Steve Mandanda

Marseille

Lyon go second as Marseille wobble

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Paris (AFP) – Lyon moved second in Ligue 1 as Marseille failed to take advantage of Paris Saint-Germain’s slip at Strasbourg after stumbling to a 1-1 draw at Montpellier on Sunday.

Rudi Garcia’s Marseille were fortunate to escape Montpellier with a point as Florian Thauvin’s disputed penalty negated Giovanni Sio’s opener for the home side at the Stade de la Mosson.

France goalkeeper Mandanda returns to Marseille

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Marseille (AFP) – French international goalkeeper Steve Mandanda has returned to former club Marseille from English Premier League outfit Crystal Palace on a three-year deal, the Ligue 1 side announced on Tuesday.

Mandanda, 32, starred for Marseille for nine seasons and helped them win the French title in 2010.

France goalkeeper Mandanda returns to Marseille

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Marseille (AFP) – French international goalkeeper Steve Mandanda has returned to former club Marseille from English Premier League outfit Crystal Palace on a three-year deal, the Ligue 1 side announced on Tuesday.

Mandanda, 32, starred for Marseille for nine seasons and helped them win the French title in 2010.

Official: Crystal Palace Sign France International ‘Keeper Steve Mandanda On Three-Year Deal

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The signings just keep coming thick and fast today with the news that Crystal Palace have snared French international goalkeeper Steve Mandanda.

Mandanda, who is part of France's Euro 2016 squad, has left Marseille after nine seasons and 443 appearances to join Palace on a three-year contract.

Marseille Goalkeeper Steve Mandanda Catches Bottle Thrown From The Crowd, Offers Journalist A Drink

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By Chris Wright

Marseille trounced Toulouse 6-1 on their own patch over in Ligue 1on Friday night a result which obviously (and understandably) left the home fans feeling a little aggrieved.

Indeed, a bottle of water appeared to be lobbed from the crowd as Steve Mandanda was conducting a post-game interview atpitch-side not that it phased the Marseille goalkeeper one bit.

Marseille Goalkeeper Steve Mandanda Cold As Ice While Dealing With Bottle Thrown From The Crowd (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Marseille trounced Toulouse 6-1 on their own patch over in Ligue 1on Friday night a result which obviously (and understandably) left the home fans feeling a little aggrieved.

Indeed, a bottle of water appeared to be lobbed from the crowd as Steve Mandanda was conducting a post-game interview atpitch-side not that it phased the Marseille goalkeeper one bit.

Marseille and Saint-Etienne start with wins in Ligue 1

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Helped by a paid of goals from former Lille man Dimitri Payet, nine-times champions Marseille won their opening match of the French league season on Sunday, scoring a 3-1 away success at Guingamp.

Earlier, Brandao scored the only goal of the game as his Saint-Etienne side emerged victorious against Fabrizio Ravanelli's Ajaccio in the Italian's first match in charge.

Football Results for Marseille ( 3 – 1 ) Rennes at Stade V�lodrome on September 2, 2012, 4:00 pm

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Football Match just over at Stade V�lodrome Ligue 1 Home Team Marseille Goals & Scorers 90′:Own Romain Danze;84′: André-Pierre Gignac;35′: Jeremy Morel; Keeper Steve Mandanda Midfield Morgan Amalfitano; Charles Kabore; Matthieu Valbuena; Benoit Cheyrou; Forwards André-Pierre Gignac; André Ayew; Defense Nicolas N´Koulou; Jeremy Morel; Rod Fanni; Kassim [.

Football Team Lineup for Marseille v Rennes at Stade V�lodrome on September 2, 2012, 4:00 pm

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Playing at Stade V�lodrome Ligue 1 Home Team Marseille Keeper Steve Mandanda Midfield Morgan Amalfitano; Charles Kabore; Matthieu Valbuena; Benoit Cheyrou; Forwards André Ayew; André-Pierre Gignac; Defense Nicolas N´Koulou; Jeremy Morel; Rod Fanni; Kassim Abdallah; Subs Away Team Rennes Keeper Benoit Costil Midfield [.

Team Lineup for Montpellier v Marseille at Stade de la Mosson on August 26, 2012, 4:00 pm

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Playing at Stade de la Mosson Ligue 1 Home Team Montpellier Keeper Geoffrey Jourdren Midfield Emmanuel Herrera; Younes Belhanda; Romain Pitau; Benjamin Stambouli; John Utaka; Forwards Souleymane Camara; Defense Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa; Hilton; Henri Bedimo; Daniel Congré; Subs Away Team Marseille Keeper Steve Mandanda [.

Champion League: Ramsey seals late win

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Aaron Ramsey came off the bench to strike an injury-time winner that guided Arsenal to a famous 1-0 victory over Olympique Marseille at Stade Velodrome.

