Nice to face Napoli in the playoff rounds of the Champions League

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Nice’s reward for upsetting Ajax in the qualifying rounds of the Champions League is a tasty clash against in-form Italian outfit Napoli.

The Partenopei finished third in Serie A last season, just one behind second place Roma, which sent the latter directly into the group stages and forced the former to have to go through a playoff.

Among the seeded sides, Napoli, Sevilla and Liverpool were the teams to avoid for OGNC. Les Aiglons are unseeded, while both Liverpool and Napoli were seeded for the league route draw.

Nice would perhaps have preferred to draw one of CSKA or Sporting Lisbon, but as they say, to be among the best, you’ve gotta beat the best.

On a side note, we’ll get to see this pretty amazing Napoli kit in action soon (first leg in Naples) Continue reading

Nice upset Europa League finalists Ajax, qualify for Champions League Playoff Round

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A stunning result for Nice in Amsterdam this evening, with Les Aiglons securing a 2-2 draw against Europa League finalists Ajax that saw them prevail on the away goals rule (3-3 on aggregate) in their Champions League third qualifying round tie.

OGCN were the only French side in action in the third qualifying round, with champions Monaco and second place Paris Saint-Germain already guaranteed of a spot in the group stages.

Souquet and Marcel were on target at the Amsterdam Arena for Nice- their goals came in the 3rd and 79th minutes respectively.

Nice’s opponents in the next round will be one of Sevilla, Napoli, Liverpool, Sporting Lisbon or CSKA Moscow, with OGCN being an unseeded team in the league route part of the playoffs. Continue reading

Monaco and Lyon both score four against British opposition in pre-season friendlies

Reigning champions AS Monaco and domestic giants Olympique Lyonnais both scored four goals against British opposition in their pre-season friendly. Monaco beat Stoke City 4:2 with Falcao scored, while Lyon were too strong for a Celtic side that fielded a second string outfit owing to their Champions League commitments, beating Brendan Rodgers’ side 4:0 Continue reading

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

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