St. Etienne

English Premier League

Swansea City sign St Etienne left back Franck Tabanou for £3.5 million

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Swansea have announced the signing of St Etienne's Franck Tabanou on a three-year contract.

The versatile former France Under-21 international, who can operate on the left side of defense or attack, becomes Swansea's second summer signing following the capture of Ghana forward Andre Ayew on a free transfer from Marseille.

Swansea City sign St Etienne left back Franck Tabanou for £3.5 million

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Swansea have announced the signing of St Etienne's Franck Tabanou on a three-year contract.

The versatile former France Under-21 international, who can operate on the left side of defense or attack, becomes Swansea's second summer signing following the capture of Ghana forward Andre Ayew on a free transfer from Marseille.

The curious case of Ricky van Wolfswinkel

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In March 2013 Ricky van Wolfswinkel was a man on the move in every sense. Norwich City had just forked out a club record fee for his services, a deal they were so anxious to conclude that they didn't dare risk getting gazumped in the summer.

Chelsea £12m newcomer: ‘My mother burst into tears when I signed’

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Chelsea £12m newcomer: 'My mother burst into tears when I signed' - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Kurt Zouma, Chelsea's £12m January signing from St Etienne, has spoken of his joy at sealing a move to the Premier League leaders, with the French defender revealing that his mother burst into tears when the deal went through.

Chelsea legend hails ‘new Desailly’ Kurt Zouma

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Former Chelsea defender Frank Leboeuf has hailed new signing Kurt Zouma, stating that the 19-year-old can be as good as former France legend Marcel Desailly.

Leboeuf, who played alongside Desailly at Stamford Bridge and for France, has said that Zouma can make a huge impact in West London.

Chelsea seal Kurt Zouma signing

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Chelsea have announced the signing of 19-year old defender Kurt Zouma on a five-year-deal.

The under-21 French international will be immediately loaned back to former club St Etienne for the remainder of the season.

Chelsea Sign Saint Etienne Defender Kurt Zouma For £12 Million [PHOTO]

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Chelsea Football Club have agreed a deal with St Etienne to sign defender Kurt Zouma for a transfer fee of £12million.

The transfer will be officially announced tomorrow, but in the meantime Zouma has already had his photo taken with a Chelsea shirt (see above). The 19-year old Ligue Un defender plays as a centre back.

Chelsea set to sign £12.5m French defender

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Chelsea are reportedly close to completing a £12.5m deal for St Etienne centre-back Kurt Zouma.

According to Sky Sports, the 19-year-old defender is set to sign a five-year deal at Stamford Bridge, and will be immediately loaned back to the Ligue 1 side for the remainder of the season.

Arsenal scouts set Wenger on transfer tussle with Chelsea over Zouma

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Arsene Wenger and Arsenal have already crossed swords with Jose Mourinho and Chelsea this season, and are set to face them in a Premier League clash at the Emirates next weekend. And if the transfer rumours are true, Wenger and Mourinho could have another battle on their hands when the next transfer window opens in [.

Faouzi Ghoulam flattered with Manchester United interest

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This summer Manchester United's new manager David Moyes targeted to reinforce in two areas of his squad mainly – central midfield and left back. While, he had succeeded in landing a midfielder on the transfer deadline day, the left back position wasn't bolstered, despite the fact the Red Devils were linked with few top defenders throughout the summer.

Magpies After Gabonese Top Striker

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Newcastle are still being linked with 23 year-old St Etienne striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who wants a move to the Premier League, and the lad has been in impressive form in France, after moving there from AC Milan last year. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - Newcastle keeping tabs on this striker Newcastle have been reported to be interested [.

Ligue 1

Bordeaux Fans Produce Magnificent Multi-Coloured Start To Clash With St. Etienne (Video)

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Ahead of Bordeaux's 1-0 Ligue 1 home win against fellow Euro-hopefuls St. Etienne, the fans at one end of theStade Jacques Chaban-Delmasproduced a fabulous moment of colour right before the kick-off.

Dressed in see-through waterproof ponchos, the fans of Les Girondins let off a whole load of pastel-coloured dust to produce a quite beautiful sight behind the goal.

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Man City consider £7m move for St Etienne defender Kurt Zouma

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French teenager Kurt Zouma is reported to be a £7m transfer target for Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini The St Etienne centre-back has been earmarked as the young pretender who could help City avoid the defensive injury crises that seem to befall them quite regularly while also providing competition for Vincent Kompany and Matija Nastastic.

Not you, David. Ahead of St. Etienne’s match against PSG,...

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Not you, David.

Ahead of St. Etienne's match against PSG, it was announced that David Beckham - Paris St. Germain's ambassador H&M model representative of the AARP newest addition - would be starting the match in the Rhone-Alps region of France.

With Beckhamania hitting France like a Zizou headbutt (too easy), St.