Earlier in the match, a blatant handball from Marseille's Souleymane Diawara went unnoticed as the Gunners were denied an easy penalty decision.

Tottenham Transfer Talk – Round Up

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We're not even into July yet and some clubs are already well into the swing of their transfer dealings. Spurs meanwhile have showed intent by signing Brad Friedel on a free. I'm sure that this is the kind of signing that will again have Fergie proclaiming us as the ones to watch this coming season.

Spurs linked to more goalkeepers

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Several of us had suspected that Spurs' transfer dealings involving goalkeepers weren't quite over and there are rumours today linking two separate stoppers to the club.

Polish International Artur Boruc spent 5 years at Celtic before heading to Serie A with Fiorentina. The keeper was originally battling with Sebastien Frey for the number one shirt but stepped in after Frey's injury and made over 20 appearances.

Hernandez Sends Man United Into CL Quarter-Finals

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Manchester United advanced to their fifth consecutive Champions League quarter-final after a nervous 2-1 victory against Marseille at Old Trafford.

United got off to a great start when Hernandez scored inside six months, turning a Rooney cross into the net from a couple of yards out.

Hernandez Double Sends Man United To CL Quarter-Finals

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Manchester United advanced to their fifth consecutive Champions League quarter-final after a nervous 2-1 victory against Marseille at Old Trafford.

United got off to a great start when Hernandez scored inside six months, turning a Rooney cross into the net from a couple of yards out.

Franck Ribery

Behind the scenes at France’s Euro 12 training center

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In the two years since France's still unbelievable self-destruction in the 2010 World Cup, they've quickly reorganized under manager Laurent Blanc and returned to their position as a formidable opponent. And so with a few days to go before they begin their Euro 12 campaign against England, let's take a look behind the scenes at their training base in Ukraine for any hints of another meltdown in the making.

Champions League QF: Bayern cruise past Marseille, 2-0 (agg 4-0)

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Ivica Olic got both of Bayern's goals as Franck Ribery stamped his authority on this game. French goalie Steve Mandanda was put up a magnificent display in a losing effort. It looks like a Bayern vs Real semi-final unless Apoel pull off a miracle. Marseille go back home to a tattered domestic season with Didier Deschamps's coaching future in jeopardy.

UCL Rewind: Basel, Marseille score late to stun Bayern Munich, Inter Milan

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

Late goals were on display yet again as a pair of stubborn underdogs put a couple of European giants in shaky standing in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16.

Bayern Munich provided most of the pressure but were fairly inept in front of goal and were punished in the closing stages against FC Basel, surrendering a late goal in a 1-0 loss in their first leg in Switzerland.

Alou Diarra

Blanc drops Gourcuff and Yanga-Mbiwa for Euro 2012, Flirts with idea of playing Giroud and Benzema together

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So the Iceland friendly was an audition for Gourcuff, and it essentially showed that he wasn't ready. He's been out a good portion of the last season with injury, and didn't look ready for the international level.

Yanga-Mbiwa had received his first call-up for France to be in the provisional squad, but Blanc is willing to take a risk of including just three central defenders in his squad: Rami, Mexes, and Koscielny.

France Shuffles Roster

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France has shuffled its roster ahead of the game on Friday with the U.S. MNT. Samir Nasri will miss the game due to a knee injury. Manager Laurent Blanc has not elected to call up a replacement but there are a few other injury doubts for Les Bleus ahead of Friday's game. Both Yohan Cabaye and Florent Malouda have fitness concerns.

France Roster For Nov 11th Friendly

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GK: Cédric Carrasso (Bordeaux), Hugo Lloris (Lyon), Steve Mandanda (Marseille) DEF: Eric Abidal (Barcelona), Matthieu Debuchy (Lille), Jérémy Mathieu (Valencia), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), Adil Rami (Valencia), Anthony Réveillère (Lyon), Mamadou Sakho (PSG) MID: Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle), Alou Diarra (Marseille), Florent Malouda (Chelsea) Yann M'Vila (Rennes), Marvin Martin, (Sochaux), Samir Nasri (Manchester City) FOR: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Kevin Gameiro (PSG), Jérémy Ménez (PSG), Loïc Rémy (Marseille), Franck Ribéry (Bayern Munich), Olivier Giroud (Montpellier)

France Releases Roster

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France head coach Laurent Blanc has named a 22-man roster for the upcoming match against the U.S. Men's National Team on Nov. 11. Blanc calls in a formidable squad for the countries' first meeting since 1979, with Ballon d'Or nominees Eric Abidal and Karim Benzema among the headliners. The U.S. Men's National Team will release its roster on Thursday.

Giroud gets first call up – joins growing list of pretty boys in France’s current squad

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Take a look for yourselves, courtesy of the mugshots on FFF.fr. And that's without Gourcuff.

