France U20 to face Zambia in last eight of World Cup if they beat Italy

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France U20 will face African champions Zambia in the last eight of the World Cup if they beat continental rivals Italy in the Round of 16. The Zambians came from behind to oust Germany 4:3 in extra time.

France won all three of their group stage games while the Italians’ solitary victory was against South Africa, with a draw against Italy and a loss to Uruguay seeing them finish with a total of 4 minutes.

France’s game against Italy U20 will be at the Cheonan Stadium and will have Polish referee Szymon Marciniak as the man in the middle. Continue reading

Teams Relegated from Ligue 1 2016/17- Nancy, Bastia and Lorient

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Lorient have been relegated to Ligue 2 after losing their playoff tie 2-1 on aggregate to Troyes. Nancy and Bastia were the two teams automatically relegated to Ligue 1 after finishing 17th and 18th respectively in the 2016/17 season and the introduction of the promotion/relegation playoffs meant that FCL had to beat Troyes in order to avoid the drop.

They lost the first leg 2-1 at Stade de L’Aube and Benjamin Nivet’s 91st minute winner for Troyes that evening was worth its weight in gold as Lorient failed to score in the return leg, leading to a 2-1 defeat on aggregate for the home side. Continue reading

Livio Nabab disallowed goal Video Paris FC 0-1 Orleans- VAR used in Ligue 2 relegation playoff

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Video Assistant Referee technology was used in the first leg of the Ligue 2 relegation playoff between Paris FC and Orleans. The goal scored by Livio Nabab was disallowed after a video referral.

Orleans won the first leg 1-0 thanks to Joel Sami’s goal after the interval in front of 3.311 spectators at Stade Sebastien-Charlety Continue reading

Ligue 1 Flops 2016-17 Season- Evra, Eder, Ben Arfa, Jeremy Menez among worst players in French Ligue 1- XI according to Le Figaro

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Here is Le Figaro’s list of Ligue 1 2016/2017 flops- their worst XI for the 16/17 French top flight season.

In goal, they’ve gone with Montpellier’s Geoffrey Jourdren. In defence are two players from Olympique Marseille- Patrice Evra and Karim Rekik. Nicolas Nkoulou and Anthony Vanden Borre (who now plays for TP Mazembe) complete the back four.

There are three PSG players in this worst players XI- Hatem Ben Arfa, Grzegorz Krychowiak and Jese.

SC Bastia and Bordeaux have one representative each in the form of Yannick Cahuzac and Jeremy Menez respectively, while rounding up the XI is Eder, the man who broke French hearts in the Euro 2016 final.

Ligue 1 Flop XI for 16/17 season:

Jourdren- Evra, Rekik, Nkoulou, Vanden Borre- Ben Arfa, Krychowiak, Cahuzac, Menez- Jese, Eder Continue reading

Ligue 1 & Ligue 2 Relegation Playoffs 2017- Lorient v Troyes & Orleans vs Paris FC

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The dates for the promotion/relegation playoffs for Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 for the 2016/17 season have been announced by the LFP. It will decide whether Lorient and Orleans, the teams who finished third from bottom in Ligue 1 and 2 respectively, will stay up or drop down a tier next season. An opportunity for Troyes and Championnat outfit Paris to earn promotion.

Ligue 1 promotion/relegation playoff

Troyes v Lorient 25 May, 2017 8.45 pm
Lorient vs Troyes 28 May, 2017 9.00 pm Continue reading

Ligue 1 Team of the Season 2016-17 Official- UNFP Team of the Year 2017

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The Ligue 1 Team of the Year 2017, as voted for the UNFP has been officially revealed. PSG, who had eight players in the 2015-16 Team of the Season, have only three players in the 2016/17 edition- an indication of how tightly fought Ligue 1 has been this season.

Monaco have been the surprise packages in France this season- they look set to dethrone PSG and also reached the ladt four of the Champions League. No surprise then that ASM dominate the UNFP Team of the Season with 6 players- Subasic, Sidibe, Glik, Mendy, Bernardo Silva and Mbappe all feature in the list.

The three PSG players in the team are Cavani, Thiago Silva and Verratti. Nice and Lyon have one representative each- John Michael Serie for OGCN and Alexandre Lacazette for OL Continue reading

UNFP Trophy Awards 2017- France Ligue 1 Player of the Season 2016-17

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Paris Saint-Germain’s Edinson Cavani has been named Ligue 1’s player of the Season at the UNFP Trophy awards (Trophees UNFP- France’s version of the PFA). Cavani succeeds Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who won it last year before opting for a free transfer to Man Utd.

Monaco’s Subasic won Goalkeeper of the Year, while the Young Player of the Year, as expected, went to Kylian Mbappe.

Player of the Year– Edinson Cavani (PSG)
Young Player of the Year– Kylian Mbappe (Monaco)
Goalkeeper of the Year– Danijel Subasic (Monaco) Continue reading