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

Lyon 3 Ajax 1- OL bow out of Europe after spirited effort at Parc Olympique Lyonnais

The last French side left in European competition, Bruno Genesio’s Lyon, bowed out it last night despite beating Ajax 3-1. OL were facing a mountain after being beaten 4-1 in Amsterdam last week, and things got worse for Les Gones when teenager Kasper Dolberg put Ajax ahead.

However Alexandre Lacazette bagged a pair before half time to put them back into the contest and Ghezzal’s second half effort forced a nervy ending, with Ajax also reduced to ten men following Nick Viergever’s dismissal. However the Dutch side just about held on to seal their first European final since 1996.

Could this have been a final for OL instead if Lacazette had been fit for the first leg? Perhaps yes, given that injury allowed him to play only fifteen minutes at the Amsterdam Arena. The striker himself admitted that it could have been a different ball game if he had been fit, and added that his side had their chances, but didn’t take them, and needed to be more clinical. Continue reading

Juve v Monaco- Kylian Mbappe becomes youngest CL SF scorer, but ASM bow out

Young Kylian Mbappe added another feather to his cap by becoming the youngest ever player to score in a Champions League semifinal (18 years 140 days, and also the first goal Juve have conceded in the knockout stages of the CL this season), but ASM bowed out of the Champions League following a 2-1 loss in Turin (4-1 on aggregate).

Juve lead 2-0 from the first leg at Stade Louis II, and ASM’s slim hopes were practically finished by half time at the Juventus Stadium when strikes from Mandzukic and Alves (the latter a real stunner), saw Juve go in 2-0 ahead at the break Continue reading

Renato Sanches on loan to Marseille/Monaco?- OM and ASM said to be interested

Ligue 1 clubs Marseille and Monaco are said to be interested in taking Portuguese starlet Renato Sanches on loan next season. The Euro 2016 winner’s development at Bayern has stalled this season owing to limited opportunities under coach Carlo Ancelotti, who has mostly preferred to back experienced players, and a move to France could revitalise his career.

Champions League semifinalists Monaco, who are also likely to feature in the CL next season, with the 2016/17 Ligue 1 title all but in their grasp, would be an attractive destination for Sanches, who would’ve been greatly encouraged by seeing the way Anthony Martial and Kylian Mbappe were developed by ASM. Continue reading

Twin disappointments for French clubs in Europe as Monaco and Lyon lose

Twin disappointments for the last two remaining French clubs in European competition as AS Monaco and Olympique Lyonnais lost the first leg of their respective competition’s semi-finals. Monaco went down 2-0 at home to Italian champions Juventus, with Gonzalo Higuain doing the damage for the visitors.

Lyon’s chances of making it to their first ever European final also look slim after a 4-1 loss to Ajax Amsterdam. Mathieu Valbuena’s away goal gives them a glimmer of hope, but few would bet against Ajax reaching their first final since 1996 at Parc Olympique Lyonnais next week. Continue reading