I'll update later, but here's the squad to face the USA and Belgium:

Goalkeepers
Cedric Carrasso (Girondins Bordeaux)
Hugo Lloris (Olympique Lyon)
Steve Mandanda (Olympique Marseille)

Defenders
Eric Abidal (Barcelona)
Matthieu Debuchy (Lille)
Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal)
Adil Rami (Valencia)
Anthony Reveillere (Lyon)
Jeremy Mathieu (Valencia)
Mamadou Sakho (Paris St Germain)

Midfielders
Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle United)
Alou Diarra (Marseille)
Yann M'Vila (Stade Rennes)
Marvin Martin (Sochaux)

Attacking Midfielders
Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich)
Jeremy Menez (PSG)
Samir Nasri (Manchester City)
Florent Malouda (Chelsea)

Forwards
Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)
Kevin Gameiro (PSG)
Olivier Giroud (Montpellier)
Loic Remy (Marseille)

Scouting Report: Olympique de Marseille

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I am far from the best person to write a scouting report on Olympique de Marseille, but no one else is volunteering. (Add comments if you have any thoughts.)

Match: Champions League Group Phase Away to the Arsenal

Result: 0-0

Standings after this 4th match
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France desperate to qualify for the Euros, face Albania

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Euro Qualifier on Friday.

Fifa.com has a post about Cisse and Gomis being called up as replacements to injured players who include:

Benzema;
Ribery; and
Sagna.

That's 3 starters, plus Abidal reportedly has "fitness concerns."

Mexes is still out, right? We should get an updated roster:

From AFP "one day ago":

Revised France squad

Goalkeepers
Hugo Lloris (Lyon)
Steve Mandanda (Marseille)
Cedric Carrasso (Bordeaux)

Defenders
Eric Abidal (Barcelona/ESP)
Mathieu Debuchy (Lille)
Adil Rami (Valencia/ESP)
Patrice Evra (Manchester United/ENG)
Anthony Reveillere (Lyon)
Younes Kaboul (Tottenham/ENG)
Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal/ENG)
Jeremy Mathieu (Valencia/ESP)

Midfielders
Alou Diarra (Marseille)
Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle/ENG)
Yann Mvila (Rennes)
Florent Malouda (Chelsea/ENG)
Jeremy Menez (Paris SG)
Samir Nasri (Manchester City/ENG)
Marvin Martin (Sochaux)
Mathieu Valbuena (Marseille)

Forwards
Bafetimbi Gomis (Lyon)
Kevin Gameiro (Paris SG)
Loic Remy (Marseille)
Djibril Cisse (Lazio/ITA)

Just a brief reminder that if France do not win against Albania, we're probably screwed (i.

Friendly on Wednesday in Montpellier against Chile

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Here's Laurent Blanc's selection for the friendly on Wednesday in Montpellier against Chile:

Goalkeepers
Hugo Lloris (Lyon)
Cedric Carrasso (Bordeaux)
Steve Mandanda (Marseille)

Defenders
Eric Abidal (Barcelona)
Patrice Evra (Manchester United)
Younes Kaboul (Tottenham)
Adil Rami (Valencia)
Anthony Reveillere (Lyon)
Bacary Sagna (Arsenal)
Mamadou Sakho (PSG)

Midfielders
Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle)
Alou Diarra (Marseille)
Yann M'Vila (Rennes)
Florent Malouda (Chelsea)
Marvin Martin (Sochaux)
Blaise Matuidi (PSG)
Samir Nasri (Arsenal)
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France’s Next Euro Qualifier on Friday

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With France's next Euro Qualifier a week from today, let's a take a look at where things stand:

France's Upcoming Matches
Friday, June 3, 2011 – Qualifier 6 of 10 – Away to Belarus
Monday, June 6, 2011 – A friendly away to Euro 2012 co-host Ukraine
Thursday, June 9, 2011 – A friendly away to Euro 2012 co-host Poland

Euro Qualifying Group D Standings
France – 12 points from 5 matches
Belarus – 8 points from 5 matches
Albania – 8 points from 5 matches
Bosnia and Herzegovina – 7 points from 4 matches
Romania – 5 points from 5 matches
Luxembourg – 1 point from 6 matches

Here are the players called up to face Belarus, who defeated France 1-0 in Paris in September.

October Squad announced. Toulalan left behind.