Football Results for Ligue 1 for Saturday 15th September 2012

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19:00 St Etienne (0-1) Sochaux at Stade Geoffrey-Guichard19:00 Nice (4-2) Brest at Municipal du Ray19:00 Valenciennes (0-0) Bordeaux at Stade du Hainaut19:00 Evian Thonon Gaillard (3-0) Bastia at Parc des Sports, Annecy16:00 Troyes (1-1) Lille at Stade de l`Aube

Football Results for St Etienne ( 0 – 1 ) Sochaux at Stade Geoffrey-Guichard on September 15, 2012, 7:00 pm

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Football Match just over at Stade Geoffrey-Guichard Ligue 1 Home Team St Etienne Goals & Scorers Keeper Stephane Ruffier Midfield Fabien Lemoine; Jonathan Brison; Romain Hamouma; Loïc Perrin; Pierre Emerick Aubameyang; Forwards Max Gradel; Defense Jean Pascal Mignot; Faouzi Ghoulam; Jérémy Clement; Renaud Cohade; Subs [.

Newcastle United

Galtier’s Future At St. EtienneIs Increasingly Uncertain

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St. Etienne captain Loic Perrin doesn't know whether his head coach Christophe Galtier will be at the club next season. Christophe Galtier - over five years at St. Etienne St. Etienne are 4th top of the French League but are now 7 points behind 3rd placed PSG after they have lost their last two games [.

Arsenal transfer rumours – Cabaye off and Guilavogui on?

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According to reports from The Express, Arsenal have turned their attention to St. Etienne's dynamic young midfielder Joshua Guilavogui after failing in an attempt to sign Newcastle's Yohan Cabaye. It is reported that the Arsenal boss has tabled an offer in the region of £8.5 million to secure the signature of the young Frenchman after [.

Arsenal target Josuha Guilavogui as alternative to Newcastle’s Yohan Cabaye

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St Etienne midfielder Josuha Guilavogui is a target for Arsenal if the north London club fail in their attempts to sign Yohan Cabaye from Newcastle. The 22-year-old France international is a defensively-minded midfielder and, at 6ft 2in, is arguably much more like the sort of player the Gunners are lacking at the moment.

Newcastle Center-Back Target Not Available This Summer

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Kurt Zouma is one of the most promising young French players playing at the moment, and the 18 year-old 6'2″ France U20 International plays for St. Etienne. Kurt Zouma - 18 year=-old St. Etienne center-back And Kurt's good play last season is one reason why St. Etienne finished in 4th place, and we are al;so [.

Reports That Newcastle Bid £11M For St. Etienne Center-Back

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France Football is reporting that Newcastle are not only after St. Etienne striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but that we are also interested in their top young center-back Kurt Zouma. Kurt Zouma top young French center-back 18 year-old Zouma is of Central African descent and made his first team debut for St.

Newcastle May Be Priced Out Of Top Transfer Target

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Newcastle's number one striker target Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is attracting attention as he continues to hit the goals for his French club St. Etienne. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang many clubs interested Aubameyang scored after just eight minutes in St. Etienne 2-2 draw yesterday at Troyes, and he now has 17 French league goals this season in 24 [.

Is This Player Now Newcastle’s Number On Target?

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If you believe the reports in January Newcastle tried to bring in St. Etienne striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, after our top target Loic Remy of Marseilles took the money and went to QPR in mid-January rather than join a good club like Newcastle United. St. Etienne striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Loic Remy will now be regretting [.

Newcastle Bid €10.5M For French Striker

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There are are reports in the French press today that Newcastle have made a bid to sign St. Etienne striker Patrick-Emierick Aubameyang. Patrick-Emieric Aubameyang Newcastle bid €10.5M One such report is from Mercato365, who are are reporting that Newcastle have made an offer of €10.5M for the 23 year-old Gabon international.

This Striker Seems The Backup If Newcastle Fail To Get Remy

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We've been linked with St Etienne striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang since last November, and it seems he is one backup Newcastle could turn to if they fail to bring in their top target Loic Remy. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang St. Etienne Gabon International A Newcastle delegation was in South France over the weekend, and obviously they would [.

Arsenal

CONFIRMED Arsenal contact – But is this French centre-back good enough?

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There is no doubt that Arsenal are in dire need of defensive reinforcements urgently, and according to reports in France we are looking at the St. Etienne centre-back Loic Perrin. at 29 years of age Perrin is certainly very experienced, with over 220 games under his belt in the French League, although he has never [.

Arsenal target French international goal-stopper

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Reports in France are suggesting that Arsenal are keen on signing the St Etienne goalkeeper Stéphane Ruffier at the end of the season.

Arsenal have been linked with various players in past months with the club announcing a transfer kitty of £70Million available to spend over the summer, and a goalkeeper is thought to be one of many positions that Arsene Wenger will be looking to strengthen.

Team News and Rumors

Europa League : after Croatia, the reserves visit Portugal

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Once Rémi Garde believes in something, he sticks to it. Take the Rijeka game, in which he sent the Baby OL while the real squad was training hard in Lyon for the St Etienne all important Derby.

