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Marseille’s dream of returning to the Champions League remains a fantasy

Marseille have already suffered six defeats in Ligue 1 this season – more than they lost in the entirety of last seasonBy Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsThe Frank McCourt era at Marseille was not supposed to be like this. The Ame…

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Marseille’s dream of returning to the Champions League remains a fantasy

Marseille have already suffered six defeats in Ligue 1 this season – more than they lost in the entirety of last seasonBy Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsThe Frank McCourt era at Marseille was not supposed to be like this. The Ame…

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PSG finally drop points as Thomas Tuchel hints about players’ futures

After a run of 14 straight wins in Ligue 1, PSG lost their 100% record in an exciting 2-2 draw at BordeauxBy Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsPSG’s run of wins to start the Ligue 1 season finally came to an end on Sunday night as t…

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European roundup: PSG drop points for first time in Bordeaux draw

• PSG draw ends record-breaking run at 14 wins• Arjen Robben to leave Bayern Munich after 10 yearsParis Saint-Germain’s record-breaking start to Ligue 1 ended with a draw at Bordeaux, despite taking the lead twice in south-west France. PSG went into th…

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Patrick Vieira faces a crisis at Nice just three weeks into the Ligue 1 season

It’s still early days but Vieira needs to turn things around quickly after a brutal 4-0 defeat at home to DijonBy Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsNice players were quick to toe a line of togetherness and self-flagellation after th…

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Thierry Henry hopes to land Bordeaux manager’s job after holding talks

• Former striker keen to take role with Ligue 1 club• Henry, an assistant with Belgium, is favourite for jobThierry Henry is edging closer to securing a first managerial position after holding talks with Bordeaux, with the former Arsenal striker and cu…

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Gus Poyet melts down as Bordeaux go from crisis to crisis

Poyet’s fury was a long time coming but fans are hoping new investment will give the club some stabilityBy Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsCrisis has become a part of day-to-day life at Bordeaux. Fan unrest, player indiscipline an…

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Gus Poyet suspended by Bordeaux after he called owners ‘a disgrace’

• Former Brighton manager hit out at sale of Gaëtan Laborde• Bordeaux players refused to train in protestGus Poyet was suspended by Bordeaux on Friday following his rant against the club’s owners, with his players refusing to train in protest against t…

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Bordeaux in talks to land Sunderland’s Lee Cattermole on a loan deal

• Midfielder keen to join Gus Poyet but wage is a problem• Club also keen to offload Didier N’Dong and Papy DjilobodjiLee Cattermole could swap League One for Ligue One and become a Bordeaux midfielder before the end of the month as Sunderland attempt …

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Ligue 1 season preview: PSG will be even stronger under Thomas Tuchel

Lyon are best placed to challenge PSG, Patrick Vieira will hope to take Nice into Europe and Caen face a relegation battleBy Adam White for Get French Football NewsAnything other than an eighth Ligue 1 title in PSG’s history would be huge surprise. Alt…

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Barcelona set to beat Roma to Bordeaux winger Malcom in £36.5m deal

• Brazilian agrees five-year contract with Spanish champions• Roma had agreed fee with Bordeaux for Malcom on MondayBarcelona have agreed a deal to sign Malcom from Bordeaux for an initial €41m euros (£36.5m), just a day after Roma announced they had a…

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European round-up: Suárez, Messi score late to save Barcelona against Alavés

• Philippe Coutinho makes first start for Barcelona in 2-1 win• Dries Mertens scores twice in Napoli’s 3-1 defeat of BolognaLionel Messi scored a spectacular free-kick to give Barcelona a come-from-behind 2-1 win over struggling Alavés, keeping the Cat…

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Jérémy Toulalan leaves Bordeaux in support of his sacked manager

Loyalty is rare in modern football but no one seems to have told erstwhile Bordeaux captain Jérémy ToulalanBy Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsNo one was shocked when Bordeaux decided to sack Jocelyn Gourvennec this week after a ru…

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Malcom is stuck in the middle of a crisis at Bordeaux

Bordeaux endured an awful run either side of Christmas but their young forward has remained a bright spark throughoutBy Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsGoats are becoming a common sight in French football. Two seasons ago Marseill…

