Nice have confirmed the appointment of former Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira as their new manager. The job with OGCN is Vieira’s first in Europe- he was previously in charge of New York City in the MLS. Rumours had him as Arsene Wenger’s possible successor at the Emirates, but he has chosen to return to his native France to replace Lucien Favre, who left Les Aiglons for Borussia Dortmund this summer. Continue reading
Marseille’s French centre half Rolando scored a crucial extra time goal to stave off a brave comeback from Austrian side FC Salzburg and send L’OM into a final meeting against Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid.
Check out L’Equipe’s headline for the goal- Rolando Ballon D’Or!
The goal was perhaps a tad controversial, with Salzburg claiming Continue reading
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
So what next for HBA? 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
Marseille and Lyon were the only two French teams left in the Round of 16 of the Europa League following the elimination of OGC Nice at the hands of Lokomotiv Moscow. The draw was made today, and OM will face Bilbao in the “Bielsa Derby”, while Lyon, the only team to make it to the Round of 16 in the 2016/17 as well the 2017/18 seasons, have been drawn against CSKA Moscow who are one of three Russian clubs left in the competition.
The other two Russian clubs have been given tough draws, with Lokomotiv Moscow against Atleti and Zenit St Petersburg taking on Napoli’s conquerors RB Leipzig. Continue reading
Caen vs Rennes over the weekend was a special game in the French top flight, with the fixture at Stade Michel d’Ornano being refereed by Switzerland’s Sandro Scharer and his assistants Bekim Zogaj and Stephane de Almeida. Former West Ham player Diafra Sakho netted twice for Rennes, but Caen took a point thanks to Damian da Silva’s late equaliser.
However results elsewhere saw Caen drop from 11th to 12th, while Rennes rose a spot up to 7th. Caen also missed two penalties- one from Rony Rodelin (25) and the second from Stef Peeters (81) Continue reading