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Just a few minutes before writing this post Laurent Blanc released his squad to face Romania in the Stade de France on October 9th and Luxembourg in Metz on October 12th. Both matches are Euro 2012 qualifiers. Here is the squad:

GARDIENS : Hugo Lloris (Lyon), Steve Mandanda (Marseille), Cédric Carrasso (Bordeaux)

DÉFENSEURS : Bacary Sagna (Arsenal/ANG), Adil Rami (Lille), Philippe Mexès (AS Rome/ITA), Mamadou Sakho (Paris-SG), Benoît Trémoulinas (Bordeaux), Gaël Clichy (Arsenal/ANG),

MILIEUX : Mathieu Valbuena (Marseille), Lassana Diarra (Real Madrid/ESP), Alou Diarra (Bordeaux), Yann M'Vila (Rennes), Abou Diaby (Arsenal/ANG), Florent Malouda (Chelsea/ANG), Blaise Matuidi (St-Etienne), Yohann Gourcuff (Lyon), Samir Nasri (Arsenal/ANG).

Gallas injures calf again

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William Gallas left France's afternoon training session after just 5 minutes today, with his recurring calf injury coming back to haunt him once again.

According to L'Équipe, the 32-year-old felt his calf after several minutes of running before retuning to the team hotel with their physio.

Champions League

Inter win against Marseilles, 2-1 but away goal rule dooms them

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szólj hozzá: Inter Milan 2-1 Marseille / HL

Claudio Ranieri's grip on the Inter job became even more tenuous as Inter exited from the Champions League undone by a added time Brandao goal. They looked to have booked their passage through Diego Milito's second half goal. But Inter's vaunted defense have never looked worse or as sluggish when they let the Brazilian score the vital away goal and the equalizer.

Marseille-Arsenal Preview

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Tomorrow sees the Arsenal step on the Stade Velodrome and take on the mighty Olympique Marseille, for what is due to be an exciting clash for 1st place in Group F. With Olympiakos winless and Dortmund disappointing, the Arsenal-Marseille clashes will likely dictate the final standings of our group, so it's important to go and get a result out there tomorrow.

Arsenal in the Group of Kinda Hard

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After a thrilling result on Wednesday, Arsenal were drawn as a top seed in the Champions League group draw today, Thursday August 25.

Being seeded meant we avoided such big names as Barcelona, Inter, Bayern and Madrid, but anyone who watches Champions League regularly knows that lower seeded teams can prove difficult.

France held despite Gallas header

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Raymond Domenech's France side were unable to overcome a motivated and well organised Tunisian team, needing a second half header from William Gallas to rescue a draw.

Slack French defending allowed Tunisia striker Issam Jomaa space to tap home the opening goal in the fifth minute, but Gallas scored in the 62nd minute when he met Yoann Gourcuff's free kick to head past goalkeeper Hamdi Kasraoui.

World Cup 2010

Sweet, Blessed Relief – France Score Some Goals

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Ukraine 1, France 4

Ukraine opened the scoring in the 53rd minute courtesy of an epic howler from France's backup goalkeeper Steve Mandanda. France replied with a very well taken equalizer from Gameiro, and then ran over Ukraine in the last 10 minutes or so after some of France's best players came on as substitutes.

France vs Norway: A Whole New 23

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Which 23 players will this fan be cheering for on August 11th..?

As punishment for the events that transpired during the World Cup, Blanc has asked permission from the French Football Federation (FFF) to suspend the entire squad of 23 players that represented France at the World Cup for the next friendly France play.

Ligue 1

Taye Taiwo Could Be On His Way To Anfield This Summer

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Want-away Marseille defender Taye Taiwo has confirmed he will be leaving the Ligue 1 giants at the end of the current season reports skysports.com.
The 25-year-old left back went on to say that he knows where he will be heading in the summer, but refrained from revealing the identity of the club he expects to turn out for next campaign.

Marseille extend Ligue 1 lead despite Rennes stalemate

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PARIS, France Olympique Marseille opened a one-point lead at the top of Ligue 1 after they were held to a goalless home draw by Stade Rennes in a rescheduled game on Wednesday. The French champions, who have not conceded a goal in their last four outings in all competitions, have 26 points from 15 [.

The Rest

Bedoya scores in second straight game for Nantes

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By DAN KARELL

While some Americans have struggled to settle with their new clubs in Europe, Alejandro Bedoya seems to be settling in just fine.

The U.S. Men's National Team midfielder scored the game-winning goal in a vital road match against French giants Olympique Marseille on Friday, pushing Nantes up to fourth in Ligue 1.

Uruguay 1-0 France: Luis Suarez Goal Makes the Difference

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International friendlies tend to usually go two extreme opposite directions - a highlight reel full of goals or one that almost lulls everyone to sleep. Uruguay and France's international friendly was the latter as the highlights were certainly few and far between.

The lone goal of the match came in the 50th minute as Luis Suarez broke the deadlock only five minutes after coming on for Diego Forlan.

Who's Anthem Are You Singing?

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By Dominic Vieira, writing from Portugal

Playing at a World Cup is the pinnacle of any footballer's career and they're all desperate to play in them. Many footballers possess dual nationality which is granted through their parents or the country they are born in.