UNFP Trophy Awards 2017- France Ligue 1 Player of the Season 2016-17

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

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

Monaco keep French flag flying high in Europe

Ligue 1’s only representatives left in Europe, AS Monaco, stayed on course for a spot in the last four after beating Borussia Dortmund 3-2 at the Westfalenstadion.

The two German teams- Bayern and Dortmund were the only CL quarterfinalists hosting the first leg to lose, while Atleti and Juve both made home advantage count against Leicester and Barcelona respectively 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.