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Montpellier have built Ligue 1’s best defence around their 40-year-old captain

Montpellier lost their inspirational fan-turned- owner Louis ‘Loulou’ Nicollin in the summer but the team’s form this season would make him proudBy Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsTaken in isolation, Montpellier’s 2-0 win over Bor…

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Cédric Anselin: I was ready to take my own life but phoning Clarke Carlisle saved me

Cédric Anselin played alongside Zinedine Zidane in a European final aged 18 but his career faltered and his life spun out of control – until he called an old friendBy Jonathan Drennan for Behind the Lines, part of the Guardian Sport NetworkLast year, t…

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Claudio Ranieri is tinkering his way towards European football at Nantes

Nantes began the season with two defeats but Claudio Ranieri has developed them into a solid outfit who look likely to challenge for a Europa League spotBy Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsClaudio Ranieri’s dismissal from Leicester…

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Who will win the entertaining race to finish third in Ligue 1 this season?

Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco will battle for the title, leaving five clubs to fight for the third Champions League place on offer in the division

By Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football News

Marseille’s 4-2 win at Nice was a somewhat calamitous affair, riddled with poor defending and punctuated by the midfielder Luiz Gustavo’s sending off. The intensity, only to be expected for one of Ligue 1’s bigger rivalries, was increased by crowd trouble during the match, including fans brawling in the stands and objects being thrown on to the pitch. None of this is anything new in France, particularly in a derby match, but the result, which lifted Marseille into third place, is perhaps more important than the circumstances of the match. Not, as one might have hoped in looking at the league table, as a validation of the Marseille owner Frank McCourt’s “Champions Project” but as a clear indictment of the paucity of – if not quality – consistency in Ligue 1 this season.

Right behind Marseille, with their clutch of high-profile, albeit ageing, names, sit Nantes and Caen, a pair of clubs whose summer windows featured a distinct lack of recognisable names. This is not an affront to either of those sides; Nantes’ defensive organisation under Claudio Ranieri, combined with the class of Ciprian Tatarusanu in goal, have allowed them to be consistently stubborn opponents, allowing only two goals in their last seven matches. Caen have taken that edict even further, a somewhat surprising turn, given how open the manager Patrice Garande’s sides usually are, winning five of six behind the league’s best defence. Both have also been helped by the fixture computer and one would do well to recall Angers’ fine start to the 2015-16 season as proof of the sustainability of these sorts of teams in the division.

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Meet Malcom, the other Brazilian forward who is setting Ligue 1 alight

He’s young; he’s from São Paulo; he plays on the wing; he keeps scoring goals; and his team team are unbeaten in Ligue 1 this season. But … he only cost €5m

By Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football News

Malcom was on the scoresheet for the third time in four matches on Friday evening as Bordeaux continued their rise up the table with a 1-0 win at Toulouse. The 20-year-old winger has been a revelation this season. Bordeaux endured a frustrating start to the campaign – they were knocked out of the Europa League by Hungarian side Videoton before they had kicked a ball in Ligue 1 – but Jocelyn Gourvennec’s side have played some inspired football in recent months and remain one of just two unbeaten sides remaining in the league (along with Paris Saint-Germain, who have won all six of their matches so far). Bordeaux now sit in fourth, just one point below third-placed Saint-Étienne.

They owe a lot to Malcom, whose driven goal on Friday broke open a match that looked as if it would finish goalless. Impressive though it was, his winner against Toulouse hardly ranks among the best of Malcom’s career. It wasn’t even his best this season – see his jaw-dropping equaliser against Lyon – but it showed all of the abilities that have made him a bona fide matchwinner: pace, vision, intelligence of movement and finishing.

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Transfer window: six underrated players who should be attracting more interest

Transfer fees have gone crazy this summer but players such as Malcom, Idrissa Gueye, Ricardo Pereira and Nabil Fekir could have been good value signings

By Martin Laurence for WhoScored?, part of the Guardian Sport Network

There are always a few players who dominate the conversation during any transfer window. Neymar, Naby Keïta, Kylian Mbappé and Alexis Sánchez have attracted a lot of the hysteria this summer, leaving other talented players to fly under the radar for one reason or another. Here are six players who have been mystifyingly overlooked this summer.

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