Does Ligue 1 have the worst defenders? Is it the easiest league for strikers in Europe?


Is Ligue 1 the easiest European league for strikers? Does it have the worst defenders in Europe?

This sample size released by Opta for the 2016/17 season (for the top five European domestic leagues) seems to suggest so. Yes, it’s a stat based on barely two months of the new season, but the fact that the top three strikers in terms of goals per minute all ply their trade in Ligue 1, does add to the general perception that the league is an easy hunting ground for forwards.

Lacazette, Cavani and Balotelli at 56,66 and 69 minutes per goal respectively top the charts. The other two representatives are both from the Serie A- with Gonzalo Higuain and Andrea Belotti featuring. No one from Spain or England in the list Continue reading

Presnel Kimpembe called up to French national squad to replace Mangala


Young PSG defender Presnel Kimpembe has been called up to the senior national squad to replace Eliaquim Mangala. The latter was himself an injury replacement for Jeremy Mathieu but a thigh injury has forced the Valencia defender out of the squad.

Kimpembe has made the most of his opportunities at the beginning of the season with the club and is talks for a contract extension. Both Liverpool and Chelsea were reportedly interested in his services but he chose to stay with the Parisians.

Apart from his France U21 caps, Kimpembe also made an appearance for DR Congo at U20 level, but will obviously not be able to play for them if Deschamps chooses to blood him against either Bulgaria or the Netherlands Continue reading

Second Ligue 1 defeat in 2016/17 for PSG- TFC 2-0 Paris Saint-Germain


Yann Bodiger’s penalty and Jimmy Durmaz’s second half strike were enough for Toulouse FC to upset Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1 last night- the latter’s second league loss of the season. PSG, without Hatem Ben Arfa, finished the game with 10 men following Serge Aurier’s dismissal Continue reading