ASM in slice of Champions League history

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AS Monaco played their part in a bit of Champions League history earlier this evening, becoming RB Leipzig’s first ever opponents in Europe’s premier club competition.

Leipzig were effectively founded back in 2009 and 3039 days later, made their European bow. A crowd of over 40,000 was present at the Red Bull Arena for the club’s first ever European night, and Monaco, still smarting from a 4-0 loss away at Nice over the weekend, were the visitors. Continue reading

Highest earning French players in Serie A for 2017/18

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Who is the highest earning French player in Italy’s Serie A?

That seems to be Blaise Matuidi, who earns 3.5 million euros after tax at Juventus. Matuidi though is on less than half of what the highest paid player at Juve (Higuain) is. Six Juve players- Higuain, Dybala, Douglas Costa, Buffon, Pjanic and Khedira, earn more than Matuidi.

At Roma, Maxime Gonalons earns 2 million euros after tax. His Giallorossi team-mate Gregoire Defrel, takes home 1.8 million euros a year. The trio are the highest earning French players in Serie A. Continue reading

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