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Crisis deepens as Lille lose again in empty stadium

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Paris (AFP) – Crisis-hit Lille plunged closer to relegation from Ligue 1 on Sunday with a 1-0 home loss to Amiens at an empty Stade Pierre-Mauroy.

Ordered to play behind closed doors after a violent pitch invasion last month, Lille’s season took another turn for the worse as they lost to fellow strugglers Amiens to miss the chance to move out of the bottom two.

Lille face hefty bill for Bielsa

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Lille (France) (AFP) – The acrimonious divorce between mercurial Argentinian coach Marcelo Bielsa and French club Lille has been finalised, but his departure is likely to cost the club millions.

Bielsa joined Lille in the summer, prompting a 60-million-euro ($71 million) outlay on new players, but he was suspended in November after just three wins in 13 matches.

Struggling Lille hit with transfer ban

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Paris (AFP) – Ligue 1 strugglers Lille, who recently suspended coach Marcelo Bielsa, have been slapped with a transfer ban, the French league (LFP) announced on Tuesday.

A brief statement said that Lille were “banned from recruiting” following a hearing before French football’s financial watchdog, the DNCG, in Paris into their financial situation.

Struggling Lille hit with transfer ban

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Paris (AFP) – Ligue 1 strugglers Lille, who recently suspended coach Marcelo Bielsa, have been slapped with a transfer ban, the French league (LFP) announced on Tuesday.

A brief statement said that Lille were “banned from recruiting” following a hearing before French football’s financial watchdog, the DNCG, in Paris into their financial situation.

PSG sink managerless Lille to halt slide

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Paris (AFP) – Runaway leaders Paris Saint-Germain shook off the absence of the suspended Neymar on Saturday to end their recent wobble with a 3-1 win over managerless Lille in Ligue 1.

Argentine winger Angel Di Maria nodded in a cross from Kylian Mbappe on 28 minutes at a chilly Parc des Princes, with Pastore powering in a second just after half-time.

PSG sink managerless Lille to halt slide

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Paris (AFP) – Runaway leaders Paris Saint-Germain shook off the absence of the suspended Neymar on Saturday to end their recent wobble with a 3-1 win over managerless Lille in Ligue 1.

Argentine winger Angel Di Maria nodded in a cross from Kylian Mbappe on 28 minutes at a chilly Parc des Princes, with Pastore powering in a second just after half-time.

Suspended Bielsa ignores summons from Lille

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Lille (France) (AFP) – Marcelo Bielsa did not attend an “interview prior to a possible dismissal” at his club Lille on Wednesday and will instead await a hearing by the French League (LFP), his lawyer told AFP.

Lille suspended the Argentine coach, known as “El Loco”, on November 22 and announced on Tuesday that they had summoned him to an interview.

Bielsa suspended by struggling Lille

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Lille (France) (AFP) – Argentine coach Marcelo Bielsa was suspended by Lille on Wednesday after a dreadful start to the French season, the struggling Ligue 1 club announced.

Ligue are second from bottom after just three wins in 13 matches under Bielsa, with the 62-year-old “suspended momentarily as coach” pending further announcement, according to a statement on the Lille website.

Lille win over Saint-Etienne to ease pressure on Bielsa

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Paris (AFP) – Lille beat Saint-Etienne 3-1 on Friday to ease the pressure on under-fire Argentinian coach Marcelo Bielsa and move out of the Ligue 1 relegation zone.

The second straight win dragged Lille out of the bottom two, having ended a nine-match winless streak with a 3-0 victory over Metz before the international break.

Lille win over Saint-Etienne to ease pressure on Bielsa

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Paris (AFP) – Lille beat Saint-Etienne 3-1 on Friday to ease the pressure on under-fire Argentinian coach Marcelo Bielsa and move out of the Ligue 1 relegation zone.

The second straight win dragged Lille out of the bottom two, having ended a nine-match winless streak with a 3-0 victory over Metz before the international break.