Today, it's the same. Replace St Etienne by the other rival, Marseille, Rijeka by Guimaraes, and Briand, the ex-banned turned baby sitter, by Gomis, other ex-banned turned baby-sitter for tonight ( and hopefully savior, as despite all that, OL apparently wants to win this game)other than that, the situation is the same.

St Etienne vs Lyon : Repeating History

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19 years. It's been 19 years since St Etienne didn't win the derby on their own ground.
The rivalry, groomed from the youngest classes of the OL Academy, has consistently galvanised the Lyon troops, leading to this amazing winning streak.
Even now, when you listen to the homegrown Lyonnais from Umtiti, Gonalons or Lacazette to Malbranque or Garde, you get a sense of how much wound up they are, and how different to them this match is.

Lyon vs St Etienne : Enemy at the gate

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After 2 decades of derbies (during which Lyon supporters have grown in confidence whereas Les Verts fans, with no nails left to bite, stopped hoping that their team would one day topple the powerful Rhone neighbour) there has been one hiccup, a St Etienne win that prompted the demise of Claude Puel.

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A violent day in the life of Zlatan Ibrahimovic (according to a French TV show)

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With Zlatan Ibrahimovic serving a two-match ban for kicking St. Etienne's goalkeeper in the chest, French TV show Le Petit Journal decided to film a day in the life of PSG's leading scorer. Though the video is clearly intended to be a joke, it depicts exactly what Zlatan does on a normal day, from karate chopping teammates on the training ground to autographing people's foreheads and having the only dinner that can fuel his superior talent and self-regard.

DTotD: Zlatan Ibrahimovic sent off for flying kick to goalkeeper’s chest

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His penchant for kicking his own teammates is well known, but in PSG's 2-1 loss to St. Etienne Zlatan Ibrahimovic turned his boots of fury on the opposing goalkeeper. PSG trailed St. Etienne 1-0 after a Mamadou Sahko own goal in the 55th minute and in Zlatan's effort to equalize, he deliver a high boot to goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier's chest in the 70th minute.

French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1 – Match Predictions – 20 October 2012

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Below are predictions for all the French Ligue 1 matches on October 20, 2012.

Paris Saint-Germain v Stade de Reims, 11:00 AM (USA EST)

Paris Saint-Germain wins 3-1

AS Nancy Lorraine v Sochaux, 2:00 PM (USA EST)

1-1 draw

Evian v Toulouse, 2:00 PM (USA EST)

Toulouse wins 1-0

Nice v St Etienne, 2:00 PM (USA EST)

St Etienne wins 2-1

Stade Rennes v Montpellier, 2:00 PM (USA EST)

Stade Rennes wins 1-0

Valenciennes v Lorient, 2:00 PM (USA EST)

0-0 draw

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French Ligue 1 – Match Recaps – 21 September 2012

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Montpellier and St Etienne played to a 1-1 draw in the French Ligue 1 on September 21, 2012.

Montpellier 1-1 St Etienne

St Etienne moved into the top half of a table with their first draw of the season. The visitors took a 1-0 lead just before halftime with a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang goal but Montpellier leveled with a 70th minute Souleymane Camara strike.

The Rest

St Etienne have nothing to lose against Man Utd: Loic Perrin

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Saint-Étienne (France) (AFP) – Saint-Etienne captain Loic Perrin insisted on Wednesday that his team has nothing to lose when they tackle Manchester United at Old Trafford in the Europa League.

And while the centre-back admitted he would have preferred to avoid United so soon in the competition - the last 32 - he said the entire club was excited to be taking on one of Europe’s powerhouses.

Chelsea and Manchester City Set to Battle for African Striker

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Apart from the PSG striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the Saint-Etienne forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been one of the outstanding players in the French Ligue One. The 23-year-old is only second to Ibrahimovic in the league goal scoring charts. He has 16 league goals to his name, which is only behind the Swedish striker.

DTotD: Nice midfielder Valentin Eysseric banned for 11 games for breaking opponent’s leg

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Nice visited St Etienne last Saturday, with both teams looking to secure European qualification in Ligue 1. The game turned very ugly after 23 minutes, however, as Nice midfielder Valentin Eysseric received a straight red card for a horror challenge on Jérémy Clément. As you can see, there was nothing 'nice' about it.

Fridays' TV

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Bundesliga on GolTV: Fortuna Dusseldorf - Eintracht Frankfurt at 2:30pm. Ligue 1 on Univision Deportes: Ajaccio - St Etienne at 2:30pm. Serie A on beIN Sport: Catania - Milan at 2:45pm. All Times Eastern

Friday's TV: Ligue and Liga

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Ligue 1 on beIN Sport: St Etienne - Valencienne at 2:30pm. La Liga on beIN Espanol: Real Sociedad - Osasuna at 3:30pm (6pm on beIN. All Times Eastern