debuchy is set to join Bordeaux on loan until the end of the season. without an option to buy.

The Arsenal full-back has been in and out of the side all season and was looking to leave in order to get regular first-team football.

Goal for Bedoya and Pachuca continues to impress

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Alejandro Bedoya scored for Nantes in Ligue 1 and Omar Gonzalez and Pachuca picked up a win in Liga MX in the weekend soccer scores. Read More

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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While Arsenal faces off with rival Chelsea on Sunday, Leicester City can apply some pressure on Arsene Wenger's side with a win over seventh-place Stoke City on Saturday.

Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain hold a massive lead at the top of the league; however, the Parisians will meet a difficult opponent in Angers on Saturday.

Chelsea make contact to sign £175,000-a-week star as Terry replacement

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Chelsea make contact to sign £175,000-a-week star as Terry replacement - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea are looking to sign the experienced Brazilian centre back Thiago Silva from PSG.

The Blues have been shaky at the back all season and are in desperate need of defensive reinforcements.

LvG to bid €64m for 16 goal forward, player offered to Man Utd

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LvG to bid €64m for 16 goal forward, player offered to Man Utd - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United are in talks to sign the PSG striker Edinson Cavani.

With just over one week remaining in the January transfer window, it seems that Louis Van Gaal is determined to add to his attacking options and is willing to break the bank.

European Weekend Preview: Bundesliga returns, Arsenal-Chelsea and more

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With the return of German Bundesliga action this weekend, all five of Europe's top leagues will be on display for those watching.

After a lengthy hiatus in Germany, two of the league's top sides will do battle on Saturday, when second-place Borussia Dortmund travels to fourth-place Borussia Monchengladbach.

Real Madrid Tops Money List For 11th Consecutive Year

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European champions Barcelona joined Real Madrid and Manchester United in earning over €500 million last season, financial consultants Deloitte revealed in their latest Football Money League published on Thursday.

Madrid topped the table for the 11th year running with earnings of €577 million over the course of the season, driven largely by a €22.

Chelsea close in on explosive Argentine, agent in London for talks

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Chelsea close in on explosive Argentine, agent in London for talks - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea are interested in signing the Paris Saint-Germain winger Ezequiel Lavezzi, according to Sky Sports Italy.

Lavezzi has been linked with a move away from PSG since the summer and it seems that the player is closing in on a January move to the Premier League.

Man Utd agree to pay €28m for Arsenal target, LvG makes key promise

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Man Utd agree to pay €28m for Arsenal target, LvG makes key promise - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United are ready to add to their squad this month and Louis Van Gaal has identified the PSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot as an ideal candidate.

Due to injuries, Manchester United have had to field a weakened midfield in some games and, therefore, adding someone like Rabiot would bring much-needed quality and depth to their central midfield.

European Weekend Preview: Liverpool-Man United, Milan-Fiorentina and more

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After recent reports suggested that Louis Van Gaal could be sacked this weekend with another poor result, Manchester United is in dire need of three points when it travels to Anfield to face an improved Liverpool.

Last-place Aston Villa will look to make it two-in-a-row on Saturday when the Villans host co-league leaders Leicester City.

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi wins his fifth Ballon d’Or

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Barcelona forward Lionel Messi wins his fifth Ballon d'Or - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

FIFA have announced that Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has won the Ballon d'Or 2015 today.

Widely regarded as the finest footballer ever, Lionel Messi had already won the coveted prize four times before today and has now added a fifth, at the FIFA gala in Zurich today.

Omar Gonzalez gets a win in first game for Pachuca

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Who Are The 30 Most Valuable Players In Europe?

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On Wednesday, the CIES Football Observatory published its bi-annual list of the 100 players with the highest transfer values in England, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.

The list is calculated on an econometric model by the CIES Football Observatory research team from the analysis of over 1,500 paid transfers since 2010.

Chelsea agree deal for £140k-a-week star, player spotted in training ground

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Chelsea agree deal for £140k-a-week star, player spotted in training ground - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea striker Radamel Falcao has been linked with a return to Monaco after the Colombian was spotted entering the club's training ground.

According to Le Parisien (via Sportwitness), the Chelsea forward is in Monaco right now and the French side are assessing his injury situation.

Liverpool FC – Three cut-price players Klopp should target this January

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Liverpool FC Three cut-price players Klopp should target this January - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool are currently going through a strange, but very serious injury crisis. The Reds have a host of players out as Coutinho and Lovren joined the list after coming off prematurely against Stoke City.

Long term Chelsea target says he is delighted with Man Utd interest

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Long term Chelsea target says he is delighted with Man Utd interest - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Long term Chelsea target Marquinhos has claimed that he is flattered by Manchester United's interest in him.

The PSG defender has been linked with a move away from Paris over the last few months due to the lack of first team action.

Should Arsenal move for Stephan El Shaarawy?

