Rolando Ballon D’Or- Newspaper headline celebrates Portuguese centreback’s goal

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!

Rolando Ballon D'Or Heading 2018

The goal was perhaps a tad controversial, with Salzburg claiming Continue reading

Marseille to face Leipzig in Europa League quarter final

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

EL QF Draw Result 2017 2018

Europa League Round of 32 Draw | Opponents for French sides Lyon, Nice and Marseille revealed

Here are the opponents for French sides Lyon, Nice and Marseille from today’s Europa League Round of 32 draw.

There were three French teams in the group stages of the Europa League and all three qualified for the Round of 32 as runners up- Lyon behind Atalanta, Nice behind Lazio and Marseille behind Red Bull Salzburg.

There could have been a fourth Ligue 1 representative in the Round of 32 had Monaco atleast managed to finish third in their Champions League group, but the principality outfit finished last and bowed out of Europe altogether. 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

Marseille 1-4 Monaco | L’OM go top after crushing ASM

AS Monaco went top in France on goal difference after beating Olympique Marseille 4-1 at Stade Velodrome. The win for ASM, secured thanks to goals from Lemar, Falcao and Bernardo Silva (2) sees the Principality outfit move ahead of OGN Nice on goal difference after the latter were held to a draw by struggling Metz Continue reading