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

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

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

Lyon vs Besiktas and Monaco vs Dortmund in continental last eight ties

Ligue 1’s last two teams left in Europe, AS Monaco and Olympique Lyonnais, will do battle against Besiktas JK and Borussia Dortmund in their respective continental quarterfinals.

Monaco, who were surprise quarterfinalists in the Champions League after eliminating Pep Guardiola’s Man City on the away goals rule, have drawn Dortmund- a side ASM will fancy their chances of beating, in comparison to say, Bayern, Barca or Real Madrid.

Lyon’s prize for eliminating AS Roma in the Europa League Round of 16 is a tie against Besiktas.

France had PSG as a representative in the Champions League, but they bowed out following a stunning loss at the Nou Camp after having won the first leg 4-0.