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Should Arsenal move for Stephan El Shaarawy? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Once AC Milan's great hope, Stephan El Shaarawy is at a crossroads in his career. The Italian Egyptian was once labelled as Italian football's next best thing, but events that have unfolded in his career since have been the worst possible reflection of his wonderkid status.

Former Manchester United striker warns club target against Premier League move

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Former Manchester United striker warns club target against Premier League move - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Former Manchester United striker Diego Forlan has warned compatriot Edinson Cavani over moving to the Premier League. Cavani has been a reported target for the big English clubs, namely United, Arsenal and Chelsea but Forlan has urged his fellow Uruguayan to keep enjoying his good run in France with Paris Saint-Germain.

Blatter & Platini banned from football-related activities for 8 years

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Blatter & Platini banned from football-related activities for 8 years - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

FIFA president Sepp Blatter and UEFA chief Michel Platini have been banned for eight years from all football activities after an ethics investigation earlier.

The duo were found guilty of a disloyal payment of £1.

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Un Oeuf Is Un Oeuf: Marseille Fans Accidentally Pelt Eggs At Chinese Tourists After Mistaking Bus For PSG Team Coach

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With tensions running high ahead of Le Classique, a battalion of Marseille fans attempted to unsettlethe PSG team as they rolled into the Stade Velodrome on Sunday afternoon.

Sadly, due to a heady mix of mistaken identity and itchy trigger fingers, the only people the L'OM ultras ended up intimidating were the innocent Chinese tourists whose bus they accidentally ambushed with eggs outside the stadium.

Video PSG vs Lyon 2016 Coupe de La Ligue Highlights 2-1 Rabiot Moura Goals Tolisso

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PSG vs Lyon 2016 (Paris SG-Lyon VIDEO BELOW) Final score and result:- PSG vs Lyon 2-1 (Rabiot, Moura/Tolisso) Parc des Princes, Paris- 13 January, 2016- French League Cup Goals from Rabiot and Moura help Paris Saint-Germain down rivals OL in this French League Cup clash Only goals, Vidme 5:39 duration, Vidme PSG-OL 1-0 (Rabiot goal [.

PSG Threaten Legal Action After M.I.A Wears Doctored Replica Jersey In Her ‘Borders’ Music Video

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Paris Saint-Germain have written a letter to M.I.A. after the pop artiste wore an altered version of the club's shirt in one of her music videos.

The song in question is 'Borders', which criticises the treatment ofrefugees. In the accompanying video, M.I.A. can be seen wearing a PSG replica shirt with the sponsor changed from 'Fly Emirates' on the front to 'Fly Pirates'.

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Deadline Day: Steven Fletcher To Marseille Might Be A Weird Thing That’s Happening…

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Transfer deadline day has thrown up a weird one. In fact, there's almost zero chance you could've predicted this one cropping up today.

With a 32-point deficit to make up on leagueleaders PSG, Marseille are turning to almost entirely barren Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher as the man they expect to fire them back up to the upper echelons of Ligue 1.

Toulouse Provide Fans With ‘Official’ Sick Note To Watch Pesky Weekday Afternoon Cup Match

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With their Coupe de la Ligue quarter-final against Marseille kicking-off at 5pm tonight, many Toulouse fans are being forced to skipthe game due to itsmassively inconvenient weekday afternoon scheduling.

However, the Ligue 1 side have devised a plan. Indeed, they have produced an 'official' (read: totally unofficial) sick note to allow their supporters to duck out of work or school early in time to watch the game.

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Soccer TV: Hamburg vs Bayern Munich

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Hamburg hosts Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga along with games from Spain, France, and Mexico on Friday's soccer TV schedule. Read More

Soccer TV: Brentford vs Burnley

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Brentford plays Burnley in the Championship on Friday's soccer TV schedule with games from Ligue 1, the Primeira Liga, and Liga MX. Read More

Soccer TV: Panama vs Cuba and Trinidad & Tobago vs Cuba

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CONCACAF's Copa Centenario qualifiers are on Friday's soccer TV schedule with the single game playoffs advancing two teams. Read More

The Rest

European Weekend Preview: FA Cup, Zidane era begins, and more

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While the German Bundesliga remains on sabbatical for two more weeks, the English FA Cup continues this weekend with the Round of 64, and the competition will heat up with the introduction of both Premier League and Championship clubs.

Five all-Premier League match-ups will take center stage in the competition's third round, including Tottenham Hotspur battling Leicester City on Sunday.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic To MLS?

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David Beckham wants to make Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic the face of his new Miami team in Major League Soccer team.

Beckham's Miami franchise took a huge step forward earlier this month when his ownership group announced that they had acquired a site for a new stadium.

While the new stadium is not expected to be ready until the 2017 or 2018 season, the former LA Galaxy star is already thinking about the type of stars he wants to bring to Miami.