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Category: Ligue 1

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William Saliba back at Arsenal after row over extending Saint-Étienne loan

Saint-Étienne claim conditions to extend loan ‘unacceptable’Arsenal say they were unable to agree fitness plan with clubArsenal are at loggerheads with Saint-Étienne after being accused by the Ligue 1 club of imposing “absolutely unacceptable sports an…

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Cesc Fàbregas on racism: ‘Close stadiums, hand out bans, let them go to jail’

Cesc Fàbregas is firm that action must be taken now to stop racism in football and that it was wrong to cancel Ligue 1’s seasonThe sun is shining in London as Cesc Fàbregas appears on Zoom and admits with a laugh that the weather is quite the opposite …

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As football around Europe resumes, Ligue 1 clubs left on the outside

French clubs are still unsure when they will play again, though next season may see 22 in the top flightAs the football lamps flicker back on across Europe, France remains in the dark. A glimmer of clarity came on Tuesday as the country’s highest admin…

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PSG opt to make Mauro Icardi’s loan deal permanent from Internazionale

Paris Saint-Germain ‘delighted’ to sign striker on four-year dealIcardi joined last year on season-long loan with buy-out optionFrench champions Paris Saint-Germain have confirmed they have signed striker Mauro Icardi on a permanent deal from Internazi…

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‘This is unjust’: Amiens president rails against relegation from Ligue 1

The club has taken legal action after being relegated from a league that had 10 rounds of fixtures left to play By Jeremy Smith for Get French Football NewsWhen son of the city Emmanuel Macron was elected president of France on 7 May 2017, the people o…

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As infighting engulfs Ligue 1, Nice CEO Bob Ratcliffe plots a way forward

The Nice boss wants to see stronger leadership from the top and more cooperation from other clubs in FranceBy Get French Football News for the Guardian Sport NetworkThe state of French football is somewhat bleak. Luis Campos, one of the sport’s greates…

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As infighting engulfs Ligue 1, Nice CEO Bob Ratcliffe plots a way forward

The Nice boss wants to see stronger leadership from the top and more cooperation from other clubs in FranceBy Get French Football News for the Guardian Sport NetworkThe state of French football is somewhat bleak. Luis Campos, one of the sport’s greates…

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Bruno Guimarães was ready to quit football. Now he is a Brazil player

After rejections from Flamengo, Fluminense and Botafogo, Guimarães decided to call it a day. But his dad kept pushing himBy Josué Seixas for Yellow and Green FootballWhen Bruno Guimarães was considering a move to Europe, he was not short of options. Be…

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Amiens vow to fight Ligue 1 relegation after ‘injustice’ of season resolution

Ligue 1’s final placings determined on points per gameSports minister urges restraint from aggrieved clubsAmiens, relegated from Ligue 1 after the season was ended amid the Covid-19 crisis on Thursday, will study reasons behind the decision before plan…

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PSG awarded Ligue 1 title and two teams are relegated after season is scrapped

PSG had a 12-point lead over second-placed MarseilleLegal challenges likely from Amiens and ToulouseParis Saint-Germain have been awarded the Ligue 1 title after the season was ended amid the Covid-19 crisis, the French League (LFP) said on Thursday. R…

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Ending the Ligue 1 season leaves us with as many questions as answers

Which clubs will be relegated? Who qualifies for Europe? And how will this affect PSG and Lyon in the Champions League?By Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsSo ends the 2019-20 Ligue 1 season. The French prime minister, Édouard Philippe, announced …

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French football season ended with no games until at least September

Announcement made by prime minister amid coronavirusLFP will meet next month to discuss league placingsThe French prime minister, Edouard Philippe, has announced there will be no professional football in the country until at least September and the 201…

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Football quiz: how much do you know about Ligue 1?

How good is your knowledge of club football in France?By Jeremy Smith for Get French Football NewsWhich French World Cup winner finished runner-up in Ligue 1 for two different clubs in 1997-98 and 1998-99?Laurent Blanc Robert PiresChristophe Dugarry Th…

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‘They want the clubs to survive’: Ligue 1 players ready to take 50% wage deferrals

Broadcasters withholding payments means Neymar and co are willing to make a sacrifice, writes agent Badou Sambague President Emmanuel Macron’s Easter Monday announcement that lockdown would remain in place until 11 May confirmed the worst for football …

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Pape Diouf: Marseille’s fearless leader who changed French football forever

Diouf, who has died after contracting coronavirus, was the first black president of a top-tier football club in EuropeBy Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsIt is difficult to write about the importance of one man at the time of untold tragedy. Payi…

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Former Marseille president Pape Diouf dies after contracting coronavirus

Club announce death of 68-year-old in SenegalDiouf was first black president of a top-tier European teamThe former Marseille president Pape Diouf has died, the French league (LFP) has announced. The club had earlier revealed the 68-year-old had been su…

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French football ‘could resume in mid-April’, says LFP president

Ligue 1 and 2 were suspended indefinitely last week‘We have to remain pragmatic,’ says Nathalie Boy de la TourCoronavirus – latest updates | See all our coronavirus coverageThere will be no games in the top two French leagues until 15 April at the earl…

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PSG: a story of promise, dominance, blunders and now hope?

As PSG look forward to a (potential) Champions League quarter-final, we reflect on their key games of the last decadeBy Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsAfter three years of exiting the Champions League at the last-16 stage, PSG fi…

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Terrible Toulouse all but relegated but problems may be just beginning

A catastrophic season is set to end with a humiliating drop into Ligue 2 and a controversial new owner in Chien Lee By Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsAnother week, another defeat for Toulouse in a relegation six-pointer against D…

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Champions League elite have got fat on easy dominance and quality has suffered | Jonathan Wilson

Real Madrid, Barcelona, PSG, Juve and others have become short-termist as domestic success has bred complacencyJust wait for the knockout phase of the Champions League. That’s when the season really gets going, that’s when the real football begins. Tha…