Red-hot Falcao stars as Monaco thrash Lille

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Paris (AFP) – Radamel Falcao scored a brace as French champions Monaco romped to a 4-0 thumping of Lille at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy on Friday to pile the pressure on home coach Marcelo Bielsa.

Stevan Jovetic and Rachid Ghezzal put Monaco in control at half-time with their first goals for the club since joining from Inter Milan and Lyon respectively.

Red-hot Falcao stars as Monaco thrash Lille

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Paris (AFP) – Radamel Falcao scored a brace as French champions Monaco romped to a 4-0 thumping of Lille at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy on Friday to pile the pressure on home coach Marcelo Bielsa.

Stevan Jovetic and Rachid Ghezzal put Monaco in control at half-time with their first goals for the club since joining from Inter Milan and Lyon respectively.

Euro 2016 winner Eder loaned to Lokomotiv Moscow

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Moscow (AFP) – Portuguese striker Eder, who scored the winning goal in the Euro 2016 final, has joined Lokomotiv Moscow on a season-long loan from French club Lille, the club said on Wednesday.

Eder, 29, joined the Ligue 1 side in January 2016 from Premier League Swansea and his six goals in that first season helped Lille finish fifth, securing him a call-up to the Portuguese squad for Euro 2016.

Bielsa’s Lille slide to Caen defeat

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Paris (AFP) – Marcelo Bielsa suffered a second straight loss as Lille coach on Sunday as his side crashed to a disappointing 2-0 home defeat against Caen.

The Argentine’s tenure began promisingly with an opening 3-0 win over Claudio Ranieri’s Nantes, but Lille then slumped to a chaotic 3-0 loss away to newly-promoted Strasbourg as three different players went in goal.

Bielsa’s Lille slide to Caen defeat

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Paris (AFP) – Marcelo Bielsa suffered a second straight loss as Lille coach on Sunday as his side crashed to a disappointing 2-0 home defeat against Caen.

The Argentine’s tenure began promisingly with an opening 3-0 win over Claudio Ranieri’s Nantes, but Lille then slumped to a chaotic 3-0 loss away to newly-promoted Strasbourg as three different players went in goal.

Three ‘keepers, three-goal defeat for Lille football

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Paris (AFP) – Marcelo Bielsa suffered his first loss as coach of Lille on Sunday, three different players going in goal in a chaotic 3-0 defeat away to newly-promoted Strasbourg.

On a miserable day for Bielsa and his side, Lille lost Brazilian recruit Thiago Mendes and full-back Kevin Malcuit to injury in the first 18 minutes at the Stade de la Meinau.

Three ‘keepers, three-goal defeat for Lille football

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Paris (AFP) – Marcelo Bielsa suffered his first loss as coach of Lille on Sunday, three different players going in goal in a chaotic 3-0 defeat away to newly-promoted Strasbourg.

On a miserable day for Bielsa and his side, Lille lost Brazilian recruit Thiago Mendes and full-back Kevin Malcuit to injury in the first 18 minutes at the Stade de la Meinau.

Lille’s Bielsa thumps Nantes’ Ranieri on pair’s return to Ligue 1

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Paris (AFP) – Marcelo Bielsa inflicted a punishing blow on Claudio Ranieiri in the battle of big-name coaches as Lille opened their Ligue 1 campaign with a 3-0 win over Nantes on Sunday.

Second half goals from Paraguayan Junior Alonso, Nicolas de Preville and Dutch-Moroccan Anwar El Ghazi earned Bielsa a winning return to France two years after walking out of Marseille following the opening game of the 2015/16 season.

Lille’s Bielsa thumps Nantes’ Ranieri on pair’s return to Ligue 1

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Paris (AFP) – Marcelo Bielsa inflicted a punishing blow on Claudio Ranieiri in the battle of big-name coaches as Lille opened their Ligue 1 campaign with a 3-0 win over Nantes on Sunday.

Second half goals from Paraguayan Junior Alonso, Nicolas de Preville and Dutch-Moroccan Anwar El Ghazi earned Bielsa a winning return to France two years after walking out of Marseille following the opening game of the 2015/16 season.

