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Monaco frustrated as Marseille sink Rennes

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Paris (AFP) – Monaco stuttered to a 0-0 draw in the absence of Radamel Falcao at Montpellier on Saturday, while Marseille cruised to a victory over Rennes that kept them firmly in the Champions League race.

Colombian striker Falcao was again ruled out by a muscle injury that sidelined him for cup wins over Yzeure and Nice, and Monaco couldn’t break down the league’s meanest defence without their top scorer.

Monaco frustrated as Marseille sink Rennes

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Paris (AFP) – Monaco stuttered to a 0-0 draw in the absence of Radamel Falcao at Montpellier on Saturday, while Marseille cruised to a victory over Rennes that kept them firmly in the Champions League race.

Colombian striker Falcao was again ruled out by a muscle injury that sidelined him for cup wins over Yzeure and Nice, and Monaco couldn’t break down the league’s meanest defence without their top scorer.

Lemar helps Monaco beat Nice in League Cup quarters

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Nice (France) (AFP) – Thomas Lemar scored as Monaco beat Cote d’Azur rivals Nice 2-1 at the Allianz Riviera on Tuesday to reach the French League Cup semi-finals.

Lemar, who has been heavily linked with a move to England, nodded Monaco into an early lead, before Alassane Plea equalised after a video review.

Lemar helps Monaco beat Nice in League Cup quarters

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Nice (France) (AFP) – Thomas Lemar scored as Monaco beat Cote d’Azur rivals Nice 2-1 at the Allianz Riviera on Tuesday to reach the French League Cup semi-finals.

Lemar, who has been heavily linked with a move to England, nodded Monaco into an early lead, before Alassane Plea equalised after a video review.

Monaco, Lyon to meet in French Cup

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Paris (AFP) – Monaco and Lyon will play each other in the standout tie in the round of 32 of the French Cup, the draw for which was made on Monday evening.

The sides are currently second and third respectively in Ligue 1, but both are nine points behind leaders Paris Saint-Germain so the French Cup may offer a better chance of winning silverware.

Monaco, Lyon to meet in French Cup

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Paris (AFP) – Monaco and Lyon will play each other in the standout tie in the round of 32 of the French Cup, the draw for which was made on Monday evening.

The sides are currently second and third respectively in Ligue 1, but both are nine points behind leaders Paris Saint-Germain so the French Cup may offer a better chance of winning silverware.

Wenger compares George Weah’s life to film script

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London (AFP) – Arsene Wenger has compared the life of George Weah to a film script following his former player’s election as president of Liberia.

Weah, who played for Monaco, Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan during a glittering career, last week secured a stunning run-off victory in the West African country’s first democratic transfer of power in decades.

Wenger compares George Weah’s life to film script

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London (AFP) – Arsene Wenger has compared the life of George Weah to a film script following his former player’s election as president of Liberia.

Weah, who played for Monaco, Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan during a glittering career, last week secured a stunning run-off victory in the West African country’s first democratic transfer of power in decades.

Monaco look to revive French Ligue 1 title challenge

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Paris (AFP) – Leonardo Jardim’s Monaco head to Saint-Etienne on Friday hoping to put a recent slump in form firmly behind them with a third straight Ligue 1 victory.

The reigning French champions sit nine points adrift of league leaders Paris Saint-Germain, who visit Rennes on Saturday, after following back-to-back defeats with successive wins over lowly Angers and Troyes.

Fabinho expecting to leave Monaco next year

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Monaco (AFP) – Brazilian international Fabinho said on Wednesday that he will probably leave French champions Monaco at the end of the season, but that he has no intention of departing in January.

The 24-year-old was linked with a transfer in the close season after a stellar campaign in which he helped the principality club win the Ligue 1 title and reach the Champions League semi-finals.

Falcao’s 50-yard stunner seals Monaco win

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Paris (AFP) – An outrageous strike by Radamel Falcao was the highlight as a much-changed Monaco side eased to a 2-0 win over Caen to reach the quarter-finals of France’s League Cup on Tuesday.

Monaco were leading through Guido Carrillo’s first-half effort when Falcao - who had come off the bench - took a touch just inside the Caen half on the edge of the centre circle.

Falcao’s 50-yard stunner seals Monaco win

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Paris (AFP) – An outrageous strike by Radamel Falcao was the highlight as a much-changed Monaco side eased to a 2-0 win over Caen to reach the quarter-finals of France’s League Cup on Tuesday.

Monaco were leading through Guido Carrillo’s first-half effort when Falcao - who had come off the bench - took a touch just inside the Caen half on the edge of the centre circle.

Monaco midfielder Tielemans suffers knee injury

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Monaco (AFP) – Monaco midfielder Youri Tielemans will need surgery after suffering a knee injury in Sunday’s 2-1 loss to Paris Saint-Germain.

The Belgian international, 20, has not travelled with Leonardo Jardim’s squad for Wednesday’s match at Nantes and could be out until after the winter break.

