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PSG are champions again. Now they need to give youth a chance

Kylian Mbappé has been PSG’s star this season but the club should start promoting more homegrown youngstersBy Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsThe inevitable came to pass on Sunday as PSG retained the Ligue 1 title. They beat Monac…

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Lille hammer ‘beginners’ PSG as they close in on the Champions League

This time last season Lille were second bottom. Now they are second only to PSG at the top of the tableBy Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsStade Louis-Dugauguez, Sedan, December 2000. Laurent Robert scores PSG’s only goal as they l…

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European roundup: PSG hammered by Lille while Bayern go back to top

• Thomas Tuchel’s side suffer humbling 5-1 defeat at Lille• Kingsley Coman double gives Bayern 4-1 win over DüsseldorfParis St-Germain must wait to secure the Ligue 1 title after a humbling 5-1 defeat to second-placed Lille on Sunday.Second-half goals …

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With seven weeks to play, half of the clubs in Ligue 1 are aiming for Europe

PSG, Lille and Lyon look set for Champions League football next season but the Europa League places are up for grabsBy Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsThis weekend was supposed to be a coronation for PSG, one that seemed inevitabl…

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Ten top January transfer targets: from De Jong to Almirón and Lozano

Tanguy Ndombele and Nicolas Pépé have caught English eyes, while Lucas Hernández is the window’s hottest propertyCurrent club Atlético Madrid. Estimated value £72.3m Continue reading…

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In defence of Lyon manager Bruno Génésio

The Lyon boss is mocked regularly but reaching the knockout stages of the Champions League is a real achievementBy Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsLyon were without a win in four games before they played Monaco on Sunday on night….

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PSG beat Lille for 12th straight win and set record in major leagues

• Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 Lille• Mbappé and Neymar on target as PSG stretch lead in Ligue 1Paris Saint-Germain have become the first team to win all their opening 12 league games in one of Europe’s top five divisions following a 2-1 triumph over Lille….

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The most improved football teams in Europe this season

Liverpool had a negative goal difference this time last season. Which other sides in Europe’s big leagues have improved?It’s easy to forget that Liverpool were in a worrying position this time last year. Having just suffered a heavy 4-1 defeat to Totte…

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Ligue 1 suffers more crowd trouble as rival fans battle over stolen banner

The Derby du Languedoc between Montpellier and Nîmes has reemerged as a potent rivalry after lying dormant for 25 yearsBy Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsMontpellier’s Stade de la Mosson was unusually packed for the visit of newly…

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Lille are finally over Marcelo Bielsa and ready to fight for Europe

Christophe Galtier’s conservatism has allowed Lille to make careful but considerable progress in Ligue 1By Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsChristophe Galtier’s reputation in France isn’t quite on par with that of Tony Pulis or Sam…

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Lille have pulled off a miraculous escape from relegation – or have they?

Three straight wins have made Lille mathematically safe but they will be going down if their finances are not up to scratchBy Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsFan ire over the running of a club is hardly unusual, but the situation …

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Memphis Depay is driving Lyon towards a Champions League place

Lyon have won their last six matches in a row and the former Manchester United forward has scored in all of themBy Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football News“You do not have the right to be eliminated in this way,” Lyon president Jean-Miche…

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Lille fans attack their own players as the team fights relegation

Anger has been brewing at the club for some time but it spilled out of the stands and on to the pitch on Saturday eveningBy Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsLigue 1 often made the headlines for the wrong reasons last season, with v…

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Marcelo Bielsa’s short-lived catastrophe at Lille is coming to an end

Pep Guardiola described Bielsa as ‘the best coach in the world’ but the Argentinian may be the latest manager modern football has simply left behindBy Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsSitting and watching football is what Marcelo B…

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Violence erupts as Lyon demolish St Étienne in Ligue 1’s fiercest derby

Lyon showed their youthful exuberance as they destroyed St Etienne 5-0 but Nabil Fékir also showed some youthful inexperience in the way he celebratedBy Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsLe Classique, between Marseille and Paris Sai…

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Amiens v Lille abandoned after barrier collapses injuring 20 supporters

• French authorities confirm three Lille fans seriously hurt
• Incident occurred after visitors opened scoring at Stade de la Licorne

The Ligue 1 match between Amiens and Lille had to be abandoned after safety barriers collapsed, injuring around 20 supporters – three seriously.

The incident occurred in the 17th minute of the match in the stand containing the travelling Lille supporters, after the visitors had taken the lead. The front few rows of supporters fell around five feet to pitch level at the 12,000-capacity Stade de la Licorne, and French emergency services confirmed that several supporters have been taken to hospital following the incident.