Bielsa thumps Ranieri on pair’s return to Ligue 1

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Paris (AFP) – Marcelo Bielsa inflicted a punishing blow on Claudio Ranieiri in the battle of big-name coaches as Lille opened their Ligue 1 campaign with a 3-0 win over Nantes on Sunday.

Second half goals from Paraguayan Junior Alonso, Nicolas de Preville and Dutch-Moroccan Anwar El Ghazi earned Bielsa a winning return to France two years after walking out of Marseille following the opening game of the 2015/16 season.

Bielsa thumps Ranieri on pair’s return to Ligue 1

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Paris (AFP) – Marcelo Bielsa inflicted a punishing blow on Claudio Ranieiri in the battle of big-name coaches as Lille opened their Ligue 1 campaign with a 3-0 win over Nantes on Sunday.

Second half goals from Paraguayan Junior Alonso, Nicolas de Preville and Dutch-Moroccan Anwar El Ghazi earned Bielsa a winning return to France two years after walking out of Marseille following the opening game of the 2015/16 season.

Maia becomes Bielsa’s 12th signing for Lille football club

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Lille (France) (AFP) – Lille continued their spending spree under new coach Marcelo Bielsa by making Brazilian midfielder Thiago Maia their 12th close-season signing on Tuesday.

The Ligue 1 outfit confirmed Maia’s arrival from Santos, with French newspaper La Voix du Nord reporting a club-record transfer fee of 14 million euros ($16.

Mendes bolsters Lille’s Brazilian contingent

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Lille (France) (AFP) – Brazilian Thiago Mendes has signed a five-year deal with French club Lille from Sao Paulo, the Ligue 1 outfit announced Saturday.

The 25-year-old midfielder, who had played for Sao Paulo since 2015, recently extended his contract until 2021. In 147 games he scored 12 goals and contributed 11 assists.

Mendes bolsters Lille’s Brazilian contingent

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Lille (France) (AFP) – Brazilian Thiago Mendes has signed a five-year deal with French club Lille from Sao Paulo, the Ligue 1 outfit announced Saturday.

The 25-year-old midfielder, who had played for Sao Paulo since 2015, recently extended his contract until 2021. In 147 games he scored 12 goals and contributed 11 assists.

Celta inspired by Bielsa in bid to topple Man Utd

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Celta Vigo will draw inspiration from Athletic Bilbao’s 2012 victory over Manchester United when they face Jose Mourinho’s side in the Europa League semi-finals on Thursday, says coach Eduardo Berizzo.

A Bilbao side coached by Marcelo Bielsa defeated a United team who had reached the Champions League final the season before 5-3 on aggregate in the Europa League last 16 before losing to Atletico Madrid in the final.

Lille lure Bielsa back to France

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Lille (France) (AFP) – Iconic Argentinian coach Marcelo Bielsa, known as ‘el Loco’ for his intense ‘all in’ style, will be back in France as manager of Lille as of July, the newly bought out Ligue 1 club said on Sunday.

“Lille and the Argentine coach have signed a two years deal which comes into effect in July,” Lille announced.

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Ligue 1: Lille Finally Sack Marcelo Bielsa, Thus Bringing Overdue End To Protracted Dismissal Melodrama

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It's been in the pipeline for several weeks now, but Lille have finally officially parted company with head coach Marcelo Bielsa, thus bringing to a conclusion one of the most torrid, protracted sacking sagas in recent memory.

Bielsa was installed by new Lille owner Gerard Lopez back in May, the Chilean intended to be the beating heart and smoking nostrils of a brand new club ethos, with the impetus on turning Les Dogues into a petri dish for honing effervescent young talent that, in turn, would be eventually sold on at a vast mark-up.

Happy Meal For One: Marseille Coach Marcelo Bielsa Spotted On His Lonesome In McDonald’s (Photo)

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"Happy Meal and a Smarties McFlurry please"

Shortly after Marseille had registered their eighth win on the bounce against Toulouse on Saturday to go seven points clear at the top of Ligue 1, coach Marcelo Bielsa was spotted celebrating in the only way he knows how vigorously poring over his side's Prozone stats on his own at a McDonald's just down the road.