Ranieri set for Monaco reunion as PSG look to power on

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Paris (AFP) – Claudio Ranieri admits he has “fantastic memories” of coaching Monaco as his Nantes side prepare to host the faltering reigning champions in a midweek round of games in Ligue 1.

The Italian was appointed by Monaco in 2012 and lasted two seasons in the principalty, winning Ligue 2 and leading them to promotion in his first campaign before taking them to second place on their return to Ligue 1.

Ranieri set for Monaco reunion as PSG look to power on

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Paris (AFP) – Claudio Ranieri admits he has “fantastic memories” of coaching Monaco as his Nantes side prepare to host the faltering reigning champions in a midweek round of games in Ligue 1.

The Italian was appointed by Monaco in 2012 and lasted two seasons in the principalty, winning Ligue 2 and leading them to promotion in his first campaign before taking them to second place on their return to Ligue 1.

Ex-Chelsea director Emenalo joins Monaco

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Paris (AFP) – Chelsea’s former technical director Michael Emenalo has joined Monaco just three weeks after leaving the Premier League champions, the Ligue 1 side announced on Monday.

“AS Monaco is delighted to announce the appointment of Michael Emenalo as new sporting director,” Monaco said in a statement.

Ex-Chelsea director Emenalo joins Monaco

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Paris (AFP) – Chelsea’s former technical director Michael Emenalo has joined Monaco just three weeks after leaving the Premier League champions, the Ligue 1 side announced on Monday.

“AS Monaco is delighted to announce the appointment of Michael Emenalo as new sporting director,” Monaco said in a statement.

Neymar puts PSG on cloud nine at Monaco

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Paris (AFP) – Edinson Cavani and Neymar were both on target as Paris Saint-Germain edged champions Monaco 2-1 to climb nine points clear atop France’s Ligue 1 on Sunday.

But it was a frustrating night in the principality for the world’s most expensive teenager, as Kylian Mbappe missed a raft of chances on his return to the club who will bank 180 million euros ($214.

Neymar puts PSG on cloud nine at Monaco

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Paris (AFP) – Edinson Cavani and Neymar were both on target as Paris Saint-Germain edged champions Monaco 2-1 to climb nine points clear atop France’s Ligue 1 on Sunday.

But it was a frustrating night in the principality for the world’s most expensive teenager, as Kylian Mbappe missed a raft of chances on his return to the club who will bank 180 million euros ($214.

RB Leipzig destroy Monaco to aid last 16 hopes

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Monaco (AFP) – Devastating RB Leipzig boosted their chances of qualifying for the last 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday by taking Monaco apart 4-1 with a four-goal first-half demolition that saw them draw level on points with second-place Porto in Group G.

Leipzig took full advantage of slack Monaco defending and Porto drawing 1-1 at Besiktas earlier on with a free-flowing attacking display that saw the Bundesliga side reignite their knockout hopes.

RB Leipzig destroy Monaco to aid last 16 hopes

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Monaco (AFP) – Devastating RB Leipzig boosted their chances of qualifying for the last 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday by taking Monaco apart 4-1 with a four-goal first-half demolition that saw them draw level on points with second-place Porto in Group G.

Leipzig took full advantage of slack Monaco defending and Porto drawing 1-1 at Besiktas earlier on with a free-flowing attacking display that saw the Bundesliga side reignite their knockout hopes.

Champions Monaco slip up

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Paris (AFP) – French champions Monaco were held to a 1-1 draw at newly-promoted Amiens on Friday despite an equaliser from Stevan Jovetic to drop two points in the Ligue 1 title race.

Christophe Pelissier’s home side took a shock 31st-minute lead through Serge Gakpe, but Jovetic came off the bench in the second half to equalise.

Besiktas made to wait for last-16 place

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Paris (AFP) – Turkish champions Besiktas missed a chance to secure their place in the last 16 of the Champions League as they drew 1-1 with Monaco in Istanbul on Wednesday.

The home side needed a penalty from Cenk Tosun in the second half to earn a point after Rony Lopes had given Monaco the lead just prior to the interval.

Besiktas made to wait for last-16 place

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Paris (AFP) – Turkish champions Besiktas missed a chance to secure their place in the last 16 of the Champions League as they drew 1-1 with Monaco in Istanbul on Wednesday.

The home side needed a penalty from Cenk Tosun in the second half to earn a point after Rony Lopes had given Monaco the lead just prior to the interval.

Monaco win comfortably in Falcao absence

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Paris (AFP) – Monaco shrugged off the absence of leading scorer Radamel Falcao as they eased to a 2-0 victory away at Bordeaux in Ligue 1 on Saturday.

Keita Balde and Thomas Lemar scored second-half goals for the defending champions, who close back to within four points of league leaders Paris Saint-Germain.

Monaco win comfortably in Falcao absence

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Paris (AFP) – Monaco shrugged off the absence of leading scorer Radamel Falcao as they eased to a 2-0 victory away at Bordeaux in Ligue 1 on Saturday.

Keita Balde and Thomas Lemar scored second-half goals for the defending champions, who close back to within four points of league leaders Paris Saint-Germain.

