Hatem Ben Arfa has confirmed that he will be leaving French giants Paris Saint-Germain this summer. The forward, who moved to Paris after a great season with Nice in 2015/16, has fallen out of favour at Parc des Princes and has not even made a single appearance in the current 2017/18 season, seemingly frozen out by Unai Emery. HBA’s last PSG appearance was in the Cup almost a year back (against Avranches)
Ben Arfa confirmed his departure via Instagram
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France bounced back from Friday’s surprise loss to Colombia as they beat World Cup hosts Russia 3-1 in Saint Petersburg.
Les Bleus coach Didier Deschamps rang in the changes, with seven new players introduced into the starting XI and the trio of Anthony Martial, Ousmane Dembele and Kylian Mbappe starting together. Manchester United’s Paul Pogba, recalled from the bench, set up Mbappe for the first on 40 minutes. He was again on hand to make it 2-0 shortly after half time, curling in a wonderful free kick.
Colombia registered their first ever win over France as Didier Deschamps’ side squandered a two goal lead to lose in a five goal thriller. A beautiful passing move resulting in a goal for Olivier Giroud, and another for Liverpool and United target Thomas Lemar had put Les Bleus 2-0 ahead, but they were stunned by a fantastic fightback from Los Cafetaros, who drew level thanks to goals from Muriel and Falcao and then won it at the end through Quintero’s penalty after a foul from Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti
Colombia’s win over France was another example of South American teams beating European opposition in their respective friendlies, with Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina and Peru also winning in this round.
France XI: Lloris; Sidibe, Varane, Umtiti, Digne Mbappe, Kante, Matuidi, Lemar; Griezmann, Giroud Continue reading
France’s solitary representative left in European competition, Olympique Marseille, will face German outfit Leipzig in the quarterfinals of the Europa League. The eight teams left in the EL are all from different nations. RBL beat Zenit 3-2 on aggregate while Marseille won the “Bielsa derby” against Athletic Club 5-2 over two legs.
Russian outfit CSKA Moscow, who knocked Olympique Lyonnais out in the Round of 16 on the away goals rule, have been drawn against Arsenal.
Atletico v Sporting and Lazio v Salzburg are the other two QF match ups.
The ties will be held on 5 April and 12th April with the first leg to be played in Germany and the return one a week later at the Velodrome
Here are two brand new kits for France’s World Cup 2018 campaign, unveiled by Nike today, just two months before the beginning of the big quadrennial extravaganza- a navy home strip and a white away kit that incorporates the colours of the French national flag.
France reached the finals of Euro 2016 on home soil before losing to Portugal, and will be hoping to go one step further and emulate the class of 98 by lifting the trophy this summer in Russia Continue reading
Marseille were unable to upset Paris Saint-Germain in the Classique at Parc des Princes, with individual errors not helping L’OM’s cause at all. PSG won 3-0 but it came at a cost, with Neymar injured and stretchered off in the second half. The game was done and dusted by then, so did Unai Emery miss a trick by not getting his most valuable player off the pitch? Especially with the second leg against Real Madrid just a week away?
Injury reports have confirmed that Neymar will miss the second leg against Real, which will bring down PSG’s chances of making it through to the last eight even more.
Here are the player ratings from the game- Lo Celso got a 5, but pretty much everyone else in the PSG starting XI got 6 or 7. Marseille’s worst player on the pitch was Rolando, who got just 2 while their best was young Anguissa, who was given a 6. Continue reading