Marcelo Bielsa Coffee Video- Marseille coach sits on a hot cup of Coffee!

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Marcelo Bielsa Coffee Video- Marseille coach sits on a hot cup of Coffee! is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter Funny scenes from Ligue 1, as Marseille coach Marcelo Bielsa accidentally sat on a hot cup of coffee which had been left there by his assistant.

Bielsa’s Marseille setting the pace, yet a Physical Burnout is Inevitable

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Paris St Germain have won the French Ligue One in each of the last two years. Backed by Qatar Sports Investments' financial prowess the Parisians have been a class apart from the other sides in the league.

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The Magic of Marcelo Bielsa: Sometimes brilliant, sometimes bad, never boring

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On 8th March 2012, Athletic Bilbao stormed past Alex Ferguson's Manchester United 3-2 at Old Trafford in the Europa League last-16. Their performance was so impressive that Sir Alex later admitted...

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Marcelo Bielsa renuncia a Olympique Marsella.

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La carta completa:
Les comunico que a partir de hoy no voy a seguir siendo el entrenador del Olympique de Marsella. Me gustaría explicar las razones de mi partida. Voy a hacer esta carta pública porque considero necesario explicar mi posición de manera idéntica a cómo voy a explicárselo a usted.

3 to See: Arsenal v Liverpool, Der Klassiker & a crunch Classique between Marseille and PSG

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Bielsa: "El éxito te quita la posibilidad de ser feliz"

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En un entrenamiento del Olympique de Marsella (campeón de invierno) Marcelo Bielsa (DT) se propone hacerle entender a Benjamin Mendy (promesa de 20 años) que podría ser uno de los mejores marcadores de punta del mundo. Le pronostica que eso podría costarle parte de su felicidad y que es necesario que lo sepa para elegirlo: "Hay una sola respuesta que todo lo que yo diga lo tira por el suelo.

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No Takers: Lazio Manage To Shift Just 11 Season Tickets On First Day Of Sale

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It looks very much as though Lazio are setto shatter their record low season ticket salestwo years on the bounce after the Serie A side managed to shift just a handful of 2016/17tickets on the first day of sale.

Lazio put season tickets on sale on Monday but demand proved so low that just 11 tickets had been sold by the time the lines closed at the end of the day that's according to Gazzetta dello Sport, who delightfully brand theeffort a "flop assoluto" in their headline.

Marcelo Bielsa Resigns As Lazio Manager Just Two Days After Taking The Job

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Marcelo Bielsa has resigned from his post as Lazio manager just two days after agreeing to take the job in the first place.

According to Italian news agency ANSA,Bielsa was expected to fly out to Rome this coming weekend after his contract was registered with the Italian League on the first day of July.

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Liverpool target changes agent to complete transfer move

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It's almost the end of October, but with more than two months for the January transfer window, rumours are surfacingat an exponential rate. According to French Media Outlet Le 10 Sport, Liverpool target Andre Ayew has changed his agent to complete a transfer move in the near future.

Marseille Boss Marcelo Bielsa Suffers Scalded Arse

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Marseille's Argentine manager Marcelo Bielsa has done a superb job at the club since taking over, however vision is not his strong point judging by today? lol.

The 59 year old went to sit on an ice bucket during today's game with Toulouse and failing to see his assistants hot beverage sitting upon it resulting in a scalded arse and probably a P.

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Tottenham: Mauricio Pochettino Publicly Declares He Has No Interest In Taking Argentina Job

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Tottenham fans will be able to breathe a sigh of relief today after Mauricio Pochettino publicly ruled himself out of the running for the still-vacant Argentina managerial post.

Pochettino had been one of a gaggle of names linked to the role which opened up when previous incumbent Tata Martino stepped down several weeks ago.

Sam Allardyce for England and the myth of The England Way

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