Keita Balde off mark in Monaco win

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Paris (AFP) – Keita Balde netted his first goal since his big-money summer move to Monaco as the reigning French champions eased to a welcome 2-0 victory at home to Caen in Ligue 1 on Saturday.

Balde got the opener midway through the first half and the prolific Radamel Falcao added a penalty just before the hour mark as Monaco recorded a first win in five outings in all competitions.

Keita Balde off mark in Monaco win

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Paris (AFP) – Keita Balde netted his first goal since his big-money summer move to Monaco as the reigning French champions eased to a welcome 2-0 victory at home to Caen in Ligue 1 on Saturday.

Balde got the opener midway through the first half and the prolific Radamel Falcao added a penalty just before the hour mark as Monaco recorded a first win in five outings in all competitions.

Monaco beaten by late Lyon thunderbolt goal

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Paris (AFP) – Nabil Fekir’s last-gasp free-kick delivered three crucial points to Lyon in Ligue 1 Friday as their captain sealed a 3-2 home win over champions Monaco.

The defeat of the second-placed southerners offers Paris Saint-Germain the chance to climb six points clear at Dijon on Saturday.

Falcao-less Monaco bid to put pressure on PSG

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Paris (AFP) – French champions Monaco will make the tricky trip to Lyon on Friday without red-hot striker Radamel Falcao, as they look to keep up the pressure on Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain.

Leonardo Jardim’s side dropped two points with a 1-1 home draw against Montpellier before the international break to slip three points adrift of PSG at the top of the table.

Transfer News & Rumours

Chelsea to rival Arsenal and Liverpool for star forward?

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Monaco head coach Leonardo Jardim has hinted that forward Thomas Lemar could be sold during January.

Lemar almost joined Arsenal for £92 million during the last transfer window and the Gunners remain interested in the France international.

The 22-year-old has also been linked with a move to Liverpool, particularly with Philippe Coutinho leaving for Barcelona.

Arsenal and Liverpool set for bidding war over this star forward

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Liverpool and Arsenal look set to enter a bidding war for AS Monaco’s attacking midfielder Thomas Lemar.

With Barcelona agreeing a £142 million fee to buy Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool and Alexis Sanchez probably on his way Arsenal to Manchester City, both clubs will be in the market for forward reinforcements.

This technically gifted attacking midfielder is the breakthrough star of 2017

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There is only one man who can claim this award for 2017. Everyone knows who it is. He has been simply sensational – his name is Kylian Mbappe.

Before we look at why Mbappe has been the breakthrough star of 2017, honourable mentions include: Ousmane Dembele, Gabriel Jesus, Christian Pulisic, Marco Asensio, Andreas Christensen and Thomas Lemar.

Arsenal and Liverpool target 4/6 to stay with current club until summer

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Thomas Lemar looks set to stay with Monaco until the end of the season.

Arsenal and Liverpool have been linked with a move for the 22-year-old, while Chelsea and Manchester United are also known to be interested.

However, sources close to the player have told the Gambling Times that Lemar wants to stay in France to concentrate on securing a place in his country’s World Cup squad.

Klopp wants Arsenal target to improve Liverpool's attacking unit, star prefers Anfield move

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Liverpool are set to reignite their interest in Thomas Lemar when the transfer window opens next month.

The French playmaker was linked with the Reds during the summer but no offer was made.

According to Independent, Klopp is keen on adding more attacking variety to his squad. Lemar is very highly rated within the game and the 22-year-old would be a stunning addition to the side.

£80m Chelsea target drops major transfer hint, Arsenal fans will be delighted with this

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Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar has been linked with a move to the Premier League for a while now.

The Frenchman was a target for Liverpool and Arsenal during the summer and it is believed that the defending champions Chelsea are now looking to sign him as well.

Lemar has now dropped a major transfer hint on social media by liking a post that welcomes him to Arsenal.

Southampton want former Man City forward in January, signing him will be a mistake

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Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino is looking to add goals to his side when the January transfer window opens and he has identified Stevan Jovetic as a target.

The former Manchester City player has failed to impress at Monaco so far and he could be allowed to leave for the right price.

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Thomas Lemar agrees to join Liverpool

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Thomas Lemar hints at Arsenal transfer

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Monaco winger Thomas Lemar has dropped a big hint that he could be on his way to Arsenal by liking an Instagram post welcoming him to the club. The...

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On This Day In 1999: Liverpool Attempt To Sign Didier Baptiste, Fictional Character From Sky One’s ‘Dream Team’, For £3.5m

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Dream Team: Harchester United's entirely made-up squad (Photo: Sky One)

Every year, the 24th November marks a truly momentous anniversary in the cavernous annals of footballing stupidity: The day Liverpool attempted to sign Didier Baptiste, an entirely fictional player, for £3.5million.

To be clear, the gaffe wasn't made by Liverpool themselves, but by The News of the World newspaper, who erroneously peddled a rumour that the Reds were interested in signing the promising left-back a "French Under-21 international" no less from Monaco.