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Nabil Fékir and Lyon ‘has-beens’ lay down early Ligue 1 marker

Lyon top the table after Ligue 1’s first match day after a 4-0 win over Strasbourg – an emphatic validation for their reconfigured attack

By Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football News

It seemed too familiar for Lyon in the early going, even if the faces were different. Nabil Fékir is flagged offside, Mariano Díaz finds himself in a good position but shoots straight into the hands of the Strasbourg goalkeeper Bingourou Kamara, and Memphis Depay, hugging the touchline, foolishly concedes a throw-in. Fékir and Lyon’s three other attackers, Depay, Díaz and Bertrand Traoré, looked set to dazzle without any end product, their skill on the ball for nought as they struggled to break down a side who looked dangerous on the counter.

Without the sublime finishing of Alexandre Lacazette and the inventiveness of Mathieu Valbuena, Lyon’s attack looked dire indeed, portending a potentially long season of underachievement. It also seemed set to offer a firm rebuke to the club’s hierarchy as to their buying strategy. The sums Lyon recouped for Lacazette and the midfielder Corentin Tolisso were impressive but in turning them into Traoré and Díaz, having bought Depay in January, the team’s tactic of purchasing younger players (Fekir, a month past his 24th birthday, was the oldest player in the front six on Saturday) who had seemingly failed to live up to their potential at the world’s biggest clubs looked a specious policy.

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Radamel Falcao brings up Monaco’s 100 goals in win that all but seals league

• Monaco beat Lille 4-0 to make it 102 league goals this season
• Leonardo Jardim’s side should wrap up league in midweek

Monaco celebrated a century of league goals with the win that all but sealed the French title, beating Lille 4-0 on Sunday to leave Paris Saint-Germain needing a spectacular Monaco collapse in order to defend their title.

Related: Roma beat weakened Juventus to keep Serie A title fight alive

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Ligue 1 has Europe’s tightest title race … and most enthralling relegation battle

The bottom three clubs in Ligue 1 won this weekend to set up a close finish; Memphis Depay insulted some fish; and Mario Balotelli scored an away goal

By Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football News

In contrast to the past few weeks, when much of the attention in France has been on a particular match, be it the Coupe de la Ligue final or Lyon’s trip to Paris Saint-Germain, the fixture calendar did not throw up anything so compelling this weekend. Paris Saint-Germain were given the Sunday night slot, traditionally reserved for the weekend’s biggest match, by dint of their popularity but their opponents, Guingamp, have failed to score at the Parc des Princes since 2002 and that trend continued. The Bretons had beaten PSG at home earlier in the season, but their form has waned badly in 2017 and PSG duly won 4-0. But, in a surprising turn of events, there was more than enough excitement on Saturday to make up for Sunday’s series of damp squibs, and much of that excitement centred around the teams at the bottom.

Last season, the battle to avoid relegation came down to the last day, with Toulouse, on the heels of a furious fightback, staying up and Reims and Gazelec Ajaccio going down. Neither Reims, who had bizarrely changed their manager late in the season, nor Gazelec, who were operating on a minuscule budget, were likely to stay in France’s top flight. What caught the eye, though, was Toulouse’s dramatic late turnaround under Pascal Dupraz. The fiery manager had enjoyed some decent success in keeping Evian in Ligue 1, but with Toulouse badly adrift upon his appointment, he seemed a bold choice. Lorient and Bastia, the clubs that looked destined for the drop this season, were similarly cut away before the international break, but looked to have run out of options.

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Ligue 1 has Europe’s tightest title race … and most enthralling relegation battle

The bottom three clubs in Ligue 1 won this weekend to set up a close finish; Memphis Depay insulted some fish; and Mario Balotelli scored an away goal

By Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football News

In contrast to the past few weeks, when much of the attention in France has been on a particular match, be it the Coupe de la Ligue final or Lyon’s trip to Paris Saint-Germain, the fixture calendar did not throw up anything so compelling this weekend. Paris Saint-Germain were given the Sunday night slot, traditionally reserved for the weekend’s biggest match, by dint of their popularity but their opponents, Guingamp, have failed to score at the Parc des Princes since 2002 and that trend continued. The Bretons had beaten PSG at home earlier in the season, but their form has waned badly in 2017 and PSG duly won 4-0. But, in a surprising turn of events, there was more than enough excitement on Saturday to make up for Sunday’s series of damp squibs, and much of that excitement centred around the teams at the bottom.

Last season, the battle to avoid relegation came down to the last day, with Toulouse, on the heels of a furious fightback, staying up and Reims and Gazelec Ajaccio going down. Neither Reims, who had bizarrely changed their manager late in the season, nor Gazelec, who were operating on a minuscule budget, were likely to stay in France’s top flight. What caught the eye, though, was Toulouse’s dramatic late turnaround under Pascal Dupraz. The fiery manager had enjoyed some decent success in keeping Evian in Ligue 1, but with Toulouse badly adrift upon his appointment, he seemed a bold choice. Lorient and Bastia, the clubs that looked destined for the drop this season, were similarly cut away before the international break, but looked to have run out of options.

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